April 18th, 2009

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Fifth-Grade Journalist Lands College Scholarship

The pint-sized political reporter from South Florida who has interviewed Vice President Joe Biden and Caroline Kennedy has landed a full scholarship to a Georgia University.

Little Damon Weaver from Pahokee has gained national attention for his reporting exploits and now this junior journalist is getting a free ride to Albany State University.

The school will officially present Weaver with the scholarship at a June alumni convention in Miami. The fifth-grader said he plans on accepting the school's offer.

Though he's interviewed pols like Biden and Kennedy and Hollywood elite including Samuel L. Jackson and Oprah, Weaver's dream is to interview President Barack Obama.

He even received a little help with trying to get the Obama interview from Heat star Dwyane Wade in a special message to the President.

In a press release, Weaver called the full ride a "big relief to my mother and my family."


I don't know if everyone remembers this kid from his adorable Biden interview or his uneventful McCain interview but he is just all sorts of awesome. Plus, after hearing about his free ride and looking at all the celebrities he's talked to on his YouTube channel, I may be a teensy bit jealous. XD

Israel stands ready to bomb Iran's nuclear sites (!!)

The Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran's nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government.

Among the steps taken to ready Israeli forces for what would be a risky raid requiring pinpoint aerial strikes are the acquisition of three Airborne Warning and Control (AWAC) aircraft and regional missions to simulate the attack.

Two nationwide civil defence drills will help to prepare the public for the retaliation that Israel could face.

“Israel wants to know that if its forces were given the green light they could strike at Iran in a matter of days, even hours. They are making preparations on every level for this eventuality. The message to Iran is that the threat is not just words,” one senior defence official told The Times.

Officials believe that Israel could be required to hit more than a dozen targets, including moving convoys. The sites include Natanz, where thousands of centrifuges produce enriched uranium; Esfahan, where 250 tonnes of gas is stored in tunnels; and Arak, where a heavy water reactor produces plutonium.

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She says, “Zeke is the intellectual Emanuel” - and Panties Drop Across ONTD_P

Hard-Charging Doctor Adds Perspective to the President’s Health Care Team
WASHINGTON — Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel has always liked to shake things up.

As a high school senior, he did a little experiment in chemistry class to test the explosive potential of hydrogen gas exposed to a match. A flask burst with a bang, sending shards of glass flying around the classroom.

Since then, Dr. Emanuel has been challenging conventional wisdom, first as a medical student, then as a doctor and an expert on medical ethics.

He is at it again as a White House official trying to remake the health care system.

Dr. Emanuel is a special adviser to the budget director, Peter R. Orszag. He is also the older brother of Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.

By all accounts, Dr. Emanuel is a powerful force in his own right. In an interview in his cubbyhole of an office, he said he got his job on his own, with no help from his brother. Rahm was “very conscious of the nepotism thing,” he said. Still, he is widely perceived as having extra clout because of his brother.

For two decades, Dr. Emanuel has been writing about how to guarantee health care for all. In White House discussions on health policy, he emphasizes the need to slash co-payments for preventive care and insists that patients should be able to keep their doctors even if they change insurance plans.

But some of his proposals, calling for vouchers, a value-added tax and an end to the system of employer-provided insurance, have differed radically from President Obama’s.

Joseph R. Antos, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute, said, “These are mighty spicy ideas — the opposite of what any politician would say unless he was completely intoxicated.”

Dr. Emanuel brings to the White House a physician’s perspective, which was generally missing from the last big effort to overhaul health care in 1993-94.

Mr. Orszag, himself keenly committed to health care as an economic issue, “has given me the opportunity to stick my nose into anything that’s health-related,” Dr. Emanuel said.

Like his brother, Dr. Emanuel is hyperkinetic and speaks in staccato bursts. The differences are also notable. Rahm, 49, is a practitioner of bare-knuckle politics. Zeke, 51, earned a Ph.D. in political philosophy while getting an M.D. at Harvard Medical School.

“Zeke is the intellectual Emanuel,” said Amy Gutmann, a political theorist who is president of the University of Pennsylvania.

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They did it for the lulz.

Chalabi: ‘Iran Benefited From Toppling Saddam’

Via Tom Ricks, a very interesting Dar al-Hayat interview with Ahmad Chalabi, in which Chalabi shares his views of President Bush and the strategic consequences of the Iraq invasion for Iran:

[Al-Hayat]: If you want to describe George Bush, then how would you describe him?

[Chalabi]: A man with very little skill and knowledge.

[Al-Hayat]: He did Iran a great service by toppling Saddam?

[Chalabi]: Iran benefited from toppling Saddam. Bush didn’t mean to do it a favor but it was clear that Iran would benefit from Saddam’s fall. I am convinced that Saddam would not have fallen except for an implicit agreement between America and Iran.

[Al-Hayat]: This happened?

[Chalabi]: Yes, of course it did.

[Al-Hayat]: Through whom?

[Chalabi]: We worked on this and so did the Supreme Council and Jalal Talbani.

The idea that Iran has been the main beneficiary of the Iraq war isn’t particularly controversial any more — except, of course, among the war’s neoconservative advocates, who continue to insist that removing Iran’s greatest enemy and empowering Iraqi factions with longstanding close ties to Iran was a huge defeat for Iran. Incidentally, many of these people — Sen. John McCain and his adviser Randy Scheunemann among them — were also Chalabi’s biggest boosters.

Like Ricks, I’d be very interested to hear more about the “implicit agreement” that Chalabi asserts between the U.S. and Iran. Given what’s known now about Chalabi’s cooperation with Iran’s intelligence services, though, it’s pretty chilling to consider how close some of Chalabi’s marks came to taking the White House last November. Unfortunately, as shown by the continuing prominence of McCain, Bill Kristol, Robert Kagan and other neocon fantasists, inadvertently aiding America’s enemies is no barrier to influence in American foreign policy, as long as one is always careful to err on the side of war, and meticulous about dressing one’s belligerent strategic stupidity in patriotic drag.


The whole Iraq War makes so much more sense when you consider it an epic troll job by Chalabi and Iran. :O

North Korea: Sanctions a declaration of war

-- North Korea said Saturday any sanctions or pressure applied against it following its rocket launch earlier this month will be considered a "declaration of war."

In an announcement on state-run television, the country said it was ready to step up efforts to develop nuclear weapons and poised for a military response to any moves against it.

"The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK are always keeping themselves fully ready to go into action any moment to mercilessly punish anyone who encroaches upon the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK even a bit," it said.

On Monday the United Nations condemned North Korea -- which refers to itself as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK -- for launching a rocket.

The United States called the launch a "provocative act" that violated a 2006 Security Council resolution prohibiting Pyongyang from conducting ballistic missile launches.

Pyongyang insists the April 5 launch was a successful mission to place a communications satellite into orbit. The United States says the rocket's payload did not reach orbit.


The U.N. statement says the rocket launch was "in contravention" to a 2006 Security Council resolution that demanded that North Korea not launch any ballistic missiles.

The 15-member council also voted unanimously for a statement by the council's president demanding the country make no more launches.

"The Korean People's Army will consider sanctions to be applied against the DPRK under various names over its satellite launch or any pressure to be put upon it through 'total participation' in the PSI (Proliferation Security Initiative) as a declaration of undisguised confrontation and a declaration of a war against the DPRK," the announcement on state TV said.

"Now that the group officially declared confrontation and war against the DPRK, its revolutionary armed forces will opt for increasing the nation's defense capability including nuclear deterrent in every way, without being bound to the agreement adopted at the six-party talks," it continued, apparently referring to the Security Council.

Referring to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, the statement added, "The Lee group of traitors should never forget that Seoul is just 50 kilometers (31 miles) away from the Military Demarcation Line."

That line was established by the 1953 Armistice Agreement between the two Koreas -- which are still technically at war.

A Friday report North Korea's official KCNA news agency, seemed to blame the "war hysteria" on the United States and South Korea after the two countries carried out a combined air force operation in South Korea.

The "'South Korea-U.S. military alliance' oft-repeated by them is, in essence, nothing but a 'war alliance' and 'alliance for aggression' aimed at invading the DPRK," the report said.

"When a nuclear war will break out due to the war chariot of the 'South Korea-U.S. military alliance' is a matter of time," it said. "The U.S. and South Korean warmongers would be well advised to stop acting rashly, properly understanding who their rival is."    


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Norm Coleman Legal Fight To Bring In Cash For Dems

Norm Coleman Legal Fight To Bring In Cash For Dems

For the first time since the Minnesota Senate recount began, national Democrats are raising money off of Norm Coleman's numerous legal appeals and political obstinacy, urging people to donate a dollar a day until the former Senator concedes the election.

The "Dollar a Day to Make Norm Go Away" campaign is being launched by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a newly formed group designed to get progressive candidates into elected office. But it's getting a friendly push by Democracy for America, Howard Dean's political arm, which will blast the petition to its more than one million members (PCCC will send to an additional 23,000).

The goal is two-fold: capitalize off of the brewing anger among Democrats over what's happening in Minnesota while cleverly pushing up the incentives for the national Republican Party to abandon Coleman's appeal effort.
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Pentagon Jams Web, Radio Links of Taliban

Pentagon Jams Web, Radio Links of Taliban

The Obama administration is starting a broad effort in Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent the Taliban from using radio stations and Web sites to intimidate civilians and plan attacks, according to senior U.S. officials.

As part of the classified effort, American military and intelligence personnel are working to jam the unlicensed radio stations in Pakistan's lawless regions on the Afghanistan border that Taliban fighters use to broadcast threats and decrees.

U.S. personnel are also trying to block the Pakistani chat rooms and Web sites that are part of the country's burgeoning extremist underground.
The Web sites frequently contain videos of attacks and inflammatory religious material that attempts to justify acts of violence.

The push takes the administration deeper into "psychological operations," which attempt to influence how people see the U.S., its allies and its enemies. Officials involved with the new program argue that psychological operations are a necessary part of reversing the deterioration of stability in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Mideast war crimes probe has an unusual leader

Mideast war crimes probe has an unusual leader

The Palestinian human rights debate has taken a new turn with the appointment of Richard Goldstone, a Jew with close ties to Israel, to head a U.N. investigation into atrocities allegedly committed in Israel's recent war with Hamas.

Goldstone, who played a prominent role in the campaign against apartheid in his native South Africa, rose to global prominence in 1994 when he became U.N. chief prosecutor for war crimes.

That made him the point man to investigate two of the worst human rights disasters of the time: genocide in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda.

Now the 70-year-old judge is turning to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, and the U.N.'s demand to investigate the three-week war in which more than 1,000 Palestinians died as Israel waged an offensive to stop Hamas rocket attacks that have killed more than 20 Israelis.

The investigation called by the 47-nation Human Rights Council was only supposed to look at Israeli conduct, but Goldstone didn't accept the assignment until the council's Nigerian president, Martin Uhomoibhi, said it would also look at Palestinian actions.
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Anti-Gay Group Sends Letter To Colbert Thanking Him For Mocking Them

Anti-Gay Group Sends Letter To Colbert Thanking Him For Mocking Them

If you've been fortunate enough to see the bizarre issue ad put out last week by the National Organization for Marriage, which contends that heterosexuals are threatened by a coming scourge of gay-wedding tornadoes, then you've likely already accepted as a given that the people behind NOM are not terribly intelligent individuals.

But, as if seized with the need to demonstrate this further, the organization has sent Stephen Colbert a letter of thanks for producing a commercial parody that depicts the NOM membership as closeted, dim nitwits

Apparently, they believe that Colbert has helped their cause, somehow. This is, as they say, ADORBS:
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Oh Noes!

Nato exercises 'a dangerous move'

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has condemned Nato's "dangerous decision" to hold military exercises in Georgia next month.

He said such decisions "are aimed at muscle-flexing" and would impede the resumption of full-scale contacts between Moscow and Nato.

Moscow's envoy to Nato said on Thursday he had asked the Western military alliance to postpone the exercises.

Nato says the exercises, from 6 May to 1 June, represent no threat to Moscow.

Held some 20km (12 miles) east of Georgia's capital Tbilisi, they will be non-aggressive and based on a fictitious UN-mandated, Nato-led crisis response operation, the alliance said.

"There should really be no element of surprise for anyone," Nato spokesman Robert Pszczel said. "There is no heavy armour involved at all, it's just people."

Nato has said the exercises, expected to involve 1,300 troops from 19 countries, were planned before last year's conflict between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia.

Georgia hopes eventually to join Nato, a move strongly opposed by Russia, which says the alliance's eastward expansion is a threat to its security.


"I think this is the wrong decision, a dangerous decision," Mr Medvedev said on Friday.

"Such decisions are disappointing and do not facilitate the resumption of full-scale contacts between the Russian Federation and Nato."

His comments came a day after Moscow's ambassador to Nato, Dmitry Rogozin, described the exercises as "absurd and a provocation".

"I have asked the Nato Secretary General [Jaap de Hoop Scheffer]... to postpone these exercises or to cancel them," he told Reuters news agency.

Mr Rogozin said military co-operation between Russia and Nato was still frozen as a result of last summer's South Ossetia conflict and that Moscow's position would not change before a forthcoming ministerial meeting in May.

He also rejected Nato's argument that the exercises had been planned last year.

"A war is a 'force majeure'," he said. "To hold military exercises in a country where a war has just ended is impossible."

The ambassador also said the exercises could be exploited by Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili in his stand-off with opposition parties, which have recently held a series of mass protests.

The opposition accuses him of mishandling the war with Russia, during which Georgia's attempts to regain control of the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia were repelled by Russian forces.

Under an EU-sponsored ceasefire, monitors were sent to Georgia. But thousands of Russian troops remain in both breakaway regions.
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Jackie Chan Says Chinese People Need to be Controlled

*photo from: nymag.com  Not hotlinked.
In an occasional crossover of subjects pertaining to the interests of ohnotheydidnt and ontd_political, international star Jackie Chan had a few words to say at the annual Boao Forum for Asia.

Snippets from the Yahoo! Entertainment article:

- "I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not," Chan said. "I'm really confused now. If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic."

- The kung fu star has not been a vocal supporter of the pro-democracy movement in his hometown of Hong Kong. Since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997, voters have not been allowed to directly elect their leader. Several massive street protests have been held to demand full democracy, but Beijing has repeatedly said Hong Kong isn't ready for it.

- The action hero complained that Chinese goods still have too many quality problems. He became emotional when discussing contaminated milk powder that sickened tens of thousands of Chinese babies in the past year.

OP's spiel: A few ONTD users have expressed their opinion that the article might be also appropriate for posting to this community.  I thought I'd go ahead and post it here.

Not really srs bsns opinions:
PoliGazette (warning: has some disturbing images.  So this one might be more srs bsns than ONTD)
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Alice Mahon resigns from Labour Party, rumours of vote-rigging...

Labour ballot box 'tampered with'

The Labour Party has called off a hustings to choose a parliamentary candidate after discovering a ballot box had apparently been tampered with.

The contest in the Erith and Thamesmead constituency in south east London had already provoked controversy when it was taken over by the central party. That led to complaints that non-local candidates were being favoured.

Sitting MP John Austin, who is retiring, has previously lodged a formal complaint with Ray Collins, the party's general secretary, over alleged rule breaches by campaigners encouraging local members to sign up for postal votes.

A London Labour spokesman said: "It was discovered that the seal on a ballot box containing previously received ballot papers for the selection of Labour's parliamentary candidate for Erith and Thamesmead was broken.

"In order to maintain the integrity of the process, [Saturday's] hustings meeting has been immediately postponed and a new date will be fixed."

The candidates include Georgia Gould, the 22-year-old daughter of Lord Gould, a key aide to Tony Blair during his time as prime minister.

Meanwhile, former Labour MP Alice Mahon has resigned from the party saying she has "lost faith with it".

"I have reached the conclusion that there is not any avenue left in the structure of the Labour party for people like me. Any threat from anybody marginally from the left and… the party machine comes down on them like a ton of bricks."

She is a self-proclaimed socialist with a long record of peace activism and was one of the most vocal critics of the war in Iraq.

Mrs Mahon has also spoken on feminist issues, and against curbs on abortion. In addition she is a strong supporter of gay rights and reform of the House of Lords.

Maybe we should get members of the UN to come here and monitor the general election :)

Sauce 1: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8005377.stm

Sauce 2: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8005581.stm

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Federal court rejects Troy Davis’ appeal

"Killer" gets 30-day stay of execution to pursue appeals

(quotation marks mine)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Thursday, April 16, 2009

The federal appeals court in Atlanta on Thursday rejected death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis’ bid for a new trial on claims he did not kill a Savannah police officer in 1989.

In a 2-1 opinion, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Davis could not establish by clear and convincing evidence a jury would not have found him guilty.

Davis’ innocence claims have attracted international attention. They rely largely on the recantations of key prosecution witnesses who testified at trial and on statements by others who say another man told them he was the actual killer.

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BABIES HAVING BABIES (the first "babies" is used in a relative, political sense; the second is not)

Capitol Hill's Baby Boom
New Moms Serving in Congress Balance Family, Lawmaking

On Capitol Hill, the main work is making laws.

But for a select group of women in Congress, there's another job with more demanding constituents.

They're the new moms in Congress, a small but growing caucus of lawmakers who have given birth while in office.

They face challenges just like all working mothers. But for them, the daily grind includes balancing day care and diapers with votes and committee hearings -- all under a constant public glare.

It means juggling "the logistics of coordinating with husbands' schedules, the logistics of the committee hearings, when the votes might be called, when is child care available," said Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., who gave birth to a son, Zachary, in December, just weeks after winning a fourth term in the House.

"I knew it would be a challenge, but it's even more than I anticipated," she said.

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McCain Vetter: Palin Told Us Everything, Would Have Been A Great VP

The lawyer responsible for vetting Sarah Palin as vice president insisted on Friday that the Alaska Governor was more than qualified for the job.
"She would have been a great vice president," said Washington power lawyer A.B. Culvahouse at an event at the National Press Club. "And as I told John [McCain] she would have been ready on January 20. I don't think many people would.... She has lots of presence. She filled up a room. Me and two of my most cynical partners interviewed her and we came away impressed."
Speaking about his expansive career in Republican politics, Culvahouse made the case that the vetting process for McCain's running mate was thorough and complete. The second most talked about V.P. option -- Connecticut Independent-Democrat Joe Lieberman -- was not a practical choice due to legal hurdles. "Five states have sore loser statutes, he said, "[making] it very difficult for someone who's not a member of the Republican Party to become the vice presidential nominee if they only switch parties to become a Republican shortly before the convention."

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Gresham Barrett, GOP Congressman, Booed Off Stage At Tea Party

Gresham Barrett, GOP Congressman, Booed Off Stage At Tea Party (VIDEO)

"Several Republican members of Congress spoke at Tea Party protests around the country on Wednesday," CNN reported. "Some were applauded. Others heckled. But only one, it appears, was booed relentlessly for the entire duration of his speech: Rep. Gresham Barrett of South Carolina."

Barrett faced the ire of the tea party protesters because of his vote last year for the $700 billion, Bush administration-backed financial bailout. Now, the Republican congressman is prepping for a South Carolina gubernatorial run in what is expected to be a competitive GOP primary. If the tea party protesters were any reflection of Republicans in the state, he's got an uphill climb.
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Teabaggers Stray Off Topic, HuffPosters Report. EPIC FAIL

Teabaggers Stray Off Topic, HuffPosters Report

While a majority of the protesters who attended tea parties across the nation convened to oppose to taxes, many conservatives viewed these gatherings as a platform to voice their other political grievances.

Dan Diviney, one of over 2,500 HuffPost citizen reporters who signed up to cover the Tea Parties, found that pervasive griping about taxes served as a backdrop for other issues that elicited more vehement outrage from attendees; the majority of citizen reporters submitted dispatches that illustrated a similar environment at their local event.
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Blind to be cured with stem cells; Conservatives insist thats just voodoo magic

Blind to be cured with stem cells

BRITISH scientists have developed the world’s first stem cell therapy to cure the most common cause of blindness. Surgeons predict it will become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years’ time.

The treatment involves replacing a layer of degenerated cells with new ones created from embryonic stem cells. It was pioneered by scientists and surgeons from the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London and Moorfields eye hospital.

This week Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical research company, will announce its financial backing to bring the therapy to patients.
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Limbaugh: Torture Works Because McCain Admitted He Was 'Broken By The North Vietnamese'

Limbaugh: Torture Works Because McCain Admitted He Was 'Broken By The North Vietnamese' (VIDEO)

Think Progress catches Rush Limbaugh making a specious argument involving John McCain and the North Vietnamese as proof that torture is effective in gathering intelligence. Limbaugh claims McCain acknowledged that torture works because he admitted that the Viet Cong "broke" him during his time as a captive.

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U.S. congressman fuming about Cohen's Bruno

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has incurred the wrath of a U.S. politician - after tricking the congressman into appearing in his new movie Bruno.

Ron Paul, who was Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential election, was left fuming last summer when the funnyman conned him into a seduction scene with his gay fashion journalist character, Bruno.

Texas congressman Paul admits the star lured him into an interview by claiming to be be a financial reporter, and then disrobed in front of the startled politician.

He only went public with his outrage this week after seeing himself featured in a trailer for the upcoming film.

Paul tells America's ABC radio, "We were in a studio situation, I wasn't invited into a hotel room. There were lots of lights and blaze and commotion and they said we better get in this back room which had been fixed up as a bedroom.

"So there was some dishonesty getting me into the interview, I was expecting an interview on Austrian economics. That didn't turn out that way.

"By the time he (Cohen) started pulling his pants down, I was like 'What on earth is going on here?' and I ran out of the room. This interview had ended. I don't like the way he lies his way into interviews. That to me is fraud."

It is not the first time Cohen has come under fire for his movie antics. The actor and movie bosses were threatened with legal action from disgruntled members of the public who alleged they were manipulated into participating in 2006 hit Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Bruno is set for release this summer.

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WND Exclusive
Death threats target opponents of 'gay' promotion
'Actions of Day of Silence supporters are speaking louder than the silence'

Posted: April 18, 2009
12:15 am Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily


This message was handed to officials at a California pro-family organization, along with the accompanying picture

At least one pro-family organization that has opposed the pro-homosexual "Day of Silence" is being targeted with hate e-mails and telephone calls, including suggestions that officials go and kill themselves.

"You may not be gay, but you may be next," said one e-mail, which included a photograph of a casket, according to Karen England, executive director of the Sacramento-based Capitol Resource Institute.

England said the hate has flooded in since her organization joined the "Day of Silence Walkout." She also confirmed to WND that she has filed a police report on the threats.

WND reported earlier this week on a multitude of organizations across the nation that oppose the DOS promotion in public schools sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.

Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute noted the goal cited by GLSEN is to reduce bullying on school campuses, especially bullying perceived as targeting homosexual students or those with other "alternative' sexual lifestyles.

"No one supports bullying," she told WND. "Every school has more than ample anti-bullying policies in place. … For GLSEN, the means by which they want to end bullying is to normalize volitional homosexual conduct."

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Meghan McCain: "Old School" Republicans Are "Scared Shitless"

Meghan McCain: "Old School" Republicans Are "Scared Shitless"

Speaking to an affectionate crowd of Log Cabin Republicans on Saturday evening, Meghan McCain ridiculed the party her father headed this past election, declaring that "old school Republicans" were "scared shitless" of the changing landscape.

The Senator's daughter, who has quickly become something of an iconic figure in the gay conservative community since the end of the election, took repeated shots at the GOP for its antiquated mores.

"I feel too many Republicans want to cling to past successes," said McCain. "There are those who think we can win the White House and Congress back by being 'more' conservative. Worse, there are those who think we can win by changing nothing at all about what our party has become. They just want to wait for the other side to be perceived as worse than us. I think we're seeing a war brewing in the Republican Party. But it is not between us and Democrats. It is not between us and liberals. It is between the future and the past."
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