April 24th, 2009

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Orthodox rally in favor of segregated buses

Battle heating up in Jerusalem: More than 2,000 Orthodox protesters rally in capital, urge Egged bus company to introduce more segregated lines; dozens of secular, religious protesters at site hold up 'Don't turn Israel into Iran' signs

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Bo Obama is a rascal, mysteriously does not understand time.


The White House's newest resident is a bit of a liability, but he is just a puppy afterall.

"He likes to play a lot," Michelle Obama said of Bo, the First Family's 6-month-old Portuguese Water Dog, during a meet-and-greet for "Take Your Child to Work Day."

"He's kind of crazy, but he's still a puppy," she confided in the East Room to about 100 children of White House staffers. "He loves to chew on people's feet."

She added that curfew is also not something Bo understands yet.

"It was like 10 o'clock. Everybody was asleep and we hear all this barking and jumping around," Mrs. Obama said. "The president and I came out and we thought somebody was out there. And it was just Bo. He was playing with his ball. And it was like there was another person in the house."

One visiting child asked what she would do if Bo ran away.

"I would be very sad, first of all, but ... he has [dog] tags, and hopefully someone would find him and bring him back," she answered, adding that they should be okay because the South Lawn, where Bo is often walked, is gated. But if he were to get out, people would track him down.

"I think everyone at the White House would probably help go out and find him," she said. "That's why we're working on training him, so that he doesn't run away and he listens when we call him. And so far he's doing okay, so we hope we don't have that problem."

Lol, Bo sounds so sassy. Chewing on people's feet, love it.

Toby for Obama

Japan Pays Foreign Workers to Go Home

HAMAMATSU, Japan — Rita Yamaoka, a mother of three who immigrated from Brazil, recently lost her factory job here. Now, Japan has made her an offer she might not be able to refuse.

The government will pay thousands of dollars to fly Mrs. Yamaoka; her husband, who is a Brazilian citizen of Japanese descent; and their family back to Brazil. But in exchange, Mrs. Yamaoka and her husband must agree never to seek to work in Japan again.

“I feel immense stress. I’ve been crying very often,” Mrs. Yamaoka, 38, said after a meeting where local officials detailed the offer in this industrial town in central Japan.

“I tell my husband that we should take the money and go back,” she said, her eyes teary. “We can’t afford to stay here much longer.”

Japan’s offer, extended to hundreds of thousands of blue-collar Latin American immigrants, is part of a new drive to encourage them to leave this recession-racked country. So far, at least 100 workers and their families have agreed to leave, Japanese officials said.

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My thoughts on this whole issue are...very complicated. I'm still sorting them out. Other than the fact that someone really should have told Kawasaki to just stop talking.

Personal antecdote: one of my former co-workers here was constantly described as being "from Brazil," despite having Japanese parents who then moved back to Japan when he was ONE. He's now in his thirties. But other than that, I've really not ever seen much "Japan-for-the-Japanese"-type sentiment here in Okinawa. Probably because for many years Okinawans weren't seen as Real Japanese either. I love my island.

EDIT: Other thoughts - on the one hand, no one is being forced home, and indeed are being offered decent money for the trip whereas otherwise, if they remain unemployed, their work visas WILL expire and they will have to fly home out-of-pocket anyway. Japan is pretty strict about visas across the board. On the other hand, is that really any sort of a "choice?" What else are they supposed to do? And how is it going "home" if you've lived here for over a decade and have raised children in this society? The no-returning-ever policy is a bit WTF; I believe Spain has a similar program in place, but theirs allows returners after a certain amount of time? (Someone please correct me on that, I might very well be mistaken.) Plus, as demonstrated so obviously in some of the quotes, the line between economic policy and blatant xenophobia gets much too dangerously blurred.

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At Least 60 More Die in New Attacks in Baghdad

Twin suicide bombers struck outside the gates of the holiest Shiite site in Baghdad on Friday, killing at least 60 people and wounding scores more, according to preliminary reports from police officials.

The blasts came a day after the single deadliest day in Iraq in more than a year, and punctuated a deadly outburst of violence in recent weeks.

Friday’s bombings occurred near the shrine of Imam Musa al-Kadhim, one of the twelve imams of Shiite Islam, in the Kadhimiya neighborhood of Baghdad. Like the previous bombings, the attacks appeared to target Shiites in particular.

An interior ministry official said that most of those killed appeared to be Iranians making pilgrimages to the shrine. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up as they mingled with crowds gathered in front of checkpoints at the main entrance to the shrine, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, because he was not authorized to speak publicly. In addition to those killed, at least 125 others were wounded.

The streets around the shrine have already been hit by two other suicide bombings this year. On Thursday three suicide bombings — one in Baghdad and two in Diyala, the restive province northeast of the capital — killed more than 80 people.

In barely 24 hours, five bombings have killed at least 140 people and wounded 240.

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Bill Maher is awesome.

I found this in the LA Times today.  It is a hilarious opinion piece about how butthurt some conservatives are right now.

The GOP: divorced from reality
The Republican base is behaving like a guy who just got dumped by his wife.
By Bill Maher

April 24, 2009

If conservatives don't want to be seen as bitter people who cling to their guns and religion and anti-immigrant sentiments, they should stop being bitter and clinging to their guns, religion and anti-immigrant sentiments.

It's been a week now, and I still don't know what those "tea bag" protests were about. I saw signs protesting abortion, illegal immigrants, the bank bailout and that gay guy who's going to win "American Idol." But it wasn't tax day that made them crazy; it was election day. Because that's when Republicans became what they fear most: a minority.

The conservative base is absolutely apoplectic because, because ... well, nobody knows. They're mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore. Even though they're not quite sure what "it" is. But they know they're fed up with "it," and that "it" has got to stop.
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New York Zoo Forced To "Lay Off" Animals


Situation wanted: Will work for hay.

Layoffs in the city have spread from the piggy traders on Wall Street to the animals at the Bronx Zoo.

The institution is closing four exhibits and shipping hundreds of creatures to zoos and aquariums around the country, officials told the City Council Cultural Affairs Committee yesterday.

Deer, bats, porcupines, foxes, lemurs, caimans and antelopes will be pink-slipped as part of the 114-year-old zoo's effort to cope with a $15 million budget shortfall.

"We plan to close four exhibits, four areas of the zoo . . . and we will have to reduce our collections in order to handle the cuts that we already know about," said Bob Cook, executive vice president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the zoo.

Councilman Domenic Recchia (D-Brooklyn), who chairs the committee, was incredulous when Cook told him the loss of "hundreds" of animals would be permanent -- not a temporary fix during the recession.
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Mexico City Flu Epidemic Shuts Down Schools

Mexico City Flu Epidemic Shuts Down Schools

Mexico closed schools across this metropolis of 20 million Friday after at least 16 people died and more than 900 others fell ill from what health officials suspect is a strain of swine flu new to Mexico.

Mexico's Health Secretary Jose Cordova said officials have sent samples to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, to determine whether it's the same virus infecting seven people in Texas and California

Cordova told local media the flu is a "new, different strain ... that originally came from pigs."

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I......actually don't hate this idea.

Hardin jail tries for detainees from Gitmo

Of The Gazette Staff

Economic development officials in Hardin are looking at the soon-to-close detention facility in Guantanamo Bay as a possible fix for the jail sitting empty in Hardin.

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Jan. 22 to close the Guantanamo detention facilities in Cuba where hundreds of enemy combatants have been held since 2002. The closure is to occur in a year, during which time remaining detainees must be returned to their home countries or detained elsewhere.

Meanwhile, a 460-bed detention facility sits empty in Hardin. Built by Two Rivers Authority, the city's economic development arm, the facility was meant to bring economic development to Hardin by creating more than 100 high-paying jobs.

While leaders continue to look for contracts to open the jail, which was completed in 2007, people in Hardin have approached Two Rivers executive director Greg Smith saying they have the answer: Get the contract to hold those prisoners from Guantanamo.

Smith said he started looking into the process to contract - which still isn't clear - and has talked to other possible players, including federal agencies and staffs of the Montana congressional delegation.

It's also not yet clear which agency would operate the facility that ends up holding the detainees.

The Hardin City Council voted Tuesday to support Two Rivers' efforts.

The council resolution states that the city "fully supports the efforts of the Two Rivers Authority to contact State and Federal officials for the purpose of inquiring into the possibility of housing Guantanamo detainees at the Two Rivers Authority in Hardin, Montana, and to determine whether the Two Rivers Detention Center could provide a safe and secure environment for housing said detainees."

Nationally, the focus has been on Alexandria, Va. The town boasts a detention facility and is close to federal courts.

That's nothing on Hardin, Smith said.

Although federal court services are in Billings, Smith contends that the 45 miles of interstate is very likely easier to traverse than several blocks in a metropolitan area.

Any city that takes the detainees is going to have issues to deal with, Smith said. But the federal government won't just dump detainees into an area without bolstering the system to provide them with the due process that is part of Obama's executive order.

"There are 50 states, and some state is going to get this and they're all going to have issues and they're all going to need money," Smith said. "But we have something the others don't."

Smith said Two Rivers Detention Center is a modern, empty facility. It is built so that with just minor conversions it can be upgraded from medium to higher security. Because the detainees would be the only prisoners in the facility, it would be easy to accommodate prisoners' dietary, language and religious requirements.

If someone were to escape, Smith said, there aren't any huge buildings nearby to dodge into. Montana is pretty homogenous, so detainees, many of Middle Eastern descent, would not easily blend into crowds, he said.

And bringing detainees to this area has happened before, Smith said. There were prisoner-of-war camps in Laurel during World War II. There were also internee camps in Missoula and near Powell, Wyo.

Offering a turnkey facility is practically a patriotic duty, Smith said.

"We're offering our president an option," he said. "If he wants it, we have it available. We want to step forward and say, 'Mr. President, we have a solution. How can we make it happen?' "

Smith said there's really no reason for Hardin not to be considered.

"We have to look at the obstacles to overcome and then overcome them," he said. "A lot of it is just getting people to think how it could work."

Two Rivers Authority ran into troubles shortly after construction on the facility finished in July 2007 when the state had no prisoners to send there. Hardin sought contracts with other states to bring in their prisoners, an effort that was shut down for months while the city sued Montana and eventually won the case but hasn't succeeded in finding contracts.

Without prisoners, TRA hasn't been able to repay $27 million in revenue bonds that paid for construction. The project went into default last year. The bond payments are being made from a reserve fund, which would have to be repaid along with the ongoing payments once the facility starts generating revenue.

For Smith and many in Hardin, that can't come soon enough. Smith said it is his job to "uncover every rock" to find ways to get the detention center operating. He knows there are options available, it's just a matter for finding them and seeking out contracts. People who don't like the idea of alleged enemy combatants coming to town can help, he said.

"To those who don't want it, help us find something so we can fill it," Smith said.


Ya know, this is actually not a bad idea.  It's not like anyone else is falling all over themselves to take these guys.  Pretty much the opposite.  I give these folks props for trying to be part of the solution.  I also like the idea that they're thinking of how this would be good for the detainees as well.

ETA:  It also occurs to me that it's in the town's best interest to make sure they take good care of the detainees, which isn't a bad thing either.

Madoff's Righ-hand man to name names

Madoff is behind bars and isn't talking. But a Fortune investigation uncovers secrets of his massive swindle.

The employees were transfixed. Standing on the mid-Manhattan trading floor of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities in late 2007, a half-dozen staffers stared up at the ceiling-mounted TV as CNBC aired a report on the mysterious Palm Beach death of a hedge fund manager who had been leading a double life. The police, it appeared, were even considering the possibility that he had been murdered. "Bernie," someone casually asked as Madoff happened to walk by, "have you heard of this guy?"

Madoff glanced at the screen, blanched, and exploded: "Why the fuck would I be interested in some shit like that?" The employees recoiled. "I never saw him react like that before," says a Madoff trader who witnessed the outburst. "It obviously hit a nerve."

Such a loss of control was highly out of character for the boss. But the traders didn't know at the time that Madoff had an extraordinarily elaborate second life going on just two floors below them, one that was building toward an epic, and inevitable, explosion. It took a special pass to get into the "back office" on 17, where Madoff was conducting his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. And even if a person could get in, there wasn't much to see: an antiquated IBM computer server kept in a locked room, piles of trading statements, and a staff of about 20 paper pushers and clerks.

In retrospect, of course, there were clues, as a Fortune investigation has discovered. The IBM server, for instance, an AS/400 that dated from the 1980s, was so old that some data had to be keyed in by hand, yet Madoff refused to replace it. The ­machine -- which has been autopsied by the government -- was the nerve center of the fraud. The thousands of pages of statements printed out from it showed trades that were never made.

Then there was the man who ran the floor, Frank DiPascali, Madoff's chief deputy on 17. He was a 33-year veteran of the firm, with a rough Queens accent and a high-school education, but nobody was quite sure what he did or what his title was. "He was like a ninja," says a former trader in the legitimate operation upstairs. "Everyone knew he was a big deal, but he was like a shadow."

Follow this link to read the rest. Warning, the rest is very looong, but it has some few interesting parts almost at the end
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Rod explains hair secrets: "I came of age in the disco era."

The secrets of Blago's hair -- so famous, some wondered if it could face indictment separate from the governor -- are finally revealed.

He's not a conditioner guy.

And no blow dryer. Just some shampoo -- and lots and lots of combing.

A TMZ reporter pounced on the former governor in the Los Angeles airport today and posed some of these lofty questions. Blagojevich is in Los Angeles to promote "Get Me Out of Here, I'm a Celebrity," a reality TV show a judge won't let him join.

The first question Blago faced as he walked out of the baggage claim area: "What kind of hair care products do you use?"

Blagojevich, bag slung over his back, explained: "I came of age in the disco era, when you know, the brush was like an extension of your arm."

Is he a conditioner kind of guy, the reporter insisted?

Blago smiled. "Shampoo." Then Blagojevich pulled back: "Are you making fun of me?"

"Nah, nah."

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so glad the Chicago Sun-Times is following this story

Should Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Abuse Be Discussed in Schools?

The topic of teen dating violence has infiltrated all aspects of the media.

In June of 2005, 21-year-old Kristin Michell was murdered by her boyfriend just a few weeks after her graduation from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Although Kristin was never beat by her boyfriend prior to her murder, he was known to be verbally abusive and extremely manipulative. Kristin was oblivious to the warning signs. She was unaware that his temper would escalate to the point where he would take her life. Today, Kristin's parents are urging her high school in Maryland to offer teen dating abuse education.

Maryland isn't the only place parents are asking schools to offer such programs. Dating violence has been the center of attention throughout the United States after a high profile celebrity fight became public. Chris Brown and Rihanna's physical scuffle particularly sparked interesting conversations about teen dating violence. When photos emerged of Rihanna's bruised and bleeding face, parents wondered what type of message the incident would convey to their kids. Unfortunately, the message turned out to be a negative one. Rihanna went back to Brown, and treated the situation as though his behavior was permissible. Women should never feel that being physically assaulted is acceptable, but how would young women know that unless it's taught to them?

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Does Pakistan's Taliban Surge Raise a Nuclear Threat?

Does Pakistan's Taliban Surge Raise a Nuclear Threat?

When asked last year about the security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Mike Mullen didn't hesitate: "I'm very comfortable that the nuclear weapons in Pakistan are secure," he said flatly. Asked the same question earlier this month, his answer had changed. "I'm reasonably comfortable," he said, "that the nuclear weapons are secure."

As America's top military officer, Mullen has traveled regularly to Pakistan - twice in just the past two weeks - for talks with his Pakistani counterpart, General Ashfaq Kayani, and others. And like all those who have risen to four-star rank, Mullen chooses his words with extreme care. Replacing "very comfortable" with "reasonably comfortable" is a decidedly discomforting signal of Washington's concern that no matter how well-guarded the nukes may be today, the chaos now enveloping Pakistan doesn't bode well for their status tomorrow or the day after.

The prospect of turmoil in Pakistan sends shivers up the spines of those U.S. officials charged with keeping tabs on foreign nuclear weapons. Pakistan is thought to possess about 100 - the U.S. isn't sure of the total, and may not know where all of them are. Still, if Pakistan collapses, the U.S. military is primed to enter the country and secure as many of those weapons as it can, according to U.S. officials.
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Long article is LOOOONG, but worth the read

In Obama's Inner Circle, Debate Over Memos' Release Was Intense
Some Feared That a Partisan Outcry Could Obstruct Larger Agenda

By R. Jeffrey Smith, Michael D. Shear and Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, April 24, 2009


As President Obama met with top advisers on the evening of April 15, he faced one of the sharpest policy divides of his young administration.

Five CIA directors -- including Leon E. Panetta and his four immediate predecessors -- and Obama's top counterterrorism adviser had expressed firm opposition to the release of interrogation details in four "top secret" memos in which Bush administration lawyers sanctioned harsh tactics.

On the other side of the issue were Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair and White House counsel Gregory B. Craig, whose colleagues during the campaign recall him expressing enthusiasm for fixing U.S. detainee policy.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates had said he supported the disclosures because he saw the information's release as inevitable and because the White House was willing to promise that CIA officers would not be prosecuted for any abuse. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen sided with Gates.

Seated in Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's West Wing office with about a dozen of his political, legal and security appointees, Obama requested a mini-debate in which one official was chosen to argue for releasing the memos and another was assigned to argue against doing so. When it ended, Obama dictated on the spot a draft of his announcement that the documents would be released, while most of the officials watched, according to an official who was present. The disclosure happened the next day.


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In praise of new policy

Despite criticism, Lieberman says precisely what his voters want him to say
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wtf. First of all, most people did NOT vote for Lieberman, but for Livni. Second of all, Israel was only founded after it had support of other countries. Without that support, it can fall apart again. Third, Lieberman is freaking scary.

I actually know someone who voted for Lieberman. Needless to say, I don't have a lot of respect left over for him.
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Granite State to vote on getting Stoned

NH Sen committee recommends medical marijuana bill

A New Hampshire Senate committee has voted 4-1 to recommend passage of a bill that would allow people with crippling ailments to grow and use small amounts of marijuana.

The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

The bill, already passed the House, would allow severely ill patients or their caregivers to grow and possess six marijuana plants, six seeds and two ounces of the drug. It requires doctors to certify a patient has a debilitating medical condition and would benefit from the therapeutic or palliative benefit from using marijuana.


as a resident of NH and person with severe chronic pain, i'm quite excited about this.

Pew Poll: "Intelligent," "good," "socialist" top 3 words used to describe Obama

This is funny, as I think it shows the US public is less and less associating the word "socialist" with bad stuff. This could be thanks to FOX News and their ilk, who have called everything from school lunch programs to labor laws, which people like, as "socialist," thus associating the word with popular stuff. :)

Describe Obama? 'Socialist' Makes Top Three
Posted by David Paul Kuhn

It's no longer radical for Americans to describe Barack Obama as a "socialist."

Americans were asked their one-word impression of the president. Socialist ranks third, after "intelligent" and "good." Intelligent has topped both the February and April list.

Pew poll: http://people-press.org/report/509/obama-at-100-days

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2 US journalists set to stand trial in N. Korea

2 US journalists set to stand trial in N. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said Friday that two U.S. journalists will stand trial following an investigation into allegations they entered the country illegally and committed "hostile acts."

Laura Ling and Euna Lee, journalists working for former Vice President Al Gore's San Francisco-based Current TV media venture, were arrested March 17 near the North Korean border while reporting on refugees living in China.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency confirmed their detention late last month, saying indictments were being prepared as an investigation into suspected illegal entry and unspecified "hostile acts" continued.

A dispatch Friday said the investigation had concluded, and the reporters will stand trial "on the basis of the confirmed crimes." It did not say exactly what charges they face or when the trial would take place.

Under North Korea's criminal code, conviction for illegal entry could mean up to three years in a labor camp.

Espionage or "hostility toward North Koreans" — possible crimes that could be considered "hostile acts" — could mean five to 10 years in prison, South Korean legal expert Moon Dae-hong said.

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The timing with this couldn't be worse for those two reporters, it really couldn't. They're definitely going to become pawns, no way around it, or made into "examples."
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Short answer, no.

Pundits aside, of course, but who cares what they think.


Dick Cheney is at it again. This time the former vice president is criticizing Pres. Barack Obama on the economy. Cheney tells the F-word network that the president’s expansion of the federal government into the financial sector is likely to have “devastating” long-term effects.

He says he’s “very concerned” about where the Obama administration is taking the country economically. Cheney adds that there doesn’t seem to be any kind of limits on spending — this coming from a member of the administration that more than doubled the national debt in eight years and gave $700 billion to Wall Street with virtually no questions asked.

Cheney said beyond growing deficits, he questions if the White House is redefining the relationship between government and the private sector. These comments are just the latest in a string of criticism aimed at the sitting president.

Cheney has previously questioned Mr. Obama’s national security policies, saying the president is increasing the risk of another terror attack. And he’s also been very vocal in the debate over those Bush era interrogation memos.

Obama aides say the former vice president is out of line in his role as an elder statesman; but Cheney disputes that, saying he hasn’t been personal in his criticisms and he thinks these issues are too important not to speak out.

Note to the former vice president: you and your friends had eight years to run the country… and lots of people think you botched it up pretty good. Now it’s President Obama’s turn.

Here’s my question to you: Does anybody care what Dick Cheney thinks anymore?

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Stimulated: Does S. Korea offer hope for bailouts?

Stimulated: Does S. Korea offer hope for bailouts?

It was a photo finish, but South Korea surprised market watchers by narrowly avoiding recession.
Korean manufacturers are retraining workforce to help bail out the ailing economy.

Instead of an expected downturn, Asia's fourth-largest economy squeaked out slight first-quarter GDP growth of 0.1 percent, rather than contracting by .2 percent as expected, according to the Bank of Korea.

This could signal good news for the global economy, because South Korea was battered harder than other Asian economies by the U.S. credit crisis. The slight increase serves notice to other economies that government stimulus plans may be the way forward, as the South Korean government rushed through a $37 billion stimulus package last year.

"The larger interpretation of these surprising results is that government spending made a big difference. ... We saw rises in construction as well as consumption in (South) Korea," said Frederic Neumann, a senior economist for HSBC. "People can treat (government stimulus) with skepticism, but this is the first data point from the region which shows that government pump-priming does work."

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Murphy Wins in NY-20: Let the Spin Begin!

Murphy Wins in NY-20: Let the Spin Begin!

Republican Jim Tedisco has conceded in the race to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in New York's 20th Congressional District, making Scott Murphy the newest Congressman from the Hudson Valley region.

Democrats, certainly, have reason to have an extra round of drinks tonight. But keep in mind the advice that I issued before:

From an analytical standpoint, whether Scott Murphy remains ahead of Jim Tedisco after absentee ballots are counted (and that is anything but a sure thing) is largely immaterial. [...] When elections are decided by hundredths of a percentage point, there is a lot of luck involved.

[The] default expectation is that a district like NY-20 should indeed be a toss-up -- which is exactly what we wound up getting. The contest turned out about the same .... as we might have expected it to had it been held on November 4th.

The status quo, in other words, was more or less preserved.

That is, first, whether Murphy lost by 400 votes or won by 400 votes does not significantly alter the "meaning" of this election. If he had won by 40,000 votes, or 14,000 votes, or maybe even 4,000 votes, that might have required a different interpretation. But winning by a fraction of a point is not much different than losing by a fraction of a point.
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Obama breaks promise to refer to the Armenian Genocide, as a genocide....sorta

This is my first ever post so I apologize first hand for any mistakes to come. I hope the cut works

Obama's statment on "Armenian Remembrance Day"

"Ninety four years ago, one of the great atrocities of the 20th century began. Each year, we pause to remember the 1.5 million Armenians who were subsequently massacred or marched to their death in the final days of the Ottoman Empire. The Meds Yeghern must live on in our memories, just as it lives on in the hearts of the Armenian people.

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Against Insect Plague, Nevadans Wield Ultimate Weapon: Hard Rock

Against Insect Plague, Nevadans Wield Ultimate Weapon: Hard Rock
Tiny Tuscarora Counts on Stereos Arrayed In Desert to Repel Hungry Mormon Crickets

The residents of this tiny town, anticipating an imminent attack, will be ready with a perimeter defense. They'll position their best weapons at regular intervals, faced out toward the desert to repel the assault.

Then they'll turn up the volume.

Rock music blaring from boomboxes has proved one of the best defenses against an annual invasion of Mormon crickets. The huge flightless insects are a fearsome sight as they advance across the desert in armies of millions that march over, under or into anything in their way.

But the crickets don't much fancy Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones, the townspeople figured out three years ago. So next month, Tuscarorans are preparing once again to get out their extension cords, array their stereos in a quarter-circle and tune them to rock station KHIX, full blast, from dawn to dusk. "It is part of our arsenal," says Laura Moore, an unemployed college professor and one of the town's 13 residents.
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Wonkette: Communist Musical Band Wins Epic Oklahoma Battle Over ‘Official State Rock Song’

Communist Musical Band Wins Epic Oklahoma Battle Over ‘Official State Rock Song’

Oklahoma, a state as thick and red as artery blood, actually had a pretty fun idea for the kids recently! It opened an online vote — they have the Internet there, too! — for the public to select the state’s Official Rock Song, the winner of which would be passed on to the state legislature for final approval. A number of liberal Internet music weblogs linked to the vote, and so the winner by a large margin was the song “Do You Realize??” by those delightful drug monsters, The Flaming Lips, who are from Oklahoma.
The resolution to coronate this song passed the state Senate unanimously… but then it got to the House! And all it takes is one wingnut to start yelling “communism” and “death” to spoil everyone’s fun. And all it takes is one liberal Democrat governor to tell that wingnut to eat a bag of dicks!

The wingnuts in the House helped vote down the resolution, and one of their pretend-excuses for taking these lazy conservative-base political points was that, uh, one of them there band members wore a communist tee shirt once.
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Tarp Wife's husband's company post poor earnings for company

Sauce via:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/24/tarp-wife-her-husbands-co_n_191043.html
Original Sauce: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/CIT-Group-shares-sink-as-apf-15015306.html?.v=1

NEW YORK (AP) -- CIT Group Inc. shares plunged Thursday after the commercial lender reported a hefty loss for the first quarter on higher credit costs, and announced plans to cut its dividend.

Shares dropped 73 cents, or 20.7 percent, to $2.78 in afternoon trading, after falling as much as 25.3 percent to $2.63 earlier in the session.

I bet she is going to say that her husband's company has posted worst earnings than the hiroshima bomb or some other useless "woe is me" hyperbole.
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Greg Puciato vs President Obama, Round 1

Greg Puciato is the lead singer of The Dillinger Escape Plan. I don't know much about him OR the band and its music but I came across an article at MetalSucks.net, in which revealed what kind of beef Puciato had with President Barack Obama.

The source says that it comes from Puciato's MySpace blog.

The entire blog entry is under the cut.

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Note: This is my first post. Not all metal-listeners share his view. Please don't jump to hasty generalizations, if any of that happens here. :[

Obama Condemns Intolerance, Homophobia at Holocaust Museum

Yesterday, Obama spoke at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's annual 'Days of Remembrance' ceremony in commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust:

"To this day, there are those who insist the Holocaust never happened - who perpetrate every form of intolerance — racism, antisemitism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, and more — hatred that degrades its victim and diminishes us all. Today, and every day we have an opportunity, as well as an obligation to confront these scourges. To fight the impulse to turn the channel when we see images that disturb us, or wrap ourselves in the false comforts that others' sufferings are not our own...



Obama Avoids Calling Armenian Killings "Genocide"

Published: April 24, 2009

Filed at 6:40 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama avoided using the word genocide on Friday when describing mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915, and welcomed efforts by Turkey and Armenia to normalise relations.

As a presidential candidate, Obama, who took office in January, had described the killings of Armenians as genocide, but he referred to them as "atrocities" on Friday.

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Obama Repeatedly Reminds House GOP of Their Zero Stimulus Votes

In a meeting with House Republicans at the White House Thursday, President Obama reminded the minority that the last time he reached out to them, they reacted with zero votes -- twice -- for his stimulus package. And then he reminded them again. And again. And again.

A GOP source familiar with the meeting said that the president was extremely sensitive -- even "thin-skinned" -- to the fact that the stimulus bill received no GOP votes in the House. He continually brought it up throughout the meeting.

Obama also offered payback for that goose egg. A major overhaul of the health care system, he told the Republican leadership, would be done using a legislative process known as reconciliation, meaning that the GOP won't be able to filibuster it.

Congress has until October 15 to pass health care or student lending reform under the normal process. If it doesn't, reconciliation can be used to eliminate the 60-vote requirement.

Democratic aides said that Obama made clear to the GOP leadership that he would continue to work in a bipartisan way, but that they didn't have veto power over health care policy. GOP aides, however, said that Obama was pretty clear that reconciliation would be used. "From what was told me, it sounded more like he would almost definitely use reconciliation for healthcare. I don't think he hedged much," said one.

Another GOP aide said that Obama and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) had a back-and-forth about the zero votes. Obama argued that House Republicans had made a "strategic decision" to oppose the stimulus, while Boehner countered that Obama hadn't accepted House Republican input on the bill.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pushed back against the decision to use reconciliation. "As he told the President during a meeting at the White House on Thursday, Senator McConnell and his colleagues want to be part of the solution to reforming our country's health care system and expects the majority party to include Republicans in that process. Sen. McConnell wants a bipartisan solution," said McConnell spokesman Don Stewart.

"Fast-tracking a major legislative overhaul such as health care reform or a new national energy tax without the benefit of a full and transparent debate does a disservice to the American people," said McConnell in a statement. "And it would make it absolutely clear they intend to carry out their plans on a purely partisan basis."

Ryan Grim is the author of the forthcoming book "This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America."


Butthurt over gay marriage in Iowa continues

WND Exclusive
State threatens locals: Marry 'gays' – or else
Attorney general: 'We must live by and follow what the courts decide'

Posted: April 24, 2009
12:10 am Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily


Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is warning the county recorders' offices in his state that workers must process "marriage" licenses for same-sex duos or face possible charges in a court of law.

"If necessary, we will explore legal actions to enforce and implement the court's ruling, working with the Iowa Dept. of Public Health and county attorneys," he warned on his website.

But an announcement today from a statewide pro-family organization and a public interest law firm with a reach that goes around the world means the issue of same-sex weddings eventually could end up back in court.

The statements from Miller relate to the state Supreme Court's decision that Iowa must provide same-sex couples access to the state's marriage processes.

Miller praised the decision as "clear and well-reasoned" and explained it is expected to take effect April 27, since court offices are closed tomorrow.


In a series of messages on his website, he first "advised" recorders and registrars to provide "full access" to marriage.

Then he instructed: "A county registrar should furnish the forms in the same manner as in opposite gender applications."

"The Supreme Court's decision … does change state law: the decision expressly strikes from Iowa Code chapter 595 the language which limits civil marriage to a man and a woman," he ordered.

Then came the warning that "legal actions" could be pursued.


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Biden's Approval Lower than Cheney's in 2001, Obama Below Reagan

CNN's Lou Dobbs on Thursday night highlighted how a new poll discovered Vice President Joe Biden is presently “less popular than Vice President Cheney was in July of 2001.” Indeed, a survey of 1,500 conducted for the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press to assess where President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Biden stand with the public as the administration's 100-day mark approaches, determined: “Only about half of Americans (51%) say they have a favorable impression of Joe Biden -- comparable to the 55% who felt favorably toward Al Gore in April 1993 and lower than the 58% favorability rating Dick Cheney received in July 2001.”

Dobbs also pointed out how President Barack Obama, at 63 percent approval, is at “the same percentage as President Carter at this stage of his presidency. But President Reagan was even more popular than either of them: 67 percent.”

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LOL thought crime

PRAGUE (AP) — Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was detained by police in the Czech Republic on Friday on suspicion of denying the Holocaust.

Police spokesman Jan Mikulovsky said the action was taken because Duke does that in his book "My Awakening," which is punishable by up to three years in Czech prisons.

Duke traveled to the republic to promote the book's Czech translation of the book at the invitation of neo-Nazis.

Mikulovsky declined to give any further details, citing an ongoing investigation.

Prague's Charles University also banned a Duke lecture scheduled there Friday for students taking a course on extremism.

Duke, a resident of Louisiana and a former Republican state legislator there, also was to have given lectures over the weekend in Prague and the country's second-largest city, Brno.

The KKK is a white supremacist group in the U.S. famous for its oppression of blacks, Jews and other minorities.

ETA: Group question, Should an American Citizen be seized in a 3rd world warm and close allied country (or
any nation
, for that matter) for thought-crime?

Hollywood just LOVES racial diversity...when it’s in the background



4.20.2009 - An update on the live-action Last Airbender movie and the controversy over its mostly white principal cast. MANAA, the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, was among the many groups and individuals protesting these racist casting decisions, and sent a letter to the movie's producers. Here's the letter they received from Paramount last month in response:

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You tell him, Shane, bb!


Shane Murphy, Freed Pirate Hostage, Slams "Disgusting" Rush Limbaugh

Shane Murphy, second-in-command aboard the ship seized by Somali pirates this month, is happy to be home. But he's not happy to be sharing turf with land-lubber Rush Limbaugh, who politicized the pirate affair by referring to the pirates as "black teenagers."

"It feels great to be home," said Murphy in an interview with WCBV in Boston. "It feels like everyone around here has my back, with the exception of Rush Limbaugh, who is trying to make this into a race issue...that's disgusting."

Limbaugh made the remark to suggest why President obama might have appeared preoccupied at church on the day of the operation to rescue the ship's captain, who was taken hostage by the pirates until Navy SEAL snipers shot them in a daring rescue effort.

"He was worried about the order he had given to wipe out three teenagers on the high seas," Limbaugh said. "Black Muslim teenagers."

"You gotta get with us or against us here, Rush," Murphy said. "The president did the right thing...It's a war.... It's about good versus evil. And what you said is evil. It's hate speech. I won't tolerate it."

NGL, I think Shane's kinda hot for telling off Rush Limbaugh. ^_^

Dalai Lama a fan of FOX News?

The Dalai Lama praised American democracy and said he thinks President Obama is realistic and open, in an exclusive interview with FOX News during his five-city tour of the United States.


"I think the global economic crisis, in a way, is good, to teach people who usually see their luxurious way of life. Now, I think it reminds people there are limitations. It's unrealistic to always expect grow, grow, grow, grow," he said.

As a final gesture, the FOX News crew presented the Dalai Lama with a FOX News mug. He promptly held it up, smiled and insisted he be photographed holding it.

From: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,517837,00.html
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McCain defends Napolitano by saying 9-11 terrorists did come from Canada

John McCain is the latest high-profile politician to repeat the diehard American falsehood that the 9-11 terrorists entered the United States through Canada.

Just days after Janet Napolitano, the U.S. homeland security secretary, sparked a diplomatic kerfuffle by suggesting the terrorists took a Canadian route to the U.S. eight years ago, McCain defended her by saying that, in fact, the former Arizona governor was correct.

"Well, some of the 9-11 hijackers did come through Canada, as you know," McCain, last year's Republican presidential candidate, said on Fox News on Friday.

The Arizona senator's remarks prompted the Canadian embassy to immediately reissue remarks made earlier this week by Ambassador Michael Wilson, who reminded Americans once again that no 9-11 perpetrators came to the U.S. via Canada.
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