April 29th, 2009

Americans agree with Jack Nicholson: They can't handle the truth!

Most Americans oppose interrogation probe: poll
Tue Apr 28, 11:54 am ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Americans oppose a U.S. congressional investigation into harsh interrogation methods used on terrorism suspects during the Bush administration, a poll said on Tuesday.

A CBS News/New York Times poll found that 62 percent of Americans do not think Congress should hold hearings to investigate the treatment of detainees, about the same proportion as in a similar poll in February.

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Related is an ABC/Washington Post poll that found Americans sorta like torture, if it works.
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Hate Groups are Benefiting from Obama's Election

Rebranding Hate in the Age of Obama
With an African-American president and the economy in bad shape, extremist groups are trying to enter the mainstream—and they're having some success.

It's not about hate, it's about love. Love of white people. That's the message in songs, speeches and casual conversation during a weekend retreat in Zinc, Ark., sponsored by the Christian Revival Center and the Knights Party, an offshoot of the Ku Klux Klan. There's no overt threat of violence here. No cross burnings (or "lightings," as the KKK prefers to call them). The only fire at the grassy compound, located at the end of a long, rocky road circled by turkey vultures, is a bonfire for the Knights youth corps to roast their s'mores. The kids draw pictures of white-hooded Klanspeople and sing songs about the oppressed Aryan race; rousing sermons are read from Bibles decorated with Confederate flags. Aryan souvenirs are for sale, including baseball caps proclaiming IT'S LOVE, NOT HATE and advertising THE ORIGINAL BOYZ IN THE HOOD.

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Source, and the rest of the story here.

Notice on page 3 it says "Due to high volume, comments have been disabled". I shudder to think.
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Obama's First 100 Days: 10 Achievements You Didn't Know About

Despite the anticipation that accompanies it, the marking of a president's first 100 days in office is a decidedly predictable affair. The White House, while downplaying the metric, nevertheless goes to great lengths to stress the enormity of its own accomplishments. Critics, not surprisingly, carry a diametrically different message; only this time, terms like socialist and fascist are bandied about.

That said, conservatives and progressives alike do seem to be in agreement on one aspect of the Obama presidency: one hundred days into office and a lot has been done. From new approaches to two wars to more than a trillion dollars of government spending; from pirate attacks to flu epidemics; from controversial cartoons to Senatorial defections; a full news day has not this administration lacked.

The abnormally packed cycle has had its side effects. Stories that once could or would receive front page treatment have faded fast. Indeed, some of the most consequential changes made by the president to date - affecting our nation's health care system, infrastructure, urban and foreign policy - have received modest to little coverage, either discussed but not appreciated, or reported but not in great depth. As Obama gets set to host a press conference marking his first 100 days, the Huffington Post asked administration officials as well as Democrats inside and out of government for their picks of under-appreciated stories during this time period. Here are ten of those stories.


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'Cause she's awesome, that's why.

Why Michelle Obama inspires women around the globe

(CNN) -- Heather Ferreira works in the slums of Mumbai, India, where she has watched thousands of women live under a "curse."

The women she meets in the squalid streets where "Slumdog Millionaire" was filmed are often treated with contempt, she says. They're considered ugly if their skin and hair are too dark. They are deemed "cursed" if they only have daughters. Many would-be mothers even abort their children if they learn they're female.

Yet lately she says Indian women are getting another message from the emergence of another woman thousands of miles away. This woman has dark skin and hair. She walks next to her husband in public, not behind. And she has two daughters. But no one calls her cursed. They call her Michelle Obama, the first lady.

"She could be a new face for India," says Ferreira, program officer for an HIV-prevention program run by World Vision, an international humanitarian group. "She shows women that it's OK to have dark skin and to not have a son. She's quite real to us."

Those who focus on Michelle Obama's impact on America are underestimating her reach. The first lady is inspiring women of color around the globe to look at themselves, and America, in fresh ways.

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Disgusting Anti-Gay 'Guest Column' in the Des Moines Register

Chuck Hurley's Iowa Family Policy Center is behind a disgusting "guest column" in the Des Moines Register by Karl and Judy Schowengerdt about their late son being "recruited into the homosexual lifestyle" and then dying of AIDS while the homosexuals who recruited him rejected him.

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UPDATE:  This guy named Shane Vander Hart posted an entry about the Schowengerdts' article on his website.

Karl & Judy Schowengerdt are friends of my parents, and attend the church my family and I went to before I was an interim pastor.  Their son, Randy, who was involved in the homosexual lifestyle died as a result of complications caused by AIDS.  This was an extremely difficult time for them, and I am so thankful that they shared their experience.

Feel free to respond in his comments section. There are already a couple of rational people there.
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Obama Crack Sentencing Laws Change In Works

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is asking Congress to close the big gap in prison sentences for dealing crack versus powdered cocaine, a law that critics say is unfair to blacks.

Such sentencing reform efforts tend to focus on lowering the mandatory minimum sentences for crack cocaine possession, but in prepared testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer did not spell out exactly how the administration hopes to make the law more fair.

"The administration believes Congress' goal should be to completely eliminate the disparity in prison sentences between crack cocaine and powdered cocaine," Breuer said in written testimony to be delivered Wednesday.

Federal law now has what lawyers call a "100-to-1" ratio for cocaine sentences, in which a person selling five grams of crack faces the same five-year mandatory minimum sentence as someone selling 500 grams of powder cocaine.
Critics of the law say it unfairly punishes black offenders, pointing to statistics showing 82 percent of federal crack cocaine convicts were black, while nine percent were white.

President Barack Obama had called for such a change while campaigning for the White House.

Breuer said the government should focus on punishing drug trafficking networks, like the cartels wreaking havoc in Mexico, and those whose crimes include acts of violence.

The Obama administration is also seeking to increase drug treatment, as well as rehabilitation programs for felons after they're released from prison.

While politicians often support laws lengthening prison terms for various crimes, it is rarer to try to reduce sentences, in part out of concern they may appear soft on crime. But recently, some states have been moving on their own to temper long-standing "get tough" laws.

In New York last month, state leaders reached an agreement to repeal the last vestiges of the Rockefeller drug laws, once seen as the harshest in the nation. Kentucky enacted changes that would put more addicts in treatment, and fewer behind bars.

The Justice Department is working on recommendations for a new set of sentences for cocaine, and Breuer urged Congress to overhaul the current law, written in 1986 at the height of public concern about crack use.

Since then, Breuer argued, prosecutors' views of crack cocaine has evolved to a more "refined understanding" of crack and powdered cocaine usage.

He also suggested that until such changes are made, federal prosecutors may encourage judges to use their discretion to depart from the current sentencing guidelines. Such departures are rare in the federal courts.

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First photo album: An intimate & personal look at the Obama White House

It was 1963 when 2-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. poked his head out of his father’s Oval Office desk, providing an iconic image for the age of Camelot.

Now comes the Bamelot update — a new snap of President Obama about to climb under the very same desk while a delighted, if slightly shocked, Caroline Kennedy looked on.

“When she walked into the Oval Office, they started talking about the desk,” official White House photographer Pete Souza said of the late President’s daughter to CBS. “And I think the President in the back of his mind remembered that famous photo of John Kennedy.”

There is a trapdoor on the famous desk, and the President “was looking to see if there was a way to open that door.”

The candid image was one of many released Tuesday that reveal that life hasn’t been all work for Obama in his first 100 days — a mark he reaches today.

He’ll acknowledge the milestone tonight with a prime-time news conference from the White House.

The snaps offer an intimate, rarely seen portrait of life in the White House — and what a life it is.

There’s the President and First Lady Michelle Obama kicking back in the White House’s plush private theater, sliding on 3-D specs.
There’s the First Couple sharing a private joke while dancing.

And who knew you could sled at the White House? First Daughters Sasha and Malia do — Souza caught them hitting the hills with Mom behind their new home.

Newly released photos

Virginia Foxx: Story of Matthew Shepard's Murder A "Hoax"

Virginia Foxx: Story of Matthew Shepard's Murder A "Hoax" (VIDEO)

As the House of Representatives debates an expansion of hate crimes legislation, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) has taken the rhetoric to a new level, claiming that those who say Matthew Shepard was murdered in Wyoming for being gay are perpetrating a "hoax" on the American people.

"I also would like to point out that there was a bill -- the hate crimes bill that's called the Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn't because he was gay. This -- the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it's really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills," said Foxx.

A Foxx spokesman didn't immediately return a call. The Matthew Shepard "hoax" notion is a popular meme on right-wing blogs.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is dedicated to reducing hate crimes.

The New York Times reported in 1998: "According to the local police and prosecutors, the two men lured Mr. Shepard out of a bar by saying they were gay. Then, the Laramie police say, the pair kidnapped Mr. Shepard, pistol-whipped him with a .357 Magnum, and left him tied to a ranch fence for 18 hours until a passing bicyclist spotted Mr. Shepard, who was unconscious."

"She should be ashamed," said Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), himself a victim of a hate crime during the struggle for civil rights. "That is unreal, unbelievable. The law enforcement people and almost every reasonable person I know believes he was murdered because he was gay."

wingnuts says: Obama wouldnt be popular if it wasnt for black folks

Investigative Reporter Byron York Exposes Black Support for Democratic President

Byron York engages in a perennial conservative media stunt — breaking down poll numbers between blacks and whites to make the point that Democrats wouldn’t be so popular if it wasn’t for the 14th Amendment. Or something. I’ve really never figured this out. (Some of the less tactful analysis I’ve seen on this was David Horowitz’s 1998 comment that “the black community votes like a communist country.”)

[Obama's] sky-high ratings among African-Americans make some of his positions appear a bit more popular overall than they actually are. Asked whether their opinion of the president is favorable or unfavorable, 49 percent of whites in the Times poll say they have a favorable opinion of Obama. Among blacks the number is 80 percent. Twenty-one percent of whites say their view of the president is unfavorable, while the number of blacks with unfavorable opinions of Obama is too small to measure.

Wow! That’s really something! What could possibly explain this if not racial solidarity? Except …
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Jon Huntsman, Utah Governor, Barred By GOP Group For Supporting Gay Unions

Jon Huntsman, Utah Governor, Barred By GOP Group For Supporting Gay Unions

Michigan Republicans scrambled to find other events for Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to attend after a western Michigan GOP group withdrew its invitation.

Huntsman had been scheduled to speak to Kent County Republicans at the invitation of GOP county chairwoman Joanne Vorhees. But Vorhees changed her mind, apparently over Huntman's support for civil unions for gay couples.

Campaign for Michigan Families Chairman Gary Glenn said in statement that "Kent County's principled stand sends a strong message nationwide that grass roots conservatives will not embrace liberals who want to abandon the GOP platform's commitment to traditional family values."

He urged Republicans in other counties to also cancel their events. But Huntsman apparently is welcome in other locations around Michigan, including heavily populated Oakland County northwest of Detroit. Michigan Republican Party spokeswoman Jennifer Hoff confirmed Huntsman will be attending an Oakland County event.

Huntsman's spokeswoman, Lisa Roskelley, said the governor's office received notice Saturday that the Kent County invitation was being withdrawn. She said she'd have to double-check on the reason.

"We've already filled in the time he has available," she told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "He has about four or five events while he's in Michigan. He's had a lot of requests to speak at a lot of different organizations."

Huntsman has been mentioned as a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2012.
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Michele Bachman says FDR enacted Smoot-Hawley tariff & caused Great Depression

Either she's knowingly lying and trying to confuse people, or she is stupid.

The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act was named after two Republican congressmen, and was passed under Republican President Herbert Hoover three years before FDR took office. But never mind the truth, it's Michele Bachman's turn at the mic...

According Edge of the West:

FDR wanted so badly to cause the Depression he traveled back in time to get a bad law passed, and for good measure, took a side trip so he could pick up the Reverend Spooner to make the name of the act even sillier.

For bonus points, Coolidge was apparently president during the recession of 1920-21.
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Huntsman tells his party they can't just say "no", remains sexy while doing so

Exclusive: Utah's Republican Governor Warns GOP Leaders, "You Can't Just Say No"

It's Time for Party to Advance Workable Alternatives Rather Than Block the Door, Gov. Says

With the party reeling from Sen. Arlen Specter's defection, a prominent moderate Republican governor is warning that GOP leaders in Washington have failed to offer a positive alternative to President Obama's initiatives.

"You can't just say no. You can't just obstruct or obfuscate," Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said in an interview with ABC News. "Instead of just kind of grousing and complaining, it would do us all a whole lot of good if we actually started engaging directly in finding compromises and common ground and shared solutions."

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I started bolding but it would have ened up being the whole article. GOD I love our Republican boyfriend.

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 Did You Support Gay Adoption Ban? Congrats: You've Been Outed!knowthyneighbor


Thought the public disclosure requirements for Prop 8 donors was an invasion of privacy? Sorry, shamed conservatives, but you're facing another supposed violation! Arkansans who last year signed petitions to put a gay adoption ban on the state ballot are seeing their names posted on the Internet. All 83,000 of them.

On KnowThyNeighbor.org — which has previously posted names from similar anti-gay efforts in Florida, Massachusetts, and Oregon — anyone can find the names of petition signers who helped get the "no unmarried singles" law passed. While it also affects single heteros, the ban was undoubtedly aimed at gay moms and dads.

Naturally, conservatives are pissed their identities are being made public. "This is pure intimidation," says the Family Council's director Jerry Cox. "Everyone who looks at this Web site can see this is an effort on the part of radical gay organizations to intimidate citizens into not exercising their rights."

Only problem? Their identities were already public. Signing a petition to support a ballot measure means your name becomes part of the public record. And that's how it should be. Any citizen who wants to influence public policy should be known to her constituents. It's that very transparency that lends some legitimacy to this thing we call democracy.

But the Family Council is threatening to litigate the matter. And they may have some standing.

[...] legislation passed during this year’s legislative session limiting information that can be made public about concealed-carry permit holders.

Act 1291 of 2009 keeps the names and zip codes of concealed carry permit holders public but exempts other information from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. The original legislation would have shielded all information about permit holders from the FOI law.

“If the Legislature can protect the identities of concealed carry permit holders, the Legislature should be able to protect people who sign petitions,” Cox said.

In the meantime, get to know your hateful Arkansas neighbors.


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 Carrie Prejean To Star In New NOM Ad 

You just knew this was coming, right? Via Ben Smith at Politico:
Miss California, Carrie Prejean, who offered memorable opposition to same-sex marriage and a young, attractive new face for the movement against it, will appear tomorrow at a press conference hosted by the National Organization for Marriage at the National Press Club, according to a press release from the group.She'll be launching a new ad, the second in what the group says is a $1.5 million campaign. The ad, the release says, will address:

"What happens when a young California beauty pageant contestant is asked, "Do you support same-sex marriage?" She is attacked viciously for having the courage to speak up for her truth and her values. But Carrie's courage inspired a whole nation and a whole generation of young people because she chose to risk the Miss USA crown rather than be silent about her deepest moral values. "No Offense" calls gay marriage advocates to account for their unwillingness to debate the real issue: Gay marriage has consequences."
And all the intertubes rubbed their hands in glee over the coming parody opportunities.

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What Kind of Democrat Will Arlen Specter Be?

What Kind of Democrat Will Arlen Specter Be?

by Nate Silver @ 7:02 PM

My first take on Arlen Specter's defection to the Democratic Party was rather skeptical. Although the move is undoubtedly quite psychologically damaging for the GOP, there is room to question how much it will actually change the way that the sausage gets made in the Congress. If, for example, Arlen Specter is a Ben Nelson kind of Democrat, voting against initiatives like EFCA while driving an extremely hard bargain on health care, it is hard to see how Democrats gain, since there is little to distinguish a Ben Nelson type of Democrat from an Arlen Specter type of Republican.

I've now had the chance to examine the data on party-switching in more detail. When Congressmen have changed parties in the past, this has generally been accompanied by relatively material changes in their voting patterns -- thus, Democrats have ample reason to be pleased. Nevertheless, odds are that Specter will line up squarely in the conservative half of the Democratic caucus and will probably leave room to his left for a primary challenge.

Since 1980, according to Wikipedia, 20 Congressmen (16 Representatives and 4 Senators) have switched from one party to the other. The vast majority of these switches -- 17 of 20 -- were from the Democratic Party to the Republicans, mostly among conservative Southern Democrats in the 1980s and early 90s. Only Specter, Long Island Representative Michael Forbes and Jim Jeffords have gone the other way. I classify these Congressmen, by the way, by which party they caucused with regardless of how cute they tried to get about the label attached to their name. Thus Jeffords is treated as going from Republican to Democrat even though he still called himself an independent, whereas Joe Lieberman is not classified as a party-switcher because he never ceased caucusing with the Democrats.

I then looked up DW-NOMINATE data for each of these party switchers. DW-NOMINATE is a liberal-conservative classification which has conveniently assigned scores to each Congressman in each Congress from the 18th Century onward. DW-NOMINATE scores generally run from -1 for an extremely liberal Congressman to +1 for an extremely conservative one (although ratings slightly greater than 1 or less than -1 are possible under exceptional circumstances). The ratings for a select group of Senators in the 110th Congress follow below.

Click on the link to read the rest and see the graphs, since I didn't want to hotlink.


Related to nothing, turning on the computer to see the news about Specter was a wonderful birthday present (I'm officially OLD!). :D
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Congressman Talks Dirty on House Floor

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) likely set a congressional record Thursday for the most sexual terms mentioned in one speech on the House floor.

"I apologize to our transcriber, but I want to put into the record what we have to put up with in the Rules Committee," says Hastings, who then goes on to read a long, long, long list of sexual behavior that is specifically not protected by hate crimes legislation that passed the House Thursday.


Barack Obama takes a shot at tea-baggers and Faux news, remains a BAMF while doing so.

Obama Takes Swipe At Fox News, Tea Baggers


Barack Obama has largely left the partisan shots at his conservative opponents to his aides and the DNC, except when directly asked for a response.

But during his town hall appearance on Wednesday in Arnold, Missouri, the president took an unprompted swipe at the cable news networks (presumably, Fox News) and Tea Party protesters ("folks waving tea bags around") whose complaints about government spending, he said, were the equivalent of political gamesmanship.

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impeaching this president would be a form of censorship

AIM CHAT = ontdp

- http://www.whitehouse.gov/live2/
- http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=stream1

ps, Obama's first 100 days according to his facebook news feed

official ontdp drinking game
whenever someone coughs = 1 shot
whenever someone hacks = 2 shots
whenever two people cough at once = take a swig
whenever someone says 'pakistan' = 1 shot
whenever obama says 'pahkistahn' = 2 shots
whenever someone brings up torture = take a swig
whenever someone brings up something the bush administration did = take a swig
whenever barack pwnds someone = take 2 swigs
whenever rahm appears = chug the whole bottle

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Howard Stern on gay marriage

Howard Stern issued a strong message of support for gay people on his show today, in only the way Howard can:

"My feeling about gay people is that we have a responsibility not only to make gay marriage acceptable and to make gays feel accepted as much as heterosexuals...Gay people are downtrodden They are beaten. They are abused for their sexuality, and it goes across race. In the white community and the black community gay people are the bastards of the world. And in order for things to change, because any one of you could have gay children, or gay relatives, or gay friends...we have a responsibility to make this acceptable, to get all this bullshit so that some gay kid going to high school doesn't get the shit beaten out of him just because he's gay...I'm as heterosexual as they come. What is this hang-up about gay marriage? Who cares? Get on with your life!"

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NH Senate Votes to Allow Gay Marriage

NH Senate votes to allow gay marriage


The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. - The state Senate voted Wednesday to move New Hampshire a step closer to becoming the fifth state to allow gay marriage, but made a distinction between religious and civil ceremonies, bringing back an idea the House rejected in March.

The bill, which passed the Senate 13-11, goes to the House, which can agree with the Senate, kill the bill or ask to negotiate something different.

Gov. John Lynch would only see a bill if both chambers agree. Lynch has said marriage is a word that should be reserved for the union of a man and a woman, but he has not specifically said he would veto a gay marriage bill.

"I still believe the fundamental issue is about providing the same rights and protections to same-sex couples as are available to heterosexual couples," Lynch said in a statement Wednesday.
"This was accomplished through the passage of the civil unions law two years ago. To achieve further real progress, the federal government would need to take action to recognize New Hampshire civil unions."

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LOL - Bachmann screws up again, anchor corrects her

Earlier today Republican nutjob Michele Bachmann delivered a multi-layered cake of fail by claiming FDR passed "h00t-Smalley" [sic] and thereby caused the Great Depression. (That moment of fail is on video on ontd_political HERE.) (Smoot-Hawley passed under GOP Pres. Hoover and is named after two GOP Congressman and FDR didn't ... well, anyway ...)

Now, here is Bachmann also saying swine flu originally broke out under "Democrat President Jimmy Carter." The anchor corrects her; swine flu broke out the first time under Republican Pres. Gerald Ford...


Obama To GOP: You Have To Start Meeting Me Halfway

Obama To GOP: You Have To Start Meeting Me Halfway

One hundred days into office, Barack Obama's list of accomplishments is certainly immense. From the budget, passed by the Senate on Wednesday night, to a stimulus package, the current administration has put in place an economic framework that will shape domestic policy for decades to come. Those achievement, however, have come at a cost to another tenet of the Obama agenda: the dawning of a bipartisan age.

Only three Republican members of Congress in total cast votes in favor of the aforementioned proposals. One of those, Sen. Arlen Specter, decided that life would flow more swimmingly if he changed party affiliations.
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Fort Worth ISD shuts down all schools due to Swine Flu

FORT WORTH - Late Wednesday night, the Fort Worth Independent School District said it would be joining the Cleburne Independent School District in its decision to close all of their schools due to concerns over the swine flu threat.

Earlier in the day, the district announced it would close South Hills Elementary, McLean 6th Grade, W.P. McLean Middle School and Westcliff Elementary until May 11. FWISD is awaiting results from the CDC on four probable cases of swine flu.

The first student to become ill was at McLean Middle School, and is now reported to be in good condition.

The Tarrant County Health Department reported three other students, one from each of the other schools originally listed for closure, were likely to have the swine flu.

Richardson was the first district to take action after a student at Canyon Creek Elementary School was confirmed to have swine flu. Graham Cracker Express, a preschool in Richardson, announced later it too would close its doors until next Monday.

Wednesday, the Cleburne Independent School District announced it would close all its schools, and encouraged childcare centers to follow suit.

The Lewisville Independent School District closed Hebron Valley Elementary School in Carrollton because of three probable cases of the swine flu.

Now, the Golden Rule Charter School in Dallas and pre-kindergarten through second grade classes were canceled at the Universal Academy in Irving.

I don't know if I'm supposed to be worried or sit back and enjoy the LOL.  People are starting to freak the fuck out over this shit.

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LOLitics | Black Joe Biden

"Biden worked on Specter '100 days'".

Carol E. Lee | April 28, 2009 04:56 PM EST

In the Democratic Party’s courtship of Arlen Specter, no one may have played a bigger role than Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden has been trying to convince Specter to switch parties for at least the past five years, but those efforts were stepped up once he was sworn in as vice president, a senior White House official said.

Biden has met or spoken on the phone with Specter an average of once a week since the Inauguration. And after Specter became one of three Senate Republicans to support the administration’s stimulus package, those conversations were increased.

In the past 10 weeks, Biden has spoken with Specter 14 times — six in person and eight on the phone, according to the senior official.

Biden said at a fundraiser in Houston Tuesday that he's been trying to convince Specter "that he is really Democrat" for over two decades.

But, he added, "I have been working on that in earnest for the past four years and double-time for the past 100 days."

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See, that's what happens when you over-analyze Biden's public statements in anticipation of mock-worthy "gaffes". Evidently, he'll wait 100 days, and then responds with some kind of proverbial surprise!cockslap.
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Kiev Lets Gazprom Upgrade Pipelines

30 April 2009By Anatoly Medetsky / The Moscow Times
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Wednesday invited Gazprom to take part in efforts to upgrade her country's sprawling gas pipelines, but that didn't fully heal the wounds that bilateral ties suffered from Ukraine's recent pipeline deal with the European Union.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said after talks with Tymoshenko that Russia needed more time to study Ukraine's request for a $5 billion loan to buy Russian gas. In an apparent reference to Ukraine's deal with the EU, he sarcastically suggested that Ukraine could always turn to Brussels for a speedier response if it wanted money.
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