May 31st, 2009


Cancer = elections in Brazil

Brazilian VP seeks experimental treatment in Houston as last hope, Chief of Staff (seen as presidential hopeful for 2010) going through chemo, media goes crazy.

Do Hillary and Biden hold hands?

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Second article roughly translated by me. The attention this is getting here is kinda lame. Dilma is on TV a lot these days. Wish them all well (poor Alencar! He's been fighting cancer for 12 years!) and hope 2010 is fun, so far everybody seems desperate.

Pro-choice doctor murdered in Kansas while at church

Posted on Sun, May. 31, 2009

George Tiller shot to death at Wichita church
The Wichita Eagle

George Tiller, the Wichita doctor who became a national lightning rod in the debate over abortion, was shot to death this morning as he walked into church services.

Tiller was shot just after 10 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church at 7601 E. 13th, where he was a member of the congregation. Witnesses and a police source confirmed Tiller was the victim.

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***UPDATE: New York Times article here.

Also, Bill O'Reilly helped stoke anger against this guy, for ex.:


"O'Reilly's Target Shot Dead in Church" @ Andrew Sullivan's Daily DIsh blog

Obama says no to Israel... He is an anti-semite!!!!

'Obama's decrees are like Pharaoh's'

"The American demand to prevent natural growth is unreasonable, and brings to mind Pharaoh who said: Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river," Science Minister and Habayit Hayehudi head Daniel Herschkowitz said Sunday,
referring to US President Barack Obama's demand to freeze all settlement activity, even that ensuing from natural growth.

Speaking ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting, mathematician Herschkowitz furthered his point with a simple equation. "If there is a family that expands from one child to four or five, what should we tell them - to ship the children off to Petah Tikva? This is an unacceptable demand, even if it comes from the Americans, and Israel should reject it decisively," he affirmed.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai said, "The American demand to freeze construction means expulsion for young people living in large locales. I hope the US administration understands that. If not, I don't want to be an apocalyptic prophet saying we're facing struggle and confrontation. The concessions they're demanding of us are a security impediment we cannot withstand."

Information and Diaspora Minister Yuli Edelstein chose a positive perspective on the dispute threatening an Israeli-American rift.

"The recent days prove what luck we have that it is [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu's government conducting talks on West Bank natural growth and construction in Jerusalem," he said. "Just imagine someone else, he would have led us to an entanglement lasting generations."

"We aren't headed for a confrontation with the White House, but rather for understandings, and Netanyahu's visit there proved it. President Obama is a friend of Israel, and I'm sure we can resolve the disagreements," Edelstein added.

Welfare and Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog of the Labor party stressed the importance in preventing a head-on collision with Obama.

"The current American administration sees things differently than the last two presidents did. Construction is being undertaken around Jerusalem according to understandings with previous administrations. Israel wants very much to reach understandings, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak's upcoming trip to Washington proves it," Herzog said.

Top Republican Has Effusive Praise For Sotomayor...

Top Republican Has Effusive Praise For Sotomayor (VIDEO)

Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, let his Republican counterpart do the heavy lifting on Sunday's Meet The Press, when it came to the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, had effusive words of praise for Sotomayor.

"Let me just say that this lady has got a good record, as Pat said, for a judge," said Sessions, while sitting next to Leahy. "Prosecutor, lawyer, judge, district trial judge, federal judge--she's smart, she's capable."

Sessions didn't end there, adding, "She's got the kind of background you would look for, almost an ideal mix of private practice, trial prosecution and circuit judge. That's strong in her favor."

Sessions warm remarks are an early indication of just how difficult it will be for Republicans to block her nomination.
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Mitch McConnell Is a Cop Out Artist; Still Has Turkey Wattle

McConnell: Better things to do than play 'speech police'

Posted: 12:51 PM ET

From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN Sunday he disagrees with conservative commentators who have labeled Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a racist, but said he has better things to do than be "the speech police."

"Look. I've got a big job to do dealing with 40 Senate Republicans and trying to advance the nation's agenda, and better things to do than be the speech police over people who have their views about a very important appointment," McConnell told CNN's John King on State of The Union. "So I'm not going to get into policing everybody's speech."

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lol, if you needed any further evidence of McConnell being a redneck-appeasing self-serving PR machine (with bad teeth and frog eyes to boot), there you go.

so she's not racist but you're not going to take your people to task for saying she's racist because you're too busy? which is also why you're sitting down on a talkshow with the love child of jay leno and sam the eagle. oic.

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But you were up to your old tricks in chapters four, five, and six

Plan of Attack

Bob Woodward versus the White House.

In early May, White House Counsel Greg Craig circulated a memo inside the West Wing. Part of a series of memos on protocol, it explained how to deal with writers researching books and articles on the White House. (Craig's unsurprising instructions: Clear interview requests with the press office.) While the memo didn't mention any journalists by name--and while there are currently no fewer than half a dozen major reporters under contract to write books about the nascent Obama presidency and the 2008 campaign, any of whom could conceivably end up embarrassing the administration--there is one person in particular the White House is undoubtedly nervous about: Bob Woodward.

Since the inauguration, the Washington Post legend has been quietly reporting a new book on the Obama White House. "I'm in the preliminary stages of working on it," Woodward confirmed to me by phone recently. "I'm working on it and making progress."

Officially, the White House says it is not adopting a press strategy to respond to Woodward. Ben LaBolt, an Obama spokesman, wrote in an e-mail that the Craig memo "was not issued in relation to any inquiry related to a specific reporter or author." Still, there is reason to think that Woodward might make the administration particularly anxious. "Every White House is wary of Woodward," says New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker, who worked alongside him at the Post. What's more, Obama's White House is known to hate process stories, exactly the sort of exhaustive, in-the-room descriptions of high-level debates at which Woodward excels. And, even worse, Woodward has some extra motivation to fill his next book with big scoops. His fourth and final Bush book, The War Within, sold just 159,000 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan, far below his third Bush installment, State of Denial, which sold more than half a million. "The last time I talked to him about books, earlier this year, he had been lamenting the fact his last Bush book didn't sell as well," one of Woodward's friends told me.

And an especially hungry Bob Woodward is especially bad news if you're one of the people being written about. "Good luck," another Woodward friend told me when I asked if the White House will succeed in keeping Woodward out. "If you want to hide things from Bob, it always comes out. It always does."

As former White House officials have made clear, Woodward can easily become a vexing problem at the highest reaches of an administration. In his 1999 memoir All Too Human, George Stephanopoulos detailed the fallout from Woodward's 1994 best-seller, The Agenda, which helped to define the Clinton presidency as freewheeling and dysfunctional. "His books invariably created embarrassing headlines for their subjects, but his sources were assumed to be the most important, connected, and knowledgeable people in Washington. I was wary of Woodward, but flattered and curious too," the former Clinton spokesman wrote about his decision to meet Woodward and grant an interview.

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I admit, I'm looking forward to this one.
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Happy rape!

University of the Pacific said this week in its response to a lawsuit filed in March that it was neither hostile nor indifferent to a women's basketball player who claimed three men's basketball players raped her at a party and that the school mistreated her for saying so.

In a filing Tuesday in federal court in Sacramento, the school said that before filing the lawsuit, the woman and her parents had praised the school's handling of the matter.

The woman's Denver lawyer, John Clune, said Thursday that his client's relationship with the school deteriorated only after administrators declined to dismiss and permanently ban from campus all the men his client said assaulted her.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Refuse "Loyalty Oath"...

Israel throws out proposed 'loyalty law'

The Israeli government on Sunday threw out a proposal aimed at minority Arabs to require an oath of loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state or risk losing their citizenship, dealing a blow to the country's ultranationalist foreign minister, who spearheaded the proposal.

Avigdor Lieberman, a rising force in Israeli politics, made the proposal a central plank of his election campaign last February. The message, which sought to play on the perceived disloyalty of Israel's Arab citizens, helped propel his Yisrael Beitenu Party to a strong third place finish in the parliamentary vote.

Lieberman's electoral success was seen as evidence of growing polarization between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens. Many Israeli Arabs, once considering themselves bridges between Israel and the Arab world, have become alienated in the Jewish state and side openly with the Palestinians in their struggle against Israel.

Arabs make up about one-fifth of Israel's 7 million citizens.
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A follow up ...

Suspect arrested in connection with slaying of abortion provider George Tiller

The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA - A suspect in this morning's fatal shooting of George Tiller is in custody in Johnson County.

Authorities have yet to release more information about the arrest in Gardner. Wichita police have scheduled a 4 p.m. news conference to discuss the case.

Tiller, 67, was shot just after 10 a.m. in the lobby of Reformation Lutheran Church at 7601 E. 13th, where he was a member of the congregation.

Tiller was serving as an usher at the church, one of six ushers listed in the church bulletin. He was handing out bulletins to people going into the sanctuary minutes before being shot.

A church member who did not want to be identified said the gunman threatened another person at the church after the shooting.

Tiller's family issued a statement through Wichita attorneys Dan Monnat and Lee Thompson.

"Today we mourn the loss of our husband, father and grandfather. Today's event is an unspeakable tragedy for all of us and for George's friends and patients.

"This is particularly heart wrenching because George was shot down in his house of worship, a place of peace."

Police had said they were looking for white male who was driving a 1990s powder blue Ford Taurus with Kansas license plate 225 BAB. The vehicle is registered to an owner in Merriam, which is in the Kansas City area.

Wichita police Capt. Brent Allred said that several law enforcement agencies -- including the FBI and the KBI -- have been called in to help with the case.


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This is an interesting article because it talks about the history of Dr. Tiller since he started in Wichita over 20 years ago.

A lot of people I've talked to aren't surprise given his history in Wichita but I can't believe this happened in  a church. Also, the killer definitely fled considering where he was caught is about 3 hours from Wichita.

Us multi-racials are taking over!

America Becoming More Multiracial? Thank Goodness

According to the latest census estimates, multiracial people are the fastest-growing demographic group in the U.S.

When Barack Obama got elected, and called himself a "mutt", I wrote a little bit about my experiences growing up black, yet mixed; spending every summer with a blue-eyed grandfather (on my mom's side) and having a black father and noticing — feeling — like my family was "different" from other families. Different from the ones I saw in school, or on TV, where all the black people went to McDonald's in the "black" commercial and all the white people went to McDonald's in the "white" commercial. (I was born in the early '70s, you see.) Once, my mom was supposed to pick me up from school, and a teacher pointed at some other girl's (dark-skinned) housekeeper, and said, "Is that your mom?" An honest mistake, but one that blew my mind — I'd only ever thought of my mom as she actually was; olive-skinned, half-Irish, half-Chicksaw. But I was also deeply aware that the teacher was trying to match me up with someone because of my skin color — just putting brown with brown. A "traditional" view of a family, but a narrow one, to me, even as a kid. (What if I'd been adopted?)

But the number one thing this multiracial person hears, over and over, is "What are you?" I cannot even count how many times this question has been asked of me and my brother and sister. "A human," I answer. Better yet is the question: "What nationality are you?" American. Or, wishing to avoid lengthy explanation: "Black." In New York, I get, "Black? But Dominican, right?" No. Black. From where? From the United States. What part? New York. And your parents? From the United States. But before they got to this country? They were both born here; one in Nebraska, the other in Georgia. I promise you that at least once a month, a cab driver thinks I am lying about this.

With interracial marriages increasing (this report claims that 1 in 13 marriages are mixed race, with the most prevalent being white-Hispanic, white-American Indian and white-Asian) there should be more and more "mixed" kids in the years to come; the census data claims that more than half of the multiracial population is younger than 20. And even though there weren't very many multiracial figures in the public eye when I was a kid, these days, in addition to our nation's president, there's Tiger Woods, Halle Berry, Vin Diesel and Rock — and people like Fo, the "blaxican" on Cycle 12 of America's Next Top Model. So hopefully the narrow view of families and questions like "what are you?" will subside, and people — both multiracial and not — can just go about the business of being human.

Multiracial People Become Fastest-Growing US Group [AP]



Glass Ceiling For Women No Longer Exists, according to Stuart Rose

Women have never had it so good at work, says M&S chief

Sir Stuart Rose insists that neither gender nor motherhood is a barrier to career success

Glass ceilings in the workplace no longer exist, according to Marks & Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose, who believes women "have never had it so good".

In a revealing interview, published in today's Observer Magazine, the head of the 125-year-old high-street institution rejects the suggestion that professional women suffer from sexism.

"Girls today have never had it so good, right?" said Rose. "Apart from the fact that you've got more equality than you ever can deal with, the fact of the matter is that you've got real democracy and there really are no glass ceilings, despite the fact that some of you moan about it all the time.

"Women can get to the top of any single job that they want to in the UK. You've got a woman fighter pilot who went on to join the Red Arrows ... I mean what else do you want, for God's sake? Women astronauts. Women miners. Women dentists. Women doctors. Women managing directors. What is it you haven't got?"

Rose also dismissed the idea that having children can create an uneven playing field for working mothers.


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Pastor vows not to perform weddings until Prop. 8 is repealed

PASADENA - The pastor of 60-member San Marino Congregational United Church of Christ announced Friday he no longer will perform wedding ceremonies in California until the state's ban on same-sex marriage is "repealed, overturned or corrected."
The Rev. Art Cribbs, speaking to a small crowd of church members and supporters near the Pasadena Court building, said the wedding he performed May 23 would be his last until gay couples are given an equal right to marry.

"I have the support of most of the congregation," Cribbs said.
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A continuation of the zomg you don't want kids so must be a heartless bitch!!11 discussion

Tyra: Single, Childless Women Vs. Married Mothers


Yesterday's Tyra featured a debate between heterosexual single women who believe that husbands and children hold women back from reaching their full potential and married, heterosexual women who believe that women aren't complete until they've found a man and started a family.

The women who "represented" each lifestyle took extreme sides of the argument and it seemed like all of them were wrong. Nobody, at any point during the show, seemed cognizant of the fact that there isn't one "correct" choice, and that the only thing that ultimately matters is that women choose what feels right for them. (That, and that there are women who are not heterosexual who grapple with these same issues.)

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US Prez reacts to Tiller murder; anti-abortion activist douche-ly responds.

President Obama issued the following statement about Dr. George Tiller's murder:
"I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning. However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence."
At an afternoon news conference, Wichita Police confirmed that a suspect, a 51-year-old man, had been arrested for the murder of Dr. George Tiller, reports KSN-3 News:
The suspect is currently facing one count of murder and two counts of aggravated assault for threatening onlookers who tried to intervene.
Several witnesses to the shooting attempted to intervene and chase down Tiller's killer, but he was able to flee in his blue Ford Taurus with Kansas license plate 225 BAB. Several hours later, the suspect was arrested near Gardner, Kansas on Interstate 35, reports the Kansas City Star.

Randall Terry, Operation Rescue Founder,
Says He's More Concerned About Obama's Reaction Than Tiller's Murder

Randall Terry, the founder of anti-abortion group Operation Rescue who led protests against George Tiller's clinic in Wichita, Kansas in 1991, issued a statement about today's killing of the abortion doctor. Collapse )

Kudos, at least, to the other anti-abortion orgs for condemning the murder, and actually presenting some semblance of consistency in the usually empty application of "pro-life" labels.

Last surviving late-term abortion provider speaks out

Late-term abortion doctor decries Tiller killing: ‘This is a fascist movement’
By Ernest Luning 5/31/09 5:11 PM

Hours after the Sunday morning shooting death of late-term abortion doctor George Tiller in Wichita, Kan., a Boulder physician — who says he could be the only doctor in the world still performing the procedure — said Tiller’s assassination was the “absolutely inevitable consequence” of decades of anti-abortion fanaticism.

“I’m profoundly sad and I’m furious and I think the American people need to understand that we have a fascist movement in this country,” Dr. Warren Hern told The Colorado Independent on Sunday. “We don’t have to invade Iraq to find terrorists. They’re right here killing abortion doctors.”

“Every doctor that does abortions has been under an assassination threat for decades,” Hern said. “The anti-abortion movement message is, ‘Do what we tell you to do or we will kill you,’ and they do. This is a fascist movement.”

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Source, with some rage-inducing comments

ETA: Salon article about the alleged killer Apparently, the government didn't have the right to tax him, but he had the right to decide what women could do with their bodies.
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Excerpt from Richard Wolffe's Book on Obama, "Renegade"

In an exclusive excerpt from Newsweek Senior White House correspondent Richard Wolffe's new book, "Renegade: The Making of a President," Wolffe details the internal debates within the Obama camp over whether to select Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

Wolffe will discuss his new book on NBC's "Today" show on Monday morning.

Of all his transition choices, none was easier to make, or more complex to execute, than Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Obama had long wanted his former rival on his team, no matter what his friends and aides said about her aggressive campaign... His staff opposed the idea for the most part, arguing that Clinton would never be truly loyal. But Obama was willing to leave the primaries behind, including his own strong feelings at the time. "I don't hold grudges," he told his aides. "I don't worry about the past. I'm concerned about what happens now. If she can help me and Bill Clinton isn't too much of a liability, we should seriously look at this." ...

Obama was under no illusion about the legacy of the long primary season. During one transition meeting, Obama said he wanted to offer Clinton the diplomatic job. "I'm really interested in pursuing this, but I know she has some hard feelings coming out of this campaign." Emanuel and John Podesta, the former Clinton official who ran the transition, assured Obama that she was over those hard feelings now. Obama smiled and said, "Believe me. She's not over it yet."

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TIME: Right-wing reactions to Tiller murder

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Right-Wing Reactions to Tiller Murder

George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller's killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions.
Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life:
I am saddened to hear of the killing of George Tiller this morning. At this point, we do not know the motives of this act, or who is behind it, whether an angry post-abortive man or woman, or a misguided activist, or an enemy within the abortion industry, or a political enemy frustrated with the way Tiller has escaped prosecution. We should not jump to conclusions or rush to judgment.

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***EDIT: "Tweets of Hate" sampling of right-wing responses on Twitter. Warning: Do not view if you have high blood pressure.
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Meet in the Middle 4 Equality - Fresno, CA - Saturday, May 30th, 2009

FRESNO, Calif. -- Hundreds of gay marriage supporters marched in rural, conservative California, but before the dusty roads could clear, opponents of same-sex couples planned to take to the streets to renew their resolve.

The outfits that helped persuade voters to ban gay marriage in the state Constitution in November will on Sunday celebrate weddings between men and women at Fresno City Hall, while nearly a dozen religious and social conservative groups planned a similar rally in San Diego.

Just a day earlier, gay marriage advocates marched along dusty roads, saying they wouldn't be dissuaded the state Supreme Court's decision to uphold Proposition 8, which enshrined the ban on gay marriage in the state Constitution.

The gay marriage supporters pledge to put a new initiative before voters to overturn the ban - perhaps as soon as next year - and to take their message to Washington in October.

But there were skeptical residents, some of whom showed up Saturday just to see what all the commotion was about.

Tom Johnson, 57, a disabled Vietnam veteran from Clovis, a Fresno suburb, said voters already made their choice.

"I'm against people coming into our community with those viewpoints. I just can't accept it," Johnson said. "People already voted yes on Prop. 8. That's the law and we should follow it."

The event attracted veteran activists and celebrities, including Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron and Eric McCormack. It was organized by a lesbian mother in Fresno who was removed from the parent-teacher association at her son's Catholic school after she spoke out against banning same-sex weddings.

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Multiple news articles:,2933,523540,00.html?test=latestnews (typically, the article concentrates on the event held today celebrating the supreme court decision, called "Still Standing In The Middle For Marriage." Meet In The Middle is mentioned briefly in one paragraph halfway down.)

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