June 4th, 2009

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Sotomayor is a Racist KKK member AND a Puerto Rican Separatists!!!

Wonkette Editors Can See Into The Future (When The Future Involves Puerto Rican Separatists)

So about a week ago your editor here was sitting around late at night wondering, as she so often does, what ridiculous theory she could turn into a post for NBC, and she decided to write some wingnutty thing about Sonia Sotomayor’s senior thesis from her Princeton days. “As everybody can agree, senior theses are one of the best tools we have for evaluating potential Supreme Court justices,” she typed dumbly. “You should think about whether the Supreme Court really needs some judge who is so excited about Puerto Rican independence.” And today, you’ll never guess what they’re writing about over at The Corner!

The titles of two recent posts:

Former (?) Puerto Rican Nationalist Nominated to North American Supreme Court
We’ve Waived the Right to Press Sotomayor on Being a Puerto Rican Separatist Who Couldn’t Bring Herself to Say “United States”?

The lesson here is that being drunk when you write this “parody” stuff is not enough. You really need some cheap meth, too, if you’re going to recreate the paranoiac rage.


AP: Cheney's secret briefings did support torture

This issue won't die. And it shouldn't.




Cheney's secret briefings defended interrogations

By PAMELA HESS, Associated Press Writer
Wed Jun 3, 11:14 pm ET

WASHINGTON – Dick Cheney as vice president conducted secret briefings for lawmakers in 2005 aimed at defending harsh interrogations as their methods were coming under congressional scrutiny, according to current and former government officials.

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Osama Bin Laden attempts to chocolate rain on President Obama's parade

BY James Gordon Meek
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

Thursday, June 4th 2009, 4:00 AM

WASHINGTON - The White House said the latest Osama Bin Laden tape was meant to undercut President Obama's Middle East trip.

But one leading expert on the Saudi terror outlaw said Wednesday it was really aimed at undermining Pakistan's fragile government as its army wages new offensives.

Bin Laden said Obama gave an "order" to Pakistani leaders to blitz Taliban goons imposing Islamic law in the Swat Valley, forcing "about a million" civilians to be "homeless and refugees."

"Obama and his administration have planted new seeds to increase hatred for and revenge against America," Bin Laden said in an audio clip broadcast on Al Jazeera satellite TV.

"This is part of a long pattern of Bin Laden criticizing American Presidents since Clinton - whose picture Al Qaeda used for target practice," said Peter Bergen, a terrorism expert.

The top thug has been "bipartisan" in slamming America's Pakistan policy, added the author of "The Osama Bin Laden I Know."

Bin Laden's reference to "a million" Swat refugees dates the recording to around May 11, which a foreign counterterror agent told the Daily News "is a marker to show he's still around."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, speaking in Cairo, insisted Bin Laden had tried "to shift attention away from the President's historic efforts to ... have an open dialogue with the Muslim world."

Bin Laden - believed hiding in northwest Pakistan, and possibly in upper Swat - promised Obama his minions will strike the U.S. for following "in the steps" of George W. Bush.

Obama has kept up Bush's pace of CIA strikes against Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan's tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

"So, let the American people prepare to continue reaping what the chiefs of the White House sow during the coming years and decades," Bin Laden said.

Obama's Speech in Cairo

Obama's Speech in Cairo


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Quoting from the Quran for emphasis, President Barack Obama called for a "new beginning between the United States and Muslims" Thursday and said together, they could confront violent extremism across the globe and advance the timeless search for peace in the Middle East.

"This cycle of suspicion and discord must end," Obama said in a widely anticipated speech in one of the world's largest Muslim countries, an address designed to reframe relations after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

The White House said Obama's speech contained no new policy proposals on the Middle East. He said American ties with Israel are unbreakable, yet issued a firm, evenhanded call to the Jewish state and Palestinians alike to live up to their international obligations.

In a gesture to the Islamic world, Obama conceded at the beginning of his remarks that tension "has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations."

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What will piss off the right-wing more: a.) That he said Islam is woven into the fabric of America b.) The part where he credits Islam with things like algebra and keeping learning alive that would kick-off the European Renaissance c.) Him suspiciously pronouncing all those words correctly, knowing so much about the "Holy" Qur'an and talking about his ~muslin~ past d.) All of the above and more.
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But it's not a War against Islam ok!

Cleared of Terror Charges, a Target for Deportation
By DAMIEN CAVE

MOORE HAVEN, Fla. — Youssef Samir Megahed toyed with a piece of lint on the other side of the bulletproof glass and described his case as simply “weird.”

In April, a federal jury acquitted him on charges of transporting explosives during a road trip with a friend who had packed model rocket propellants in the trunk. But three days later, in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Tampa, Mr. Megahed was arrested again in connection with the case, this time by immigration authorities.

The new charge is that he “is engaged in or is likely to engage in” terrorist activities, a violation of his legal residency in the United States.

“They just label you a terrorist and that’s it,” said Mr. Megahed, 23, who moved to Florida from Egypt with his family 11 years ago and is being held here at an immigration detention center.

Mr. Megahed is at least the third Florida defendant in three years to be brought up on immigration charges after prosecutors failed to win terrorism convictions in federal court. If convicted of the new charges and deported, he would join thousands of other Muslim and Arab men sent home since Sept. 11, 2001, as part of an extensive law enforcement strategy that relies on the immigration courts to remove potential threats.

Some national security experts say the country is safer without such men, and immigration officials declare the deportations both legal and fair. But with President Obama scheduled to speak in Cairo on Thursday about repairing relations with the Muslim world, Mr. Megahed is being presented by critics of the immigration strategy here and abroad as a test case of the president’s pledge to break with some of the Bush administration’s most unpopular policies.

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Lynn Waddell contributed reporting from Tampa, Fla.

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NOM is sounding the sad trombone.
"Governor Lynch and a narrow majority of the Legislature today have ripped a significant hole in the fabric of New Hampshire society by passing same-sex marriage legislation," said Brian Brown, executive director of NOM. "The institution of marriage has served our country well since its founding. The vote of the legislature sends New Hampshire into dangerous waters. It will not be long before young children are taught in New Hampshire schools that they can marry someone of the same sex if they wish – that gay marriage is just as good as marriage."
Even thought New Hampshire has no binding referendum mechanism, NOM plans punish lawmakers.
"We intend to put this issue on the ballot on municipal elections across the state of New Hampshire," Brown promised. "We want people to be able to express their views directly, even if it is nonbinding. We also intend to make the gay marriage issue the key issue of the 2010 state elections in New Hampshire. Legislators must be held accountable for their votes. And if Governor Lynch decides to seek another term, you can be certain that he will have to answer to voters over why he broke his word on this issue, despite repeated promises over the years that he did not support gay marriage."

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Guys Left Behind!

Guys are simply falling behind these days.

We may not yet have the first woman president, but a look at what is happening with the next generation shows that women are succeeding in an ever-widening range of areas, while there is a statistically significant and growing group of guys who are just not going to make it.

Sure, most leadership positions are still filled by men, and there are lots of super-achieving men out there. But on the other end of the spectrum, serious problems are brewing for the future of men. You see it in statistic after statistic. Some of these have been true for a long time -- others are new and a growing part of the times. But while women have shown some dramatic improvements in health, education and income, men at the bottom end are facing problems that are as bad as ever -- and in some areas getting worse.

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The comments at the source are lulz! Its the fault of FEMALE teachers! They're feminizing our boys! They don't know how to teach our boys! FEMINISM DID THIS!! wahhh
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Norm Coleman Ready To Give Up Fight, Allies Say



National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn on Wednesday suggested that former Sen. Norm Coleman's long fight was almost over, saying that he's support his old colleague "until he decides to hang it up one way or another."

Now Roll Call has reported that Coleman himself appears ready to hang it up pretty soon. While party leaders are prepared to back him in a fight to the Supreme Court, sources close to Coleman say that if he loses in the Minnesota Supreme Court he will accept the result.

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The Keene Act is next, mark my words

Amid hard times, an influx in real superheroes

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Geist patrols the Rochester, Minnesota, area, with a group of like-minded and similarly dressed colleagues.

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Hard times flushing the chumps? Or a heroic struggle to keep exploding spaghetti monsters out of Times Square? The article includes helpful resources for those who wish to get their Nite Owl on.

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It was racist! Except for that one part...

Heather Mac Donald
A Harlem Tragedy and Its Exploiters
Police officer Omar Edwards’s death had nothing to do with NYPD racism.

2 June 2009

The fatal shooting on Saturday of New York City police officer Omar Edwards by a fellow officer is an unbearable tragedy. Officer Edwards was an honor to New York. As a child growing up in Brownsville, he loved the NYPD and determined early on to become a cop; he recently married the mother of his children and was looking forward to a life together with them. All New Yorkers grieve for Officer Edwards’s family and friends.

But Officer Edwards’s death was not an instance of police racism (Edwards was black; the officer who shot him was white), however much the usual suspects—the New York Times, Al Sharpton, Charles Rangel, New York City Councilman Charles Barron—despicably try to portray it as such. And though painful to consider, it appears at this point in the investigation that Edwards’s own actions in the heat of the moment, while understandable, may have put him at greater risk of friendly fire.

At around 10:30 PM on May 28, Officer Edwards was leaving a police station on E. 124th Street in Harlem after work. He was wearing street clothes. He spotted a man trying to steal his car’s GPS system and initially grabbed him, but the thief wriggled free and took off down E. 125th Street. Edwards gave chase and pulled out his gun. Three plainclothes officers in an unmarked car observed the chase and noticed that the pursuer had a gun drawn. They stopped to intervene; two officers grabbed the perp, and the third, Officer Andrew Dunton, yelled to Edwards: “Police! Stop! Drop the gun! Drop the gun!” according to the NYPD. Instead, Edwards wheeled toward Dunton with his gun still in his hand, and Dunton fired off six rounds, killing him.

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Obama's Marriage Strained By House Race


WASHINGTON - For all the smiling photos of Barack and Michelle Obama, the couple went through a tough time in their marriage in earlier years, according to a new book.

"Renegade," by U.S. journalist Richard Wolffe, says the couple's marriage was strained by Barack Obama's unsuccessful 2000 run for Congress.

Wolffe writes that Michelle Obama "hated the failed race for Congress in 2000, and their marriage was strained by the time their youngest daughter, Sasha, was born a year later."

"There was little conversation and even less romance," Wolffe writes. "She was angry at his selfishness and careerism; he thought she was cold and ungrateful."

When Obama ran for the Senate in 2004, his wife still had mixed feelings about her husband's love of politics, and played no part in the campaign, the book says.

By the time Obama decided to run for president, the couple's two children were older and Michelle Obama was more supportive.

"We're going to be fine," the book quotes her as saying. "We just have to make sure the girls are fine. We're strong enough to take anything on and be OK at the end."

Wolffe covered the presidential campaign for Newsweek, and is a political analyst for MSNBC television.

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Yeah, I know, big deal. But it's ONTD-worthy.

CBS Tells World Net Daily To Fuck Off.

 

 

World Net Daily is outraged because CBS is refusing to allow their billboard company (the nation's largest) to sell them space for their "Where Is The Birth Certificate?" campaign. The WND site presently has nine separate posts on its main page alleging that Barack Obama is not a "natural born" American citizen and is therefore ineligible to be president.
"Here we have one of the largest media companies in the U.S. now not only refusing to allow news coverage of a vitally important national question being asked by millions of Americans, but one that won't even permit the purchase of space to raise the question," said [WND founder Joseph] Farah. "What is the value of a First Amendment in a country when this kind of self-censorship is at work – self-censorship specifically geared to stifle inquiry and debate about the most powerful person in the country." "CBS is a company that is not squeamish about feeding America's children a steady diet of offensive movies, obscene rap music and even TV commercials that push the cultural and moral envelope," said Farah. "But CBS is afraid to put up a sign containing four innocent words of constitutionally protected, non-inflammatory speech. You explain that to me. This is a giant media conglomerate unworthy of operating under the protection of the First Amendment."
WND continues to beg for donations for the billboard campaign, which they say is going up in cities across the nation. They also claim to have deluged the White House with hundreds of thousands of letters on the issue, and are complaining that their posts on the topic are being deleted from the White House's "open dialogue" website.

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Israel reaction to Obama's speech. Rightwingnuts on US and Israel not impressed...

'Israel shares Obama's hope for peace'

The Prime Minister's Office responded to US President Barack Obama's address to the Muslim world on Thursday by expressing hope that it would help lead to reconciliation between the Muslim world and Israel.

"The government of Israel expresses hope that President Obama's important speech will lead to a new period of reconciliation between the Arab and Muslim world, and Israel. We share Obama's hope that the American effort will bring about an end to the conflict and to pan-Arab recognition of Israel as the Jewish state.

"Israel is obligated to peace and will do as much as possible to help expand the circle of peace, while taking into consideration our national interests, the foremost of which is security," the statement concluded.
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Israel praises Obama speech, but says its security paramount

The Israeli government praised U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to Muslims on Thursday by saying it shared his hopes for Middle East peace, but also said Israel's security interests remained paramount.

"We share President Obama's hope that the American effort heralds the opening of a new era that will bring an end to the conflict and to general Arab recognition of Israel as the nation of the Jewish people that lives in security and peace in the Middle East," an official statement said after Obama's address in Cairo.

The statement made no mention of settlements, which Obama said should not be expanded, nor Palestinian statehood.

At odds with Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that construction would continue in existing settlements in the West Bank and he has not publicly endorsed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Netanyahu's bureau also released a statement Thursday affirming Israel's desire to pursue peace, but in accordance with its national interests.
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U.S. Jews split over Obama's Israel remarks in Cairo speech

Leaders of Jewish organizations in the United States were divided Thursday in their reactions to comments that President Barack Obama made on Israel in an address to the Muslim world in Cairo.


Dovish pro-peace lobby J Street applauded the address, in which Obama reaffirmed U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and called on Israel to halt settlement building.
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ANALYSIS / Obama put Arabs and Israel on an equal footing

On June 4, 2009 a new chapter began in the trilateral relations between the United States, the Arab world and Israel. One day before Israel marks the 42nd anniversary of the Six-Day War, U.S. President Barack Obama declared before the entire world, upon an Arab-Muslim stage, that the time has come to end the era of Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories. Moreover, Obama announced that he was taking responsibility for doing so. The imbalance in the unequal U.S.-Israel-Arab triangle was replaced Thursday by an Isosceles triangle.
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Rightwingnut racist idiot does not know how to use technology...

Hal Turner, Talk Radio Host, Facing Charges For Inciting Violence Against Officials

Things don't appear to be going to well for New Jersey internet radio host and white supremacy-enthusiast Hal Turner. The onetime candidate for Congress and inveterate threatener of public officials has run afoul of the law, and will face charges in Connecticut. The Hartford Courant has the news:

Turner, who has been identified as a white supremacist and anti-Semite by several anti-racism groups, hosts an Internet radio program with an associated blog. On Tuesday, the blog included a post that promised to release the home addresses of state Rep. Michael Lawlor, state Sen. Andrew McDonald and Thomas Jones of the State Ethics Office.


"Mr. Turner's comments are above and beyond the threshold of free speech," Capitol Police Chief Michael J. Fallon said in an e-mail announcing the warrant. "He is inciting others through his website to commit acts of violence and has created fear and alarm. He should be held accountable for his conduct."

The remarks on the blog were a reaction to the recent controversy over a bill that would have changed the way the Roman Catholic Church is governed, taking power away from church officials and turning it over to lay members. It was pulled in mid-March following an outcry from Catholics across the state and questions about its constitutionality.

The comments in question included, "It is our intent to foment direct action against these individuals personally. These beastly government officials should be made an example of as a warning to others in government: Obey the Constitution or die," and "If any state attorney, police department or court thinks they're going to get uppity with us about this, I suspect we have enough bullets to put them down, too."

These sorts of threats of impending violence are nothing new to Turner.

In December of 2006, Turner called for political assassinations:

"We may have to ASSASSINATE some of the people you elect on Nov. 7! This could be your LAST ELECTION CHANCE, to save this Republic... Sorry to have to be so blunt, but the country is in mortal danger from our present government and our liberty is already near dead because of this government. If you are too stupid to turn things around with your vote, there are people out here like me who are willing to turn things around with guns, force and violence. We hope our method does not become necessary."

In March of 2008, when Sean Hannity was confronted with having been previously associated with Turner, Hannity's forceful denials seemed to anger a betrayed Turner:

I was quite disappointed when Sean Hannity at first tried to say he didn't know me and then went on to say that I ran some senate campaign in New Jersey. In fact, Sean Hannity does know me and we were quite friendly a number of years ago.

Turner went on to threaten: "Another big difference is that I am perfectly willing to use force and violence against my enemies while Sean Hannity and others are not. Those using me as a prop to attack Sean Hannity would do well to remember this fact."

A month later, Turner was inciting violence against Paul B. Ash, the Lexington, Massachusetts superintendent of schools:

"I advocate parents using FORCE AND VIOLENCE against Superintendent Paul B. Ash as a method of defending the health and safety of school children presently being endangered through his politically-correct indoctrination into deadly, disease-ridden sodomite lifestyles."

The Courant reports that Turner will be in a New Jersey court today for extradition proceedings.

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Kansas City Star refuses to publish marriage announcement for gay couple.

Now here comes the battle of visibility.  Two local men get married in Iowa then want to tell the their friends about it.  They are rejected by two newspapers.  The Star claims they're simple "following"  Missouri law which does not recognize gay marriage.  WTF.  Um... What does the announcement of a marriage- or the censorship of that announcement-  have to do with law? 

Video at link  http://www.kmbc.com/video/19640490/index.html 

(BTW: This is the same newspaper that did a story last summer on the design techniques of two couples - one straight and one a lesbian couple (friends of mine). When they  published the final  story, however, they dropped all references to the female couple's gender and inserted a silhouette of a male/female couple over the story.)

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SC Supreme Court tells Gov. Sanford to STFD & STFU

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The court voted 5-0, with Justice Costa Pleicones concurring in a separate opinion, that the General Assembly had the authority in passing the state budget to order Sanford to apply for the money. Sanford contended that a federal law passed in February gave him the sole authority to apply for the money.

The justices also issued a rare writ of mandamus ordering Sanford to apply for the money.

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Obama taken aback by Egyptian heiroglyph he says looks like him

I just saw this on TV. Would love to find video, pretty funny. Basically, Obama was touring Egyptian relics, spotted a heiroglyph: "Look at that one! It looks like me! Those big ears." The camera zoomed in on the glyph, and it was pretty funny, like the way cartoonists draw him. Need video of this.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/04/1953704.aspx

Obama look-alike at tomb sparks laughs

Posted: Thursday, June 04, 2009 11:41 AM by Domenico Montanaro
Filed Under: Barack Obama

From NBC's Athena Jones

GIZA, Egypt -- The pyramids outside of Cairo boast tombs, camels and relics thousands of years old.

What about an image reminiscent of the 44th president?

The great pyramid is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and during a brief stop here Thursday after delivering a major speech aimed at Muslims around the world, President Obama spotted another notable sight: a hieroglyphic that showed the face of a man with big ears.

Obama entered the tomb and saw it right away.

"That looks like me!" he said. "Look at those ears!"

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Gun-loving pastor to his flock: Piece be with you



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Kentucky pastor is inviting his flock to bring guns to church to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Second Amendment.

New Bethel Church is welcoming "responsible handgun owners" to wear their firearms inside the church June 27, a Saturday. An ad says there will be a handgun raffle, patriotic music and information on gun safety.

"We're just going to celebrate the upcoming theme of the birth of our nation," said pastor Ken Pagano. "And we're not ashamed to say that there was a strong belief in God and firearms — without that this country wouldn't be here."

The guns must be unloaded and private security will check visitors at the door, Pagano said.

He said recent church shootings, including the killing Sunday of a late-term abortion provider in Kansas, which he condemned, highlight the need to promote safe gun ownership. The New Bethel Church event was planned months before Dr. George Tiller was shot to death in a Wichita church.

Kentucky allows residents to openly carry guns in public with some restrictions. Gun owners carrying concealed weapons must have state-issued permits and can't take them to schools, jails or bars, among other exceptions.

Pagano's Protestant church, which attracts up to 150 people to Sunday services, is a member of the Assemblies of God. The former Marine and handgun instructor said he expected some backlash, but has heard only a "little bit" of criticism of the gun event.

John Phillips, an Arkansas pastor who was shot twice while leading a service at his former church in 1986, said a house of worship is no place for firearms.

"A church is designated as a safe haven, it's a place of worship," said Phillips, who was shot by a church member's relative for an unknown reason and still has a bullet lodged in his spine. "It is unconscionable to me to think that a church would be a place that you would even want to bring a weapon."

Phillips spoke out against a bill before the Arkansas General Assembly that would have permitted the carrying of guns in that state's churches. The bill failed in February.

Pagano, 50, said some members of his church were concerned that President Obama's administration could restrict gun ownership, and they supported the plan for the event when Pagano asked their opinion.

Marian McClure Taylor, executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches, an umbrella organization for 11 Christian denominations in Kentucky, said Christian churches are promoters of peace, but "most allow for arms to be taken up under certain conditions."

Taylor said Pagano assured her the event would focus on promoting responsible gun ownership and any proceeds would go to charity.

"Those two commitments are consistent with the high value the Assemblies of God churches place on human life," she said in an e-mail message.

Pagano is encouraging church members to bring a canned good and a friend to the event. He said guns must be unloaded for insurance purposes and safety reasons.

He said the point was not to mix worship with guns, though he may reference some passages from the Bible.

"Firearms can be evil and they can be useful," he said. "We're just trying to promote responsible gun ownership and gun safety."

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Man charged with threat against Obama in Utah


SALT LAKE CITY – Federal prosecutors have charged a man with making threats against President Barack Obama after he allegedly told a bank employee in Utah he was on a mission to kill the president.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported on its Web site Thursday that Daniel James Murray allegedly made the remark to a teller at a bank in St. George on May 27 as he withdrew $13,000 from an account.

Murray's whereabouts are unknown. A court affidavit says Murray is from New York and has recently been in California, Utah, Georgia, Oklahoma and possibly Texas.

The U.S. Secret Service says Murray has at least eight registered firearms, the Tribune reported.

Malcolm Wiley, a spokesman for the Secret Service in Washington, told The Associated Press he had no comment Thursday.

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Hopefully this Murray guy is just some blowhard that won't really do anything, but this is still scaaaary


Nagasaki A-bomb plane co-pilot dies at age 88

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Charles Donald Albury, co-pilot of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, has died after years of congestive heart failure. He was 88.

Albury died May 23 at a hospital, Family Funeral Care in Orlando confirmed.

Albury helped fly the B-29 Bockscar that dropped the weapon on Aug. 9, 1945, and witnessed the deployment of the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima three days earlier as a pilot for a support plane. His plane dropped instruments to measure the magnitude of the blast and levels of radioactivity for the Hiroshima mission led by Col. Paul Tibbets Jr.

"When Tibbets dropped the bomb, we dropped our instruments and made our left turn," Albury told Time magazine four years ago. "Then this bright light hit us and the top of that mushroom cloud was the most terrifying but also the most beautiful thing you've ever seen in your life. Every color in the rainbow seemed to be coming out of it."

Three days later, Albury copiloted the mission over Nagasaki. Cloud cover caused problems for the mission until the bombardier found a hole in the clouds.

The 10,200-pound explosive instantly killed an estimated 40,000 people. Another 35,000 died from injuries and radiation sickness. Japan surrendered on Aug. 14.

Albury said he felt no remorse, since the attacks prevented what was certain to be a devastating loss of life in a U.S. invasion of Japan.

"My husband was a hero," Roberta Albury, his wife of 65 years, told The Miami Herald. "He saved one million people ... He sure did do a lot of praying."

Gwyneth Clarke-Bell, Albury's secretary at Eastern Airlines, where he worked for most of his career after World War II, told the Herald that Albury "felt he was doing his job, and that lives were saved on both sides."

Albury was born in 1920 at his parents' home, now the site of the Miami Police Department. He enlisted in the wartime Army before graduating from the University of Miami's engineering school. In 1943, Albury joined Tibbets' unit: the elite 509th Composite Group. They trained at White Sands, N.M., where FBI agents tailed them night and day. At the time, the participants were clueless as to the scope of what they were training to do.

After the war, he settled in Coral Gables, Fla., with his wife and flew planes for Eastern Airlines. He eventually co-managed Eastern's Airbus A-300 training program.

Albury told the Herald in 1982 that he deplored war but would do what he did again if someone attacked the United States.

"Everyone should be prepared to fight for liberty," he said. "Our laws give us our freedom and I think that's worth fighting for."

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Johannes Mehserle will be tried for the MURDER of Oscar Grant

Mehserle ordered to stand trial for murder

Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, June 4, 2009

(06-04) 15:12 PDT OAKLAND -- Former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle must stand trial for murder in the New Year's Day shooting death of an unarmed man, an Alameda County judge ruled today.

After hearing seven days of testimony since May 18, Superior Court Judge C. Don Clay said prosecutors had presented ample evidence to show that Mehserle could be found guilty of murdering Oscar Grant, 22, at the Fruitvale Station in Oakland.Collapse )

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This happened just a few miles from where I live. I go through the Fruitvale BART station several times a week so this was scary as hell to see on New Year's. (Not that it wouldn't be scary anyway, but there's something about it happening so close...) I am so glad they are charging him with murder, I was afraid they were going to downgrade it to manslaughter. Let's hope justice is done at the actual trial.

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During the campaign for president, Barack Obama promised to end the military’s ban on gays. So what's the hold up? Exclusive new information from Daily Beast contributor Jason Bellini reveals that gay leaders may be to blame.

Jason Bellini is a freelance TV journalist who has worked for MTV, CBS, and CNN. In 2006, he received the Journalist of the Year award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

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Netanyahu's dilemma

Netanyahu now faces fight with either Obama or his coalition

During long, personal conversations with his inner circle over the past week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted that he had no idea what U.S. President Barack Obama would say in his speech in Cairo. "We have no information," he said. He does now.

Netanyahu now understands what he already knew before the speech: The moment of political reckoning that he so feared is now rapidly approaching. The thunder he hears in the distance is the sound of the Likud legions and the West Bank settler hordes rolling down the mountains. The light on the horizon is not that of a new day, but of a train coming right at him - a night train from Cairo.

Netanyahu will have to decide over the coming weeks whom he would rather pick a fight with: the powerful U.S. administration, whose president sees himself in an almost messianic role, or his own coalition and members of his party.

If he aligns himself with the coalition, he will keep his job but risk isolating Israel. The alternative would elevate him to the position of a national leader who puts the nation's interests above his personal ones, but it might destabilize his rightist coalition.
On the other hand, one must remember that two of his governing partners, Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu, also sat in former prime minister Ehud Olmert's coalition, which sanctified the two-state solution.

At the moment, Netanyahu is not signaling that he plans a showdown with the illegal West Bank outposts. He cannot even bring himself to utter the words "two-state solution." He seems petrified by party hard-liners like Benny Begin and Moshe Ya'alon. Maybe he is really scared, or maybe this is just a game of pretend, so he can pin the blame on them.

When he formed his coalition, Netanyahu gambled on bringing the Labor Party into his government. "Those who dare, win," he quoted, explaining his decision to invite the left-leaning party into his right-leaning coalition despite the hefty price. But when it comes to diplomacy, the prime minister is not one to dare. He digs in.

Netanyahu has three options. None of them would be easy, but he did not run for office because it was an easy job.

First, he could announce his support for a two-state solution, evacuate the illegal outposts and freeze construction in isolated settlements. That would incur the wrath of hard-liners within Likud and might cause Habayit Hayehudi to resign from his coalition,
but he would survive for now.

Second, he could go back to square one and form a new coalition with Kadima. But the political price he would pay in surrendering to the demands of Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni is intolerable to him.

Or, third, he could say no to Obama. And then we would all have to live with the fallout.

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Why White Men Get Paid More

Despite advances in parity in recent decades, white men in America on average still get paid more than women and minorities for doing the same work, by some accounts about 20 to 25 percent more.

A new study finds one reason: In satisfaction surveys, store customers and medical patients say they prefer white men, and managers frequently hire and set pay based on customer preferences.

In the study, researchers at four business schools showed study subjects a video featuring either a black male, a white female, or a white male actor playing the role of an employee helping a customer. Those viewing the white male were 19 percent more satisfied with the employee's performance, and they were also more satisfied with the store's cleanliness and appearance.

But the actors demonstrated the same scripted behaviors, and the store background, camera angles and lighting were identical.

"Customers, from students buying textbooks to patients in an examining room, are consistently biased in favor of white men," said David Hekman, assistant business professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. "Because customer satisfaction is critical for organizational survival, business owners and managers will hire white men when possible and will pay lower salaries to the women and minorities they do hire."

In a separate aspect of the study, Hekman and his colleagues examined more than 10,000 medical patients' ratings of their doctors. Patients who received e-mail from their doctor were more satisfied with their doctor's competence and approachability, but only if the doctor was a white man.

Changes are needed in how customer satisfaction surveys are conducted, Hekman argues.

Surveys should target specific employee behaviors. For example, don't ask customers if they would recommend a physician, he suggests. Ask them how many times the doctor asked a patient if she had additional questions or understood key medical terms.

Anonymous customer feedback surveys should not be done, Hekman said. Customers should be identifiable and therefore at least somewhat accountable for their ratings. "People may do all sorts of bad things when they are anonymous," he said. "Just check out the reader postings on any blog."



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Brains of gay men show similarities to those of heterosexual women, study reports


The study, being published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests a basic biological link between sexual orientation and a range of brain functions.


By Denise Gellene, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
June 17, 2008

The brains of gay men resemble those of straight women, according to research being published Tuesday that provides more evidence of the role of biology in sexual orientation.
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Alaska Democrats announce intent to override Governor Palin

Alaska Democrats announce intent to override Governor Palin

House Democrats today sent a letter to Gov. Sarah Palin informing her of their intention to vote to override her veto of $28.6 million in critical federal energy relief. The letter (here) cites several reasons why the Democrats believe Alaska should accept the funds, and it questions the governor’s criteria for rejecting the funds.

It appears all 49 other states have either already accepted the energy relief portion of the federal stimulus, or are on the verge of doing so. If Alaska rejects the energy money, our portion will likely be divided up between the other states. Democrats believe there is still time to change course and accept these funds for the benefit of all Alaskans.
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on her defense she has a good reason why she doesnt want the money... i think...



Palin: Obama Wants To "Control The People" With Bailout Money

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said in a speech Wednesday that the Obama White House is trying to "control the people."


Palin was introducing Michael Reagan -- the son of former President Ronald Reagan -- to an audience in Anchorage. She and took the opportunity to educate her audience on the ways in which the president's policies "fly in the face of principles" and "defy Economics 101."
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I dont mind him sending me those millions to control me...
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More than 60% of US bankruptcies due to medical bills

Medical Bankruptcy - Time to update that statistic
from NOW! Blog by Jason Rosenbaum

One American goes bankrupt every 30 seconds due to health care costs. It's a statistic I use over and over to make the point that we need reform now.

Bankruptcy is a personal tragedy, of course. But it's also an economic catastrophe. How do we expect to get out of our economic crisis is health care costs are keeping hardworking Americans down like that?

That statistic was based off the fact that a majority of all bankruptcies in America were due to health care costs. But that number just went up:

Medical bills are behind more than 60 percent of U.S. personal bankruptcies, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday in a report they said demonstrates that healthcare reform is on the wrong track.

More than 75 percent of these bankrupt families had health insurance but still were overwhelmed by their medical debts, the team at Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School and Ohio University reported in the American Journal of Medicine.

The most striking part about this is the last paragraph - 75% of these people have health insurance.

This basically proves that private health insurance in America is little more than a scam. Isn't the whole point of insurance to avoid personal ruin by large medical costs by paying bit by bit over time? Clearly, if most of the people going bankrupt due to medical costs are insured, private insurance is not performing its core purpose.

This is the essence of why we need reform, to force private insurance to actually insure people, or give people an option to join a plan with the public's interest in mind if private insurance refuses to change.

And, someone needs to recalculate that one-every-30-seconds number.


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About 170 million people get health insurance through an employer but President Barack Obama says soaring healthcare costs hurt the economy and force businesses to drop medical insurance for their workers.

"Nationally, a quarter of firms cancel coverage immediately when an employee suffers a disabling illness; another quarter do so within a year," the report reads.

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"Most medical debtors were well-educated, owned homes and had middle-class occupations."

The researchers, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said the share of bankruptcies that could be blamed on medical problems rose by 50 percent from 2001 to 2007.

Patients with multiple sclerosis paid a mean of $34,167 out of pocket in 2007, diabetics paid $26,971, and those with injuries paid $25,096, the researchers found.
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ZOMG THERE ARE ISRAELIS WHO DON'T AGREE WITH THEIR GOVERNMENT. WHO COULD HAVE KNOWN?

Future of Mideast is a domestic American issue
By Gideon Levy

Benjamin Netanyahu can keep pretending it's just rain and Interior Minister Eli Yishai can continue berating the Obama administration for its "unacceptable" policies. National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari can keep shouting hysterically about our soldiers, and the settlers can keep putting us all in danger. But the issue has been settled in Washington.

Peace lies with them - U.S. decision-makers, led by Barack Obama. In other words, the future of the Middle East is a domestic American issue. Since Henry Kissinger determined that foreign policy is merely an extension of domestic policy, his maxim has never had such tremendous potential impact.

Washington will decide the fate of the West Bank settlements, and we can only hope it insists on their evacuation. Obama standing firm beside the revolutionary Mideast policy he has begun will light the torch of hope here, too. The battle of the titans, Netanyahu and Obama, is little more than a farce - let us recall the fable of the elephant and the bee, or the frog and the ox. Not all creatures can become as great as they think.

Let's also be realistic: An Israeli prime minister has no option of saying no to America once Washington has dug in its heels. Netanyahu knows this better than anyone, and the time has come to explain as much to his "patriotic" coalition allies.

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Gee, isn't it funny how not everyone in Israel hates Obama's speech? You'd think they were actually individual people and not a faceless mob!

ETA: People on this comm have been asking me where my icon comes from. Well, I finally found the icon post where I got it. (Turns out the maker's icon journal is still there even if they deleted the other one.)
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