It asks a really simple question of pro-lifers/anti-choicers, that they cannot seem to reasonably answer. FAIL.
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.
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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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.
"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."
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.
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.
Internet Radio Host Hal Turner Faces Connecticut Charges [Hartford Courant]
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.)
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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***EDIT: Found vid, above.
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 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., is a member of the
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."
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot
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."
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.Source
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."
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.