June 10th, 2009


Pacific Island Nation Agrees To Take Chinese Gitmo Detainees. In Return, Palau May Receive $200 Mil.

Palau To Take Uighur Detainees

New Zealand � The remote Pacific island nation of Palau said Wednesday it has agreed to a U.S. request to temporarily resettle up to 17 Chinese Muslims now held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center on Cuba.

Palau President Johnson Toribiong said the administration of President Barack Obama made the request last week and that his country was "honored and proud" to resettle the detainees from China's Uighur minority as a humanitarian gesture.

His archipelago, with a population of about 20,000, will accept up to 17 of the detainees subject to periodic review, Toribiong said in a statement released to The Associated Press.

The Obama administration sought a solution for the detainees after facing fierce congressional opposition to releasing them on U.S. soil despite a Pentagon determination that they were not "enemy combatants."

"Palau's accommodation to accept the temporary resettlement of these detainees is a humanitarian gesture intended to help them be freed of any further unnecessary incarceration and to restart their lives in as normal a fashion as possible," Toribiong said.
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I wonder if he was hiring hookers or hitting on pages if they'd have a problem?

June 10, 2009
Op-Ed Columnist
Can The One Have Fun?


The fun police are patrolling Pennsylvania Avenue.

Given the serious times, the chatter goes, should Barack Obama be allowed to enjoy date night with Michelle in New York, sightseeing in Paris, golf outings in D.C., not to mention doing a promotion for Conan O’Brien and a video cameo for Stephen Colbert’s first comedy show from Iraq?

With two wars and G.M. in bankruptcy proceedings, shouldn’t the president be glued to the grindstone, emulating W.’s gravity when he sacrificed golf in 2003 as the Iraq insurgency spread?

“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” the former president explained later. “I think, you know, playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”

Actually, what sends the wrong signal is going to war with a phony justification, inadequate troop levels, insufficient armor, an inept Defense secretary and an inability to admit for years, deadly ones, that you needed counterinsurgency experts.

The right signal is Michelle and her daughters being charming ambassadors, “gobsmacking” the town, as a British tabloid put it, by scarfing down fish and chips at a London pub for £7.95 (about $13), like regular tourists.

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Here's my thing, the President collects a salary every month like everyone else. Isn't it entirely possible that a lot of these costs are being defrayed by his personal fortune? Yes, things like transport and security are necessary and paid for by the state, but are you honestly telling me that the man wouldn't be able to afford a trip to Paris for his wife and his girls out of his own funds? Come on.

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Joe the Volcano

America’s most mercurial, least responsible senator is up to his old tricks, threatening to shut down the Senate to block the release of the torture photos. Eric Alterman on why Obama should steer clear of Lieberman’s blackmail tactics.

What to do about those awful military abuse photos none of us have seen is a truly vexing problem. Obama is quite right when he says their publication could cause a spike in anti-Americanism in the Arab world and possibly even endanger the lives of American troops. On the other hand, America needs nothing so much as to put the poisonous legacy of lies and dissimulations used by the Bush administration’s Iraq misadventure behind us, and this will be impossible to do as long as the Obama administration continues to take the position that it must participate in its continued coverup.


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NYT: How the US Surplus Became a Deficit

For U.S., a sea of red ink, years in the making
Business cycle, Bush policies linked to most of federal government's deficits

By David Leonhardt

updated 5:50 a.m. ET, Wed., June 10, 2009
There are two basic truths about the enormous deficits that the federal government will run in the coming years.

The first is that President Obama’s agenda, ambitious as it may be, is responsible for only a sliver of the deficits, despite what many of his Republican critics are saying. The second is that Mr. Obama does not have a realistic plan for eliminating the deficit, despite what his advisers have suggested.

The New York Times analyzed Congressional Budget Office reports going back almost a decade, with the aim of understanding how the federal government came to be far deeper in debt than it has been since the years just after World War II. This debt will constrain the country’s choices for years and could end up doing serious economic damage if foreign lenders become unwilling to finance it.

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The Real Reason That Ann Taylor Hates Plus Sizes

The malls are empty, and retailers are crying for customers. American women are getting heavier by the day. Yet stores like Ann Taylor and Bloomingdale’s, and lines including Liz Claiborne and Ellen Tracy, are slashing their plus-size offerings—turning away potential sales and generating angry denunciations of “sizeism.”

“I will stop buying at Ann Taylor for anything,” declared commenter Savona in response to this Crain’s New York Business report on the retailer’s decision to eliminate size 16 from its stores, offering the size only online. “If they will not accommodate those who are willing to buy,” she continued, “then they don’t deserve our business for anything else—shoes, accessories, eyewear.” Commenter Patricia vowed, “I will no longer shop at Ann Taylor until they cut the size 0 and size 2’s.”

Cutting back on larger sizes—or not offering them in the first place—is not only insulting, many people believe; it’s bad business. After all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, in 2002 the average American woman weighed 164 pounds—nearly what the average man weighed in 1960. Why aren’t retailers serving this growing market? Are they just mean-girl fashionistas?

A moment’s reflection suggests there must be another explanation. Few industries are more fiercely competitive than apparel. If there were money to be made by adding a few more sizes to the racks, surely someone would do so. Vogue can afford to traffic in fantasy. Ann Taylor and Liz Claiborne can’t.


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Pro-Life Advocate Concerned Obama Admin Probe on George Tiller Shooting Biased

Pro-Life Advocate Concerned Obama Admin Probe on George Tiller Shooting Biased

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading pro-life advocate is concerned the investigation the Obama administration has opened into the shooting death of late-term abortion practitioner is biased. Wendy Wright, the head of Concerned Women for America, says similar probes haven't been opened related to other killings.
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Bachmann: Gangsta Government hurts America

Bachmann: "Gangster Government" Turning U.S. Into "Sinking Titanic"

Congresswoman Michelle Bachman took to the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday to call out the "gangster government." She also likened America to the sinking Titanic.

"We will always be a superpower," she said. "But one thing that has kept us a superpower has been freedom, free market economists. We are in the process of watching the deconstruction of free market economists before our very eyes, something we have never seen. But as the ice ripped that hole in the Titanic, water started being taken on, and the engineer came out and brought the blueprint of the Titanic. Water came into the first chamber, spilled over to the second, spilled over to the third, and by the time it filled up so many chambers, it was over. It was impossible to resurrect that ship."

Bachmann's gangster accusation was part of a larger diatribe:

I'm very concerned again about these motor takeovers from the federal government.

I saw [an article] today where a constituent had contacted one of the representatives, a Democrat representative here in this chamber, Representative Barney Frank. Barney Frank was able to go and talk to the right people and get this dealership back open.

Is that what we have come to in this country, that rather than a private business with a private contract with another private corporation, they're no longer able to work out their agreements because, as [Washington Examiner] columnist Michael Barone has called, he said, now we've moved into the realm of "gangster government."

We have gangster government when the federal government has set up a new cartel and private businesses now have to go begging with their hand out to their local -- hopefully well-politically connected -- congressman or their senator so they can buy a peace offering for that local business.

Is that the kind of country we are going to have in the future?

Bachmann, however, has been interfering in the auto-industry herself. On her own website, she recounts an instance in which she "led a rally" on behalf of a Lake Elmo, Minnesota Chrystler dealership.

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann was on hand to lead the rally to save the dealership. She said she will take their fight to Washington on Wednesday when Chrysler leaders will be questioned by members of the senate about the future of local car dealers.
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Breaking: Gunshots fired at D.C. Holocaust Museum.

By Debbi Wilgoren | Wednesday, June 10, 2009; 1:27 PM

Officials are investigating report of gunshots at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in downtown Washington. A police spokeswoman said the report came in at 12:52 p.m. D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter said a police officer had been shot outside the museum. It was not immediately clear what agency the officer was from, or how serious the injuries were. Source: WaPo

Further updates:

Coverage "as-it-happens" via CNN Live (streaming).

4:40pm update: Im sorry to post this, folks -- one guard succumbed to his/her wounds.

DHS Report Warned Against Anti-Semitic Violence. As always Conservative Idiots didnt listen...

DHS Report Warned Against Anti-Semitic Violence

A heavily criticized Department of Homeland Security Report on right-wing extremism that was released in April warned precisely of the type of violent anti-Semitic activity that occurred at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

Early this afternoon, a man in his late-80s with ties to white supremacist organizations opened fired inside the museum, repotedly hitting two people, including a security guard, in the process.

James W. Von Brunn, according to reports, has a history of anti-Semitism and may have been driven by such feelings when he committed his violent act. Indeed, according to Von Brunn had anti-Semitic writings on his web site, and had made pejorative remarks about Jewish control of the Justice system.

In light of these biographical revelations, it is worth revisiting the DHS report that was deemed by conservatives to be so controversial.

In April, the Department of Homeland Security issued a draft memorandum warning that the current economic and political landscape created dangerously ripe conditions for a resurgence in radicalization and extremist recruitment. In it, federal officials warned specifically about an upswing of anti-Semitic behavior.

"Anti-Semitic extremists attribute these losses to a deliberate conspiracy conducted by a cable of Jewish 'financial elites,'" the report read. "These 'accusatory' tactics are employed to draw new recruits into right-wing extremist groups and further radicalize those already subscribing to extremist beliefs."

When the 10-page DHS memorandum was made public, however, warnings like these largely took the back-seat to charges that the department had been politically motivated in her assessments and writings. Indeed, a wide swath of voices in the conservative movement -- from Rush Limbaugh to RNC Chairman Michael Steele -- lashed out at the DHS Secretary over what they deemed an anti-Republican report.

"This is the height of insult here," Steele told Fox News. "I mean to segment out Americans who dissent from this administration, to segment out conservatives in this country who have a different philosophy or view from this administration, and labeling them as terrorists and then to call into question the service of the men and women who are right now standing on that wall defending our freedom and linking them to terrorism while you refuse to call the terrorists -- the real terrorists -- terrorists, to me it's the height of insult."

It's been several months now since that DHS report was issues and, sadly, the study is proving increasingly prescient. In addition to the Von Brunn shootings, there has been the killing of abortion provider George Tiller, another type of ideologically-driven killing that Napolitano warned against.

"Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely," the DHS report read. "It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."

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Less than a month after being told by Donald Trump that she can keep her Miss California crown, Carrie Prejean is being fired, Foxnews.com has learned exclusively.

K2 Productions, the independent producers of the Miss California USA pageant, under license from Miss Universe, cites continued breach of contract issues as the reason for Prejean's firing. The decision is revealed in documents obtained by FOXNews.com.

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Conservatives Are Terrible At Grassroots Efforts. How Come?


We're not sure there was any ever confusion that the National Organization for Marriage was not, in fact, a grassroots effort. Armed with the mission of protecting "traditional marriage," NOM is behind that parody-friendly "Gathering Storm" ad and one of the only places media can still reliably turn to for an anti-gay talking head. (Even James Dobson has given up.) But what's more notable about recognizing NOM's establishment status is that it exposes a huge void in the anti-gay marriage movement: There's a shocking lack of substantial grassroots efforts supporting that view.

A quick Google (or is it Bing now?) search reveals NOM's chief, Maggie Gallagher, has deep roots in social conservatism and has published some five books on "family values." Indeed, notes CampusProgress.org, other NOM toppers are veteran conservatives as well: "Chuck Stetson is chairman of the board at the Bible Literacy Project; Ken Von Kohorn fills the same role at the Family Institute of Connecticut; Luis Tellez is president of the Witherspoon Institute, a Princeton-based conservative think tank (where George is also a fellow), and is a member of the Advisory Council of George’s Madison Program." And it even had to hire actors for its ad campaign; gay rights media efforts are overflowing with volunteers, from the famous to the everyday person.

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PETA had better watch out for Rahm Emanuel

PETA criticizes Seattle's famed fish toss

SEATTLE, June 10 (UPI) -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the fish tossing that occurs at Seattle's Pike Place Market is unacceptable.

The animal rights organization told the American Veterinary Medical Association it should rethink its plan for a Pike Place Fish Market demonstration at an upcoming Seattle convention, The Seattle Times said Wednesday.

The organization told the veterinary group in a letter the practice of fish tossing makes fish appear like toys and therefore is an unacceptable practice for individuals who care for animals.

Lindsay Rajt, a PETA spokeswoman in Norfolk, said compassion should be shown by veterinarians.

Justin Hall, a Pike Place Fish Market assistant manager, said workers at the market respect the fish they toss around for customer and tourist amusement as the animals represent their livelihood.


Dear PETA: Please find something better to do with your time.
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Women's Prison Segregated Lesbians. Juvenile fantasy about women's prison shattered forever...

Virginia Women's Prison Segregated Lesbians, Others

For more than a year, Virginia's largest women's prison rounded up inmates who had loose-fitting clothes, short hair or otherwise masculine looks, sending them to a unit officers derisively dubbed the "butch wing," prisoners and guards say.

Dozens were moved in an attempt to split up relationships and curb illegal sexual activity at the 1,200-inmate Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, though some straight women were sent to the wing strictly because of their appearance, the inmates and corrections officers said.

Civil rights advocates called the moves unconstitutional punishment for "looking gay." The warden denied that any housing decisions were made based on looks or sexual orientation, and said doing so would be discriminatory. The practice was stopped recently after the Associated Press began questioning it, according to several inmates and one current employee.
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How many fucked up racist groups are in YOUR state?


"Southern Poverty Law Center

The Intelligence Project monitors hate groups and extremist activities throughout the U.S. and publishes the Center’s award-winning Intelligence Report.

It also offers training to help law enforcement officials and human rights groups combat organized racism, including an online hate crime training course for law enforcement professionals."




ETA: There is probably some sort of quota for the number of members or threats of violence or something from each group to be put on the map. There probably ARE more in some areas not represented in the map.

ETA: A link to the Southern Poverty Law Center which you've probably heard a good amount about if you watched the news today.

ETA: More detailed map.

Fox News wonders why no one paid attention to the DHS report...

Fox News Reporter: Scandalized DHS Report Needs Second Look

Nine days ago, I joined Greg Sargent in wondering if the murder of George Tiller should prompt a "second look" at the DHS report on homegrown right-wing extremists that was so scandalized by pundits who insisted it was some sort of high concept government crackdown on mainstream conservatives, despite the fact that it was a report initiated by the Bush administration in which the word "conservative" never appeared. In the wake of today's recent tragic events at Washington DC's Holocaust museum, that second look seems even more appropriate. Catherine Herridge, reporting for Fox News, agrees:
GALLAGHER: It's a fair admonishment to us Catherine, to be careful of the facts here. But as you look at these, these types of groups that the FBI may or may not be investigating in the hours and days to come, we often forget about homegrown groups, and as you were saying in a report just a few days ago, one of the big concerns now about terrorism is from within.

HERRIDGE: Well that's right; for some context I think we need to look a the incidents today and see the warning from Homeland Security, about left-wing and right-wing extremist groups in this country, in a somewhat different light. I know from having interviewed every homeland security secretary who's come through that office that their primary concern has always been the lone wolf attacks. As I mentioned earlier today, the lone wolf attack is the most difficult to thwart because it is a conspiracy of one, an individual who is not sharing information with other people. The broader the conspiracy, as you can imagine, the more likely it is that information will leak and law enforcement will be able to intervene. So again it's a lone wolf attack, during the inaugural period, right up to today, I know that is the number one concern. And whether this is in fact the case, this would appear, and I would emphasize appear to fit that profile. And again I think we have to consider that these warning from Homeland Security that became so controversial earlier this year about left-wing and right-wing extremist groups, we have to now see them in a different light because they did specifically talk about the spread of white supremacy groups--[CROSSTALK]

GALLAGHER: Catherine hold on we're going to hear from the mayor of DC.
NOTE: Herridge and Gallagher were cut off by the beginning of Washington DC's Mayor Adrian Fenty's remarks.
Greg Sargent reminds that the report was "chock full of warnings about 'lone wolf extremists' capable of violence."
It should be noted that she is merely echoing her own consistent and sane line of thinking on this matter. As Think Progress noted back in April, Herridge's reporting on the matter was often at odds with other personalities from her network.


And, later on in Fox's coverage this afternoon, Shepard Smith gives Herridge the opportunity to restate her position on the matter. Recalling the controversy, a rueful Smith pointedly remarks, "Yeah, there was blowback, and here we are."

UPDATE: Shep Smith drives home the point on that DHS report: "It was a warning to us all, and it appears now they were right."

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Minn. court orders Coleman to pay $95,000 to Franken
Associated Press

Republican Norm Coleman owes Democrat Al Franken $94,783 stemming from his Minnesota Senate election lawsuit, with the amount subject to interest.

A Ramsey County court administrator officially entered the judgment on Wednesday. It's a holdover from the two-month trial that ended with Franken up by 312 votes.

Minnesota law required Coleman to cover some of Franken's court costs because he didn't change the outcome of the race. The judgment excludes Franken's attorney fees.
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Anti-Obama mentality becoming more frightening

Shepard Smith Says His Email Is Becoming "More And More Frightening" (VIDEO)

Fox News' Shepard Smith's pretty well known -- and oft praised -- for the way he can size up a news event and expose his own authentic concern without seeming mawkish or phony. And in the wake of today's shooting at the Holocaust Museum, Smith went on the air today to talk about the emails he's been receiving for "the past few months," and how they've been getting "more and more frightening."

SMITH: There are people now, who are way out there on a limb. And I think they're just out there on a limb with the email they send us. Because I read it, and they are out there. I mean, out there in a scary place...I could read a hundred of them like this...I mean from today. People who are so amped up and so angry for reasons that are absolutely wrong, ridiculous, preposterous."

He went on to read an email, filled with the usual paranoid "birther" nonsense, which included an admonishment to Smith. "This is, I promise, a representative sample of the kind of things that we get here," Smith said.

Time will tell if Smith's colleagues at Fox stop taking these sorts of emails casually. Smith clearly could do that no longer. I think that's appropriate!


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Wright: 'Them Jews' won't let Obama talk to me

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the former Chicago pastor whose racially-charged sermons threatened to implode President Obama's primary bid last year, is again making waves over recent comments about his current relationship with the commander-in-chief.

"Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me," Wright told Virginia newspaper The Daily Press when asked if he still spoke with Obama. "I told my baby daughter, that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office."

"They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is," he added. "I said from the beginning: He's a politician; I'm a pastor. He's got to do what politicians do."

The former pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, where Obama was a congregant for nearly two decades, also told the paper he holds no grudges against the president's very public break from Wright last year.

"He's my son. I'm proud of him," Wright said. "I've got five biological kids. They all make mistakes and bad choices. I haven't stopped loving any of them. He made mistakes. He made bad choices. I've got kids who listen to their friends. He listened to those around him. I did not disown him."

Wright, who became a lighting rod for criticism last year after members of the media unearthed controversial sermons criticizing the U.S. government, also said he has no regrets for the heated language he has used on the pulpit.

"Regret for what…that the media went back five, seven, 10 years and spent $4,000 buying 20 years worth of sermons to hear what I've been preaching for 20 years?" he said. "Regret for preaching like I've been preaching for 50 years? Absolutely none."

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Power of women in Iran's election

"I like to wear colours," declares 26-year-old Golnaz as we sit in a splendid tea room in a 17th century caravanserai. Her elegant orange head scarf falls from the crown of her head and sweeps across her shoulders.

"President Ahmadinejad isn't bothering us about our headscarves during the elections. But if he returns to power, it would be terrible," she moans, her voice rising with emphasis on the last word.

She complains of police raids on gatherings in private homes and hassles over women's dress during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's four years as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Her main theme this week, like many young Iranians yearning for an atmosphere of greater liberalism, has been green - the colour of the reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. Golnaz's tunic is moss green.

Her cousin Sara, a year older, sits next to her wearing a soft shade of lime.

But in Isfahan's magnificent Imam Square, I met a small group of young women, all wearing black, proudly waving their posters of a smiling Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "We're voting for him," they shout in unison.

Iran's rich history collides with an unprecedented sense of election fever in this, the country's cultural capital.

Iranians bearing election banners, headbands and flags mingle in the grand square adorned with the brilliant Islamic domes and exquisite blue tiles of some of the most stunning religious architecture in the world.

Iran's presidential election is turning into a tight, exciting race between the 52-year-old conservative incumbent and Mr Mousavi, a 67-year-old former Prime Minister who is also an accomplished painter.

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Conservatives may wanna tone down the "Birther" rhetoric for now...

James Von Brunn Apparently Part Of Obama "Birther" Movement

Among the myriad of disturbing qualities of James Von Brunn, the 88-year-old man who shot and killed a security officer inside the Holocaust Museum on Wednesday, is his apparent belief that Barack Obama is not a citizen of the United States and therefore has no right to the presidency.

The reason it sticks out is that, even among Von Brunn's other characteristics -- including heavy streaks of anti-Semitism, disdain for the federal government, and threads of white supremacy -- being a "birther" has a modicum of political credibility.

Certainly, the vast majority of people who are skeptical of Obama's birth in the state of Hawaii tend to be harmless conspiracy theorists. And there has been no suggestion that Von Brunn's distrust of the president's citizenship solely drove him to this violent act.

"In addition to being a birther," said Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, "he also believed that Hitler didn't kill enough Jews. He had a history of anti-Semitic, hateful views."

Indeed a "birther" mindset is more a symptom of extremism than a cause.

That said, the extent to which the birther ethos has been driven into the political narrative by legitimate figures, and subsequently picked up by extremist elements, is noteworthy. In an obvious reference to questions about Obama's birthplace, Rep. Bill Posey, R-FL, has introduced a bill in the House requiring presidential candidates to file a copy of their birth certificates. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-V.A, has joined him as a co-sponsor of that measure.

Several weeks ago, conservative reporter Lester Kinsolving, asked Robert Gibbs why the president would not "respond to the petition to requests of 400,000 American citizens by releasing a certified copy of his long-form birth certificate listing hospital?"

Outside political circles, but still within the national spotlight, the view is much more widely articulated. As late as two weeks ago, for instance, Fox News was running a headline on its website, asking: "Should Obama Release Birth Certificate? Or Is This Old News?" On Wednesday morning, moreover, talk show host Rush Limbaugh sardonically compared President Obama to God, noting that, "God does not have a birth certificate either."

Remarks like these aren't inherently violent. They can be picked up, however, by individuals who are.

"I think it is perfectly obvious that the birther movement has gained a large following on the radical right," said Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center. "It may have emerged form the right wing of the Republican Party. But the reality is that it has been adopted by the most noxious elements out there and certainly John Von Brunn represents that element."

Neither Posey nor Goodlatte's office returned request for comment.

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Neb. doctor wants to carry on Tiller's mission

By ERIC OLSON, Associated Press Writer Eric Olson, Associated Press Writer Tue Jun 2, 9:25 pm ET

OMAHA, Neb. – Physician LeRoy Carhart wants to continue providing third-term abortions after the brazen slaying of his friend and colleague George Tiller, but the Nebraska doctor doesn't have anywhere to perform them — and he's one of only a handful of providers who will.
Tiller's Wichita, Kan., clinic was shuttered Sunday after the 67-year-old physician was gunned down at his church. His family said Tuesday that they were unsure when it would reopen, posing a problem for Carhart, who wants to carry on his friend's mission.

Carhart, 67, is one of a handful of remaining doctors in the United States who perform third-trimester abortions, and it is uncertain if a new generation of providers will take over the cause. Schools and universities don't offer many programs to train physicians on how to perform the procedure, and Carhart said younger doctors who might be interested in stepping forward are afraid they or their families will be harmed.

Tiller's slaying underlined that fear. On Tuesday, Kansas authorities charged 51-year-old Scott Roeder, a staunch abortion opponent, with first-degree murder in Tiller's death.
"Dr. Tiller and I and all our friends know that tomorrow is never a given," Carhart told The Associated Press. "I think what we have to do is not let this loss of his life affect our goals in life, No. 1, and we need to do things so he's never forgotten."

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this is good news for the women in Kansas, and also possibly for the future of Tiller's clinic :) I just hope Tiller's family allows him to use it.
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Miranda rights for non-americans???

U.S. Lawmaker Says Obama Administration Ordered FBI to Read Rights to Detainees

The move is reportedly creating chaos in the field among the CIA, FBI and military personnel, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee is accusing the Obama administration of quietly ordering the FBI to start reading Miranda rights to suspected terrorists at U.S. military detention facilities in Afghanistan.

The move is reportedly creating chaos in the field among the CIA, FBI and military personnel, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. The soldiers, especially, he says, are frustrated that giving high value detainees Miranda rights -- the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney -- is impeding their ability to pursue intelligence on the battlefield, according to a story first reported by the Weekly Standard.

"What I found was lots of confusion and very frustrated people on the front lines who are trying to, well, make Afghanistan successful for the United States and its allies," said Rogers, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee.

Rogers, a former FBI special agent who served in the U.S. Army, just returned from Afghanistan and a visit to Bagram Air Base, where he said the rights are being read.

"I witnessed it myself, talked to the people on the ground," he said. "What you have is two very separate missions colliding in the field in a combat zone. Again, anytime that you offer confusion in that environment that's already chaotic and confusing enough, you jeopardize a soldier's life."

U.S. commanders told FOX News soldiers are not reading Miranda rights to detainees, but those commanders could not speak to whether the FBI was doing so. The practice has not been instituted at detention facilities in Iraq or at Guantanamo Bay, according to U.S. senior military officials.

Asked if the Obama administration had ordered that Miranda rights be read to certain detainees, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said, "I have no reason to disbelieve a member of Congress. But I don't know any of the circumstances that are involved around it."

But Gibbs acknowledged that it wouldn't be a surprise to find out that it was happening.

Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd denied there has been a policy change covering detainees.

"There has been no policy change nor blanket instruction for FBI agents to Mirandize detainees overseas," he said in a statement, adding, "While there have been specific cases in which FBI agents have Mirandized suspects overseas, at both Bagram and in other situations, in order to preserve the quality of evidence obtained, there has been no overall policy change with respect to detainees."

Some senators wonder what would have happened if Khaled Sheikh Mohammad, a self-confessed architect of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, had been read his Miranda rights.

"I'd be very concerned if we're sending FBI agents over to Bagram Air Base in the middle of a military operation to start reading Miranda rights to detainees caught on the battlefield," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said.



Bill O'Reilly hardly mentions holocaust museum shooting, Glen Beck just blames it on the left...

OMFG, Did Bill Oreilly really just do that?!?!?

Ok, so I'm sitting here watching The Factor (yes, it's Masochistic Wednesday, and no, I don't have a Nielsen box), and for the longest time I keep thinking to myself: "this HAS to be a rerun." Why? Because some crazy ass shit happened today at the Holocaust museum in D.C., and yet I'm hearing NO mention of it from Oreilly! On EVERY other station, this is the big story today. Hell, even Fox News' other shows have been covering it (although Beck then proceeded to somehow blame this on the left, because the right is too inclusive to breed such racists. that was just... wow).

Anyway, so here's where it gets phenomenally insulting. At somewhere around the 25-30 minute mark, Oreilly holds a lengthy segment in which... get this... he expresses OUTRAGE at the discrepancy in coverage between the murdered Army recruiter and the murdered abortion doctor. His primary argument - the media's covered is an indicator of how much they care about these respective events. In a nutshell (emphasis on the nut): The MSM covered the abortion doctor more because his death was more meaningful to them - it was the greater loss (you know, being fellow baby killers and all). BUT WAIT.... he hasn't said a God damn thing about the shooting today!!! An outright attack on the Jewish community, which ended in the death of a black man (who the killer was all too happy to target for equally racists reasons), and yet Oreilly says NOTHING. By his own fucking standard, Oreilly's quiescence on this matter should be interpreted as indifference. He didn't cover it, and so according to his own rants, he just doesn't care.

If you get a chance, watch the rerun later tonight (unless you have a Nielsen box, in which case download it from the interwebs). Compared to the coverage that this tragic event has been given - even on his own lame-ass fucked up network - Oreilly's silence on this matter is deafening... and insulting in the extreme. This clown never ceases to amaze me.

P.S. On another note, props to Shep Smith who essentially admitted that there's a considerable amount of overlap between right-wing psycho nut job extremists and... well, the people who watch Fox News.

Point of Clarification, he did MENTION the incident, he just didn't spend more than a minute on it before moving on to gay penguins (seriously).

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How to walk, chew gum and confirm Sotomayor

Senate Dems are having some fun at the Republicans' expense, passing around a helpful guide for conservatives who say the Sotomayor nomination is moving too fast for them to deliberate and do their day jobs.

It's called a "A Handy How-To Guide for Republican Judiciary Members: Special mastication and ambulation edition," and provides mocking, step-by step instructions on how to walk ahd chew gum at the same time.

One excerpt: "Walking is accomplished with a strategy called the double pendulum."

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Bomb Threat at Memphis Abortion Clinic

MEMPHIS, TN--A Midtown Memphis women's clinic was evacuated late Wednesday afternoon after receiving a bomb threat.

Police were called to the Memphis Center for Reproductive Health at 1462 Poplar Ave. shortly before 6:00 p.m. Employees at the clinic were evacuated, and traffic on Poplar Ave. was was re-routed in the area near the clinic.

Bomb technicians and a K9 unit are still on the scene conducting a search of the property, but have not found anything suspicious.

According to the center's webiste, Memphis Center for Reproductive Health (MCRH) is a private, non-profit health care clinic that provides services to women such as emergency contraception, pregnancy and STD testing and abortion. MCRH was founded in 1974, and was the first licensed abortion provider in Tennessee.


this shit is just going to keep getting worse and worse.

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Women Who Flee North Korea Face Forced Marriage, Deportation, "Stateless Limbo"

The imprisonment of Laura Ling and Euna Lee has drawn attention to a subject they were investigating when they were captured — the plight of North Korean women who flee to China.

Blaine Harden of the Washington Postwrites that up to 300,000 North Korean refugees currently live in China, and 80% of recent arrivals are women. Most of them leave North Korea not because of the oppressive regime, but because of hunger and poverty. In China, many wind up being sold to farmers as brides. As the wives of Chinese men, North Korean women usually have much better food and shelter than they did back home, and are protected from the Chinese police. However, since China refuses to recognize them as refugees, they have no legal status and may be deported if they offend their husbands. Any children they have frequently lack residency papers and thus have trouble attending school. Essentially, women who flee North Korea leave behind crushing famine for a "stateless limbo" in which they are forced into marriage and may be sent back home if they don't behave.

Those who are deported are considered criminals by the North Korean government, and often sent to labor camps. Bang Mi Sun, a former actress, was permanently disabled by a beating after Chinese police returned her to North Korea. Of her time in a labor camp, Bang (who subsequently escaped to South Korea) says,

I had to live the life of an animal. If I had a chance to meet with President Obama, I would first like to tell him how North Korean women are being sold like livestock in China and, second, to know that North Korean labor camps are hell on earth.

Experts have speculated that because Ling and Lee are American and "bargaining chips" for North Korea to gain concessions, they won't actually be sent to the infamous labor camps. Terrible as their ordeal is in itself, it may also bring attention to the horrors faced by thousands of other women. At least Ling and Lee have people fighting for them — hopefully, their efforts will bring them home. But women like Bang Mi Sun have no political power and no one to advocate for them — perhaps, now that their hardships are gaining exposure, that will change.

N. Korean Women Who Flee to China Suffer in Stateless Limbo [Washington Post]
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Dissected: What HuffPost Readers Found In The Health Care Bill

Dissected: What HuffPost Readers Found In The Health Care Bill

The first wave of readers who answered our call to look through the Kennedy health care bill has already found a lot to highlight.

As a reminder, you can sign up here to join the research team. Or, if you can't wait, take a look at the bill and write to ryan@huffingtonpost.com. (If you don't want to be credited for your work, say so in your e-mail.)

Thomas Field, thumbing through Sec. 3105, found a section stipulating that individuals or families making less than 500 percent of the poverty level will not have to pay more than 10 percent of their income toward health care costs. Those who make below 150 percent of the poverty level would have to pay a maximum of 1 percent.
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"The Long Internet Trail of James Von Brunn"

By Pareene, 5:18 PM on Wed Jun 10 2009
Who taught 89-year-old neo-Nazi killer James Von Brunn how to use the internet? Isn't it weird how much of a net presence he had, for a century-old lunatic? We have his (surprisingly postmodern) art and his weird forum posts.

As we mentioned, Von Brunn was a painter. Just like Hitler! But the one example of his work that we have (which is no longer for sale at AskArt.com) is, uh, interesting. It is a amalgam of Fragonard's The Reader and Picasso's Woman With a Book. A clever recontexulaization of classics by Renaissance and Modernist masters! By a 89-year-old White Supremacist who just killed a man at the Holocaust Museum!

A much more likely internet archive find from Mr. Von Brunn: an insane, rambling, copy-pasted post on some random forum about how Barack Obama has not shown us his birth certificate—a story familiar to readers of World Net Daily, one of those sites that was so outraged when DHS suggested right-wing nuts might be dangerous.

But yes, Von Brunn was leaving his full name, all over the internet, spreading his nutty views, like a common Craigslist killer. It's just weird. Is every comment section troll actually secretly a violent old racist? We just thought they were regular racists.


I only posted this because only Gawker can produce a write-up on a creepy-as-fuck white supremacist that is genuinely knee-slapping-ly hilarious. Plus people could use the laughter right about now.