June 30th, 2009

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US SOLDIERS LEAVING IRAQI CITIES ABOUT DAMNED TIME



US troops are withdrawing from towns and cities in Iraq, six years after the invasion, having formally handed over security duties to new Iraqi forces.

A public holiday - National Sovereignty Day - has been declared, and the capital, Baghdad, threw a giant party to mark the eve of the changeover.


US-led combat operations are due to end by September 2010, with all troops gone from Iraq by the end of 2011.

Iraqi troops are on the alert for insurgent attacks during the handover.

Despite the pullback from cities and towns, due to be completed on Tuesday, US troops will still be embedded with Iraqi forces.

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Kim Jong-il sucks at Photoshop...

Photo Stirs Speculation on North Korean Leader



An image of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, shown recently on government-run television appears to be a doctored version of an earlier photo, raising the possibility that Mr. Kim’s health has deteriorated to the point where he has had to skip public appearances, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday.

On June 14, the state-run Central TV showed what it said was a still photo of Mr. Kim posing with a group of soldiers indoors during a visit to a military unit. The Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s largest newspaper, said Tuesday that it looked remarkably similar to a photo the North Korean government had said was taken April 25. The newspaper quoted unidentified intelligence officials as saying that there was “a high possibility” the April image had been recycled.

In both pictures published by Chosun on Monday, Mr. Kim stands with a group of soldiers under what looks like the same ceiling lights and the same Communist slogan. The later image, captured from television, is too blurry to make precise comparisons, but the heights and positioning of the soldiers in both images look strikingly similar, except for 13 figures who do not appear in the later picture.

Officials at the National Intelligence Service, the main South Korean spy agency, said they could not confirm the report.

South Korean analysts and media scrutinize nearly every image and statement from the North for clues about Mr. Kim’s health, a topic of intense interest since last September, when news reports surfaced that Mr. Kim, 67, had suffered a stroke in August. American and South Korean officials say that Mr. Kim appears to have designated his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as his successor.

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Palin's life like an unholy union of Desperate Housewives and Northern Exposure?...



Despite her disastrous performance in the 2008 election, Sarah Palin is still the sexiest brand in Republican politics, with a lucrative book contract for her story. But what Alaska’s charismatic governor wants the public to know about herself doesn’t always jibe with reality. As John McCain’s top campaign officials talk more candidly than ever before about the meltdown of his vice-presidential pick, the author tracks the signs—political and personal—that Palin was big trouble, and checks the forecast for her future.
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Sanford admits it was more than just once & maybe more than one??

[T]he governor described seven meetings with the woman, including their first in 2001. Sanford says there have been five over a 12-month period, including two multi-night stays with her in New York.

He previously announced he would reimburse the state for money spent during a government trip to Brazil and Argentina in June 2008. But he insists no public money was used for any other meetings with her.

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EDIT: Got the gif, thanks y'all!

SON OF EDIT: The State Newspaper is now reporting that he "crossed lines" with a handful of women other than his mistress — but never had sex with them.

Anyone have a "I did not have sexual relations" macro handy?
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Oklahoma Wingnuts: immorality, atheism, Teh Gheys, and liberalism destroyed America's finances!!

Oklahoma Republicans Ready To Blame The Recession On 'Debauchery'

Dave Weigel at the Washington Independent catches a bizarre resolution introduced by Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (R) in Oklahoma, whose state legislature he describes as a "petri dish for wingnuttery."

The proposed "Oklahoma Citizen's Proclamation for Morality" would blame the economic crisis on moral collapse.

The resolution specifically cites President Obama's policies as well as his celebration of LGBT Pride month and his decision to end the National Prayer Day service at the White House as key causes of the current recession.


WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis; and


WHEREAS, this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion,
pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and
many other forms of debauchery; and

WHEREAS, alarmed that the Government of the United States of America is forsaking
the rich Christian heritage upon which this nation was built; and

WHEREAS, grieved that the Office of the president of these United States has refused
to uphold the long held tradition of past presidents in giving recognition to our National Day of
Prayer; and

WHEREAS, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States
disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior;


Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley explains:

President Obama triggered the economic crisis (which began in anticipation of his election under President Bush) which prompted Congress to pass the stimulus legislation that caused Sanford to fly to Argentina to sleep with a woman other than his wife.

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Arizonans Do Not Want Socialized Medicine

Arizonans Aim To Ban National Health Care Plan

Across the country, people are worried that they might one day be forced to have health insurance. At least, that's what conservatives in the Arizona legislature think -- and they've generously tried to do something about it.

Lawmakers in the state have passed a bill to put a constitutional amendment on the 2010 ballot that would forbid the government from forcing individuals to participate in a national health insurance plan. HCR2014 would also make it illegal to ban the sale of private insurance in the state, and prohibit any penalty on for deciding to purchase health care directly.

"HCR2014 is proactive and will protect patients' fundamental rights," Arizona State Rep. Nancy Barto, a Republican, said in a statement. "We are a front-line battle state to stop the momentum of this powerful government takeover of your health care decisions. Health care by lobbyists thwarts your rights and can be stopped here."

Some might say that these Arizonans are getting ahead of themselves. After all, health care legislation is still in the works and none of the proposed plans would force anyone onto public insurance. Most conservatives are more concerned that public insurance will be such an attractive option, private plans will go out of business. But according to Fox News, five other states -- Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming -- are considering similar 2010 initiatives.



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Train Derails In Italy, Explodes, Kills 12, Burns 50



Elia Quiroz was about to go to bed in his home near the railroad station in this Tuscan seaside town when the train rumbled by. His kitchen table started shaking.

"Then I heard an explosion and I went outside," the 32-year-old Italian recalled. "I saw flames as high as 30, 40 meters, and I ran."

A gas-filled train derailed while traveling through a downtown neighborhood around midnight Monday, catching residents in their sleep, and setting off a massive explosion that killed at least 13 people and injured dozens of others, most with severe burns.

The death toll was still unclear Tuesday: The Civil Protection said 13 people were killed and four were missing, while an official with the hospital in Viareggio, Stefano Pasquinucci, said there were 16 dead. Some 35 of the 50 injured had suffered severe burns.

As rescuers searched through the rubble for survivors, unions and consumer groups denounced what they said is the poor safety record and aging infrastructure of Italy's rail system and questioned sending highly explosive cargo through an inhabited area.

The 14-car train was traveling from the northern city of La Spezia to Pisa when part of the convoy derailed as it passed Viareggio's station.

A car filled with liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, sprung a leak and all it took then was a spark to cause an explosion that collapsed five buildings and set fire to a vast area. Homes crumbled or burned, killing residents as they slept.

"We saw a ball of fire rising up to the sky," said witness Gianfranco Bini, who lives in a building overlooking the station. "We heard three big rumbles, like bombs. It looked like war had broken out."

His son, Gianni Bini, said he saw a truck driver running away on fire.

"This truck was passing by ... when it was hit by the heat wave and I saw the driver ablaze, getting off and walking away" in a daze, he said.

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The GOP: The Other White Meat

GOP Poised To Eat Its Own After Climate Bill's Passage

The passage of historic climate change legislation by the House of Representatives last Friday has thrust to the forefront a sharp debate within the Republican Party over how much ideological and political orthodoxy should be demanded of its members.

In the immediate aftermath of the passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, otherwise known as Waxman-Markey, attention within conservative circles turned to the eight Republican lawmakers who supported the measure. The bill had passed by a margin of 219 to 212. Even the most mathematically challenged would understood that had four of those Republicans switched their votes, the legislation might have died on the House floor.

And so the GOP began the process of, what one Democratic strategist called, "eating its own." A classic western "Wanted" posted was sent around the web accusing the eight Republicans -- Reps. Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Mike Castle (Del.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McHugh (N.Y.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), Leonard Lance (N.J.), Dave Reichert (Wash.), and Chris Smith (N.J.) -- of "selling out taxpayers." Rush Limbaugh, in the process of ridiculing the bill's sponsor, Rep. Henry Waxman,damned the Republican Party for facilitating the legislation's passage.

Michelle Malkin, the prominent conservative commentator and writer, mocked the those Republicans who "helped the Democrats pass a junk science-based, massive national energy tax." Another conservative blogger, Stacy McCain, demanded that the movement cut off donations to the National Republican Congressional Committee in retaliation for the betrayal.
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Deadly market bomb hits Iraq city as country celebrates US pullback

Video of aftermath.

At least 25 people have been killed by a car bomb at a market in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials say.

The attack in the Shurja district came as Iraqis celebrated the withdrawal of US troops from towns and cities in Iraq, six years after the invasion.

Iraqi and US troops have been on alert for attacks during the pullback, which was declared a national holiday.

Ten days ago more than 70 people were killed in a truck bombing in Kirkuk - the deadliest attack in over a year.

Police Brig Gen Sarhat Qadir told the Associated Press news agency at least 40 people had been wounded in the latest blast, caused by an explosives-laden vehicle parked near the crowded market.

Police said the blast went off as people did their evening shopping in the outdoor Shurja market.

A teeming maze of shops and stalls, it is one of the country's best-known markets, attracting buyers and sellers from all over Iraq, say correspondents.

Kirkuk, about 250km (155 miles) from Baghdad, was also the scene of two suicide bombings last month, in which 14 people were killed.

The city is the centre of northern Iraq's oil industry, and home to a volatile mix of Kurds, Arabs, Christians and members of the Turkmen community.

Sunni insurgents and groups including al-Qaeda remain active in the area despite security improvements in other parts of the country, correspondents say.

Both American and Iraqi commanders have warned they expect al-Qaeda in Iraq and other groups to attempt to re-ignite sectarian tensions.

Despite their pullback from cities and towns, US troops will still be embedded with Iraqi forces.

Hours before the Monday night deadline for the withdrawal, four US soldiers were killed in combat in Baghdad.

US commanders have said security and stability is improving, and that Iraqi forces are now ready to take over security operations.

Prime Minister Nouri Maliki assured Iraqis on Tuesday that government forces taking over from the Americans were more than capable of ensuring security.

"Those who think that Iraqis are not able to protect their country and that the withdrawal of foreign forces will create a security vacuum are committing a big mistake," he said in a nationally televised address.

Iraqi soldiers paraded through Baghdad's streets on Monday in vehicles decorated with flowers and Iraqi flags, while patriotic songs were played through loudspeakers at checkpoints.

The pullback comes two years after the US "surge" of extra troops between February and June 2007, which saw US troop levels in Iraq reach about 170,000.

US-led combat operations are due to end by September 2010, with all troops gone from Iraq by the end of 2011.

Some 131,000 US troops remain in Iraq, including 12 combat brigades, and the total is not expected to drop below 128,000 until after the Iraqi national election in January.

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Keeping News of Kidnapping Off Wikipedia

Keeping News of Kidnapping Off Wikipedia

For seven months, The New York Times managed to keep out of the news the fact that one of its reporters, David Rohde, had been kidnapped by the Taliban.

But that was pretty straightforward compared with keeping it off Wikipedia.

Times executives believed that publicity would raise Mr. Rohde’s value to his captors as a bargaining chip and reduce his chance of survival. Persuading another publication or a broadcaster not to report the kidnapping usually meant just a phone call from one editor to another, said Bill Keller, executive editor of The Times.

But Wikipedia, which operates under the philosophy that anyone can be an editor, and that all information should be public, is a vastly different world.
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GOD DAMN

MN SUPREME COURT RULES UNANIMOUSLY FOR FRANKEN



The Minnesota Supreme Court has handed down its much-expected ruling in the heavily-litigated Minnesota Senate race from 2008 -- and it's a unanimous one -- deciding against Republican former Sen. Norm Coleman's appeal of his defeat in the election trial and affirming the lower court's verdict that Democratic comedian Al Franken is the legitimate winner of the race.

The courts finds that "Al Franken received the highest number of votes legally cast and is entitled under Minn. Stat. § 204C.40 (2008) to receive the certificate of election as United States Senator from the State of Minnesota." This means that when Franken is ultimately seated, the Democrats will have 60 seats and be able to beat any Republican filibuster if they stay completely united (though good luck with that, obviously.)

It's been seven and a half months since Election Day, and five and a half months since the seat went vacant after Coleman's term expired -- but the state's process of recounts and litigation is now over, barring the unlikely event of a higher authority stepping in and forcing them to do more. Franken has won by 312 votes, out of roughly 2.9 million -- a difference of 0.011%.

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HOLY MOTHER OF FUCK LOOK AT THIS FUCKING SUPREME COURT. THEY FUCKING SHOT DOWN NORM COLEMAN ALL TOGETHER LIKE WITH THEIR POWERS COMBINED ON SOME CAPTAIN PLANET SHIT SO YOU KNOW THESE BITCHES ARE SO UNBIASED THEY MAKE SCALIA AND THOMAS WANT TO CRY. EVEN THE ONES APPOINTED BY PAWLENTY WERE LIKE WHATEVER BITCH LET'S DO THIS AND THEY REMAINED SEXY WHILE DOING SO HELL YEAH

ETA: COLEMAN HAS DROPPED OUT.
God Bless
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Are Polar Bears Really in Trouble Due to Global Warming?

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Difference of Opinion

One of the world's leading polar bear experts has been told to stay away from an international conference on the animals because his views are "extremely unhelpful," according to an e-mail by the chairman of the Polar Bear Specialist Group, Dr. Andy Derocher.

The London Telegraph reports Canadian biologist Mitchell Taylor has more than 30 years of experience with polar bears. But his belief that global warming is caused by nature, not man, led officials to bar him from this week's polar bear specialist group meeting in Denmark.

Taylor says the polar bear population has actually increased over the last 30 years. He says the threat to them by melting Arctic ice — illustrated by a famous photo taken by photographer Amanda Byrd — has become the most iconic cause for global warming theorists. The photo is often used by former Vice President Al Gore and others as an example of the dangers faced by the bears. But it was debunked last year by the photographer, who says the picture had nothing to do with global warming, and that the bears were not in danger. The photographer said she just happened to catch the bears on a small windswept iceberg.

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Sanford's got hoes in different area codes



AP Newsbreak: SC governor says he 'crossed lines' with women other than mistress

TAMARA LUSH and EVAN BERLAND
AP News

Jun 30, 2009 13:49 EST

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Tuesday that he "crossed lines" with a handful of women other than his mistress — but never had sex with them.

The governor said he "never crossed the ultimate line" with anyone but Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentine at the center of a scandal that has derailed his once-promising political career.

"This was a whole lot more than a simple affair, this was a love story," Sanford said. "A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day."

During an emotional interview at his Statehouse office with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sanford said Chapur is his soul mate but he's trying to fall back in love with his wife.

He said that during the encounters with other women he "let his guard down" with some physical contact but "didn't cross the sex line." He wouldn't go into detail.

Sanford, 49, said the casual encounters happened outside the U.S. while he was married but before he met Chapur, on trips to "blow off steam" with male friends.

Sanford also admitted he saw Chapur more times than previously disclosed, including what was to be a farewell meeting in New York chaperoned by a spiritual adviser soon after his wife found out about the affair.

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What a sanctimonious bastard.  Jenny Sanford should have cut his balls off by now.


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THIS FUCKING STATE

South Carolina Lt. Governor Denies Being Insanely Gay



Like most people, South Carolina Lieutenant Governor André Bauer is potentially gay. The evidence is overwhelming, about him being gay. Most obviously, nice accent aigu there, gay guy! And he’s not even married. He’s so hot and powerful and yet not married to a woman! What is up with that. So when Mark Sanford resigns for having sex with a lady, will South Carolina have its first gay governor, André? No, according to the Frenchman himself. None of this.

The State interviewed L’André and all he wanted to talk about was sex, gay sex:
During an interview Monday, Bauer, who is a bachelor, voluntarily brought up the subject of his sexual orientation, which he said has been the subject of rumors.

Asked, then, if he’s homosexual, Bauer said: “One word, two letters. ‘No.’
Let’s go ahead and dispel that now.

“Is Andre Bauer gay? That is now the story,” he said. “We’re a long way from where we were a week ago.

“We have diverted what the real topic should be here: Is the governor capable for carrying on the duties for which he was elected?”

Whoa whoa, where are those rumors coming from? We hadn’t heard those rumors. Why is he bringing up this complete nonsense?

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So glad Minnesota's drama is wrapped up so I can point and laugh at South Carolina. Who knew Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham were two of the most normal people to come from your state?
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Republican Norm Coleman Concedes the Election (w/VIDEO links)


ST. PAUL, Minn. - Republican Norm Coleman has conceded to Democrat Al Franken in Minnesota's contested Senate race, ending a nearly eight-month recount and court fight.

Coleman announced his decision at a news conference in St. Paul, hours after a unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Franken, a former "Saturday Night Live" comedian and liberal commentator, should be certified the winner.

"The Supreme Court has made its decision and I will abide by the results," Coleman told reporters outside his St. Paul home.

Coleman, appearing relaxed and upbeat, said he had congratulated Franken, was at peace with the decision and had no regrets about the fight, which started almost immediately after the Nov. 4 election.

"Sure I wanted to win," said Coleman, who called the ruling a surprise. "I thought we had a better case. But the court has spoken."

He declined to talk about his future plans, brushing aside a question about whether he would run for governor in 2010.

Franken's presence in the Senate would give the Democrats control of 60 seats, enough to overcome any Republican filibuster if they stay united.

Could be seated next week
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the earliest Franken would be seated is next week, because the Senate is out of session for the July 4 holiday.

The court wrote in its 5-0 ruling: "We affirm the decision of the trial court that Al Franken received the highest number of votes legally cast and is entitled under (Minnesota law) to receive the certificate of election as United States Senator from the State of Minnesota."

President Barack Obama said in a statement, "I look forward to working with Senator-Elect Franken to build a new foundation for growth and prosperity by lowering health care costs and investing in the kind of clean energy jobs and industries that will help America lead in the 21st century."

Coleman ruled out seeking federal court intervention, even though he has 10 days before the ruling takes effect in which to point out any errors related to the court's interpretation of law, facts or material questions in the case.

Former Saturday Night Live star
Franken, a former Saturday Night Live star making the leap from life as a left-wing author and radio talker to the Senate, planned a news conference later Tuesday and didn't immediately comment.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty, whose signature is required on the election certificate Franken needs to be seated, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Pawlenty, a Republican, has said he would sign the certificate if ordered to do so by the court. The court's ruling stopped short of explicitly ordering the governor to sign the document, saying only that Franken was "entitled" to it.

Coleman's appeal hinged largely on whether thousands of absentee votes had been unfairly rejected by local election officials around the state.

The unanimous court wrote that "because the legislature established absentee voting as an optional method of voting, voters choosing to use that method are required to comply with the statutory provisions."

They went on to say that "because strict compliance with the statutory requirements for absentee voting is, and always has been required, there is no basis on which voters could have reasonably believed that anything less than strict compliance would suffice."

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Sorry, having embed fail issues.  Here are the Cspan links to Coleman's concession speech, and Franken's follow up speech.

Coleman: http://tinyurl.com/n2chow

Franken:  http://tinyurl.com/ng88up
I have to admit Coleman was (finally) very gracious in his very belated concession speech. Buh-bye now.
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"Don't Cry For Me Argentiiiinaaaaa....."

SC attorney general calls for investigation of gov

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's attorney general is asking for an investigation into Gov. Mark Sanford's travels after he admitted seeing his mistress more times than previously disclosed.

Attorney General Henry McMaster said Tuesday he has requested the State Law Enforcement Division to review all of Sanford's travel records to see if any laws have been broken.

Sanford admitted in an interview with The Associated Press to more encounters with his Argentine mistress than he previously has disclosed.

The governor described seven meetings with the woman, including their first in 2001. Sanford says there have been five over a 12-month period, including two multi-night stays with her in New York.

It was the first disclosure of any get-togethers with her in the U.S.

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GOP Leadership To Obama: You Never Call, You Never Write…


GOP leaders have a new complaint about President Obama: He’s not reaching out to them nearly as much as he did earlier this year, when he road-tested his pledge of post-partisanship, only to get uniformly rebuffed on his first big legislative initiative.

Here’s GOP Rep. Eric Cantor, giving voice to the new GOP gripe:

GOP leaders complain that the phone calls and White House invitations have slacked off — perhaps because Obama’s early efforts to woo Republicans yielded few votes.

“I think that in the beginning they seemed a lot more willing to go in and engage with us,” said House Minority Whip Eric Cantor.

I asked Cantor spokesperson Joe Pounder if this was the real view of House GOP leaders. He argued that while Obama engaged at the outset — watching the Super Bowl with GOPs, for instance — there were now multiple cases where Republicans had been snubbed.

For instance, Pounder said, the White House has not responded to the House GOP proposal for $375 billion in budgetary savings for the next five years. What’s more, Pounder continued, Obama has met only with Democrats on several recent occasions.

Of course, Democrats respond that Obama’s initial outreach efforts weren’t exactly reciprocated. House Republicans unanimously opposed his stimulus and his budget, and almost all of them opposed the big war spending bill. Many refused to condemn Rush Limbaugh for saying he hopes Obama fails.

On health care, a leading Republican — Senator Chuck Grassley — keeps raising the bar for what will count as “bipartisanship” from Dems. He recently suggested that a health care bill wouldn’t be truly bipartisan unless it didn’t contain any public insurance option, and also suggested it wouldn’t count as bipartisan unless it has lots of GOP support.

Of course, there’s still hope. Maybe if Obama invites Republicans to watch the All Star Game, they’ll drop their opposition to his agenda

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Update: The DCCC takes a whack: “Rather than be part of bipartisan solutions, Congressional Republicans have been content to sit on the sidelines saying no and whining. Polling shows the American people are tired of the Republican Party of No banking on failure instead of working with President Obama and Congressional Democrats to move our country forward.”

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Well, Obama won't be able to invite them to watch the All Star Game, since he's throwing out the first pitch and all.....just sayin'.  Btw, I think we're in need some some WAAHHHMBULANCE pics for this.
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Military Board recommends discharge for Lt. Dan Choi

Syracuse, NY -- Lt. Dan Choi vowed tonight to fight to stay in the military after an Army board in Syracuse recommended he be the first gay person discharged from the New York National Guard for violating the don't ask don't tell policy.

A four-officer panel meeting at Hancock Air Base notified Choi at about 5 p.m. that it would recommend he be discharged because he has publicly said he is a homosexual.

The recommendation goes to Lt. Gen. Thomas Miller of the First Army Division, and Gen. Craig McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, who will make the final decision.

"I'm disappointed," said Choi at a news conference tonight."Today was a setback for me."

But Choi said he plans to appeal to the higher ranking officers. "I refuse to lie about my love relationship," he said.

Choi, who served in Iraq as a member of Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division before joining the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry of the New York National Guard, publicly admitted to being gay in March on a nationally-broadcast MSNBC show.

The recommendation that federal recognition of Choi as an officer is the first step in what could result in Choi's discharge from the service for violating the military's don't ask-don't tell policy against homosexual conduct.

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I expected it, but it still pisses me off. Just. GRAH.
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In which the mess continues to be messy

UN backs Honduras leader's return


The United Nations General Assembly has approved a resolution calling for the reinstatement of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.

Mr Zelaya's expulsion by the army on Sunday has been criticised in Europe, Washington and Latin America as a coup.

He says he will
return to Honduras on Thursday, accompanied by the head of the Organization of American States. Mr Zelaya, who also addressed the UN, thanked the assembly for what he called its "historic" resolution. He also pledged not to seek another term in office once he has returned to Honduras, and said he would not accept a second term if he was asked to serve again.

The resolution calls "firmly and categorically on all states to recognise no government other than that" of Mr Zelaya. It was co-sponsored by a group of Latin American and Caribbean nations and was supported by the United States.

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White House: Honduran president should return
Police clash with demonstrators in Honduran capital

Military restricting broadcasts and fighting protesters on one side, hated president on the other. With Zelaya's huge unpopularity, there are people on the streets protesting his return. I hope they realize the international community is against the coup, not defending Zelaya. And I hope they find a legal, properly democratic way around this before there's an unnecessary confrontation and innocent lives pay for this epic fail. Also, this is funny:


*betty draper reading

FDA advisors recommend BANNING Vicodin, Percocet; cutting max dose of Tylenol

Percocet, Vicodin Ban Recommended Over Liver Harm (Update1)

By Catherine Larkin

June 30 (Bloomberg) -- The prescription painkillers Percocet and Vicodin should be banned and Tylenol, sold over the counter, should be taken in reduced doses because one of their ingredients, acetaminophen, is linked to liver damage, U.S. advisers said.

Outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted 20-17 today in Adelphi, Maryland, for a ban on the pain drugs. The panel agreed earlier that Johnson & Johnson’s Tylenol should be given in lower doses than now recommended and the Extra- Strength version should be sold by prescription only.

Vicodin, sold by Abbott Laboratories, and its generic equivalents are the most popular drug in the U.S., with 124 million prescriptions last year, according to IMS Health Inc., the data research company. Acetaminophen has been a leading cause of liver injury for more than a decade even with efforts to educate users about the danger of taking too much, the FDA says. The agency isn’t bound by panel recommendations.

“This is the best advantage that I’ve seen in preventing hepatic toxicity,” or liver injury, said panel member Robert Levine, a gastroenterology professor at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse. He said liver damage from acetaminophen has reduced the number of organs available for transplant.

Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc. sells Percocet.

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OMG WAT?? NOOO NOT VICODIN!!

And cutting the dose of Tylenol? That shit already does nothing for me as it is.
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Oklahoma Republicans Ready To Blame The Recession On 'Debauchery'


Dave Weigel at the Washington Independent catches a bizarre resolution introduced by Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (R) in Oklahoma, whose state legislature he describes as a "petri dish for wingnuttery."

The proposed "Oklahoma Citizen's Proclamation for Morality" would blame the economic crisis on moral collapse.

The resolution specifically cites President Obama's policies as well as his celebration of LGBT Pride month and his decision to end the National Prayer Day service at the White House as key causes of the current recession.

WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis; and


WHEREAS, this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion,
pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and
many other forms of debauchery;
and

WHEREAS, alarmed that the Government of the United States of America is forsaking
the rich Christian heritage
upon which this nation was built; and

WHEREAS, grieved that the Office of the president of these United States has refused
to uphold the long held tradition of past presidents in giving recognition to our National Day of
Prayer; and

WHEREAS, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States
disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior
;

 

Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley explains:

"President Obama triggered the economic crisis (which began in anticipation of his election under President Bush) which prompted Congress to pass the stimulus legislation that caused Sanford to fly to Argentina to sleep with a woman other than his wife."
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LOLZ!  TEH GAYZ MADE US ALL POOOOORRRR!

Oh and WTF is up with this?  


 "this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion,
pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and
many other forms of debauchery"


We're a world leader in PROMOTING sex trafficking, divorce, and child abuse????  Hey, I'm all for a good debauch, but come on....someone just needs to put their head down for a nap now.  Besides which, if we had become a "world leader" in promoting same sex marriage, we would probably already HAVE MADE IT LEGAL, WOULDN'T WE???

Crazee laydee from Oklahoma heading for KO's Worst Person's list in 5....4.....3....