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John Bolton tells Israel to strike Iran now!

Time for an Israeli Strike?
By John R. Bolton
Thursday, July 2, 2009


With Iran's hard-line mullahs and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps unmistakably back in control, Israel's decision of whether to use military force against Tehran's nuclear weapons program is more urgent than ever.

Iran's nuclear threat was never in doubt during its presidential campaign, but the post-election resistance raised the possibility of some sort of regime change. That prospect seems lost for the near future or for at least as long as it will take Iran to finalize a deliverable nuclear weapons capability.

Accordingly, with no other timely option, the already compelling logic for an Israeli strike is nearly inexorable. Israel is undoubtedly ratcheting forward its decision-making process. President Obama is almost certainly not.

He still wants "engagement" (a particularly evocative term now) with Iran's current regime. Last Thursday, the State Department confirmed that Secretary Hillary Clinton spoke to her Russian and Chinese counterparts about "getting Iran back to negotiating on some of these concerns that the international community has." This is precisely the view of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, reflected in the Group of Eight communique the next day. Sen. John Kerry thinks the recent election unpleasantness in Tehran will delay negotiations for only a few weeks.
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Sure, and the Iranian people will welcome Israel and the US as liberators and shower us with flowers!
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Internal GOP Memo Attacks Bush Handling Of Economy. ORLY?

Internal GOP Memo Attacks Bush Handling Of Economy

An internal GOP memo prepared to brief some House Republicans as part of an ongoing probe into the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch deal takes direct aim at an unlikely target: Former President George W. Bush.


The memo directly blames Bush’s handling of the economic meltdown,
and it coins a striking new phrase linking Bush and Obama and blaming both administration’s bailout policies in tandem for exacerbating the meltdown: “The Great Bush-Obama Economic Intervention.”

The memo goes considerably farther than many GOPers have been willing to go in publicly questioning Bush on the economy. It suggests that Republicans may soon begin making a public case that attacks both Bush’s and Obama’s economic policies when the next step in Obama’s overhaul of financial regulations hits.

“The financial crisis of 2008 had its roots primarily in ill-conceived government policies,” reads the memo. It was prepared by Republican staffers to advise GOP members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on how to handle a recent hearing on the government’s role in Bank of America’s purchase of Merrill Lynch.

The memo attacks Bush’s — and Obama’s — bailout policies for exacerbating the crisis. “Given the role of government policies in creating the conditions for the housing bubble which caused the financial crisis, it is remarkable that the prescription of the Bush Administration and the Democratic Congress was more government intervention in the economy,” it says. “The Obama administration has not missed a stride.”

You can read the memo right here. Other aspects of the memo have already gotten a little press attention, but no one has focused on the attacks on Bush.

It would be pretty interesting if Republicans begin making the case that Bush’s economic policies were disastrous, and use them to tar Obama’s. If you start hearing GOP attacks on the “Bush-Obama economic intervention,” you’ll know where they came from.


Yeah, after months now they feel safe "to attack" Bush...
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Indian court: Gay sex is legal

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) — An Indian court on Thursday ruled that consensual sex between adults of the same gender is legal in the country, attorneys said.

Any homosexual act without the consent of either partner remains a criminal offense, however, Indira Jaisingh, counsel for the nonprofit group that had challenged the law, told CNN.

“The court has read it down,” she said, referring to Indian penal code section 377, which had criminalized consensual homosexual acts between adults.


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Wooo! Only 6 years behind the US!

And for anyone interested in the rest of the world, there's a comprehensive list of GLBT laws by country here.

ETA2: #GAYSEX IS TRENDING, MY LIFE IS COMPLETE

ETA3: So did Twitter pull it off the list, or did it just fall off on its own? Discuss.
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US to build massive base, I mean "embassy," in Islamabad, Pakistan



How to Deal with America's Empire of Bases
A Modest Proposal for Garrisoned Lands


By Chalmers Johnson

The U.S. Empire of Bases -- at $102 billion a year already the world's costliest military enterprise -- just got a good deal more expensive.

As a start, on May 27th, we learned that the State Department will build a new "embassy" in Islamabad, Pakistan, which at $736 million will be the second priciest ever constructed, only $4 million less, if cost overruns don't occur, than the Vatican-City-sized one the Bush administration put up in Baghdad.

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Washington Post Offers Access for $$$$, Sinks to a New Low

WashPost offers access: $25,000+
By: Mike Allen
July 2, 2009 08:04 AM EST

For $25,000 to $250,000, The Washington Post has offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to "those powerful few": Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and — at first — even the paper's own reporters and editors.

The astonishing offer was detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he felt it was a conflict for the paper to charge for access to, as the flier says, its "health care reporting and editorial staff."

With the newsroom in an uproar after POLITICO reported the solicitation, Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli said in a staffwide e-mail that the newsroom would not participate in the first of the planned events — a dinner scheduled July 21 at the home of Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Katharine Weymouth.

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What the hell were they thinking?!

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TIME TO RUN OUT OF BUBBLE-GUM AND GO KICK SOME ASS, MR. PRESIDENT!


Time for President Obama to Throw Down Against the Corrupt and Spineless

by Bob Cesca




If President Obama is truly serious about changing the way Washington operates, he'd begin to aggressively hector the entourage of lawmakers that I've not-so-affectionately nicknamed the "Coalition of the Corrupt and Spineless" (COCS) -- the Democratic Senators who have very obviously been bought off by the healthcare lobby, along with other almost-as-awful Democrats whose cowardice is only matched by their weakness of will.

Throw down, Mr. President.
Maybe even do one of those big Hollywood movie style presidential speeches, like the one at the end of The Contender in which President Jeff Bridges calls out that slippery douche Congressman Gary Oldman in front of a joint session:
"I am not free of blame. Right from the start, I should have come down here, pointed a finger your way -- pointed a finger your way and asked you, "Have you no decency, sir?" Yesterday, I met -- Mr. Runyon, you may walk out on me, you may walk out on this body, but you cannot walk out on the will of the American people."
There can be no denying that the COCS are flagrantly and unapologetically legislating against -- what's the word? -- overwhelming super-majority popular support for the public health insurance option. And why is that? I can't recall another example in recent memory when the collusion of lobbyists, corporate PACs and members of the United States Senate has been this obvious. We can only conclude that the COCS are entirely ignoring the will of the American people because they're hiking the Appalachian Trail with the healthcare industrial complex.

What other excuse might they have? To date, not a single senator in the COCS has explained this disparity, chiefly because it's such an awkward and transparent illustration of the very worst side of Washington -- the side that President Obama pledged to help mitigate.
Nate Silver analyzed the president's polling and noted that the popularity of healthcare reform and the popularity of the president should mean that the president's healthcare approval numbers should be Herculean. Yet they're weaker than expected. This leads Silver to conclude: "That's not to suggest that Obama should throw caution to the wind and push for single payer. But he needs to begin pushing for something, and something fairly specific."

That something has to be the public option.

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1) I LOVE Bob Cesca SFM!

2) I think it bears focusing on the fact that this isn't all just about those who are unemployed and uninsured. It's about everyone who pays for insurance right now, and tomorrow could be "rescinded" out of the policy you've paid good money for for years perhaps the minute you get an inconvenient illness that they don't want to pay for.

3) I totally agree with his summation.....go kick some ass for us Mr. President. 76% of the American people will be happy to hold your coat for you.


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THE EYES HAVE IT: Nudging Aside the Niqab



Photographer Aaron Huey recently traveled to the Islamic nation of Yemen. While there, he had the chance to photograph and chat with some young Yemeni women who wear the traditional Islamic niqab or burka.

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From Vice Magazine

I thought this was really interesting and enlightening, especially considering all the blather from Sarkozy about banning burqa.
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Civil War is unfolding in Niger



By, Uwe Paschen.

Niger is once again in trouble and this time it is of the highest concern to all involved. Causing all alarm bells to ring laud and clear with the OUA, the UN and the EU.

This seems to be the beginning of a civil war that was preceded by countless demonstrations in Niamey against the attempt of the Current President to change the Constitution in spite of repeated constitutional court rulings against this attempt by the currant President Mamadou Tandja who tries to remain in power indefinitely just as Hugo Chavez does seem to try along with others around the Globe that believe in Democracy only as long as it suits them personally.

This comes after month of peace negotiations with the MNJ (Mouvement du Niger pour la Justice.) that did finally conceded after many efforts from Libya and the UN where deployed to re-enter a Democratic process and to lay down arms.

The latest unrest is also preceded by month of turmoil due to the kidnapping of UN envoy Robert Fowler and Louis Guay whom have been released only last April of this Year after being held since December 2008 in Niger.

The MNJ and others have already regretted their good faith. They are now regrouping and rearming. However, this time the Tuaregs and Berber are not alone, they have now support form opposition movements from the south in the Housa area. Even though, a Coup seemed to have failed earlier yesterday, it seems the country is on the path to civil war and this on all fronts and with all ethnical groups going against the Government of Mamadou Tandja who seems to remain in control over the Armed Forces and the Foreign Mercenaries so far.

Those Armed Forces are equipped by the US and trained by the US who has some major interest in this country as China, Canada and India as well as France and Japan do. This due to Niger's rich Uranium resources making the third largest Uranium exporter in the World after Australia and Canada.

Niger does belongs to the 10 poorest countries on this planet and yet is blessed with an abundance of resources such as Uranium, Gold, Silver, Oil and more, this country has been helped and protected by the EU to great extend and has benefited from countless support programs and UN aid.

It knew prosperity and was on the right track in the mid seventies early eighties under the Government of Kunche, however fall back into corruption and sectarian wars since.

The UN has invested countless resources as did Libya and Algeria to work out a peace in Niger and counter the corruption that bleed this country to death.

This was so far with only limited success, since the Housa in the South refused to this day to give equal rights to the minorities such as the Tuaregs, the Berber, the Peul and others that are part of this country and whose territories are the once blessed with an abundance of wealth. Where as the South wish is the homeland of the Housa is blessed with fertile land and water, however, they do not have Uranium or Gold below the ground they walk on. The Housa make up almost 50% of the total population though and control the Government, the Armed Forces and the Police. Most of Niger is Desert and home to the Tuaregs, Peul and Fulani. Those have never accepted to be left out of the Government and being treated as second class citizen nor do they accept leaving control over their land and heritage to an estranged colonial type government in the far south of Niger.

More news will follow as it becomes available.

A bunch of links with more information available at the SOURCE.
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Not so Heelarious...

High Heels for babies?

There’s a lively debate on the Internet about the shoes, with some bloggers appalled by them and others smitten with the cuteness of it all.

A press release from manufacturer Heelarious goes heavy on the cute: “Fashionable. Adorable. Hilarious. Ingenious. Yes, we're talking about the latest rage in shoes to hit the market since Sex and the City made Choo and Louboutin household names. Heelarious has conquered the last frontier of baby fashion in such a fabulous way that we have to think that Carrie Bradshaw would most certainly approve.”

Celebrity-Babies.com had this take: “If you're the mother of a baby and can't wait to go for your first mother-daughter manicure, get her fitted for her first bra, or give her a makeover, you might get a kick out of heelarious infant high heels.”

Others are less excited. “These baby high heels are ridiculous and take out all the fun in having a baby and toddler,” reads an anonymous comment posted on Digg.com. “I wish the fashion industry would quit promoting adult like clothing and accessories for infants and toddlers. Doesn't anyone want to keep the little ones a normal dressed baby?”

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Rules to ease student loan repayments take effect

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Colleges aren't getting any cheaper, but federal student loans are.
Students who graduate with college loan debt can use a repayment plan that will give lower monthly payments.

Millions of borrowers will get a better deal on their student loans based on federal rules that went into effect Wednesday. Lower interest rates and loan forgiveness in some cases are some of the rules that will make borrowing cheaper for many students.

Also among the rules: an income-based repayment program that considers income and family size. The program allows borrowers to set their monthly loan payment at 15 percent of their annual adjusted gross income.


Under the traditional 10-year plan, a borrower who graduated with $25,000 in student loan debt and whose income is $30,000 a year would pay $288 a month at an interest rate of 6.8 percent, according to the the Department of Education's Web site. Now, the student could opt for payments of $172 a month spread over a longer time.

Borrowers can apply the plan to their remaining loan amount as of Wednesday.

Single borrowers who earn less than $16,245 -- the poverty level -- would not be required to make any payments on their federal loans as long as their income remained that low.

Payments would be significantly lower under the income-based plan, but loans would take longer than the standard 10 years to repay. That could increase overall interest costs for borrowers. Proponents argue that for some it is well worth the tradeoff by making lower-paying jobs more appealing.

"Just imagine all those people that went to college and had expectations of a good job market and now it's not so hot," said Deputy Undersecretary Bob Shireman of the U.S. Department of Education. "This provides a kind of safety net, helps give them some assurance that they'll be OK, and that they'll even be OK if they go into lower paying jobs."

For students who eyed public service as a career but thought the salary underwhelming, a loan forgiveness option for public sector workers might inspire some.
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Looks like my unemployed booty needs to make a phone call to the feds :(

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I just found this interesting...

Single black women choosing to adopt



By John Blake
CNN

(CNN) -- Wendy Duren thought she did everything right.

She broke off relationships with men who didn't want to settle down. She refused to get pregnant out of wedlock. She prayed for a child.

Duren's yearning for motherhood was so palpable that her former fiancé once offered to father a child with her. But he warned her that he wasn't ready for marriage.

"I get bored in relationships after a couple of years," he told her, she recalls.

Those events could have caused some women to give up their dreams of motherhood. But Duren, a pharmaceutical saleswoman, didn't need a man to be a mom. At 37 years old, she decided to adopt.

"It's the best decision I could have made in my life," Duren says, two years later. She's now the mother of Madison, a 1-year-old daughter she raises in Canton, Michigan.

"People say I have never seen you so happy," she says, "but it's also the hardest thing I've ever done."

What's driving more single African-American women to adopt

Marriage and motherhood -- it's the dream that begins in childhood for many women. Yet more African-American women are deciding to adopt instead of waiting for a husband, says Mardie Caldwell, founder of Lifetime Adoption, an adoption referral and support group in Penn Valley, California.

"We're seeing more and more single African-American women who are not finding men," Caldwell says. "There's a lack of qualified black men to get into relationships with."

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Although I'm only 22, sometimes I worry that I'll never get married, etc.

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Newsweek reporter in Iran reportedly 'confesses'

Newsweek reporter in Iran reportedly 'confesses'

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- A reporter for Newsweek magazine who was arrested in Tehran has confessed to doing the bidding of Western governments, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported Wednesday.

Maziar Bahari, 42, made his alleged confession at a news conference Tuesday. Because international journalists have been limited in their ability to gather news in Iran, CNN has not been able to confirm the agency report.

Fars reported that the Canadian-Iranian reporter who had worked for the BBC and England's Channel 4 network admitted having filed false reports for Newsweek during the elections -- a charge the magazine rejected.

"He has been reporting for years without any possible hint of bias and beyond reproach," Newsweek Paris Bureau Chief Chris Dickey told CNN. "We think he's one of the best reporters in the business."

He called the report "preposterous."

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Reformists question legitimacy of Iran's government

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Three leading Iranian reformists who have rejected the results of last month's election questioned the legitimacy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government Wednesday.

This comes as Ahmadinejad is set to take office at the end of the month.

Presidential candidate Mehdi Karrubi wrote a letter in his party's newspaper, saying he would not recognize the government and vowing to "stand by the people and the revolution, until the end of my life."

His statement prompted Iran's government to block publication of the newspaper.

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Things are getting uglier. Hooboy.

Also, wow, they really have it out for the BBC, eh.
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OMG you guyz, the census is Obama's secret plan to destroy America!

Census 2010: The Right's Super-Secret Plan to End All Plans
Pssst. Hey, conservatives ... I want to let you in on a devious little plan being hatched by your leaders in the media.

It goes something like this: President Obama, the Democratic Congress, and the federal government are evil. They already have too much power and want to take even more control over your life. They're out to take away your guns, liberty, freedom, paycheck, and perhaps your mother's apple pie! Worse yet, now they want to count you. Have they no shame?

That's right. In Obama's unyielding quest to impose a socialist-fascist-communist-Marxist police state, the president is going to send his minions from ACORN to your door to count you for the decennial census.
And their solution to the president's pompous power grab? Sitting out the census.
Seriously.

Over the past few months, an increasing number of conservative media figures and news outlets have encouraged their audiences not to complete the 2010 U.S. census or expressed support for those who've decided to skip the count. Some have even stated that they wouldn't complete it, either -- even though the law requires respondents to complete it.

They often cite the participation of the community organization ACORN -- the right's bogeyman du jour -- in the recruitment of workers who will collect data as a reason to be wary, even frightened of the census.
Never one to skip an opportunity to put his special brand of crazy on full display, Fox News' Glenn Beck recently said of the census, "[T]here's a lot of people that are concerned with it because they don't want to fill it out. They're not comfortable with ACORN members coming to find out all this information." One can't be sure where Beck got such precise numbers -- "a lot of people" -- but it's a safe bet the U.S. Census Bureau won't be following his methodology. Later in the segment, Beck confessed that he's "considered not filling it out."

Over on Clear Channel's The War Room with Quinn & Rose, a caller stated that he, too, wouldn't fill out the census because of ACORN's involvement, prompting co-host Rose Tennent to Beck-ingly say, "ACORN being recruited by Obama for a mission -- that is so frightening," adding that "it scares me to think that these thugs are getting this information from us."

Then there's syndicated radio host and convicted Watergate felon G. Gordon Liddy -- a man who has acknowledged plotting, but not following through on, a few murders, kidnappings, and a bombing. He praised Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota for her refusal to complete the census, saying that "she's worried about the involvement of ACORN ... in next year's census. ... I hope that she refuses, and I hope that they charge her, and then I hope she takes ... that thing right up to the Supreme Court of the United States and gets this question resolved." You see, Liddy is no fan of government "intrusion." During the 1990s, he reportedly instructed his radio audience on multiple occasions on how to shoot Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents.

All this ACORN paranoia from the right is pretty nutty, but it is hardly its only problem with the census.
On his radio show, Neal Boortz told a caller, "I received a census form the other day asking me a whole bunch of questions about my small business. I threw it in the trash. I'm not going to answer it. None of their damn business." He added that "the federal government and the state government, they have a legitimate reason for knowing how many people live where. ... [M]ost of the rest of the information is designed to help the government steal from you in order to pass off your property to the moochers. They're looters."

A sentiment apparently shared by former Bush administration speechwriter Meghan Clyne. She recently
wrote that the census questions "forc[e] Americans to disclose sensitive information about their finances, health and lifestyles." While Clyne did let readers know that answering the census is mandatory, she went on to write, "The good news is that I called the help number on my form and a Census representative finally conceded that the government was unlikely to pursue punishment if I didn't respond, saying it would be 'a waste of time and money.' " Apparently, Clyne doesn't mind if folks break the law, so long as the law isn't likely to be enforced.

I suppose this would a good time to let conservatives know why their war against the census is both politically naive and tremendously foolish.

Those detailed questions that seem to be causing conservatives such heartburn? They help determine where federal money is best spent. The U.S. Census Bureau notes, for example, that "long-term care providers and community planners use information about disability to help them decide where to locate services and facilities." It would be a shame if conservatives actually listened to the right-wing chattering class, skipped the census, and missed out on badly needed public service projects.

Of a more pressing concern to political junkies: The census helps determine population shifts throughout the country that inform the redistricting of congressional seats and truly impacts the balance of power in Washington. So, if conservatives aren't counted, they could lose seats in Congress -- something a high school government student would likely know.

If the right wants a path back to power, it might first consider putting an end to this fool's errand, lest it cut off its nose to spite its face.


You know what, if crazy wingnut right conservatives dont want to fill out the census, that's fine, that means more power for us then. The only ones to blame their loses would be themselves anyway. I call that a win win!

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GOP thinks Coleman should be Governor. Remember Coleman, stay away from Argentina!

Coleman For Governor? Discussions Underway In GOP

The man who lost the 1998 Minnesota governor's race to pro wrestler Jesse Ventura now holds the distinction of losing his U.S. Senate seat to former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Al Franken.

But it's a testament to Norm Coleman's political durability that just a day after he conceded the contest and gave Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate majority, many GOP insiders consider him an automatic front-runner if he enters the 2010 race to replace Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

"He'd be the 800-pound gorilla in the Republican field, no doubt about it," said Annette Meeks, a former officer with the Minnesota GOP and one-time aide to Newt Gingrich.

One former Coleman adviser has heard the former senator has had at least preliminary discussions about running for governor in 2010.

"My understanding is that he is actively exploring with the Republican faithful what his prospects are," said Tom Horner, a public relations executive who advised Coleman in his 1998 gubernatorial bid.
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DraftBachmann.com: Mock Website Plugs Michele Bachmann For Governor

DraftBachmann.com: Mock Website Plugs Michele Bachmann For Governor

With the 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial race approaching, and Representative Michelle Bachmann still mum on whether or not she will run, the Democratic Governors Association has launched DraftBachmann.com, a hoax website ironically supporting her potential candidacy.

"If Michele Bachmann knows anything, it's that out-dated ideas -- like helping the middle class -- are ruining this country. And in a year when hospitals are struggling, teachers are being laid off and road repairs are delayed, Bachmann's ideas are exactly what we need if we are going to truly protect our billionaires."

The website urges people to pick a Fourth of July e-card to send out to friends and family. Each of the cards exhibits a prime Bachmann quotation.

Michelle Bachmann on global warming:
"...it's all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax."

Michelle Bachmann on common sense job creation:
"Literally, if we took away the minimum wage... we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level."

Michelle Bachmann on Barack Obama:
"I'm very concerned that [Barack Obama] may have anti-American views."

Michelle Bachmann on science:
"Where do we say that a cell became a blade of grass, which became a starfish, which became a cat, which became a donkey, which became a human being? There's a real lack of evidence from change from actual species to a different type of species. That's where it's difficult to prove."

Michelle Bachmann on setting life goals:
"My number one goal is to not go to jail."

Michelle Bachmann on Congress:
"I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-American or anti-American."


Cant wait for the rightwingnuts to actually think it is for real...

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Massachusetts Charges Drivers for Fighting Traffic Tickets

Fighting a ticket
TRAFFIC FINES, SURCHARGES ARE BIG BUCKS

By Danielle M. Williamson TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

Thursday, July 2, 2009



Jeffrey McCob went to Gardner District Court this week with a $100 ticket hanging over his head. A month earlier, he had been pulled over on Route 2 for obstructing an emergency vehicle.

After making his case to Clerk Magistrate Whitney J. Brown, the Leominster resident was found not responsible and the ticket was dismissed. By challenging the ticket, Mr. McCob lost a couple of hours in travel and court time. It was certainly preferable, however, to paying the $100 and related insurance surcharges.

“If these types of tickets only came with a fine, maybe I'd have let it go,” Mr. McCob said. “But you're paying a lot more than the fine.”

Armed with the knowledge that more than 250,000 tickets for civil motor vehicle infractions were challenged in the state last fiscal year, legislators have voted to charge drivers $25 for such hearings. The budget Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed into law this week includes the change, which took effect yesterday, according to Trial Court spokeswoman Joan Kenney.

So, if Mr. McCob got pulled over today, with the same outcome after a clerk hearing, he'd still be out $25.

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Many still think homophobia is acceptable



Baseball fans reach dismal lows at weekend Cubs-Sox game

Although I saw a few fights break out in the stands at the Cell over the weekend, most of the back-and-forth between Sox and Cubs fans seemed to be of the trash-talking variety. Cubs suck, Sox suck -- you know, the usual elevated discourse on the relative merits of the two organizations.

There did seem to be an increase in trash-talking logos, from signs to T-shirts to bumper stickers.
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And then there's....*sigh*...this.

This clip of a group of Somalian immigrant children harassing a gay man as he walks home from Twin Cities Pride in Minneapolis. Listen as they shout "I hate gay people!" "Fuck gay people!" and other epithets. The man maintains his composure beautifully.


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Britain finally gets Declaration Of Independence memo...



Declaration Of Independence, Rare Original Copy, Found In British National Archives


British researchers have announced the discovery of a rare original copy of America's Declaration of Independence _ just in time for the Fourth of July.

Katrina McClintock, a spokeswoman at the National Archives, said Thursday that a researcher accidentally discovered the "Dunlap print," named after a printer, several months ago. The find was announced only after it could be properly catalogued.

Edward Hampshire, the National Archives' specialist in colonial materials, said the find was "incredibly exciting."

"It is likely that only around 200 of these were ever printed, so uncovering a new one nearly 250 years later is extremely rare, especially one in such good condition," he said.

He said the declaration is one of the most important documents in history because it marks the birth of the United States.

The last Dunlap print to be found was sold at an auction for $8.14 million in 2000.

National Archives officials said they weren't sure how the Declaration of Independence copy ended up there.

Archives spokeswoman Frances McDarby said it was "possible that an American coastal vessel was intercepted by the British navy and that is how the document was able to come into our possession."

The prints, known collectively as the Dunlap Broadside, were the first copies of the Declaration of Independence. They were printed by John Dunlap of Philadelphia and distributed to political and military leaders, including George Washington, and dispatched throughout the colonies to be read to the public.
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'Why I created Islamic super heroes'

The creator of a bestselling comic designed to show the world the tolerant and peaceful face of Islam has written an open letter to his young sons explaining how the project grew out of 9/11.

In the letter, written for the BBC News website, Kuwaiti psychologist Dr Naif al-Mutawa, says his superheroes - inspired by the Koran and known as THE 99 - were designed to "take back Islam" from militants who had taken it hostage.

The comics, which now sell about one million copies a month in several languages, are soon to be made into an animated film by Dutch media company Endemol.

Early last year, Forbes magazine announced THE 99 were one of the 20 top pop culture trends sweeping the world.


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I'm normally a manga person, but this comic sounds intriguing. I might just check it out.

Edit: ARGGGHHH! Editing nightmare!

Edit the Second: Here's a link to their website.

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Jordan king names son as crown prince


Jordan's King Abdullah II on Thursday officially named his elder son, Hussein, 15, as crown prince in a royal decree, the palace announced.

When he became king in February 1999 after the death of his father, King Hussein, Abdullah named his brother Hamzah as crown prince in keeping with their father's wishes.

But five years later, he withdrew the nomination, leaving Hussein as de facto crown prince but without an official appointment.

Under Jordan's constitution, the post of crown prince goes to the eldest son of the king, who retains the option of naming a brother. The late King Hussein replaced his brother Hassan with his son, Abdullah, just days before his death.

The decree read: “We, King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, acting under Paragraph A of Article 28 of the Constitution, issue our Royal Decree naming our eldest son, His Royal Highness Prince Hussein Ben Abdullah II, as Crown Prince. He shall be vested with all rights and privileges pertaining to this decree." The Crown Prince was born on June 28, 1994.

He currently attends King's Academy, a co-educational private boarding school located in Manja-Amman, Jordan. The school's curriculum is taken from Deerfield Academy, the prep school that King Abdullah attended as a boy.

In addition to Crown Prince Hussein, King Abdullah and his wife, Queen Rania, have two daughters, Princess Iman (13) and Princess Salma (9), and a younger son, Prince Hashem (4).

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Senate bill fines people refusing health coverage



Americans who refuse to buy affordable medical coverage could be hit with fines of more than $1,000 under a health care overhaul bill unveiled Thursday by key Senate Democrats looking to fulfill President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the fines will raise around $36 billion over 10 years. Senate aides said the penalties would be modeled on the approach taken by Massachusetts, which now imposes a fine of about $1,000 a year on individuals who refuse to get coverage. Under the federal legislation, families would pay higher penalties than individuals.

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