July 5th, 2009

Obama | YAY

Let's All Hold Hands And Sing Woody Guthrie Songs!

Ok, so I'm not really meaning to be that snarky with the title.  The slideshow's pretty cool.  Was done for July 4th, but I figure it's not too late to post, right?  ^^;;

Gen Y Reflects On What It Means To Be American

Audio/Photo slideshow, probably not quite dialup-friendly.


Gen Y Roll Call!

Question for fellow ONTDP'ers that occurred to me after posting this article -
How would you pose if you were part of this photoshoot?

Say you're given the flag, and allowed a couple of personal items/touches to make your point and/or display your national/cultural/whatever identity, what would you do with it and why?
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Xander - It Sucked.

A group of men act like jackasses. News at eleven.

Australia probes navy 'sex game'

An investigation is under way in Australia over claims that navy sailors competed with each other to bed their female colleagues for cash prizes.

According to Channel Seven news, sailors on board HMAS Success put a cash value on each woman's head.

Sleeping with a female officer or a lesbian, or having sex in a strange place, won more money, the report said.

The Defence Department confirmed that a number of individuals had been sent back to Australia for interviews.

HMAS Success, which has a crew of 220, is currently on exercises in South East Asia.

According to the Channel Seven report, the contest came to light in May, when the vessel was in Singapore.

It said that the sailors recorded their efforts in a book called The Ledger, challenging each other to sleep with as many female colleagues as possible.

Sex on a pool table or with a lesbian reportedly scored higher points.

The Defence Department did not confirm how many sailors were involved.

But, in a statement to Seven Network, it said that a number of concerns raised by female crew members were "now subject to formal inquiry".

The "veracity of any allegations" had yet to be confirmed, it said.


This does little to break the stereotype of men in the forces. Way to suck, dudes.
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A Tide Is Turning

I debated about doing another post. The other one was supposed to just be a way for others to find links that provide better up to the date coverage than I could, but things are happening right now that I think should be addressed.

First of all Ahmedi wants to talk with Obama.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he wants to engage President Obama in "negotiations" before international media, a semi-official Iranian news outlet reported on Saturday.

Speaking at a meeting of medical school deans, Ahmadinejad said Iran "will soon pursue a new round of diplomatic activity" amid a new position of strength for the Iranian government, the Iranian Student News Agency quotes him as saying.

"I will go to the United Nations and will invite Obama to negotiations," Ahmadinejad said, adding that such talks would be "in front of the international media, not a sit-down behind closed doors in order to talk about matters."

He is making overtones that in actuality would give his government legitmacy among his people. If Obama does this, it will chip away at the opposition movement. All Iranians want better relations with the west and the side that does will earn the people's respect and loyalty.

Another thing is that I had mentioned, in a reply to a comment, in the last post is that things are going on on the hacker side of things. I mentioned how freegate (the program that uncensors the internet for Chinese radicals) had cut their support to Iran by 75%. This can also be attributed to why the chatter from the Iranians has been so low lately. Freegate couldn't afford to keep it up any longer. But things have changed now.

Proxyheap, which was the plan for users around the world to create proxies for the Iranians to use was but a temporary fix. Austin Heap has been working hard on Haystack which is the permanent solution.

In the upcoming days, Daniel Colascione and I will release a new program to provide unfiltered internet access to the people of Iran. A software package for Windows, Mac and Unix systems, called Haystack, will specifically target the Iranian government’s web filtering mechanisms.

Similar to Freegate, the program directed against China’s “great firewall,” once installed Haystack will provide completely uncensored access to the internet in Iran while simultaneously protecting the user’s identity. No more Facebook blocks, no more government warning pages when you try to load Twitter, just unfiltered Internet.

The network will be supported by donated high-quality servers outside of Iran. We will be able to provide an individual user with unfettered internet access that costs the donor $0.015 to $0.0375 per month.


The Khamenei/Ahmadinejad government has been extremely effective at silencing prominent members of the opposition. But the uprising in Iran was not the result of top-down leadership, it was the result of individuals using whatever means they had at their disposal to organize and communicate. We want to continue to support, in whatever way we can, those who started this and will lead it forward: the people.

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GOP Officials Wonder If Palin "Departed In Advance Of A Brewing Controversy"

GOP Officials Wonder If Palin "Departed In Advance Of A Brewing Controversy"

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's abrupt and unscripted holiday resignation is an odd way to launch a potential presidential bid and no help for a party battered by scandal and fighting for relevancy.

From a folksy figure who catapulted from obscure governor to conservative darling and vice presidential nominee, it's merely the latest move in a political drama that has left Republican elders scratching their heads.

No one is sure why Palin took such an unusual path. All points suggest a strategy designed to maintain her political viability with an eye toward a 2012 presidential bid. Barring a personal surprise or scandal, little else makes sense.

Even in explaining her exit from the governor's office during the middle of her first term, former aides to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and current allies criticized Palin for what they said was a typically erratic and seemingly irrational act. McCain, who named Palin his running mate in 2008, issued a terse statement wishing her well.

"If this is her launching pad for 2012, it's a curious move," said John Weaver, a former senior strategist for McCain's presidential bids. "Policy is politics, and she has no real accomplishments as governor."

Some party officials, including some once close to Palin, wondered whether she departed in advance of a brewing controversy, an assertion her camp denied. During the presidential campaign, McCain officials fretted about six or seven areas of personal and professional concern, according to a former official who helped investigate Palin's background after her rocky rollout.
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Iowa--Blue Myself

I do not recognize this man as a resident of my state. Maybe Missouri.

Marion man already driving around with Sarah Palin 2012 poster
By James Q. Lynch

Harlan Muth isn’t organizing Sarah Palin’s presidential campaign, but pledges as soon as someone does, “I’ll be with ’em.

In the meantime, the Marion maintenance contractor is turning heads with his “Sarah Palin 2012” poster prominently displayed on his van.

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EDIT: He's breaking Iowa Code:

321.438 Windshields and windows.
1. A person shall not drive a motor vehicle equipped with a windshield, sidewings, or side or rear windows which do not permit clear vision.
2. A person shall not operate on the highway a motor vehicle equipped with a front windshield, a side window to the immediate right or left of the driver, or a side-wing forward of and to the left or right of the driver which is excessively dark or reflective so that it is difficult for a person outside the motor vehicle to see into the motor vehicle through the windshield, window, or sidewing. The department shall adopt rules establishing a minimum measurable standard of transparency which shall apply to violations of this subsection.
3. Every motor vehicle except a motorcycle, or a vehicle included in the provisions of section 321.383 or section 321.115 shall be equipped with a windshield in accordance with section 321.444.
[C39, §5034.47; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, §321.438]
83 Acts, ch 125, §5
For applicable scheduled fine, see §805.8A, subsection 3, paragraph c

Former DC mayor Marion Barry arrested for stalking

Former D.C. Mayor Barry charged with stalking
1 hr 40 mins ago

WASHINGTON – Police say former Washington Mayor Marion Barry has been arrested and charged with stalking a woman.

The United States Park Police said Barry, a current D.C. Council member, was arrested Saturday in Washington after a woman flagged down an officer and complained that Barry was stalking her.

Barry was charged with misdemeanor stalking and released.

A message left seeking comment from a spokeswoman for Barry wasn't immediately returned early Sunday.

Barry served four terms as mayor. In his third, he was videotaped in 1990 in a hotel room smoking crack cocaine in an FBI sting. He served six months in prison and in 1994 regained the mayor's office.


The internet is coming for Sarah Palin

FROM BOING BOING: [F]rom other websites, we gather Palin's lawyers plan lawsuits against MSNBC, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, individual bloggers in Alaska, and other such anti-Palin forces such as "rain on your wedding day" and static cling. (Sarah Palin, via Twitter: God told me to sue the internet)

Ever since users of 4chan.org hacked her email account, Sarah Palin seems unusually sensitive to what the internet thinks of her. She cited some doctored pics of Trig multiple times in her "goodbye cruel politics" speech on July 3rd. Below are those pics with her or her spokesperson's repeated condemnation of various low profile bloggers who really upset her.

This is the picture, posted at Alaska blogger Celtic Diva's blog, that first got under Palin's panties. It shows the face of a conservative Alaskan radio host superimposed on Trig's face, meant to show the cozy relationship he had with Palin:

It threw conservative websites, who coddle Ms. Palin to an obsessive, almost maternal degree, into a tizzy.

Palin's team's response to Celtic Diva, whose blog continually pokes fun at Palin, came before Palin's resignation:

Palin's latest response comes after liberal Alaskan Blogger Linda Kellen Biegel doctored a photograph of the former Republican vice presidential candidate with her 1-year-old son Trig, who suffers from Down Syndrome.

Biegel, who blogs in support of the Alaska Democratic Party under the name "Celtic Diva," superimposed a picture of conservative Alaskan radio host Eddie Burke over Trig's face in an apparent effort to show how close the radio host is with the Alaskan governor.

"Recently we learned of a malicious desecration of a photo of the Governor and baby Trig that has become an iconic representation of a mother's love for a special needs child," Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapelton said in a statement provided to CNN. "The mere idea of someone doctoring the photo of a special needs baby is appalling." [SOURCE: Politico]

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HuffPO: "Sarah Palin Battles the Internet"
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A Republican regulator liberals love

The Contrarian
Sheila Bair and the White House financial debate.

Last month, Sheila Bair, the head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, received a Profile in Courage Award at the Kennedy Library, in Boston. Each year, the Kennedy Library Foundation presents the award to public officials who it feels have exhibited political bravery. Bair was recognized for her early, though ultimately futile, attempt to get the Bush Administration to address the subprime-mortgage crisis before it became a threat to the entire economy. One of her fellow-recipients was Brooksley Born, a former Clinton Administration official who had tried, unsuccessfully, to persuade her colleagues to regulate derivatives such as credit-default swaps. As they waited for a satellite interview with Matt Lauer, of the “Today” show, to begin, Bair and Born sat on either side of Caroline Kennedy in front of one of the library’s exhibits, a replica of the Oval Office as it appeared in 1963.

The regulators couldn’t compete with Kennedy. When the interview began, Lauer asked Bair and Born a perfunctory question about their roles in anticipating the financial crisis, then turned to Kennedy to ask about tabloid rumors that her children had begged her to quit New York’s Senate-appointee contest, because it was “beneath” her. Bair and Born sat uncomfortably as Kennedy batted away the questions. “I’m so glad that you asked about that,” she said, ending the interview. Off camera, Bair gave her a pat on the back. “You handled that well,” she said, and the three women laughed.

It’s too bad that Lauer didn’t take the time to tell his viewers a little more about Bair. She is an unusual figure in Barack Obama’s Washington. Although she has no formal training as an economist, she has worked on and off as a financial regulator in Washington for nearly two decades. In 2006, George W. Bush appointed her to run the F.D.I.C., the agency that, established during the Depression, insures bank deposits. The position has a five-year term and is usually held by an anonymous bureaucrat, but Bair has forced her way to the center of the debate over the financial crisis. Advisers with ties to New York banks have dominated both the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration, and Bair has consistently stood out for her skepticism of Wall Street and for her eagerness to confront the big banks.

A Kansas Republican, she has become an unlikely hero to economic liberals, who see her as the counterweight to the more Wall Street-centric view often ascribed to Timothy Geithner, the Treasury Secretary. Since last fall, when Geithner was the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, he and Bair have been debating about how to deal with the teetering firms that are “too big to fail”—in particular, Citigroup. This spring, Bair pressed for more structural changes at the company, which has received forty-five billion dollars in government aid, reportedly suggesting, among other things, that senior management, including the C.E.O., Vikram Pandit, should be replaced. And she has quietly urged President Obama to toughen his position on regulation. She lost that fight this month, when the Administration released its regulatory-reform plan, opting for a more risk-averse and bank-friendly approach of more closely monitoring the activities of the largest firms. But, unlike other Obama officials, who are known for stepping in line once the President has made a decision, Bair has shown that she is willing to take her fights public.

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I can even point Honduras in a map now !1!!1!

Americas group suspends Honduras

                             Zelay's welcome home party

The Organization of American States has suspended Honduras in protest at the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya.

The rare decision was made at an emergency meeting of the 35-member group in Washington.

It comes ahead of Mr Zelaya's expected return home on Sunday, accompanied by several Latin American leaders. The new government has threatened to arrest him. The BBC's Stephen Gibbs, in Honduras, says there are growing fears of violence.

"The clock definitely does seem to be counting down to what we are suspecting might be an extraordinary showdown," our correspondent says.

The OAS approved suspending Honduras by 33 votes to zero, with Honduras itself not voting. It was the first time the organisation had taken such a measure since Cuba was suspended in 1962, when it allied itself with the USSR.

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Honduras 'to stop Zelaya plane'
BBC's Q&A on Honduras

Zelaya should be landing with in about 3 or 4 hours if this is to be believed. Should be interesting, I wonder which other presidents will be there.

Karl Rove and Mike Huckabee thinks Sarah Palin is doing it wrong...

Rove Cold On Palin's Move: "It Hurts" Her Chances in 2012

Karl Rove who successfully guided President Bush to the White House twice, was remarkably cold on Sarah Palin's decision to resign as governor of Alaska during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. The former Bush strategist and current Republican commentator argued that it was "not clear" what Palin's strategy was in resigning just two-and-a-half years into office, adding that the move was risky,m left her vulnerable to her critics, and would damage her chances of becoming president.
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Huckabee: Palin May Not Be Able To Handle Pressure Of Presidential Run

One of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's potential presidential rivals said Sunday that her abrupt resignation won't help her dodge scrutiny. President George W. Bush's chief political adviser said her strategy is, at best, unclear.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Palin's announcement that she would not seek a second term -- and leave office before finishing her first -- simply doesn't make sense in a conventional political setting.
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Huffington Post Blogger Shannyn Moore in Palin's Cross Hairs

Huffington Post Blogger Shannyn Moore in Palin's Cross Hairs

There is an old expression which says, "In a crisis, do nothing." Wise words indeed, which means that soon-to-be-ex-governor Sarah Palin no doubt would never heed them. She's sort of adopted another philosophy. It's more like, "In a crisis, fly off the handle, be reactionary and threaten to sue someone for defamation in the hopes of intimidating the entire blogosphere and all national print and televised media into not talking about something." I'm not an oddsmaker, but this strategy seems destined to become a crumpled up tin can on the refuse pile of epic failure.
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"Security" dispatched to Palin home due to troll on Twitter

Palin has kept a low profile since her sudden announcement Friday at a hastily called news conference at her home in suburban Wasilla, outside Anchorage. All of her public communication since then has been on the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, or through statements released by her office.

At the same time, Palin informed her spokesman David Murrow early Saturday that someone using the name "exgovsarahpalin" on Twitter was spreading a false rumor that there was to be a party at her suburban home in Wasilla, outside Anchorage. Palin was afraid her home would be mobbed, and security was dispatched, Murrow said.

From: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090705/ap_on_re_us/us_palin_resigning;_ylt=Attck4ZU26hgyiQvn2A2RtADW7oF

Also (h/t kerrence SomethingAwful.com officially apologizes to Palin for making her resign:


the head of MI6 wears speedos, facebook reveals.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband has defended the next head of MI6 after details of his personal life were posted on social networking website Facebook.

Pictures and private details of Sir John Sawers, who will take on the post in November, were revealed on an easily accessible profile page of his wife, Lady Shelley Sawers.

The page was taken down after the Mail on Sunday informed the Foreign Office.

Mr Miliband denied that national security had been compromised, saying it was "no state secret" that the MI6 chief wore Speedos on holiday.

And shadow business secretary Ken Clarke said the UK's enemies "did not wholly rely on the Mail on Sunday and Facebook for their information".

Lady Sawers disclosed details including the location of the London flat used by the couple and the whereabouts of their three children and of Sir John's parents, the Mail on Sunday reported.

Mr Miliband told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show: "What are you leading the news with that ... The fact that there's a picture that the head of the MI6 goes swimming. Wow that really is exciting. It is not a state secret that he wears Speedo swimming trunks, for goodness sake let's grow up."

Mr Clarke dismissed the potential security implications of the information - which he said he was certain Britain's enemies would have already known.

"In the old days we used to keep the name secret, all photographs were banned and I never really believed that the Russians didn't know who the head of MI6 and MI5 was," he told Sky News' Sunday Live. "I suspect that the enemies of this country do not wholly rely on the Mail on Sunday and Facebook for their information so I personally would get a little more calm."

The Liberal Democrats insisted that Gordon Brown should call an inquiry. Foreign affairs spokesman Ed Davey said: "Normally, I would welcome greater openness in Government for officials or politicians but this type of exposure verges on the reckless."

the lady shelley's facebook profile picture before she deleted:

the offending speedos:


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And in today's edition of “That’s Fucked Up”...

45 yr old Fort Collins CO woman arrested for having sex with 16 yr old furry boy

A 45-year-old Fort Collins mother is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy who also was part of a group that enjoys dressing up as animals.

Richael L. Michels faces sexual assault on a child charges, according to the arrest affidavit the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper posted on its website. Her husband notified the Colorado Department of Human Services in May that his wife might be having an improper online relationship with a teen-aged boy, the affidavit says.

He also told investigators she had "recently become involved with a group known as 'Furries,' who dress up like animals and have social gatherings online and in person."

Members of the group gave statements to police after the woman's affectionate, sometimes intimate behavior with the teenager at Furries gatherings, called "furmeets."

According to the arrest affadavit, Michels is friends with the boy's mother. The boy told investigators Michels "even made a comment about the irony of (his) mom trusting her as a mentor ... and the whole time she was having sex with him."

The boy told police that he and Michels had sex several times, according to the affidavit.

Sick sauce is sick.

spider skank

John Cornyn, Rick Perry booed at Capitol Tea Party

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn drew boos from a crowd outside the Texas Capitol this afternoon as he spoke at a “tea party” rally organized by the Texas office of Americans for Prosperity.

Cornyn was booed at the start and close of his remarks, which assailed actions in Washington; there were no boos while he awarded a Purple Heart to a Copperas Cove resident injured in Iraq in 2006.

“You’re the problem,” a crowd member hollered.

Another crowd member yelled that Cornyn voted for the initial federal bailout of Wall Street approved by Congress last year, the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Cornyn was the first elected official to speak, though Gov. Rick Perry and others are expected to have turns.

UPDATE, 4:04 p.m.: Perry drew scattered boos, notably from crowd members aware of his advocacy of toll roads to relieve traffic congestion.

Cornyn, a Republican elected to his second Senate term last year, said before today’s gathering that he wasn’t sure what kind of reception he’d field.

“I don’t yet know exactly what it’s going to be like,” Cornyn said Wednesday.

He said he’d agreed to “come and talk about my belief that local government including state government is closest to the people and more likely to be responsive to their needs. And we’ll see how it goes.

“What do you think?” he asked a reporter. “You think it’s going to be OK? I’m waiting to see.”

“I didn’t want to come some place that I wasn’t wanted.”


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