July 16th, 2009


The Missing Pitch

Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:44 pm EDT

Obama reps Chicago's South Side, delivers All-Star first pitch
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ST LOUIS — Where did it land? Was it a strike or wasn't it? Why didn't the network choose a better camera to shoot from? Those were the questions that viewers of baseball's All-Star Game were asking themselves at home after Fox elected to show President Barack Obama's ceremonial first pitch at the 80th All-Star Game from a tight angle.

Ruling as a part-time umpire who had a good view from the pressbox at Busch Stadium, Obama's pitch was a no-doubt-about-it ball, even factoring in an expanded strike zone for the Commander-in-Chief. Obama's southpaw delivery was a little short of the plate, but Cardinals star Albert Pujols(notes) was able to save it by quickly scooping it up.

UPDATE: Pujols says the pitch "didn't hit the ground."

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Oh, and it's a homerun!

I hope none of my HTML is wonky. And maybe his throw was a little weird because he's a leftie? I am a leftie but I throw rightie because that's how I was taught and got comfortable, while I bat leftie.

Welcome to AZ: The Fetus loving Gun State

Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday signed into law tight new restrictions on access to abortion in Arizona, imposing a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking the procedure and requiring that minors first receive written, notarized consent from a parent or guardian.

The Republican governor also expanded the rights of gun owners by allowing those with a concealed-carry permit to take their firearms into establishments that serve alcohol, but she cited wildfire concerns in rejecting a proposal that would have legalized the sale of small fireworks in the state.

The bills were some of the most controversial of a legislative session in which policy discussions took a backseat to state budget concerns. On Monday, Brewer's final day to act upon legislation before it became law automatically, she signed 79 bills and vetoed nine.

New state laws take effect Sept. 30.


So we'll take the time to defend a fetus but when it comes to somone getting shot in a bar fight it's all good... good one AZ!



From doughnuts to lift off, Apollo 11 launch was blast

Story Highlights

  • Apollo 11 took off for the moon 40 years ago today
  • Jack King, voice of Mission Control, says, "It was quite a thrilling time"
  • "Everything on Apollo 11 went just beautiful," says launch manager Paul Donnelly
  • Donnelly says man should now head for Mars


KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (CNN) -- Just after midnight on July 16, 1969, Jack King kissed his wife goodbye at their Cocoa Beach, Florida home, jumped in his car, and drove to Dunkin Donuts for a doughnut and a cup of coffee.


It was the start of a big day: the launch of a Saturn 5 rocket, lifting man from the face of the Earth to the face of the moon. King, the chief of public information at Kennedy Space Center, would become known that day as the voice of Apollo 11.


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I can just imagine the scenario: Guy goes into Dunkin Donuts, orders a doughnut and a coffee and casually mentions that he's going into space, and the cashiers are all like "o_O... Sure you are."



Government Abandons Effort to Use Tortured Evidence in Gitmo Habeas Case

The Justice Department informed a federal district court Wednesday that it was no longer seeking to rely on coerced and tortured evidence in the habeas corpus case of Mohammed Jawad, who was arrested as a child in Afghanistan, interrogated under torture, and then locked up at Guantanamo Bay for the last six and a half years.

As I explained when I wrote about this in late June, the government had been relying on confessions that even a Bush military commission judge had ruled were elicted by torture and unreliable. The American Civil Liberties Union, which represents Jawad, filed a motion to suppress the evidence. On Wednesday, the day the government was due to file its opposition to the motion, the Justice Department instead filed papers saying that it would not oppose suppressing the evidence.

As ACLU lawyer Jonathan Hafetz put it to me in an e-mail last night: “This is huge and shows the importance of habeas and court review.”
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Obama Administration Approves First Roadless Logging Contract In Alaska's Tongass National Forest

This week, the Obama administration approved the sale of timber in a roadless national forest in Alaska. The Tongass National Forest is a 17 million acre temperate rain forest in southeast Alaska, which is home to both endangered species and native Alaskan tribes. It is the largest temperate rain forest in the United States.

From The Juneau Empire:

Orion North timber sale is the first such awarded since Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced in May he would personally review all timber sales in roadless areas of national forests in the next year.


Tongass environmental activists had been hoping Vilsack's announcement would translate to a temporary moratorium on timber road-building in roadless areas, including Orion North and three other timber sales on the Tongass. President Obama supported the roadless rule in his campaign.

In this video, produced by savebiogems.org, you can see both the natural beauty of the landscape and wildlife In The Tongass Forest, along with the destruction that logging has caused.

Alaskan Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich both supported the administration's decision to allow the timber sale, explaining that it would provide jobs to the area's underemployed loggers.

Environmentalists have long criticized allowing logging in national forests as not only destructive, but a waste of taxpayer money.

According to The Wilderness Society:

American taxpayers have not only watched as the Tongass has been picked apart by road building and logging, they've paid for the privilege. The tab extends beyond $750 million over 20 years. In a single year alone, the Forest Service spent $36 million on the Tongass timber program and got back in revenues only $1 million. Subsidies for logging roads account for nearly half of timber program costs annually.


Evil Dick In Congressman’s Office Acts Like Evil Dick Toward War Widow

Thornberry aide threatens to call cops on war widow

This stunning example of legislative bullying, courtesy FOX's Chad Pergram:

Marianne Stringer, a Florida widow's whose husband died of Agent Orange-related cancer after a Vietnam-era stint in the Coast Guard, recently wrote to Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Tex.) to request an increase in benefits for military families.

Stringer, a member of the the Gold Star Wives of America, has written hundreds of members on both sides of the aisle on the issue.
She pressed Thornberry -- a member of the Armed Services Committee, asking, “Please, help us to understand your reluctance in supporting [her effort]... “If you do not understand the clear intent of this bill, we will be happy to furnish you with any information you may be seeking.”

Michael Clauser, national security legislative assistant  to Thornberry, wrote that Stringer  -- a savvy longtime advocate on the issue -- was a “resident of Palm Bay, Florida. Your Congressman is Rep. Bill Posey.”

He then instructed Stringer to “discontinue emailing me” and warned I will interpret any further communications with me from you or non-constituent members of your organization as harassment and report your name and address to the Capitol Police.”

Posey, a Republican shot back: “It’s unconscionable... My staff knows that one of the ways to submit their resignation is to say we can’t help if you’re in someone else’s district.”

He added that he would be “shocked if Thornberry is not shocked.”

In a statement, Thornberry Chief of Staff Bill Harris said that Clauser’s remarks “are in no way reflective of the culture of this office or the way Congressman Thornberry expects his staff to conduct themselves. Especially toward members of America’s military family.”


Graham to Sotomayor: your statements "bug the hell out of me"

But then he's all, "Let's be BFF!"

"Here's what I will say about you," Graham said. "I don't know how you're going to come out on [a Second Amendment case]. Because I think fundamentally, Judge, you're able, after all these years of being a judge, to embrace a right that you may not want for yourself, to allow others to do things that are not comfortable to you but for the group, they're necessary. That is my hope for you. That's what makes you to me more acceptable as a judge and not an activist because an activist would be a judge who would be chomping at the bit to use this wonderful opportunity to change America through the Supreme Court by taking their view of life and imposing it on the rest of us. I think and believe, based on what I know about you so far, that you're broad-minded enough to understand that America is bigger than the Bronx, it is bigger than South Carolina."


Why do I always have to apologize for this idiot?

WATCH VA GOP Candidate: Vote for me or Die Muth3rf@#ker!

Catherine Crabill, VA GOP Candidate: We May Have To "Resort To The Bullet Box" (VIDEO)

Catherine Crabill, the Republican Party's nominee for Virginia's 99th District in the House of Delegates, gave a speech at a recent political event suggesting that Second Amendment rights could be used to defend the anti-tax Tea Party movement. The strange assertion was picked up by Virginia political blogger Not Larry Sabato.

"We have the chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box,"
Crabill said. "That's the beauty of our Second Amendment rights ... Our Second Amendment rights were to guard against tyranny."


Crabill, who proclaims on her campaign website that "America was founded by right-wing extremists," has already drawn fire for her controversial views. Among other things, she believes the U.S. government played a role in the Oklahoma City Bombing.

"She has stated herself in such immoderate terms that she has made her candidacy almost a caricature," said Westmoreland GOP Chairman Robert Fountain. "Her views will appeal to the faithful, but not to enough people to give us the 51 per cent of the vote we will need to win in November."


AMA Endorses House Health Reform Bill. House Bill must be Bad...

AMA Endorses House Health Reform Bill

The American Medical Association has sent a letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel endorsing the health care reform crafted by three House committees.

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, I am writing to express our appreciation and support for H.R. 3200, the "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009," writes CEO Michael D. Maves. "This legislation includes a broad range of provisions that are key to effective, comprehensive health system reform. We urge members of the House Education and Labor, Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means Committees to favorably report H.R. 3200 for consideration by the full House.

Read the full letter here.

Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic writes about the import of the move:

This is unexpected. Or, at least, I wasn't expecting it. Recent signals from the AMA suggested they were reluctant to embrace reform, in no small part because they believed a public insurance option would underpay them. But the AMA letter contains no caveats. It is a straightforward endorsement.

And that makes it a pretty big deal. No, the AMA is not as powerful, nor as representative of the medical community, as it once was. But an unqualified endorsement for the most liberal plan out there has large symbolic value, given the role AMA played in killing health care reform for most of the 20th Century.

Brooksley Born Named To Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

Brooksley Born Named To Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

I generally don't think much of high-powered congressional commissions, seeing as they typically exist as busy work done after a disaster to offset the balance of inattention that presided when it mattered. But there's good news for those who care about the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission: Politico is reporting that Nancy Pelosi is appointing Brooksley Born to the Commission. As such, this means there will at least be one person on the Commission who got it right.

Born ran the Commodity Futures Trading Commission during the Clinton years, and is best known for wanting to apply regulation to the derivatives market... you know, something about maybe forestalling a massive systemic disaster or something? Anyway, that idea was kiboshed by Robert Rubin and Alan Greenspan, two members of the ironically named "Committee To Save The World." As Politico's Eamon Javers notes in his lede, Born will now have the chance to say "I told you so" to the third member of said Committee, Larry Summers, should he manage to stay awake long enough.
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Has the GOP admitted defeat or is it a trap?

GOP Lawmaker Admits Congress Will Pass Democratic Health Care Bill

A Democratic-endorsed health care bill will pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate this month, one of the White House's main Republican critics in Congress acknowledged on Thursday morning.

In an appearance on MSNBC lamenting the type of health care legislation currently being pushed by Democrats in the House, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) made an admission that seems to go against the current conventional wisdom.

"We'll get [a health care bill] through the House and Senate this month," he said, defying the usual predictions heard from leading Republicans or skeptical Democrats. Hoekstra would add that it is unlikely that legislators would be able to have a bill on the president's desk before the August recess. But the White House's own timetable doesn't call for that.

"We've known for years that we were going to reach this fork in the road where we were either going to reform health care, we were going to provide more options to individuals, more affordable options for individuals to choose their health care, or we were going to create a government-run health care where the government would be making those decisions for us," Hoekstra said. "President Obama, the Democrats in the House and the Senate, have clearly chosen the government-run option. That is why they're in such a hurry to move this program through the House, through the Senate, and get it to his desk."

Hoekstra's admission that the two chambers of Congress are likely to pass their respective health care bills within the next month is one of the few times that a lawmaker has pulled back the curtain to reveal exactly where the legislative process currently stands.
Passage in the House and Senate would set the stage for reconciling the separate bills in conference committee once the August recess is over.

One of the options at the president's hand is the bill recently unveiled by the House, which has become the preference for progressives. That approach won a major endorsement from The New York Times editorial page on Thursday.

While the Senate continues to struggle over its approach to health care reform, House Democratic leaders have unveiled a bill that would go a long way toward solving the nation's health insurance problems without driving up the deficit. It is already drawing fierce opposition from business groups and many Republicans. This is a bill worth fighting for.

The bill would require virtually all Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty. And it would require all but the smallest businesses to provide health insurance for their workers or pay a substantial fee. It would also expand Medicaid to cover many more poor people, and it would create new exchanges through which millions of middle-class Americans could buy health insurance with the help of government subsidies. The result would be near-universal coverage at a surprisingly manageable cost to the federal government.

Cowboy Diplomacy: It didnt work before, it wont work now...

Afghanistan Villages Threatened By US Military Over Kidnapped Soldier

In the aftermath of a US soldier's abduction by Afghan Taliban forces, the US military is disbursing leaflets in two towns near particularly dangerous areas, which threaten villagers with the prospect of being "targeted" or "hunted" if they do not return the soldier safe and sound, CBS News reports. The leaflet has a picture of a languid looking US soldier hanging his head on one side, and reads "If you do not free the American soldier, then..."; when the card is flipped over, there is a picture of soldiers breaking down the door of small stone hut and a caption that reads, "...then you will be targeted."

The leaflet is one of two kinds that were scattered about the villages. The other is reported to be far less threatening and simply asks for any information anyone may have on the soldier's whereabouts, according to the CBS report.

CBS also confirmed with Capt. Elizabeth Mathias that the leaflets were indeed printed at the Bagram Air Base and distributed throughout the two villages, however she claims that the statement reads "...then you will be hunted," as if being "hunted" is somehow better than being "targeted." From CBS News:
The new leaflet represents a broader, direct warning to local people in the region where the U.S. soldier was seized. Villagers from near the Paktika-Ghazni border told CBS News the papers were found stuck in trees and littering roofs in the area.

The question is, will its stern message help win the missing soldier's freedom, or just antagonize the local people who could help, or hurt, that effort.

The CBS account is in stark contrast to the new US strategy in Afghanistan under Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, which aims to win the goodwill of Afghan villagers--not just annihilate Taliban militants--especially in rural areas more prone to attracting a Taliban presence.
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July 16, 2009 Iran Update

More arrests, there was a murder of a reporter in Moshaad the other day and it seems that there was fire set at the entrance of the Ministry there in retaliation of it. Also according to NIAC blog people are upset about the MP and government officials taking a holiday during this crisis (I'm guessing this refers to Ahmedi going to Mashaad with his cronies).

One thing is of interest. The ministry has asked Iranians to limit their use of electricity 8-11pm... I'm guessing that their barrage usage of the power has caused quite a few headaches and they will not relent.

Also Mousavi is asking for a full demonstration on Friday after the prayers and on NIAC it has Mousavi's instructions for those who participate(d) in Thursday's protests to spread the word. Karroubi is also attending so this means that all three opposition leaders who were in the presidential race plus Rafsanjani will be there.

I have the last two poems on the rooftops that were made. To my knowledge there are no more. It seems the latest one is Thursday nights? The chants tonight of Allah Akbar were supposedly louder and being used as a signal of intention to go to the Friday Prayer service. At least that is what I'm getting from Nico.

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Update: In one of the news articles I mention that the Iranian Nuke Chief resigned...well today WikiLeaks broke that supposedly there was a nuclear accident but that they couldn't confirm it but now with the resignation they mention it. Also, it seems that WikiLeaks is now blocked in Iran.

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July 16, 2009

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The National Rifle Association announced Thursday that it opposes Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"We believe any individual who does not agree that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right and who does not respect our God-given right of self-defense should not serve on any court, much less the highest court in the land," said a joint statement by Wayne LaPierre, the NRA executive vice president, and Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Reform.

Opposition to Sotomayor by the powerful gun lobby reflects conservative unease with President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, but is considered unlikely to prevent her confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

On Wednesday, Sotomayor strongly rejected a Republican senator's contention that she had pre-judged the issue of gun control, insisting at her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing that wasn't true.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, asked if she would recuse herself from future gun control cases because she ruled in the past that the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment does not apply to state gun control laws.

"I have not made up my mind. I didn't say that I didn't believe it was fundamental," Sotomayor shot back.

She explained that the word "fundamental" in legal terms refers to whether a federal statute applies to the states. Her ruling cited by Sessions referred to a prior case that made the determination, Sotomayor said, so she was following the precedent.

The NRA statement said Sotomayor relied on an improper precedent.

"Sotomayor's judicial record and testimony clearly demonstrate a hostile view of the Second Amendment and the fundamental right of self-defense guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution," the statement said. "It is only by ignoring history that any judge can say that the Second Amendment is not a fundamental right and does not apply to the states."

Previously in the confirmation hearing that started Monday, Sotomayor said she recognizes an individual right to bear arms as recently identified by Supreme Court in the ruling District of Columbia v. Heller.

The recent Supreme Court 5-4 ruling concluded that a sweeping handgun ban in the nation's capital violated the constitutional right to "keep and bear arms."


CNN Commentary: Gay is not the new black

Far from flowing rainbow flags, the sound of Lady Gaga and, quite honestly, white people, stands a nightclub just outside of Wicker Park in Chicago, Illinois, by the name of The Prop House.

The line to get in usually stretches down the block, and unlike many of the clubs in Boystown and Andersonville, this one plays hip-hop and caters to men who may or may not openly identify as gay, but without question are black and proud.

And a good number of them are tired of hearing how the gay community is disappointed in President Obama, because they are not.

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I agree that he makes a few points, but I have to disagree with the time of the fight for gay rights; yes, it's certainly picked up STEAM since Stonewall, but that by no means says it wasn't going on before then either. Thoughts?

Catholics fear a Communist takeover of America...

In my adventure to understand the extreme politics of America (and the results it creates), I came across this...

1947, three years before Joseph McCarthy began hunting Communists, the Catechetical Guild Educational Society, a Roman Catholic organization in St. Paul, Minnesota, published a one-shot comic book, Is This Tomorrow: America Under Communism. This title, by an uncredited writer and artist, tells the far-fetched story of a stealth "Red" takeover of the USA, complete with race riots, assassinations, and brutal flogging. And yes, this was intended for kids. In fact, although this comic is quite rare now, at one point an estimated four million copies were in circulation, distributed through schools and other venues.

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Man must choose between selling kidney or child

Mohammed Iqbal said he has been told by his landlord to pay up on debts and is left with a choice facing others in this impoverished corner of Pakistan: Sell your children or a kidney.

This man's landlord forced him to pay off money he borrowed for his children's medical bills.

For the 50-year-old Iqbal, there is only one option. Despite a law passed in late 2007 banning transplants for money, he has decided to sell his kidney and has already been for pre-operation tests. The sale will net him between $1,100 and $1,600.

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Obama killing it on education in his NAACP speech.

(CNN) -- One hundred years after the birth of the NAACP, the civil rights group welcomed the first African-American president.

President Obama spoke before the annual convention Thursday night in New York, the city where the organization was founded.

"What we celebrate tonight is not simply the journey the NAACP has traveled, but the journey that we, as Americans, have traveled over the past 100 years," Obama told the crowd.

The excitement over Obama was in stark contrast to the reception of former President Bush, who had a strained relationship with the NAACP and declined the group's invitations for five years.

Bush spoke before the NAACP in 2000, during his first run for the presidency, but he did not make another appearance until 2006.

But now, even though there's a new president and a new dynamic, there are still some questions as to whether the NAACP and Obama share the same approach.

"I think his big challenge now is going to be in talking to them about issues that have concerned him in the past, like problems with teen pregnancy and black-on-black crime, that the NAACP hasn't been that eager to deal with," said Clarence Page, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune editorial board.

In his speech Thursday, the president talked about "how we need to recapture the same sense of responsibility in Washington and in our own lives that made the civil rights movement a success."

"In particular, when it comes to education, we need better standards in our schools, excellent teachers in our classrooms, and parents doing their part to ensure that all our children can succeed, no matter what their race, faith or station in life," a senior administration official said.

Last year, as a candidate, Obama was both deferential and defiant before the civil rights group. Taking on some of his African-American critics, Obama delivered a message of tough love.

"It is always humbling to speak before the NAACP, because it is a powerful reminder of the debt that we all owe to those who marched for us, fought for us and stood up on our behalf," he told the group.

"I know there's some who've been saying I've been too tough, talking about responsibility. NAACP, I'm here to report: I'm not going to stop talking about it," he said.

Obama echoed that message just last week in Ghana, telling the country, "We all know that the future of Africa is in the hand of Africans."

Earlier this week, Michael Steele, the first African-American chair of the Republican National Committee, addressed the NAACP and urged its members to take another look at the Republican Party.

Steele on Thursday reiterated that message, telling CNN, "There's a historic and inextricable link between the GOP and African-Americans. In fact, Republicans helped found the NAACP back in 1909." We're not stupid, the Republican party has changed since then, as have the democratic party. Jesus.

The Republican Party, however, has not received more than 11 percent of the African-American vote since 1996. Obama received 95 percent of the black vote in the 2008 election.

According to a national poll conducted in May, African-Americans really like Obama, but more and more feel that race relations have not gotten better since he took office.

In December, 51 percent of African-Americans said Obama's election marks the start of a new era of better race relations, according to a CNN/Essence Magazine/Opinion Research Corp. poll.

In May, that number dropped to 44 percent.

The historic election of the first African-American president in the United States highlights the NAACP's role in fighting for equality and opportunity. NAACP President Ben Jealous notes that while Obama's presidency is a big milestone, it's just the next step on a long road.

"This is a big step that we've taken, having a black family in the White House, ending that 233-year-old color barrier, but there's a lot more work that needs to be done," he said.

Who else watched it? I'm sad we didn't have a live post, he fucking KILLED it. Sounded like a church up in there.



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In "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the threat from villainous Lord Voldemort is ignored until it's almost too late.

"Harry and his friends start Dumbledore's army to bring awareness to this," said iReporter Andrew Slack. "Meanwhile, our world ignores AIDS, Darfur and global warming."

Some Potter fans, under the leadership of Slack, have come together to bring the spirit of "Dumbledore's army" to life. Slack is the executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging Potter fans in social activism.

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Charlie Crist continues to defend stimulus. Marco Rubio continues to tweet LL Cool J lyrics

Gov. Charlie Crist: Stimulus is working, more help not needed

Saying 26,000 teacher jobs have been saved, Gov. Charlie Crist touted the federal stimulus package Wednesday -- but he said he won't support another multibillion-dollar spending plan from Congress.

Crist bucked fellow Republican leaders in Congress this year by embracing both President Obama and the stimulus package. Crist then held numerous open meetings with state agency chiefs to help pressure the Legislature to budget the money.

The state has already committed to spending more than half of the cash. But more is available than originally anticipated, said Crist's hand-picked stimulus czar, Don Winstead. Based on new calculations that factor in money to local governments, he said Florida could receive about $15.3 billion over three budget years.

''I don't anticipate the need for more. The numbers we've heard today are pretty significant,'' Crist said. ``And I hope Florida continues to do well. We all want unemployment to come down and only time will tell about that.''

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Billboard Claiming Martin Luther King Was Republican Angers Black Activists in Houston

Who knew?

A billboard proclaiming that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican has stirred a religious and political hornets' nest in Houston, where a church leader is trying to draw black voters into the Republican Party.

The jumbo-sized roadside ad made its contentious claim for about a week -- until a local black activist charged that the sign unjustly politicized King's legacy and was hurting his community by telling a "blatant lie."

"Martin Luther King may have very well believed in some of the Christian principles of the Republican Party, but Dr. Martin Luther King was not a Republican or a Democrat," said Quanell X, who heads the New Black Panther Party in Houston.

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Welfare queen.

Secessionist Gov. Rick Perry now seeking federal stimulus funds.

In March, Texas Gov. Rick Perry rejected $555 million in federal stimulus money that would have expanded unemployment benefits for Texans. Perry argued at the time that accepting the stimulus dollars would force the state to expand eligibility to include thousands of low-wage workers — including part-time employees like single mothers, college students and senior citizens — which Perry bemoaned would burden tax payers with “higher taxes and expanded obligations.” When explaining the decision, Perry told Fox News, “this was pretty simple for us.” But now Perry is reversing his decision. Texas has asked the federal government for a $170 million loan to ensure the state is able to continue paying out unemployment benefits:
Texas is now asking the federal government for a $170 million loan so that benefits keep getting paid.

“This is nothing out of the ordinary. We’re following protocol that we put in place,” said Governor Rick Perry.

Texas has asked for this loan only one other time, in 2003. This year however, the decision is getting extra attention after Governor Rick Perry rejected federal stimulus money that would have replenished the fund.

Texas is expected to request $650 million, roughly $100 million more than Perry initially rejected. At a “tea party protest” in April, Perry trumpeted his decision to reject stimulus dollars from the Obama administration. “I believe the federal government has become oppressive,” he said, adding that he might even consider seceding from the Union.


The only reason I'm using this picture (besides Perry's hilarious facial expression) is because the guy on the left looks like Buster Bluth. or is it just me?????
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Teen Cheyenne Cherry taunts animal activists after guilty plea for killing kitten in oven

Animal lovers gathered across the street of the Bronx Supreme Court.

A heartless kitty killer hissed angrily at animal rights activists Wednesday, grinning widely as she took credit for stuffing the helpless pet into a 500-degree oven.

"It's dead, bitch!" snapped an unrepentant Cheyenne Cherry, sticking her tongue out after a plea bargain that will put her behind bars for a year in the May 6 killing of tiny Tiger Lily.

Cherry, 17, was confronted after her guilty plea in Bronx Supreme Court to charges of animal cruelty and attempted burglary in the May 6 killing at her former roommate's apartment.

Tiger Lily was left to die inside the blistering oven after Cherry and a 14-year-old friend trashed the apartment of Valerie Hernandez, destroying furniture before stealing DVDs and food.

After her arrest, Cherry told police the cat killing was "just a joke."

In court Wednesday, Cherry admitted to Judge Margaret Clancy that the younger girl put the cat in the oven - and "I didn't let the cat out."

The pair fled the apartment because they didn't want to hear the dying cat's cries or desperate scratching at the oven door, authorities said.

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Just one year? WTF?

Eco towns get green light despite local opposition

Ministers gave approval yesterday for the building of four “pioneer” eco-towns and insisted that at least 10,000 homes would be in place by 2016 in the face of local opposition.

Despite the depth of the recession and fierce local protests, John Healey, the Housing Minister, approved sites in Oxfordshire, Norfolk, Cornwall and Hampshire. The chosen developers for Gordon Brown’s flagship programme will each be able to bid for part of a £60 million pot of extra cash.

Rural campaigners warned that the zero-carbon developments would threaten greenfield sites and local wildlife. There were also concerns that without more public transport, the extra traffic would increase rather than reduce pollution.

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Zell Miller: Obama Needs To Sit In 'Gorilla Glue' And Stay Put

Zell Miller is back, and as edgy as ever.

The former Georgia governor and U.S. senator, who has kept out of the limelight these last couple years, today put in an appearance at a meeting of the Republican-oriented American Legislative Exchange Council in downtown Atlanta.

My AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin was there, and posted a full account on Gold Dome Live. Here’s the part that will resonate:

Miller said [President Barack] Obama’s decision to try and close the Guantanamo Bay prison where suspected terrorists and enemy combatants are held, is “nuts.”

“This strange Obama sense of justice penalizes our civilians’ with their loss of freedom while rewarding the terrorists with new rights they never had before,” Miller said.

Obama, “our globe-trotting president,” Miller said, “needs to stop and take a break and quit gallivanting all around. I think [chief of staff] Rahm Emanuel ought to get some Gorilla Glue and put it in that chair in the Oval Office and say ‘Sit here awhile.’”

Oh, Zell. How we’ve missed you.


Stay classy there, Zell....ugh!

Btw, speaking of Obama and race, did you all see his amazing speech at the NAACP tonight?  If not, watch it HERE.  He was on FIRE!!


Elizabeth Warren Warns Of Coming Lobbypocalypse

Elizabeth Warren Warns Of Coming Lobbypocalypse

TARP Oversight Chair Elizabeth Warren was on the Rachel Maddow show, discussing the ongoing battle to regulate the credit card industry.

MADDOW: Are you worried that the [credit card] industry's going to be about to kill [credit card reform legislation] in the crib? Reporting is that it's their top priority to get rid of it.

WARREN: My gosh! I have to tell you, it's like they're stampeding in the halls already in Washington. the Gucci loafers. These guys have built up a huge war chest, they've been interviewing public relations firms to see who can come up with the next Harry And Louise ad to explain to the American people why they'r better off with credit cards that nobody can read, hundreds of pages of mortgage documents that nobody can read...the idea is you're better off with how things are...forget all that stuff the happened over the last few years. And we promise to keep things up just like we did before. I just can't believe theyr'e trying to sell that to the American people.



GOP Rep Tiahrt Asks Whether Obama's Mother Would Have Had An Abortion (VIDEO)


Arguing to restrict the public funding of abortions within the District of Columbia, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kans., suggested on Thursday afternoon that if such "financial incentives" were available some 47 years ago, Barack Obama himself may never have been born.

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What on earth are these people smoking, may I ask? Because I wonder if they'd be willing to sell me some.

Pat Buchanan Has A Near Aneurysm On Air Over Affirmative Action

Thanks for your patience and thanks to schmiss for providing the vid.Here's the link to the video on MSNBC as well.

I honestly still haven't quite wrapped my head around this yet. Pat Buchanan essentially lost his mind on air over Sonia Sotomayor and Affirmative Action on the Rachel Maddow Show tonight. Not to straw man his arguments, but Sotomayor is essentially an unqualified, affirmative action train wreck and white men are being actively persecuted. Rachel also needs a lecture on the plight of working class Americans and Pat's going to make sure she gets it. Oh, and America was built by white people. (I'm sorry white people, btw. I didn't know I was persecuting you so much. Welcome to disenfranchisement! *joke btw*) I imagine we'll be seeing the fallout from this racist rant over the next few days.

Oh, and the racial breakdown of the U.S. in the 1960s: 90% white and 10% black. There was no one else in this country outside of those percentages.

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Fuck Yes!

Senate votes big expansion of federal hate crimes

By JIM ABRAMS (AP) – 39 minutes ago

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday approved the most sweeping expansion of federal hate crimes law since Congress responded four decades ago to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

The legislation, backed by President Barack Obama, would extend federal protections granted under the 1968 hate crimes law to cover those physically attacked because of their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

"This bill simply recognizes that there is a difference between assaulting someone to steal his money, or doing so because he is gay, or disabled, or Latino or Muslim," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

Voice vote passage came immediately after supporters cleared a 60-vote procedural hurdle imposed by Republicans trying to block consideration of the legislation. That vote was 63-28.

The hate crimes bill was offered as an amendment to a must-pass defense spending bill that the Senate is expected to finish some time next week. Several Republican amendments to the hate crimes legislation still could be considered on Monday, but Thursday's vote determined that it will be part of the defense bill when it passes.

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