July 29th, 2009


NRO Proves Birther Conspiracy is Bull. Birther suspects NRO to be part of Obama Conspiracy...

Wingnut National Review Enrages Wingnuts By Calling Birther Conspiracy a Bunch of Nonsense

It’s a good thing National Review isn’t a Real American business that need to make money or anything, because otherwise it would go broke after the outrageous decision by its libtard editors to publish a long, detailed and
sane deconstruction of the Birther Conspiracy. Of course, none of the NRO cowards would dare sign their actual name to such an outrage against Ron Paul’s Constitution, so it’s just signed by “The Editors” — French for “le pussies.” Really, look at what these socialist zeroes are writing about Nobama: “Like Bruce Springsteen, he has a lot of bad political ideas; but he was born in the U.S.A.”

Jesus! Communist much, NRO? No wonder they killed off K-Lo, the only real pro-American ‘Merican at that mincing Manhattan cocktail party. A little more semen in your Kir Royale, Madame Lowry?

President Obama was born on August 4, 1961, at 7:24 p.m, in Honolulu County, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. The serial number on his birth certificate is 010641. Baby Barack’s birth was not heralded, as some of his partisans have suggested, by a star in the east, but it was heralded by the Honolulu Star, as well as the Honolulu Advertiser, each of which published birth announcements for young Mr. Obama.


That second paragraph full of rote mockery of leftist conspiracy theory and Rosie O’Donnell (update your references, Jonah!) does not excuse your ABANDONMENT of America, the white country. Let’s go see what Free Republic has to say, yayyyy:
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You know you missed hating on him

Too much agreement on Honduras etc, he needed some fun.
Chavez freezes ties with Colombia

Venezuela is withdrawing its ambassador from neighbouring Colombia and freezing relations, following a dispute over weapons supplied to Colombian rebels. President Hugo Chavez, who announced the move on Venezuelan TV, also said he was halting trade deals with Colombia.

The announcement came a day after the Colombia government said weapons bought by Venezuela from Sweden had made their way to left-wing Farc guerrillas. Mr Chavez denied this and accused Colombia of acting "irresponsibly". "I've ordered to withdraw our ambassador from Bogota," the Venezuelan leader said on Tuesday. "We will freeze relations with Colombia," he added.

Base row

As well as a diplomatic freeze, Mr Chavez warned trade relations would also be frozen. Venezuela, he said, would substitute imports from Colombia - which currently account for about a third of the country's trade - with goods from other countries, notably Brazil and Ecuador.

On Monday, the Colombian government said its troops had recovered Swedish anti-tank weapons in a raid on a Farc camp. The Caracas government denied supplying them.  The Swedish authorities have launched an inquiry into how the Farc had acquired the weapons.

The Marxist rebels have been fighting the Bogota government since the 1960s.

The BBC's Will Grant in Caracas said the dispute between the two neighbours comes as Colombia prepares to allow the US to use four military bases on its soil, a move which has angered Venezuela. Mr Chavez says it is part of an effort by Washington to turn Colombia into the "Israel of Latin America" (oh no you didn't).


There's actually a polemic involving this video, Ecuador and Sweden. But good to see Chávez is being as mature as always. And Poor Uribe, nobody looves him, nobody neeeds him.
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July 27-28 Iran Update

Today is July 28th and so far it has been quiet, at least on the opposition and protesters side of things. The government, though, is going through major problems. The lulz on this is epic. Ahmedi's going to get his ass tossed out of that office either by the opposition movement or by the Supreme Leader later on down the road.

On Thursday the 30th of July expect another major demonstration by the Protesters. It will be the 40th day anniversary of the death of Neda and other protesters from Saturday the 20th of June, otherwise, known as the day of the massacre. It is a holy day in which to mourn the death of those passed. They are trying to go the legal way to permission for public displays of mourning...but I haven't heard word if they've been given permission or denied, yet. There are rumors and a press report from AFP that the regime has denied the request but another says that it has not been exclusively denied.

There also rumors of people being hit with a fine equivalent of $500 for shouting "Allah-o Akbar".

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Orly Tates Visits The Colbert Report; Doesn't Seem To Get The Joke

Lawyer, Dentist, Real Estate Agent, and Ruiner of Civilian Careers For Military Personnel Mrs. Orly Tates visited The Colbert Report yesterday to talk to Stephen about the Birther Movement. She was either an INCREDIBLY good sport or completely unaware of the tonnage of mockery that was being heaped upon her and her ilk. Given the fact that she's a Birther and a Conservative, I'm betting on the latter.

Part I: Stephen demands to hear from one of the sperm at Obama's conception to get the real story:

Part II: Orly Tates sits down to say, and I'm paraphrasing here, "Errrrrrrr. Errrrrr." Or, ya know.... words to that effect:

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What's the best way to solve the homlessness problem in a city?.... SEND THEM AWAY!!!!!

NEW YORK - New York City

is buying one-way plane tickets for homeless families to leave the city.

It's part of a Bloomberg administration program to keep the homeless out of the expensive shelter system, which costs $36,000 a year per family. More than 550 families have left the city since 2007. All it takes is for a relative to agree to take them in.

The city employs a travel agency for domestic travel
and the Department of Homeless Services handles international travel.

City officials say there are no limits on where a family can be sent and families can reject the offer.

Families have been sent to 24 states and five continents, mostly to Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

City officials say none of the relocated families have returned to city shelters.


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In a Savings Shocker, the Government Discovers That Paper Has Two Sides

WASHINGTON -- With the budget deficit soaring toward $2 trillion, the Department of Justice has figured out how to play its part: double-sided photocopying.

To cut costs, the Forest Service will stop painting vehicles green.

To cut costs, the Forest Service will stop painting vehicles green.

There are other acts of national sacrifice. The Forest Service will no longer repaint its new, white vehicles green immediately upon purchase. The Army will start packing more soldiers onto R&R flights. The Navy will delete unused email accounts.

Three months ago, President Barack Obama ordered his cabinet secretaries to find $100 million in budget cuts for the current fiscal year to emphasize the point that he, too, was serious about belt-tightening. They responded with $102 million. That is 0.006% of the estimated federal deficit.

The list of 77 spending cuts, which the White House is calling "the $100 million savings challenge," reflects the vastness of government -- and its vast inefficiency. Hundreds of millions of dollars in savings were found simply by casting around for areas to trim.

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The fact that Republicans "weren't impressed" is certainly not surprising to me. Why praise the efforts and cost savings that were made, no matter how small? Because the GOP would much rather disdain how it has no significant impact, and why do anything at all?  That's their big idea, btw.....mock any success made by the President as being worthless, because they sure don't have any of their own ideas to offer instead. 


These are exactly the kinds of cost savings that government needs to be looking at, not only at the federal level, but at the state and local level as well. Over time, certain policies, procedures, and programs are put in place, and generally aren't reviewed to see if they are really necessary anymore, or if there's a better and less costly way of doing things due to advances in technology. No, it's not going to make a HUGE difference, but it is something we should be doing on an ongoing basis, and it sure makes sense.




Pentagon: We need more expendable ensign or Red Shirts

CNN: Multiple Bombings Slowly Destroy US Soldier's Brain - He Commits Suicide (VIDEO)

CNN has a heartbreaking report of a U.S. soldier who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was subjected to multiple bombings. Despite serious injuries, he was repeatedly sent back to duty. Doctors now believe that the bombs were slowly destroying his brain. He was eventually sent back to the U.S., but the full extent of his injuries were never treated, and he ended up committing suicide, police believe.

The story is devastating.


Dumb Cops frames motorist for his accident, forgets to turn off his dashboard camera.

Crooked Cops Caught Plotting To Frame Motorist (VIDEO) (See the video to believe it!) (THIS IS BETTER VERSION, PLEASE POST)

A cop's dashboard camera is supposed to catch criminals in the act. But for four Hollywood, Florida cops, the dash cam may have foiled their plans to frame a motorist.

The four police officers -- three of them longtime veterans of the force -- were caught on one of the cop's dash cameras plotting to place the blame for a February traffic accident on a woman that one of them had hit with their patrol car. The disturbing video shows the woman, Alexandra Torres Villa, handcuffed in the back of the squad car as the officers get their stories straight on what they are going to say happened.

Officer Joel Francisco, 36, an 11-year veteran, crashed into the back of Villa's vehicle at a light on February 17 at midnight. The cop radioed to other officers who converged on the scene and hatched a way to bail Francisco out.

Officer Dewey Pressley, 42, arrives and questions Villa, who tells him that she has been drinking. The 21-year veteran officer seizes the opportunity and arrests her for DUI. But the plot thickens from there.

The cops begin to brainstorm believable excuses for the accident. "As far as I'm concerned. I'm going to put words in his mouth. She went to accelerate and a cat jumped out of the window at which point he thought it could have been a pedestrian, which distracted him," Pressley tells Sgt. Andrew Diaz, another veteran of the force. "I mean what's the chances of hitting a f---in drunk when a cat jumps out of the window?"

Still, the cops run with the half-baked idea and rush to get Villa to do a Breathalyzer test so they can officially say she was drunk. "I nailed her on the video. I already hung her on video. She said she has been doing a beer party," Pressley says. "She's gonna blow."

Then, another cop debates with Pressley on who is going to write up the fabricated report to clear their police comrade. "I know how I'm going to word this with the cat so we can get him off the hook. I'll write the narrative," Pressley says. "We're going to bend this a little bit."

Civilian Community Service Officer Karim Thomas joins the three senior officers and the four cops go so far as to change the angle of pictures of the accident to make it look like Villa swerved in front of the cop car and caused the accident, not Francisco.

Throughout the tape, the cops acknowledged what they are doing is illegal, but when you are the law, there is nothing wrong with bending it for a fellow cop, one says. "I don't lie and make things up ever because it's wrong, but if I need to bend it a little bit to protect a cop, I'll do it," Pressley tells Francisco after reassuring him no one will ever find out. "She's freaking hammered anyway."

The police officers are currently on administrative leave pending a state attorney's office investigation. Villa, who was charged with four counts of DUI and cited for improper lane change, is still fighting the charges in court.

worst part, any DUI cases these idiots handled will be thrown out. Mother of drunk driving victims tx you...

Democrats Push Health Care Plan While Issuing Assurances on Medicare

WASHINGTON — President Obama tried Tuesday to sell his health care plan to older Americans, as members of Congress said they were deluged with calls from constituents worried that their Medicare benefits might be cut to help finance coverage for the uninsured.

The outpouring of concern over Medicare came as House Democratic leaders tried to assuage the concerns of fiscally conservative House Democrats who have held up action on health care legislation while they press for changes to reduce the cost of the bill, estimated at $1 trillion over 10 years.

The White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, met Tuesday with the conservative Democrats in the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi to try to broker a deal that would allow the House Energy and Commerce Committee to approve the legislation this week, before the House is scheduled to begin a monthlong break.

After six hours of intense negotiations, the talks broke up at 9:15 p.m. with no announcement of a deal or an agreement.
A committee vote could give the White House and Congressional Democrats tangible evidence of progress on Mr. Obama’s top domestic priority.

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ETA: Oh, and dove-tailing into this is the new rightwing conspiracy theory that Obama's health care plan WILL KILL OLD PEOPLE!

It all started so harmlessly when this lulzy .gif turned up on /b/.

GOP sees death in health care

July 28: Republicans are trying to rally opposition to President Obama’s health care plan by suggesting it will literally kill people. One GOP legislator said the reform plan is a way to advance assisted suicide. Can scare tactics like this prevent Congress from voting on the health care bill? Rachel Maddow is joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT.



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GOP Disses 9/11 Responders

July 28, 2009

WASHINGTON — First responders from 9/11 can accept if Republicans don’t vote for a bill to help ailing Ground Zero workers, but they say rudeness is another matter.

Several victims of the terror attacks who have become advocates on behalf of other ill responders say they were treated poorly when they called some Capitol Hill Republicans in hopes of getting them to back a measure coming up for a committee vote Wednesday.

One office said, ‘Why do you people keep calling us? Leave us alone,’” said Charlie Giles, 41, from Barnegat, N.J. “‘You people?’ That is a disgrace from a congressman’s office.”

Giles, a Republican, said his rounds of calls — and GOP opposition to a bill to reopen the Sept. 11 Victims’ Compensation Fund — left him so angry he’s ready to denounce his party when he and other responders take a bus to the Capitol Wednesday.

“I’ll bring my Republican card, and show it to them,” he said. “If I have to tear it into a million pieces in front of them, I will.”

Giles, who was an EMT on Sept. 11, 2001, singled out the offices of Reps. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Thomas Rooney (R-Fla.), as did other angry responders. They said their reactions from other members of the GOP was better.

Spokespeople for both congressmen said they were not aware of any problems with callers, and insisted they provide unfailingly polite and helpful service.

In one instance, a spokesperson for Forbes thought an intern may have annoyed someone by offering to take their name and see if an appointment could be arranged.

“If someone felt they were mistreated, we apologize,” said Rooney spokesman Jeff Ostermayer. “Our office treats everyone who calls with courtesy and respect.”

Daily News calls to their offices were answered politely, but a worker in Rooney’s office said she couldn’t answer a question about the bill, and transferred the call to a Democratic committee office without saying that’s what she was doing.

“They were just cold,” said Glen Klein, 50, a retired city detective, “like you’re interrupting their lunch or something like that.”

Klein, of Centereach, L.I., spent nine months working at Ground Zero and is collecting Social Security disability.

James O’Connell, 50, an ex-Army man who recently survived a suicide attempt he blames on his 9/11 suffering, said he couldn’t understand the reception he got.

“They were at the very least, conduct unprofessional,” he said. “I don’t get politicians. I thought 9/11 was something that affected all Americans. I thought it was nonpartisan.

“I’m just baffled by the conduct of all these people,” he said, adding that it wasn’t just about his treatment on the phone that bothers him.

“There was such great unity in the country after 9/11 and I don’t understand why in 2009 people are dying and nobody cares,” he said.

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dc/2009/07/gop-disses-911-responders.html#ixzz0Mf3CcxEm

Another GOP Rep Signs Birther Bill... at this point is hardly Breaking News...

Louie Gohmert: Another GOP Rep Signs On To Birther Bill

There has been a noticeable backlash in recent days against those conservatives who insist that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore an illegitimate president. But not every elected Republican official is downplaying the fringe movement.

On Tuesday, the "birther bill" got an additional co-sponsor in the House of Representatives: Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). The Texas Republican's office didn't issue a press release announcing his support. And a request from comment from his office was not immediately returned.

He is the tenth Republican in the House to sign on to Rep. Bill Posey's (R-Fla.) legislation. The bill would require a presidential candidate to provide a copy of his or her birth certificate in order to "meet the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution."

While Gohmert embraces birtherism, some of his fellow Republicans are sprinting away from it. On Wednesday, RNC Chairman Michael Steele's office called the whole issue an "unnecessary distraction."

"Chairman Steele wants to move beyond this conversation and continue discussing the real and immediate concerns that face American families like the economy and health care," said Steele's press secretary, Gail Gitcho. "Americans are concerned with President Obama's health care plan, a failed stimulus package and a ballooning deficit. Chairman Steele has many other issues to take up with the president that have to do with policy, not a birth certificate."


MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Blasts Glenn Beck On Twitter. What The Hell just Happened???

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Blasts Glenn Beck On Twitter(VIDEO)

As America is poised to slide into the slow-news month of August, our top media professionals seem poised to spend the next 30 days at each other's throats. Lou Dobbs is calling Rachel Maddow a "teabagger queen!" Bill O'Reilly is yelling at Lou Dobbs! Rick Sanchez is mad at the Fox News Network! And CNN's Jon Klein really needs a hug and a nap. Now, Joe Scarborough's joining the Fight Club, gunning for Fox News's weepy newscomedian, Glenn Beck.
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Yet Another Obama Hating Civil Servant Loses Their Job!

An aide to Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has resigned under pressure after she labeled Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. a "racist" and dubbed President Obama "O-dumb-a" in a Facebook rant defending racial profiling.

"I get it -- white men have dominated for hundreds of years and there's a lot of anger there. But HOW MUCH MORE can the white people do to correct past injustices of their ancestors?" wrote Lee Landor, 24, who had worked as deputy press secretary for Stringer.

"If Mr. Big Shot Harvard would have kept his mouth shut, shown his ID and not started yelling at a police officer, he never would have been arrested. So please, its time to get over this 'It's because I'm black' bull- - - -" she added.

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ETA 2: I wanted to use O-dumb-a, but then I realized how failtastic it is. Anyway, when will these people realize that their internet activties are being monitored? We need to find a term to replace "reverse racism".


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Finally: A politician who can rightfully call himself "pro-life". Only the pro-lifers don't think so

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) is, in many ways, a typical pro-life American. He opposes abortion and, because of that, supports every effort to prevent the need for it. Just like most pro-life Americans, Ryan supports contraception -- primarily because it is the most effective way to prevent unintended pregnancy, and thereby abortion. And yet because of this, Ryan no longer qualifies as "pro-life." Collapse )


money quote:
"The question now is: 'are you pro-life and pro-contraception, therefore trying to reduce the need for abortions, or are you pro-life and against contraception and you hope that people's lives improve just by hoping it, wishing it so.'"

I'm a "pro-choice for other people" person, but I have tremendous respect for this guy for cutting the bullshit, proposing stuff that actually works, and exposing the ideology-blinded idiocy of the movement. His kind of pro-life stance is one that I can support, because he actually lives in the real world and tries to make legislation that works for real people.
Since I'm a biological scientist, should I make an effort to clone him, Y/Y?

Edit: Loosely related bonus lulz from The Onion!

Study: Abstinence-Only Lunch Programs Ineffective At Combating Teen Obesity
good news everyone!
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Lubna Hussein Pants Trial Adjourns Until Tuesday

A Sudanese female journalist facing 40 lashes for wearing trousers in public in violation of the country's strict Islamic laws told a packed Khartoum courtroom Wednesday she is resigning from a U.N. job that grants her immunity so she can challenge the law on women's public dress code.

Lubna Hussein was among 13 women arrested July 3 in a raid by members of the public order police force on a popular Khartoum cafe for wearing trousers, considered indecent by the strict interpretation of Islamic law adopted by Sudan's Islamic regime. All but three of the women were flogged at a police station two days later.

But Hussein and two other women decided they wanted to go to trial and Hussein invited human rights workers, western diplomats and fellow journalists to Wednesday's hearing.

Some of her women friends showed up in court Wednesday wearing trousers in a show of support.

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&#39; if you want beef then bring the ruckus

Oh, it's already been broughten.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Will Retire From Senate, Explains Plan for Gubernatorial Bid

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) on Wednesday told WBAP's Mark Davis she plans to officially launch her bid for Texas governor in August. She added that she will step down from the U.S. Senate sometime in October or November to battle incumbent fellow Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Sen. Hutchison said she wants to remain in the Senate long enough to oppose President Barack Obama's government healthcare plan and proposed "cap-and-trade" environmental legislation. "I'm trying to finish those things in a responsible way and then I'm coming home to try to give leadership to Texas," Hutchison said during a live interview on News Talk 820 WBAP.

She said she gave Gov. Perry a "free pass" four years ago in not running for governor at that time. "No one expected him to run again and I stepped back last time. I tried to give him a free ride with no primary but for him to try to stay on for fifteen years is too long," Hutchison stated.

During the interview with Davis, Hutchison said she plans next week to vote against the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.


get it Bill White GET IT. Texas, you have your chance to make up for Cornyn.

Sarah Palin hates the media so much.....she wants to be one of them.

Palin tests radio waters.

Alaska’s now former Governor is coy about her future political plans, but radio is at least one option she’s leaving on the table.  While not exactly shopping the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential candidate, sources say Palin representatives have been quietly testing the waters to see how much interest radio syndicators have for her.

Sources say Palin hasn’t committed to radio either, but rather it could be a possible next step for her.  It isn’t unusual for a defeated national candidate to turn to radio.  Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s short-form commentaries air on more than 400 stations via Citadel Media.  He remains among the names circulated for a potential presidential run in 2012.

Coming to radio would be an ironic twist for Palin, whose position on the media is pretty clear.  “Quick making things up,” she told reporters in her final speech as Governor last week.


Oh, please please please let it be a call-in show.  Pleeeeeese.

Caller Says She Didn’t Mention Race to Officer in Gates Case

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Lucia Whalen, whose 911 call led to the arrest of the Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home, made her first public comments Wednesday, saying at no time did she ever mention race to the responding police officer.

Ms. Whalen’s statements contradict the police report filed by Sgt. James Crowley, who said Ms. Whalen told him outside Mr. Gates’s home that she had seen “what appeared to be two black males with backpacks” on the porch of the yellow single-family house.

Ms. Whalen said that the only words she exchanged with Sergeant Crowley in person were, “I was the 911 caller.”

Ms. Whalen, 40, her voice cracking, said she was deeply hurt by the reaction to the incident on July 16.

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Exclusive: Michael Steele Blasts Birtherism As “Unnecessary Distraction,” Says Obama Is “U.S. Citizen”

For the first time, RNC chair Michael Steele is sharply criticizing the birthers, condemning the movement as an “unnecessary distraction,” reaffirming that the president is a “U.S. citizen,” and stressing that it’s time to move past debating Obama’s “birth certificate.”

In response to my questions about Steele’s views of birtherism, which holds that Obama wasn’t born in the United States and thus isn’t legitimately the president, RNC spokesperson Gail Gitcho sent me the following statement:
“Chairman Steele believes that this is an unnecessary distraction and believes that the president is a U.S. citizen. Chairman Steele wants to move beyond this conversation and continue discussing the real and immediate concerns that face American families like the economy and health care. Americans are concerned with President Obama’s health care plan, a failed stimulus package and a ballooning deficit. Chairman Steele has many other issues to take up with the president that have to do with policy, not a birth certificate.”
Steele hadn’t criticized birtherism before, his spokesperson says. His decision to do so now suggests that he recognizes that the party needs to put the birther controversy behind it at a time when some Republican officials have flirted openly with the cause advocated by this small but growing fringe.

This statement coming from the GOP’s public face and chief operative is probably the most direct condemnation of birtherism yet by a top party official. His willingness to risk the wrath of the bithers, not to mention some of the party’s more strident voices, suggests he’s aware of the damage they’re doing to the GOP, by allowing Dems to paint the party as captive to intolerants and as more interested in discussing crackpot conspiracy theories than in debating real issues.


Don't worry, I'm sure he'll be apologizing to the right wing nut jobs in due course.  I give it 48 hours at most.

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More than 2,500 Nigerians caught in the fighting between Islamic militants and government forces have fled their homes in the northern part of the country, a Red Cross spokeswoman said Wednesday.

More than 400 people have been killed, and 150 bodies were lying in the general hospital at Maiduguri, according to Aliyu Maikanu, a Red Cross disaster officer in the northeast.

Most of the violence has been on the outskirts of the city, officials said.

"It's a terrible situation for me. It's a very serious battle -- something I have not seen in my life," Maikanu said.

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When will people learn that e-mail is not the place to display racism?

Officials: Hub cop used racial slur in Gates e-mail

Boston police officer allegedly sent a mass e-mail using a disgraceful racial slur in referring to Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., prompting the commissioner to move immediately to fire the cop, the Herald has learned.

Officer Justin Barrett, 36, a two-year veteran assigned to District B-3, was placed on administrative leave pending a termination hearing yesterday afternoon. When a supervisor confronted Barrett about the e-mail - in which he called Gates a "jungle monkey" - he admitted to being the author, according to officials.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis immediately stripped the cop of his gun and badge, according to officials. Barrett, who could not immediately be reached, has no prior disciplinary history. Barrett is also a member of the National Guard, a source said, and the e-mail was sent anonymously to his fellow guard members and the Boston Globe. It was unclear whether the scurrilous missive was sent to members of Boston police as well.

"There is no room on the department for someone who uses those words," said Boston police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll, who declined to provide the specific text of the letter.

Gates, a preeminent black scholar, was arrested at his Cambridge home July 16 by a white Cambridge cop, triggering a national debate on race that reached all the way to the White House. Gates, 58, and the officer, Sgt. James Crowley, 42, are scheduled to hash out their differences over beers at the White House tomorrow evening. The meeting is being hosted by President Obama, who became embroiled in the controversy when he said, "Cambridge police acted stupidly" in arresting Gates.


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EA Apologizes for Lustful "Sin to Win" Dante's Inferno Comic-Con Contest

EA Apologizes for Lustful "Sin to Win" Dante's Inferno Comic-Con Contest
July 27, 2009 | 11:51 AM PST

Last week, we brought word of an ill-conceived contest being held by Electronic Arts for attendees of the San Diego Comic-Con. Based on the "Act of Lust," entrants were to "commit acts of lust" with the game's booth babes. This basically amounted to taking a picture with them and sending it to EA, but there is no doubt plenty of room for misinterpretation.

As of Saturday, July 25th, EA has issued an apology via TwitPic, which curiously enough does not seem to be linked from their actual Twitter account. However, they seem to have had a number of such problems with images, so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt on that one. Curiously enough, though, they made sure to repost the link to their NECA Dante figure picture, but not to the apology. Go figure.

Full article and lust sauce here.


Health Insurance Stocks Soar on Baucus Deal

One of the things that gets obscured by the huge sums of money being spent by lobbyists to degrade, deride, and defuse legislation is that in reality, the big industries get what they want very cheaply.

Lawmakers already make use of so many systemic advantages when it comes time to defend their seats that a little bit of industry largess goes a long way. So they can afford to be generous, and they never ask for an additional cut. This is something that Ian Welsh at Open Left observes today:

...the [return on investment] on lobbying is astronomical. For example, the American Jobs Creation act earned corporations 82 billion. The cost in lobbying? 283 million. Return on investment? 22,000%

Over at Campaign Silo, Teddy Partridge looks at the kinds of returns involved in the health care reform arena:

News that Senator Max Baucus' Finance Committee deal on health care financing excluded a public option sent health insurance stocks soaring Tuesday.
Shares of U.S. health insurers rose broadly on Tuesday on hopes a health reform bill would not include a government-run option, which has drawn strong opposition from insurers who fear it would destroy the private marketplace.

The S&P Managed Health Care index of large U.S. health insurers closed 6.5 percent higher.

Aetna rose 12.6 percent, Coventry was up 12.7 percent and Cigna was 7.7 percent higher, all on the New York Stock Exchange. Centene rose 7.9 percent.

This is funny, because I am reliably informed that Max Baucus has concerns that government intervention in private markets could be a disaster for the country!


If we needed any additional motivation to make sure there's a public health plan option, THIS IS IT.
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Can Prejudice Be Justified?

Can Prejudice Be Justified?
Etan Thomas
NBA Basketball Player, Oklahoma City Thunder

By now everyone has heard of the incident that occurred with Professor Henry Louis Gates and officer James Crowley of the Cambridge Police department. Just to recap, a woman calls the police to inform them that two black men are breaking into a house. The police end up arresting a Harvard professor at his own house for disorderly conduct. At his own house. President Barack Obama calls the actions taken by the Cambridge police "stupid," the officers apparently get offended and return with criticism that the President commented without knowing all of the facts. As if there was a missing piece of evidence that supported arresting a man for breaking into his own house and citing the reason for the arrest as disorderly conduct.

President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Joseph McMillan stated:

Once Gates was identified as the lawful resident of the house, the police contact should have ended.

Sounds reasonable. Unfortunately, that's not what happened. Officer Crowley, in describing the chain of events, explains that Professor Gates was arrested after he proved to him that it was indeed his house, showed the proper identification, and began to become in Crowley's words "disorderly." I guess he expected bygones to be bygones, and to receive an invite for some donuts and maybe a good laugh at the absurdity of being detained or even questioned for breaking into one's own house. Or maybe Crowley expected Gates to say something along the lines of, "Oh, that's O.K. Mr. Police Officer, I know you were just doing your job and the fact that you treated me like a common criminal despite the fact that I am a Harvard Professor with numerous honorary degrees, widely considered one of the nation's foremost authority on black culture, didn't even bother me. Thank you for keeping our streets safe."

To add insult to injury, Crowley has proclaimed that he will not apologize because he feels he did nothing wrong. This father of three (not sure why articles keep pointing that out so I decided to reiterate) and police academy instructor on the dangers of racial profiling, who the Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas describes as "a stellar member of the department," who Academy director Thomas Fleming calls "a good role model," described by his colleagues as an overall wonderful human being, told the Herald, "I just have nothing to apologize for, it will never happen."

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Even if the case with Professor Gates turns out to be more the clash of egos than racism, the last line of this article is so, so true.

There is a big, big problem with the cops not having to face responsibility for their own wrong doings and instead circling the wagons to protect their own. Racist or no, Crowley was in the wrong and should apologize. But sadly, I doubt he will.

And I daresay nearly every single Black man in America has had problems with the cops like Eton Thomas wrote about--in my own family, there was a 'pulled over by the cops' story time at one family reunion, where all the men were talking about all the times they've been pulled over by the police (including my big brother telling one where he got as far as the first line--"Well, me and my friend Jarell were driving through Mississippi..." before all of us started laughing our asses off and saying "Well, THERE was your problem right there!") We were all laughing because there are some damned good storytellers in my family and it was all done with a light, funny touch, but the sad fact is, ALL of them had these stories: my dad, my brother, my cousins, extended family, all of them, as well as the resignation of it to being a part of life.
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Health care reform will kill seniors AND teh unborn!!!

July 29, 2009
FRC spot looks to tie public option to abortion funding
Posted: 08:45 AM ET

From CNN Political Producer Rebecca Sinderbrand

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Family Research Council is launching a television ad attacking a public health insurance option as a plan that will shortchange seniors and increase access to abortion, as social and religious conservatives ramp up a pushback against President Obama's health care reform package.

The group said it plans to buy air time in five states with moderate Democratic senators, most of whom are considered possible swing votes on health care: Pennsylvania (Arlen Specter and pro-life Bob Casey), Arkansas (Blanche Lincoln), Alaska (Mark Begich), Louisiana (Mary Landrieu), and Nebraska (Ben Nelson).

In the ad, an elderly couple is shown sitting at their kitchen table. "And to think that Planned Parenthood is included in the government-run health care plan and spending tax dollars on abortions," a man says to his wife. "They won't pay for our surgery, but we are forced to pay for abortions."

The voice-over tag line: "Our greatest generation denied care. Our future generation denied life. Call your senator. Stop the government takeover of health care."

The current bill does not contain any provision for taxpayer-funded abortions.

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Great, just what we need. While Congress is on vacation, the GOP lie machine will be kicking in to high gear.

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Republicans Lying to Old People About Euthanasia, Robots

There appears to be a simple two-pronged strategy for killing healthcare reform.

One of those prongs involves, of course, delaying reform until it's too late. If it's not passed by the end of the year, there won't be the political balls to do so because of the fast approaching 2010 midterms when members of Congress will be much more focused on raising money (healthcare industry money) and pandering to voters.

Another reason for delaying healthcare reform is it gives the Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats plenty of extra time to inject their special cocktail of mind-bending crazy into the discourse and make it stick, furthering both the current delay while also eroding any voter impetus to pick up the issue again after the midterms. That'd be prong number two.

Not a single dose of the aforementioned "mind-bending crazy" actually holds up when run through even the most cursory fact-checking scrutiny, and, in every statement, the obstructionists trafficking in these lies further underscore their already obvious contradictions and ideological hypocrisy.

Regarding the latter, I can't recall, for example, this degree of nipple-twisting from Republicans and Blue Dogs about spending and fiscal responsibility when the Bush administration was pitching a blank check invasion and occupation of Iraq on the heels of invading Afghanistan -- all during a recession -- while also passing a $1 trillion tax cut for the wealthiest one percent the year before.

Yet affordable, accessible healthcare for everyone is a bridge too far, right? (My blood pressure kicks up into the red zone whenever I hear Republicans today suggesting that they were against the Bush administration's spending habits when, in fact, they supported each program individually. After all, opposing the commander-in-chief in wartime emboldened the enemy, no? Not any more apparently since we're still at war and the heretofore "patriotic" far-right won't even admit the president is an American citizen. Consistent of them.)

Back to the mind-bending crazy. I detailed some of these attacks last week, and my friend Michael J. Elston (Washington, DC radio's "Buzz Burbank") hit some of the arguments in his new Huffington Post blog as well. But who knew they would top themselves this week with an attack so simultaneously absurd and shameless that it easily fits comfortably in the Birther/Truther wackaloon syllabus.

This is of course the notion that the president's healthcare reform plan includes a mandate to kill old people.

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FReepers & Birthers alike get PWNED!

Members of FreeRepublic.com are just as eager to see Obama get 'overthrown' as the next birther but yesterday their willingness to believe a lie left them vulnerable.
Speaking from personal experience, FreeRepublic is heavily moderated and if you make so much as one comment which supports 'leftist ideology'; your posting privileges are revoked.  Therefore, the moderator who allowed this to go through must have believed it (which to me proves just how nutty these people really are!)

A post entitled Could this be Obama's Kenyan birthcertificate? was posted by a new member who went onto write:

I wasn't sure if i wanted to post this, but here goes. I've been holding onto this for a bit now, cause if it's real I don't know if I could get in trouble.

I voted for McCain last year (by default, I wanted huckabee) because I knew Nobama would be a disaster, but i wasn't sold on the citizenship thing. on a whim, I asked a firend in the UK to see if she could find any old records from back when Kenya was a british colony. Well a few days later she emailed me this.

it looks real to me, but I'm not sure. And I havent been able to get a hold of my friend since she sent it to me. If this is legitimate, should i be worried?

Here's the link, I don't have a website to upload it to. http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=281blzk&s=3

However, it was soon discovered that the watermark in the image was written in dutch and read:

Rough translation:

"This is not a valid government document. This is political commentary. He is President for at least three and a half more years. Get used to it, it's not going to change.

When this was posted, the moderators changed the post and the tags to the post to make it appear as if they were in on the joke the entire time. They are pointing their fingers at their sworn enemies, the leftists; Daily Kos.


I know it's not really 'news' news but it gave me the LOLs and I think LOLs are needed right now...

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British give their opinion on the 'birther movement'

Anti-Obama 'birther movement' gathers steam

It's not because the president is black, of course.

It's because those upstanding Americans who cheered as Barack Obama's predecessor rode roughshod over the constitution in his war on terror have found a new enthusiasm for a strict adherence to the US's supreme law. Specifically they're interested in a clause requiring the president to be born a natural born citizen (although that doesn't mean to say they're not still worried about Obama also being a secret Muslim).

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Dem Senators Take On Palin, Offer Bill To Ban Aerial Wolf Hunting

As she gave up her governorship on Sunday, Alaska Republican Sarah Palin took a dig at her "Hollywood" detractors for pushing their anti-gun sentiments on the "non-elites."

"You're gonna see anti-hunting, anti-Second Amendment circuses from Hollywood,'' she said. "They use Alaska as a fundraising tool for their anti-Second Amendment causes... Hollywood needs to know: 'We eat, therefore we hunt.'"

It was a classic Palin bit, resurfacing a campaign-related dispute between her and Hollywood actress Ashley Judd, who had narrated an ad for the Defenders of Wildlife calling out the then-vice presidential candidate for supporting aerial wolf hunting.

Now, however, the argument has expanded to include Democrats in Congress. On Wednesday, Sens. Diane Feinstein of California and Ben Cardin or Maryland introduced legislation that would explicitly prohibit hunters from shooting and killing wildlife from aircraft. To ensure that anyone following the issue didn't miss the political element, the senators noted in the press release announcing the legislation's introduction that it would specifically end the targeting of "wolves."

The bill, which is endorsed by, among other groups, the Defenders of Wildlife, closes a loophole in the Aerial Hunting Act of 1971. And in an accompanying statement, Feinstein didn't hide her disdain of the practice that Palin now uses to illustrate the contrast between herself and the Hollywood crowd.

"Shooting wildlife from airplanes is not sport -- it is cruel and inhumane. It undermines the hunting principle of a fair chase and often leads to a slow and painful death for the hunted animals. This practice should be banned," the California Democrat said. "So, I've introduced a balanced bill that will enable states to responsibly manage wildlife populations, but ban the cruel practice of aerial hunting for sport. And it will not impinge on legitimate sport hunting."


Sweary Cameron illustrates dangers of informal interview

'Too many twits might make a twat,' Tory leader says of Twitter website.

David Cameron's jokey, blokey interview with Christian O'Connell on Absolute Radio this morning is a good example of what can happen when politicians attempt to be down with the kids – or in this case, with the thirtysomethings.

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I'm not sure if this was a genuine slip-up or just Dave showing us how 'real' he is.

Local fury finally boils over !

Locals stage protest over Crowley/Gates icident at Cambridge city hall...

About 20 people showed up for the protest this evening. It was generated by the baptist church just across the street. Just to give you an idea how much energy the media is trying to inject into the situation, 3 local TV stations sent camera crews and NBC sent a network team to cover it. The keep telling the people the crowd together on the steps to make it seem like more of a crowd.(see under the cut)

Interesting enough I counted 10 Cambridge police there , they were circulating with people trying to be all friendly and talkative. One of them let me under the rope cause I said I was covering the event for ONTD . The folks didn't seem to know how to protest very well, when I walked back past the building just an hour later they were long gone.

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Iran Update Live Post? for July 29-30, 2009

I'm posting this now since I will be away most of the day in a car. Go ahead and add any video or links that you find.

Iran is 9:30 hours ahead of daylight central time.

Last time, with the Prayer Protests, things took place about 1am - 4am my time.

I'm checking to see what time things are planned. iran.whyweprotest has a thread on July 30th protest movements

There is a global movement for a moment of silence vigils silentway on Thursday at around 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Check your cities to see when this is taking place and where.

This is a stencil tag picture of Mousavi's face. It has been reported that this is showing up all over Tehran.
iran protests

It seems that Mousavi gave a big speech Monday, Mousavi: “Religious celebrations are opportunities for the display of the “Green” movement’s creativity.” “Why are you hurting people this much?”/ “Where is the freedom?” and here is the speech in Farsi and an english translation.

Also, it seems, although not yet confirmed, that there were reports of clashes breaking in east Tehran between the police and the basij that took place early Wednesday.

This video talks about it.

Here is a rough translation from a person on iran.whyweprotest: I had my father watch it and translate it. He said that police started fighting/shooting at the basiji's in eastern tehran. About a 1000 people (civilians) came to the aid of the police. Apparently they opened a huge can of whop-ass on the basiji's that they decided to run. I think my dad said (he translated on the fly for me over the phone) that they have had more than one person confirming this, so I suspect this did happen. It seems to be very big news.

My dad is just boarding a flight. I will see him later tonight. If there is anything important I missed, I will update this if someone else has not yet.

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Dr. David McKalip Resigns for Sending Racist Emails

Dr. David McKalip Resigns for Sending Racist Emails

A Florida neurosurgeon has resigned from his post with a county medical association after forwarding an e-mail to about 150 people with an image portraying President Barack Obama as a witch doctor.

Dr. David McKalip submitted his resignation as president-elect of the Pinellas County Medical Association last week, and plans to remove himself as a delegate with the American Medical Association.

The doctor has apologized for his actions, telling a Tampa radio station it was a "very bad mistake." In his apology last week to President Obama, he wrote,

"I genuinely regret the decision I made in passing this e-mail message along. Directly to President Obama, I sincerely apologize for offending him. This was, in no way whatsoever, my intention. The image has nothing to do with my feelings or thoughts on any race or culture. I recognize that this image is offensive and hope that the nation refocuses on assuring all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care with no party interfering in the patient-physician relationship."


"The image has nothing to do with my feelings or thoughts on any race or culture."


Arizona Goes Bankrupt, Will Sell State Capitol to Highest Buyer. Still Wont Take Stimulus Money.

Arizona Lawmakers Looking To Sell State Capitol Buildings For Cash

For sale: historic buildings with reliable tenants. Arizona lawmakers, desperate for cash, are considering selling the House and Senate buildings, then leasing them back over several years before assuming ownership again.

Dozens of other state buildings may also be sold off and leased back as the state grapples with a huge budget deficit.

Under the complex financial arrangement, state government services would continue without interruption while the state picks up a cash
infusion estimated at $735 million.

For investors, the deal means long-term lease payments from a stable source.

The state's budget shortfall is projected at around $3.4 billion.