August 1st, 2009

Todd and Sarah Palin to divorce

AlaskaReport has learned this morning that Todd Palin and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin are to divorce. Multiple sources in Wasilla and Anchorage have confirmed the news.

A National Enquirer story exposing previous affairs on both sides led to a deterioration of their marriage and the stress from that led to Palin's resignation as governor of Alaska.

The Palins were noticeably not speaking to each other at last Sunday's resignation speech in Fairbanks. Sarah ditched Todd (MSNBC) right after the speech and left without him. Sarah removed her wedding ring a couple of weeks ago.

Sarah has recently purchased land in Montana and is considering moving the family there. Sarah Palin is originally from Idaho.

Todd Palin told Fox News last week that he was heading back to his job in the oil fields of Alaska, yet Sarah recently signed a book deal reportedly worth $11 million.

Breaking story, we'll post more when we get it....

Editor's note: AlaskaReport was the first website to report that Sarah Palin was running for governor of Alaska and the first website to report that Sarah was picked as John McCain's VP candidate.

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Whoah. I do feel bad for them and especially their kids. Of course soon the question will be "How much effect will this have on her political future".

Edit: Official Denial via Palin facebook

"Yet again, some so-called journalists have decided to make up a story. There is no truth to the recent “story” (and story is the correct term for this type of fiction) that the Palins are divorcing. The Palins remain married, committed to each other and their family, and have not purchased land in Montana (last week it was reported to be Long Island).

Less than one week ago, Governor Palin asked the media to “quit making things up.” We appreciate that the more professional journalists decided to question this story before repeating it.

Meg Stapleton"
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Prez honoring Jim Jones-supporting Milk

 


Homosexual former San Francisco leader Harvey Milk
Prez honoring Jim Jones-supporting Milk
Names 'gay' activist Medal of Freedom winner

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he's uncertain if the briefing material given to President Obama when he decided to award Harvey Milk a presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously included Milk's well-documented advocacy for the late Jim Jones, the leader of the massacred hundreds in Jonestown, Guyana, in 1978.

The issue came up during a White House press briefing the day after President Obama included Milk, a homosexual leader in San Francisco who was victim of a murder, among those listed for the president's Medal of Freedom awards.

"Is the president – concerning the Medal of Freedom awards, is the president aware of Harvey Milk's strong support of the Rev. Jim Jones?" asked Les Kinsolving, WND's correspondent at the White House.

"I don't know if that was in the briefing material," Gibbs said. "I can tell you the president is opposed to Jim Jones, how about that?"

Jones let a cult to the "Peoples Temple Agricultural Project" in the 1970s in Guyana after an extended career leading the religious organization in San Francisco.
 

The cult became notorious when on Nov. 18, 1978, 918 people died – mostly from cyanide – in the settlement. The deaths were described as a "revolutionary suicide" by Jones and other members on an audio tape of the event.

 

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Suspect in gay sailor's death commits suicide

A sailor accused of killing another sailor was found dead in his cell in a southern California military jail, officials said Friday.

Petty Officer Jonathan Campos was found dead in the brig at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, a military statement said.

The cause of death was self-inflicted asphyxiation, according to the statement.

Campos had been charged with murder in the June 30 shooting death of Seaman August Provost.

Provost was killed while he was standing guard as a sentry for the Assault Craft Unit 5 compound at Camp Pendleton, officials said. Authorities also said Provost's body was set on fire at his guard post.

Provost's family believed that he was killed partly because of his sexual orientation.

However, a spokesman for Camp Pendleton, where the shooting took place, said there was no indication early in the investigation that the killing was a hate crime.

Along with the murder charge, Campos was facing charges of drug use, larceny, burglary, theft, arson and unlawful handling of a deceased individual.

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Nazi concentration camp survivor, 90, found strangled



A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was found strangled Thursday in his Upper East Side apartment, a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner said Friday.

Felix Brinkmann, a native of Latvia, escaped death for a year while he was in the Nazis' Mauthausen, Ebensee and Auschwitz concentration camps. Five times he had been slated for the gas chambers, but each time he used his fluency in German to talk his way out.

After the war ended, he was stunned to discover that his wife, who had also been shipped to Auschwitz, was alive and well in Poland.

The Brinkmanns immigrated to America, where Felix spent years in the bar and nightclub business, co-founding in 1971 Adam's Apple disco in Manhattan.

In recent years, he had served as the real estate manager of a mixed-use building in the Bronx, working "seven days a week, without fail," said his son Rick Brinkman, who spells his last name differently than his father.

On Thursday, the building's superintendent grew concerned when Brinkmann did not show up to work. He notified Brinkmann's son and received permission to enter the father's apartment, where he had lived alone since his wife died last year.

Brinkmann's body was found lying face down in his bedroom, his hands bound, his body showing blunt-force trauma wounds, police said. Brinkmann's blue 2009 Honda Civic may have been stolen and a safe in his apartment tampered with, police said.

A police spokesman said authorities were looking for "a man and a woman" in connection with the homicide.

Rick Brinkman speculated that the killing was random in nature. "Anybody who knew him really liked him," the son said. "He was not the kind of guy who had enemies."

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Gunman attacks Israeli gay centre

At least two people have been killed and eight wounded in a shooting in a gay centre in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, according to police.
The police said the incident was "criminal rather than nationalistic". The victims were a man and a woman, Haaretz newspaper said.
Police are searching for a black-clad gunman who fled the scene after opening fire in the centre, on Nachmani street.
Witnesses said the gunman fired in all directions with a handgun.

Representatives of the gay community said they believed the attack was homophobic.
Media reports said a nightclub was attacked, but local sources told the BBC News website the shootings took place at the headquarters of the local lesbian and gay rights association.
Reports say all gay clubs and bars in the city have been closed.
Correspondents say Tel Aviv has a vibrant gay scene but some areas of Jewish society are not tolerant of homosexuality.
"It is not surprising that such a crime can be committed [because of the] incitement of hatred against the homosexual community," AFP news agency quoted gay and lesbian community leader Mai Pelem as saying.
Annual gay pride marches are often met with violent protests by ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem.
Tel Aviv has in the past been targeted in attacks by Palestinian militants.

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Follow @BreakingNews on twitter for the latest. They're saying that fatalities are up to 3, most are youth, and 15 are injured.

Study: Women and minorities are underrepresented in video games

If the future of entertainment is interactive media, some minorities are still headed back to the past.

The first comprehensive survey of video game characters, encompassing the top 150 games in a year across nine platforms and all rating levels, and weighted by each title's popularity, shows that the video game industry does no better than television in representing American society.

In some cases, video games do worse, said study leader Dmitri Williams, a social psychologist and assistant professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

In his study, Williams cited research showing Latinos are making modest gains on television.

By contrast, fewer than 3 percent of video game characters were recognizably Hispanic, and all of them were non-playable, background characters.

Imagine if no Latino on television had a speaking part.

"Latino children play more video games than white children. And they're really not able to play themselves," Williams said. "For identity formation, that's a problem. And for generating interest in technology, it may place underrepresented groups behind the curve.

"Ironically, they may even be less likely to become game makers themselves, helping to perpetuate the cycle. Many have suggested that games function as crucial gatekeepers for interest in science, technology, engineering and math."

Women, Native Americans, children and the elderly also were underrepresented. For example, only 10 percent of playable characters surveyed were female, though women now make up 40 percent of video game players.

African-Americans appeared in proportion to their numbers in the real world, but mainly in sports games and in titles that reinforce stereotypes, such as 50 Cent Bulletproof.

Males, whites and adults were overrepresented.


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NRA To Hunt Down Latina Racist Lovers. Nobody Cares.

NRA Threatens To Punish Senators Who Vote For Sotomayor... No One Listens

The National Rifle Association's threat to punish senators who vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been met with a shrug by Democrats from conservative-leaning states and some Republicans who are breaking with their party to support her.

The gun rights group is used to getting its way by spooking lawmakers about the political consequences of defying its wishes.
But it never before has weighed in on a Supreme Court confirmation battle. It was cautious about breaking that pattern, and it looks like a losing a fight to defeat President Barack Obama's first pick for the court.

Sotomayor is expected to easily win confirmation in a vote this coming week that could deflate the long-accepted truism in Washington that you don't cross the NRA.

Voting "yes" will include A-plus-rated and NRA-endorsed Democratic Sen. Max Baucus and his fellow Montanan, A-rated Sen. Jon Tester, as well as A-rated and NRA-endorsed Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, the only GOP leader to break with the rest of this party to back Sotomayor.

That's not to say that the NRA's late decision to wade in hasn't had an impact.
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Naked Activists Respond To Lobbyists' Forged Anti-Climate Letters to Congress

Naked Activists Respond To Lobbyists' Forged Anti-Climate Letters to Congress (PHOTOS)



In response to the discovery that lobbyists had forged "grassroots" anti-climate letters to congress to sway votes against the Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill, progressive group Friends of the Earth rallied in an unusual way: a naked protest!
Activists stood outside Bonner & Associates, the firm reportedly behind the hoax, sans pants, holding signs reading "The Fossil Fuel Lobby: Naked Fraud" and "Coal and Oil: Stealing Our Future."

"Apparently, the fossil fuel industry's tactics are as fraudulent as their arguments against climate action," said Ricken Patel, Executive Director of Avaaz.org, another progressive group. "I guess they couldn't find real people opposed to green-energy jobs."
Read the full press release and see pictures of the naked protest below.
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In Response to Forged 'Grassroots' Anti-Climate Letters, Naked Activists at Lobbyists' Office Say Fossil Fuel Lobby Has No Clothes WASHINGTON, D.C.--Responding to breaking news that lobbyists forged letters from constituent groups in order to sway votes against the Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill, activists protested outside the offices of Bonner & Associates, the firm reportedly behind the hoax, wearing jackets, ties, and no pants while holding signs reading "The Fossil Fuel Lobby: Naked Fraud" and "Coal and Oil: Stealing Our Future."

"Apparently, the fossil fuel industry's tactics are as fraudulent as their arguments against climate action," said Ricken Patel, Executive Director of Avaaz.org. "I guess they couldn't find real people opposed to green-energy jobs."
Friends of the Earth Public Advocacy Director Nick Berning said, "The fossil fuel industry doesn't just play dirty with the climate, it plays dirty when it comes to our democracy. It will stop at nothing when it comes to putting corporate profits over health, jobs, the environment, and even plain old ethics. This is an outrage."

This morning, the Charlottesville Daily Progress reported that an employee of Bonner & Associates had forged letters opposing the energy bill and faxed them to Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va) on the purported letterhead of two Charlottesville-area grassroots groups, the NAACP and Cresciendo Juntos. In reality, neither group opposed the legislation. Bonner & Associates reportedly apologized and claimed to have fired the employee responsible, but the full extent of the fraud is unknown.

This afternoon, Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Chair of the House Select Committee on Global Warming, called for a congressional inquiry into the forged letters, saying, "This fraud on Congress shows that some opponents of clean energy have resorted to forgery and theft to block progress."

According to Charlottesville Daily Progress, the DC-based lobbying firm Bonner & Associates sent at least six fake letters to Rep. Tom Perriello urging him to oppose the climate bill. The letters were sent on faked letterhead purporting to come from the local NAACP and a Hispanic nonprofit network called Creciendo Juntos. After the fraud was discovered, a partner at Bonner & Associates traveled to Charlottesville to personally apologize, and wrote in a letter to Cresciendo Juntos that the forger had been fired.


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Health Care Bill Has Little Margin for Error in House

Health Care Bill Has Little Margin for Error in House

Last night, the Energy and Commerce Committee voted 31-28 to approve a compromise version of the Democrats' health care reform bill. As the Energy and Commerce Committee happens to be quite representative of the House as a whole, this vote is useful in forecasting the bill's overall prospects. Specifically, as it did in the committee, the compromise appears to be favored to win the support of the full House, although probably by a very narrow margin.

Memebership on the Energy and Commerce Committee consists of 7 Blue Dog Democrats (12%), 29 "regular" Democrats (49%), and 23 Republicans (39%). This is nearly identical to the overall House, which has 52 Blue Dogs (12%), 204 non-Blue Dog Democrats (47%) and 178 Republicans (41%). By contrast, the other two House Committees that had approved earlier versions of the Democrats' reform package -- Ways and Means and Education and Labor, underrepresent Blue Dogs, with just three and one Blue Dog members, respectively. Non-Blue Dog Democrats had majorities on these committees, which they do not on Energy and Commerce or in the overall House.


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GOP: At least we still have Party Unity...

Tempers flare at RNC meeting

Old grudges die hard, and at the Republican National Committee (RNC) meeting this week, some wounds from this year's contentious election for chairman are being reopened.


Jim Greer, chairman of the Florida Republican Party and a key ally of RNC Chairman Michael Steele, is running to head the party's influential Rules Committee, with Steele's backing.

That doesn't sit well with some conservatives, who see Greer as a centrist. Former South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, who came in second to Steele in January's vote for chairman, gave an interview to The Washington Times that gave voice to what some privately say about Greer.

"Greer is the single most disliked guy on the RNC — that would be my guess," Dawson told the Times in an article that ran Thursday morning.

Asked for his reaction, Greer said he and Dawson had always had a good relationship.
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