August 7th, 2009

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White House: Reconciliation "Certainly Out There" As Health Care Option. OH SH#T! WUT JUST HAPPEN?

White House: Reconciliation "Certainly Out There" As Health Care Option

The White House insisted on Thursday that it was open to the use of a parliamentary procedure that would prevent health care reform from being filibustered by Republicans in the Senate.

Speaking minutes after President Barack Obama met with a group of bipartisan lawmakers from the Senate Finance Committee, spokesman Robert Gibbs stressed that the administration's preference was to get a health care bill passed through normal measures. But, in one of the strongest indications to date that the president is willing to circumvent Republicans, Gibbs affirmatively stated that the use reconciliation (a move that allows bills to be considered on an up-or-down basis) was on the White House's mind.

"Obviously, the President meeting with Democrats and Republicans means the President is interested in doing this first and foremost through regular order," he said. "Obviously the option for reconciliation was contained in the budget and we will certainly cross that bridge when we get there."

"It is certainly out there," Gibbs added.

The remark reflects an increased willingness on the part of Democrats to openly discuss how to marginalize the role of Republicans in the health care process. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) began the process earlier in the week when he argued that the party should have "contingencies" should the Senate Finance Committee not be able to produce a bipartisan bill by September 15.

The administration's view of reconciliation for health care has evolved since late June, when Gibbs punted on the idea.

"Again, I think that gets a great deal ahead of where we are in the process," he said during a briefing on June 30. "I think the president has confidence in the system working."

Senate Majority Leader Harry was less open when asked about reconciliation at a Thursday press conference. "We're not even discussing it. We believe health care will be bipartisan," he said.

A reporter noted that Sen. Schumer had said that it's an option.

"Well, I've never known Schumer to have said anything wrong," Reid quipped.

"Get that down!" Schumer exclaimed.

"Seriously, reconciliation," said Reid. "We know it's back there. We don't want to use reconciliation unless we have to. We hope we won't have to."


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Women shot by Sodini deserved it!

Remember the guy who shot a group of women at a gym because he couldn't get a girlfriend? Turns out he has supporters. The MRA (Men's Rights Activists) rallied round their "hero" and think it is "good PR for MRA."

Sample responses:
A man deserves to get laid, just a a person who walks into Starbucks with $5 deserves a drink.

I am calling him a hero for being a symbol for the consequences of denying men sex, not for killing those women. Obviously they didn’t personally deserve it. But something like this has to happen, perhaps hundreds of times over again, before feminists get the message.

Therefore I applaud rape and purposeful violence against women where it is made clear that embittered men are hurting and killing them for not putting out. Only then will women hopefully abandon their equality and be forced to settle monogamously by sheer economic necessity.

Every now and then, a few women will get shot up by a man. That is the tax on the freebies women gladly accept with no reciprocity.


http://www.amptoons.com/blog/archives/2009/08/06/mens-rights-activists-anti-feminists-and-other-misogynists-comment-on-george-sodini/
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World Nuts Daily attempts to salvage whatever credibility they have left...



Blogger: I created Kenya document


I dont know whats more pathetic. Going all bonkers with a Fake Kenyan BC and demanding Obama's resignation without verifying its authenticity or trying to retract from the mess and claiming they were all "Oh, we always knew it was fake"... or "the forger is a criminal blah blah blah''

I am not posting their article, if you are interested just follow the link...

News Corp. (FOX News, etc.) says will start charging for online newspapers



(Ruper Murdoch's News Corp. owns FOX, the Wall Street Journal, and the Dow Jones stock indice. Unfortunately, this is for online newspapers owned by Murdoch, not online Fox News Network content. ;( )

News Corp to charge for online newspapers
Fri Aug 7, 1:03 am ET

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – News Corporation will begin charging readers of online versions of its newspapers in the coming year in a move that Chairman Rupert Murdoch says could spur a shift away from free news content on the Internet.

Murdoch broke the news after the global media giant reported that it ended its business year with a net loss of 3.4 billion dollars due to hefty charges of 9.2 billion dollars.

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Death in the Recession: More Bodies Left Unburied

Have economic times gotten so bad that some of the dead are going unburied? Several large counties across the country are experiencing unprecedented increases in the number of unclaimed deceased - not only because the dead people could not be identified, were indigent or were estranged from their family, but also apparently because more people simply cannot afford to bury or cremate their loved ones. The phenomenon has increased costs for local governments, which have to dispose of the bodies.

"People were picking the bodies up last year," says Albert Samuels, chief investigator at the medical examiner's office in Wayne County, Mich., which includes Detroit. "Across the board, I'm finding the numbers are on the rise of either families who are not coming forward to claim bodies or they're signing releases saying they can't afford to bury someone, which taxes the county resources because then the county is responsible for burying these people."

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Damn, I'd just have my family throw my dead body to the mountain bears for that cost.

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Anti-Obama Group Must Change name or else... so they give up.

National Anti-Obama Group Backs Down After Lawsuit From Chicago's BGA

An activist group formed to combat the Obama administration's economic and health care agenda has agreed to change its name and forfeit its web address after it was sued by a non-partisan government watchdog whose name it ripped off.


The Chicago-based Better Government Association, founded in 1923 as a check on Al Capone's political influence, filed for a temporary restraining order in federal court Monday against a newly-formed and decidedly partisan Akron, Ohio group operating under the same name. A hearing scheduled for Thursday in Chicago was canceled at the last minute after attorneys for the new BGA agreed to a permanent injunction.

By Thursday evening, the Akron BGA's web site announced that the group had re-branded itself the U.S. Citizens Association and directs visitors to its new site.
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Goldmen Sachs to be wary of bad PR. Goldwives shouts "Who the F#ck Cares!"

GOLDMAN SACHS WIVES HATE TO WAIT

GOLDMAN Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein has warned his employees to avoid high-profile spending, as The Post reported -- but his wife evidently didn't get the memo.


Laura Blankfein and her friend Susan Friedman, wife of another Goldman honcho, Richard Friedman, caused a huge scene at Super Saturday in the Hamptons last weekend when they arrived at the event before the noon start time and balked at waiting in line with the other ticket-holders.

"Their behavior was obnoxious. They were screaming," said one witness. Blankfein said she wouldn't wait with "people who spend less money than me."

Another observer said the women were so impatient, it was as if they were waiting on line for a kidney transplant instead of a charitable designer clothing sale.

Friedman shouted at the event organizer, "You have lost so much money because of this . . . Why should we be treated like the $650 donors?"

Sources said Blankfein and Friedman had bought tables with blocks of tickets going for $833 apiece, as did many of the women who were waiting patiently in line, happy to raise $3.4 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

In the end, the hot-headed duo got in at 12:03 p.m., three minutes after those who arrived before them.

No word on how much of their husbands' money they spent. But Lloyd Blankfein -- wary of bad publicity over the big bonuses he and his colleagues expect to collect at year's end -- has called for an end to conspicuous consumption.

A Goldman Sachs executive was quoted in yesterday's front-page Post story, "[Blankfein] wants to make sure we're not being seen living high on the hog." A Goldman Sachs rep did not respond to requests for comment left at the offices of both Lloyd Blankfein and Richard Friedman.
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Tea-birthers manage to keep ANYONE from being heard. Way to go.


Ann Kirkpatrick Town Hall Overrun by Protestors

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) was forced to cancel a town hall after it was overrun by protesters, Politico reported.

Kirkpatrick, a freshman, was unable to get the event started and canceled it.
"I am disappointed that the event was disrupted by a small but vocal group," Kirkpatrick told Politico. "I grew up in Greater Arizona, and I remember the days when folks who disagreed would do so respectfully and were still able to work together on the important issues to find solutions."

A town hall in Tampa, Florida broke out into violence Thursday night due to angry protesters screaming, yelling and banging on windows. Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) has opted to hold tele-town halls to avoid the "lynch-mob mentality."

The White House has also been advising Democratic lawmakers on how to handle the protests.

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Another Dem overrun by protesters at town hall

 

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona is the latest Democrat overrun by protesters at a local town hall event.
Sources say the protesters showed up after a robocall -- it's unclear from whom -- went out to Arizona voters encouraging them to show up at the event. The event was supposed to involve one on one chats with Kirkpatrick, a freshman member of Congress.
Kirkpatrick was unable to get the event started and canceled it.

"I am disappointed that the event was disrupted by a small but vocal group," Kirkpatrick said. "I grew up in Greater Arizona, and I remember the days when folks who disagreed would do so respectfully and were still able to work together on the important issues to find solutions."

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As I've commented numerous times before, I sure don't have a problem with people showing up and asking tough questions. But the end result of all of this manufactured outrage is that people who do come to ask questions and get answers from their elected officials, and engage in honest discussion, are being deprived of that right. I do hope that they will find alternatives to this, such as holding online Q&A's or conference calls. I don't like the idea of having to screen what people get to ask, but if it means there's going to be any opportunity at all for discussion to occur, it may be the only option.
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For today's feel good story...!

Drumsticks in hand, Derrick Tabb has found a way to transform New Orleans children from troublemakers to tuba players.

Tabb, wearing a gold chain and a baseball cap, doesn't look the part of a typical band teacher. But every weekday evening in the French Quarter, he beats out the rhythm on his music stand as students play their chosen instruments. In doing so, he gives them an alternative to New Orleans' rough streets.

"I tell everyone I'm competing with the drug dealers," said Tabb, 34. His program, The Roots of Music, offers free tutoring, instruments and music education to more than 100 students.

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Bomford finds humor on Bither Madness

Australian man laughs off Obama birth conspiracy

An Australian man who unwittingly found himself embroiled in a conspiracy to oust US President Barack Obama has vowed to be more careful about what he posts on the Internet.


Adelaide public servant David Bomford was plucked from obscurity when US political campaigners released a copy of a birth certificate at the weekend that supposedly showed Obama was born in Kenya.

The campaigners, known as "birthers," point out that if Obama was born in Africa, rather than Hawaii as US records show, he would not be eligible to be president, since only natural-born US citizens can hold the top office.

However, the document they released turned out to be a fake based on a copy of Bomford's birth certificate that he had posted on a friend's genealogy website.

Bomford said it was hard to believe "a grey-haired old guy sitting in a corner in quiet old Adelaide" had been swept up in a push to unseat the most powerful man in the world.

"It is interesting someone from here being involved in a conspiracy -- that is so funny," he told public broadcaster ABC.

Bomford said he knew nothing about the "birthers'" claims.

He said the fake Kenyan birth certificate contained his personal details and was clearly based on his own South Australian document.

"It's definitely a copy of my certificate. It's so laughable it's ridiculous," he said.

Bomford said he only expected relatives researching their family tree would be interested in the document when it was posted on the Internet.

"I was very, very surprised that anyone would even find it on the net," he said. "I'll be certainly contacting my friend who runs that web and asking him to remove it."
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Health Care Protester Exposed As Operative For Congressman's Opponent

Congressman Steve Kagen, (D-Wisc.) found himself interrupted during a town hall meeting on health care on Thursday evening which, considering the boisterous protests going on at these events all week, wasn't much of a surprise.

But towards the end of the Wisconsin Democrat's health care forum something a bit peculiar happened. A woman who initially identified herself as "just a mom from a few blocks away" who was "not affiliated with a political party" was outed by a reporter as a GOP operative who worked for Kagen's election opponent John Gard as well as the Republican Party of Wisconsin and the Republican National Committee.

 

Why the protester, Heather Blish, didn't simply say she was a Republican isn't immediately obvious. It's more than reasonable to have philosophical differences with a Democratic member of Congress on health care matters, as it is to feel compelled enough to show up at a town hall event to express those differences.

But Blish's deliberate misleading of the local NBC reporter feeds into the suspicion that she - like other protesters at these events - are there because of political reasons not policy disagreements.

Kudos to the reporter for digging a bit in an effort to get a fuller story.

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OMG THERE WILL BE RIOTS YOU GUYS

WASHINGTON -- A conservative group wants its members to be alert -- Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation to the Supreme Court could lead to very dangerous things.

"We just received word that the [National Council of] La Raza supporters are jubilant and arranging immediate celebrations and festivities for their wins," Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, a vehemently nativist group that's been active fighting attempts to reform the immigration system in recent years, said in an e-mail Thursday afternoon. "Those of you in areas of dense illegal immigration might have a rowdy night on your hands."

Sotomayor, of course, was born in the Bronx, and besides, Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens -- so strictly speaking, she has nothing to do with immigration at all. But why should that get in the way of a good scare? "What do you think Obama and the Globalists plan to do to Americans next?" the e-mail asks. (Americans such as... Sotomayor, presumably.)

"Resistance to Sotomayor's nomination was considered light by Senate staffers due to their ability to convince most Americans that resistance was futile," the e-mail continues. "We expect this same PSYOPS technique to be used in the push for Amnesty next. Many thanks to all of you that called, e-mailed, faxed, and fought bravely. If more of our fellow Americans had joined us we could have prevailed."

The group is soliciting comments from its members on the Sotomayor vote here, if you want to read more in the same vein. (Ed.: I would not suggest it. Of course, by saying this, I now assume everyone will. Have fun with your morning headache!)

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Thank god for this article, everyone. Because you know what I felt was totally missing from this supreme court nomination? Racism.

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New ENDA bill 'turns private sin into a public right'

 

gender confusion smallA conservative Christian leader says a Senate bill that would ban job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity "turns private sin into a public right."

 

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) has introduced a new version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would add perceived and actual sexual orientation and gender identity to categories protected under federal law against discrimination. Proponents of the legislation call it a "fully inclusive" ENDA because it contains "gender identity" in the language. Democrats have been divided over whether the legislation should protect transsexuals and cross-dressers in addition to homosexuals.
 
Robert Knight, the senior writer for Coral Ridge Ministries, says the Merkley ENDA bill is more dangerous than previous versions because it includes gender identity.
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"It takes away the idea that sex is created by God in two different categories -- male and female -- and it makes it entirely a radical, self-determined persona. The larger problem of this is it turns private sin into a public right," he contends. "It puts Christian and Jewish employers on the defensive, saying that if you don't give in and accord civil-rights privileges based on behavior that you know is sinful, 'We're coming after you. We're going to fine you. We're going to punish you.'"
 
According to Knight, the bill "criminalizes God's biblical morality in the workplace."

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But if spinster cat ladies get tax deductions, how will we be able to afford to euthanize Grandma?

McCotter wants tax deduction for pet care expenses
By Todd A. Heywood 8/6/09 3:16 PM

U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, has introduced legislation to create a tax deduction for pet owners’ expenses related to their pets.

According to the pet industry trade magazine, Pet Product News, McCotter, a Livonia Republican, introduced the legislation July 31 in conjunction with a Pet Product News survey on the industry.

The legislation is being supported by the lobbying arm of the pet industry, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC).

According to the PPN story, the proposed legislation will amend the IRS code to allow pet owners to deduct up to $3,500 in pet related expenses, including veterinary care.

Meanwhile, McCotter, who opposes legislation to create national health care reform (I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. — OP), has alleged that the Democratic National Committee is planning to protest at his offices.

Congressional Quarterly earlier this year cited the 11th District as a likely battleground in 2010, citing McCotter’s poor showings against vastly underfunded opponents.

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Gay Indian prince: 'Yoga didn't turn me straight'

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A gay Indian prince has criticised claims that yoga can 'cure' homosexuality.

Following a recent Delhi High Court ruling to decrimalise gay sex, popular yoga guru Swami Baba Ramdev filed a challenge saying homosexuality was a "disease" and could be cured by yoga.

However, Manvendra Singh Gohil, prince of the state of Rajpipla, who was disowned by his family for being gay, has rubbished the claims.

Gohil told Indian newspaper DNA: "They should stop making such baseless claims. Such absurd claims do a disservice to society… I have been doing yoga for the last 10 years, but I haven't turned straight. The only thing yoga has given me is that it has made me healthier and more confident."

He added: "You do not become an expert on everything just because you are good at one thing. Morality should be guided by reality. It should not be the other way round. I respect everyone's right to have his own view on things, but I believe we would be a healthier society if we depended more on reason to understand things than on received wisdom."

The 43-year-old prince was denounced in 2006 after publicly announcing his sexuality. Consequently, all his rights as the son and heir to the Rajpipla fortune have been revoked.

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On a selfish note, my parents follow this Baba. I'm bi. Serves them right? :/
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The Town Hall Mob



By PAUL KRUGMAN
Published: August 6, 2009

There’s a famous Norman Rockwell painting titled “Freedom of Speech,” depicting an idealized American town meeting. The painting, part of a series illustrating F.D.R.’s “Four Freedoms,” shows an ordinary citizen expressing an unpopular opinion. His neighbors obviously don’t like what he’s saying, but they’re letting him speak his mind.

That’s a far cry from what has been happening at recent town halls, where angry protesters — some of them, with no apparent sense of irony, shouting “This is America!” — have been drowning out, and in some cases threatening, members of Congress trying to talk about health reform.

Some commentators have tried to play down the mob aspect of these scenes, likening the campaign against health reform to the campaign against Social Security privatization back in 2005. But there’s no comparison. I’ve gone through many news reports from 2005, and while anti-privatization activists were sometimes raucous and rude, I can’t find any examples of congressmen shouted down, congressmen hanged in effigy, congressmen surrounded and followed by taunting crowds.

And I can’t find any counterpart to the death threats at least one congressman has received.

So this is something new and ugly. What’s behind it?

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This dumb b*tch will not shut up. Or tell the truth.

Palin accuses Obama of backing 'death panel'



Talking points memo: "Obama's death panel could kill my down syndrome baby"

In a new posting on her Facebook account, former Gov. Sarah Palin today made a dire statement about health care reform -- that it could result in an Obama-created "death panel" killing her infant son with Down syndrome. "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care." [The "death panel" reference arises from a conservative backlash at a component of the proposed House health care overhaul that would provide Medicare funding for end-of-life counseling every five years.]

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I'm not sure if I have ever hated her more, not even through the "he's a terrorist / kill him" utterings at her rallies. The America you know and love is apparently stupid enough to listen to this.
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Ummm.....so, the tea-birther nutjobs are now going ballistic. Literally.


SEIU Gets Threatening Phone Call: “You’re Gonna Come Up Against The Second Amendment”

An official with SEIU, which has been sending members to town halls to counterbalance the Tea Party brigade, sends over this audio of a phone call the union says it received on its central voicemail system, threatening to teach union officials a thing or two about “the Second Amendment”…

 

 

The call seems to refer to reports today to scuffles in St. Louis between SEIU members and town hall rowdies.

“I suggest you tell your people to calm down, act like American citizens, and stop trying to repress people’s First Amendment rights,” the caller says. “That, or you all are gonna come up against the Second Amendment.”

More in a bit.

Update: Brian Beutler reports that an anti-health care reform organizer is explicitly calling on the troops to “carry” and if SEIU members get disruptive, to “hurt them.”

Update II: The threat comes after Rush Limbaugh went on the offensive against SEIU today and even gave out the address of the union’s St. Louis’ headquarters.

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"I suggest you tell your people to calm down, act like American citizens"

I'm sorry.  What, in your deluded opinion, should American citizens ACT LIKE???  Perhaps bringing their own guns to the town hall meetings too?

If we see an incident in the next few weeks involving a town hall meeting, and some lunatic who opens fire at one, I won't be surprised.  At all.

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Apparent Teabag voice mail to SEIU headquarters tells union folks to "calm down [and] act like American citizens" or "come up against the Second Amendment."

Meanwhile twittering tea-baggers call on fellow baggers to bring firearms to health care town halls.

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Texas Agents Faulted in Gay Bar Raid



The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents involved in a June raid at a Fort Worth gay bar violated agency policies and face disciplinary action, says an internal agency report released on Thursday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram .

The 32-page TABC document details what transpired on June 28 when agents and Fort Worth police officers entered the Rainbow Lounge to conduct a bar check. The controversial operation on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots resulted in six arrests for public intoxication and the hospitalization of one patron, Chad Gibson, for one week with a head injury.

According to the report, agents Christopher Aller and Jason Chapman violated TABC policy because they participated in the operation without approval, failed to follow bar inspection procedures, failed to report using force against patrons, and failed to report a patron was injured, among other reasons.

The agents’ supervisor, Sgt. Terry Parsons, who was not at the Rainbow Lounge and did not approve the operation, is also charged with violations.

Disciplinary actions, which could range from a verbal warning to termination, are pending against the agents.

A separate report will be released later this summer on the agents’ use of force, including the actions that led to Gibson’s injuries.

The Forth Worth police department, which was also involved in the raid, continues its internal investigation.

Also on Thursday, the U.S. attorney for the area, James Jacks, said that his office would not conduct an independent investigation into the raid as requested by city officials. Jacks said it was the responsibility of the FBI to investigate violations of federal civil rights statutes, if warranted.

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White House Move to Collect 'Fishy' Info May Be Illegal, Critics Say

The White House strategy of turning supporters into snitches when they see "fishy" information about the health care debate may run afoul of the law, legal experts say.

"The White House is in bit of a conundrum because of this privacy statute that prohibits the White House from collecting data and storing it on people who disagree with it," Judge Andrew Napolitano, a FOX News analyst, said Friday.

"There's also a statute that requires the White House to retain all communications that it receives. It can't try to rewrite history by pretending it didn't receive anything," he said.

"If the White House deletes anything, it violates one statute. If the White House collects data on the free speech, it violates another statute."

Napolitano was referring to the Privacy Act of 1974, which was passed after the Nixon administration used federal agencies to illegally investigate individuals for political purposes. Enacted after Richard Nixon's resignation in the Watergate scandal, the statute generally prohibits any federal agency from maintaining records on individuals exercising their right to free speech.

The White House has been under fire since it posted a blog on Tuesday that asked supporters to e-mail any "fishy" information seen on the Web or received electronically to flag@whitehouse.gov.

"There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there," the blog said, adding that "since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help."

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Got this from a conservative friend's FB.

"Fla. man blames cat paws for child porn downloads"


Fla. man blames cat paws for child porn downloads
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JENSEN BEACH, Fla. – Florida investigators say a man accused of downloading child pornography is blaming his cat. Keith Griffin of Jensen Beach is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after detectives found more than 1,000 images on his home computer.

According to a sheriff's report Friday, Griffin told investigators that his cat jumped on the computer keyboard while he was downloading music. He said he had left the room and found "strange things" on his computer when he returned.

Griffin is being held on $250,000 bond in the Martin County jail. It is unclear if he has an attorney.


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For those who saw the original story...

Two additional suspects in the strangulation of an 89-year-old Holocaust survivor were arrested Friday, the Manhattan district attorney's office said.

Aljulah Cutts, 27, and his brother Hasib, 30, were taken into custody in Manhattan in connection with the death last week of Guido Felix Brinkmann, the district attorney's office said.

A spokeswoman declined to specify what, if any, connection the men are suspected to have had to the victim or to a woman previously arrested in the case.

Police also would not say what charges the two might face.

The woman, Angela Murray, 30, of the Bronx, was arraigned Sunday on one count of murder in the second degree and three counts of robbery in the case.

Brinkmann was found dead in the bedroom of his apartment July 30, his hands tied behind his back, police said. A safe was missing from the apartment, and his car had been stolen.

Brinkmann, a native of Latvia, was held in the Mauthausen, Ebensee and Auschwitz camps during World War II.

After the war, he and his wife, who also survived Auschwitz, came to America.

In 1971, Brinkmann co-founded Adam's Apple disco in Manhattan, and later was the real estate manager of a mixed-use building in the Bronx, according to his son, Rick Brinkman, who uses a different spelling for his last name.

Brinkmann's wife died last year.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President Kennedy, is in critical but stable condition in a Massachusetts hospital with her family at her side, her family said Friday.

Members of her family flew in to Cape Cod Hospital to be with the 88-year-old, including California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the husband of her daughter, Maria Shriver, a source told CNN.


No further information on her condition was immediately available.

The sister of President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Sen. Ted Kennedy, Shriver is renowned in her own right as the founder and honorary chairwoman of the Special Olympics, which helps 3 million people with intellectual disabilities in nearly 200 countries around the world.

"The Special Olympics movement is saddened to hear that our founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is hospitalized. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Shriver and her family at this time," organization President Brady Lum said in a statement Friday.

"Every day, our Special Olympics family continues to work tirelessly around the world to bring her powerful vision to life to change the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, using sports as the catalyst for respect, acceptance and inclusion," he said.

The Special Olympics grew from Camp Shriver, a summer day camp begun in 1962 in her backyard, where people with intellectual disabilities could explore their capabilities in a variety of sports and physical activities, according to the organization's Web site.

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Terrorists kidnap, torture boy to bully Iraqi policeman

Like many young boys, Khidir loves playing with toy cars and wants to be a policeman like his father when he grows up. But it was his father's very job that caused the tiny child to suffer the unimaginable.

"They beat me with a shovel, they pulled my teeth out with pliers, they would go like this and pull it," said Khidir, now 8, demonstrating with his hands. "And they would make me work on the farm gathering carrots."

What followed was even more horrific, an ordeal that would last for two years in captivity. Khidir and his father spoke to CNN recently, more than half a year after his rescue by Iraqi police.

"This is where they hammered a nail into my leg and then they pulled it out," he says, lifting up his pant leg to show a tiny wound.

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Palin Says Obama's Health Care Plan is "Evil" - ON FACEBOOK!

In her first communication since leaving office, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin described in an Internet posting Friday that President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul the health care system was evil.

"Who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course," the former vice Republican presidential candidate wrote on her Facebook page.

"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil," Palin wrote.

 

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