August 11th, 2009

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Alaska Lawmakers Override Palin Veto, Take Stimulus Funds. Alaskans Cheers!!!

Alaska Lawmakers Override Palin Veto, Take Stimulus Funds

In a final spat with former Gov. Sarah Palin, the Alaska Legislature voted Monday to override her veto of $28.6 million in federal stimulus funds intended for energy efficiency projects.

Palin, who resigned July 26 with 17 months left in her term, had vetoed the money that the state can use for almost anything that will reduce energy costs, from retrofitting public buildings and homes to energy efficiency audits, lighting upgrades and public transit.

Palin cited "strings" that could bind the state to federal codes for constructing buildings. She also said it would increase the size of government. She reiterated those claims Sunday in a Facebook posting.

"As governor, I did my utmost to warn our legislators that accepting stimulus funds will further tie Alaska to the federal government and chip away at Alaska's right to chart its own course," she wrote. "Enforcing the federal building code requirements, which Governor Parnell and future governors will be forced to adopt in order to accept these energy funds, will eventually cost the state more than it receives. There are clear ropes attached."

Lawmakers barely met the three-fourths majority threshold needed for the override, voting 45-14 to accept the money for the state, which holds much of the nation's hydrocarbon wealth but also experiences its highest energy costs.

Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, said residents of rural communities were crying out for relief. He heard from some of them in a trip to Tanana, a Yukon River town of 250, where high energy costs were exacerbated this spring by flooding that damaged homes and businesses.

"We heard tearful pleas for help in that community," he said.
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Dutch journalist: Flu pandemics are Jewish conspiracy


A journalist from Holland who linked Jews to the recent outbreak of flu pandemics drew heavy criticism from a prominent Dutch Jewish organization earlier this week, that claimed her words were tantamount to anti-Semitic blood libels.

Holland's largest daily, De Telegraf last week printed an interview with Désirée Röver, 61, who proposed the bird flu pandemic, caused by the virus H5N1, was part of an international conspiracy to reduce the world's population.

Röver is quoted as saying the conspiracy can be traced back to a group of descendants of the Khazars, a nation from the Caucasus believed to have converted to Judaism 1,200 years ago.

De Telegraaf quotes her as saying that these descendants are now "praying to another god; Lucifer, Satan, or however you want to call him" and "are called Rockefeller, Rothschild, Brezinski and Kissinger."

Ronny Naftaniel, who heads the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel (CIDI) - an local anti-Semitism watchdog - said that this is the first time he has heard such claims from Rover, and added that based on her words, "she does not seem to be right in her head."

Tales of Jews spreading disease "is nothing new," he told Haaretz, "and stories of Jews poisoning the water wells are known from many centuries ago and her words are giving rise to that anti-Semitism."

CIDI, he added, will look into the possibility of lodging a formal complaint against Rover, though no such decision has been made as of yet. Dutch law stipulates that only people with malicious intent can be convicted of inciting hatred or anti-Semitism
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White House Frustrated, Confused By Palin, Limbaugh And Hannity... Rightwingnuts Driving Them Nuts!

White House Frustrated, Confused By Palin, Limbaugh And Hannity

Senior White House aides expressed utter bewilderment and a bit of frustration on Monday with criticism of their health care agenda from conservative figures -- particularly former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

"I don't even know where to begin," said one top-ranking official, when asked about Palin's remarks that the president was creating a "death panel" that would determine whether to euthanize the sick. "I mean. I re-read the House bill this weekend. I don't even know what she is talking about."

In a sit down with online reporters on Monday, the three Obama aides, who spoke only on condition that they not be identified by name, stressed that they were still committed to crafting health care with Republican input and would continue to work with conservative media outlets despite the harsh reception they have received.

While some angst was directed toward the opposition of Republican lawmakers who, the administration claims, have distorted the president's position -- particularly on end of life consultations -- the majority of their ire was directed at the conservative commentariat.
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Remember the GOP's efforst for rebranding... yeah... what happened about that?...

GOP rebranding effort flames out

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) generated the kind of buzz other politicians covet when he launched his bid to help rebrand the Republican Party last spring.

Television crews and reporters wedged themselves among the crowd of party faithful to cover the National Council for a New America's first event at a packed pizza parlor in an Arlington, Va., strip mall. The resulting coverage dominated cable news chatter for the next week. Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney were also on board.

But the council has since flamed out – at least publicly.
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A breakdown and takedown of conservative lies on health care reform

The reality of health care reform bills is not outrageous enough, not sexy enough, for conservatives as-is.

So what do you do? You invent stuff from whole cloth to turn people into paranoid, screaming, tantrum-throwing maniacs. It's what you have to do when reality is too boring and doesn't give you what you want.



E-mail 'analysis' of health bill needs a check-up

By Angie Drobnic Holan
Published on Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 5:08 p.m.



They hit the 'send' button; we check the facts!

It may be the longest chain e-mail we've ever received. A page-by-page analysis of the House health care bill argues that reform will end the health care system as we know it: "Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed! ... Page 42: The 'Health Choices Commissioner' will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. ... Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services."

Most of what the e-mail says is wrong. In fact, it's a clearinghouse of bad information circulating around the Web about proposed health care changes, so we thought it would be helpful to address a bunch of its claims.

To check this e-mail, we read the health care bill ourselves. Yes, it's over 1,000 pages long, but that's not as long as you might think: The document has large margins, so the text only takes up about one third of each page.

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In defense of Cheyenne Cherry?!

Animalistic! Not All Animals Are Equal

Animal Rights activist David Valentin in “African Americans' Share Struggles With Animal Rights Groups,” which was his response to Robert Fleming’s "Cheyenne Cherry Troubled But No 'Monster,'" July 28, 2009, blackstarnews.com, claims that Fleming was “divisive,” and “created more obstacles between two groups, which should be working together.” 

But what Mr. Valentin should tell us is: why those so outraged by the torture or killing of animals are yet so silent when it comes to the torture and killing of Black people in America?

Valentin tells us that Fleming’s article is “divisive” yet he fails to provide the proof to support his twisted reasoning. In fact, Fleming’s piece was nuanced, thoughtful and well reasoned. He agreed that Cherry was a “very troubled young Black girl.” 

Is it the argument that Cherry’s redeemable that Valentin, and others who have responded with vicious and abusive attacks against Fleming disagrees with? Doesn’t he care about the social conditions that create numerous anti-social kids—Black and White—like Cherry? Or is it that Fleming points out salient facts about the racial disparity in America’s injustice system?

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Health Care Protesters Largely From Out Of District, Sign-In Sheets Show

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In what became an emblematic scene, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), faced a hostile crowd at a packed health care town hall in Michigan on Thursday. Dingell, a major sponsor of health care reform legislation, was repeatedly shouted down. At one point, a man named Mike Sola wheeled his son to the front of the room and engaged in a YouTube-bound shouting match (see below) with Dingell before being escorted out by police.

But who was actually populating this angry mob? Although town-hall meetings are intended for constituents of congressional members' districts, some if not a majority of attendees seemed to have come from further away.

Members of Congress routinely ask constituents to sign in when they attend town halls so they can contact them later and gauge where people are coming from. Dingell spokesman Adam Benson estimated that roughly 500 people showed up for the meeting, and half didn't sign in at all. Of the 262 who did, 80 listed addresses inside Dingell's district; 100 listed addresses outside the district; and 82 didn't put down an address at all. Sign-in sheet breakdowns provided to the Huffington Post in two other congressional districts indicated a similar pattern of outside agitation.

In short, the sign-in sheets lend credence to the accusation that the protests are the product of Washington-based "Astroturf" organizations, rather than evidence of a groundswell of popular resistance to health care reform.

The anger, though, is undeniable. Sola, for instance, told Dingell that his legislation was a "fraud" and would not cover his son, who has cerebral palsy. But did Sola's charges have any merit?
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An AP Q&A About Health Care

WASHINGTON - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says the health care overhaul bill would set up a "death panel." Federal bureaucrats would play God, ruling on whether ailing seniors are worth enough to society to deserve life-sustaining medical care. Palin and other critics are wrong.

Nothing in the legislation would carry out such a bleak vision. The provision that has caused the uproar would instead authorize Medicare to pay doctors for counseling patients about end-of-life care, if the patient wishes. Here are some questions and answers on the controversy:

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INTO THE LION'S DEN

Obama Pitching Health Plan In Town Hall: White House "Prepared For Possible Disruptions"

His approval ratings slipping, President Barack Obama is retooling his message on health care overhaul, aiming to win over Americans who already have insurance.

Polling shows that Americans – especially those who already have coverage – are skeptical of the Democratic proposals to expand coverage to the nearly 50 millions who lack it. So Obama will use a potentially boisterous town hall-style meeting in New Hampshire to highlight how his proposals would affect workers whose employers provide their health insurance.

Critics of the president's plan – his top domestic priority – have grabbed headlines by disrupting town hall meetings, putting the White House on the defensive.

Hours before Obama was to arrive at Portsmouth High School, the road leading to the event site was lined with people – about 100 supporters of Obama's health care overhaul on one side and about half as many opponents on the other.

"I'm here because I'm an American, I believe in free speech and I'm scared to death," said Barbara Taylor, 65, of Exeter, N.H.
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Poor guy got yelled at for something he didn't even say...

In an addendum to this post, we get this update.

Question riles Clinton; translation may have been off

(CNN) -- The question may have been lost in translation, but a visibly angry Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bluntly told a town-hall meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, "I will you tell you my opinion, I'm not going to channel my husband."
Hillary Clinton became visibly angry after a translator asked what Bill Clinton would think regarding an issue.

Hillary Clinton became visibly angry after a translator asked what Bill Clinton would think regarding an issue.

The unscripted moment happened as Clinton spoke to students at a Congolese university in Kinshasa, the Congo capital.

A male student rose to ask a question about Chinese financial contracts with Congo.

The student asked Clinton what President Obama would think of the deal, but pool reporters in the room said the translator made a mistake, posing the question as what would Bill Clinton think.

Clinton looked surprised when she first heard the translation in the headset, and then sharply replied, "You want me to tell you what my husband thinks? My husband is not the secretary of state, I am. You ask my opinion. I will tell you my opinion; I'm not going to channel my husband." Video Watch Clinton react to question »

At the State Department, Assistant Secretary P.J. Crowley said the question she heard "struck a nerve," that her opinion on the matter was apparently of less interest than that of her husband, the former president.

Crowley told CNN that Clinton's answer must be considered in the context of her African trip.

"The secretary of state is going to Goma Tuesday, to draw attention to the plight of women who are victims of rape as a weapon of war" in Congo, Crowley said.

"She did react to what she heard," Crowley explained, but regardless that the interpreter may have gotten it wrong, "you can't separate the question from the setting."

He said "If Africa, if Congo is going to advance, women have to play a more significant role. She was in the setting of a town hall, and the questioner was interested in what two men thought, not the secretary of state."
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Crowley, who has just returned to Washington after traveling with Clinton during the first part of her trip to Africa, said the State Department has not yet reviewed recordings of the original question, in French, to learn whether the student clearly intended the question to refer to Obama, not former President Clinton.

"She did talk with the student afterward, and they seemed to have reached an understanding," Crowley said.

In summation, it was the translator's fault.
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This is getting very scary

Man carrying gun is let into Obama town hall event

MSNBC just aired footage of the crowd gathering at the Obama town hall meeting on health care that's supposed to start later today in New Hampshire and pointed out one man in a group holding protest signs with a gun in a holster on his hip. Apparently not a law officer, but a civilian.

...important to note, the gun-toting protestor was holding a sign referencing the Jefferson quote: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants." It's a well known quote from one of the archetypal founding fathers. And in itself it's part of the American heritage, something that echoes with Jefferson's always ambivalent and frequently dilettantish attitude toward political violence. But in the context of these townhall excesses and while carrying a firearm at a presidential event, it's quite a menacing statement, in as much as it is about the need to kill tyrants.

WTF?!!?
...The local police tell MSNBC that the man is legally carrying the gun, is nowhere near where the President will be, and is "under constant surveillance."


Dem Congressman's office vandalized with a swastika

Rep. David Scott (D-GA) told Fox News that his district office in Smyrna, Georgia, was vandalized with a four-foot swastika.

"We woke up this morning and my staff called me and said there was a swastika, a Nazi sign, painted on the sign," said Scott. "Which of course is very unfortunate, and I just feel very bad about it -- and really feel bad about the person who did it."

Scott -- who pointed out that he is the only House member to belong to the Blue Dogs, the New Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus -- had a widely-viewed tumultuous town hall meeting late last week
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There's more, but I haven't got the stomach to post it. I'm going to try to watch the town hall while I have lunch, but I hope they've got a bulletproof panel between Obama and the crowd.

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ETA: a photo of the swastika

At least the town hall ended peacefully.
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ANOTHER GOVERNOR QUITTER. Oh wait...

Huntsman resigns as Utah governor to be ambassador

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman resigned Tuesday to become U.S. ambassador to China, leaving Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert in control of the state.

Herbert immediately assumed the duties of governor following Huntsman's resignation, but the Utah Constitution also required him to take an oath of office, which was scheduled for noon.

Immediately after resigning Tuesday, Huntsman took the oath to become ambassador.

Huntsman is a moderate Republican who was the most popular governor in state history, winning re-election in November with a record 77 percent of the vote.

Huntsman led efforts to normalize the state's notoriously quirky liquor laws, revamped the state's tax code and fought to keep foreign nuclear waste out of the state while in office.

Earlier this year, Huntsman grabbed nationwide attention for saying he supported civil unions and that the national Republican Party needs to be more inclusive if it wants to come back from widespread losses and move beyond the borders of the Rocky Mountain west and the South.

Before being tapped by President Barack Obama as an ambassador, Huntsman had been considering seeking the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2012.

For Huntsman, though, the offer of the ambassador job was one he said he couldn't refuse. Huntsman, who counts an adopted daughter from China among his seven children, has long been interested in Asia.

He's fluent in Mandarin Chinese, has led trade missions to China and served a mission for the Mormon church in Taiwan.

Huntsman is also a former ambassador to Singapore.

In testimony last month, Huntsman promised to pursue human rights issues and to encourage China to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

While governor of Utah, Huntsman irked many within his own party for signing a regional cap-and-trade agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. In part to reduce energy consumption, Huntsman also made Utah the first state in the country to switch most of its executive branch employees to a four-day work week.

The need to limit global warming is one of the most striking differences between Huntsman and Herbert.

Herbert has openly questioned whether global warming exists, saying science on the issue is inconclusive.

Herbert also disagrees with Huntsman on the issue of civil unions. However, it's unknown whether Herbert would support granting gay couples limited legal rights, such as the right to sue in the event of a wrongful death.

State Sen. Greg Bell, R-Fruit Heights, who is Herbert's choice for lieutenant governor, sponsored a failed bill in 2005 that would have allowed unmarried adults to enter into legal contracts for property ownership and hospital visitation rights.

Bell is awaiting confirmation from the state Senate before being sworn in. That is expected to occur on Aug. 19.

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See, this is how you do it, Sarah Palin.
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On private conference call, tea party organizers say no reform AT ALL is goal

On a private conference call, a group of top Tea Party and conservative organizers offered a surprisingly frank description of their goal, according to a source on the call: Completely blocking any kind of bipartisan compromise, and completely preventing any type of health care reform bill at all from ever becoming law.

The source who got himself on the call was an organizer for the AFL-CIO, and AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale provided me with the organizer’s notes. It’s certain to be seized on by Dems to argue that organized Tea Party opposition to Obama has no constructive intentions and is fomenting public “concern” about Obama’s plan solely to prevent any reform from ever taking place. GOP officials would argue that they don’t share these goals.

The call consisted of representatives of top conservative groups, such as the American Liberty Alliance, the “Tea Party Patriots,” and RecessRally.com, the AFL-CIO’s notes say.

The moderator on the call, whose name could not immediately be determined, told listeners that bipartisan compromise on the Senate Finance Committee, where senators are holding talks, must be stopped at all costs, AFL-CIO’s notes say. The moderator called on members to pressure GOP Senators seeking compromise with Dems, like Chuck Grassley, Mike Enzi, and Olympia Snowe, to stop the negotiating.

“The goal is not compromise, and ANY bill coming out this year would be a failure for us,” the moderator said, according to AFL-CIO’s notes. The moderator added that “the Democrats will turn even a weak bill from the Senate Finance Committee into Canadian-style single-payer through underhanded implementation.”

Another organizer on the call, according to AFL-CIO, added: “The purpose of Tea Parties is not to find a solution to the health care crisis — it is to stop what is not the solution: Obamacare.”

Check out AFL-CIO’s notes right here.

To be clear, this is AFL-CIO’s version of what happened. I’m reaching out to the groups in question to get more, and I’ll keep you posted.

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Update: Corrine Williams, a spokesperson for the American Liberty Alliance, tells me that the focus of the call was educational and policy-oriented, and not on the movement’s political goals. But she acknowledged that the above sentiments may have been expressed during a Q and A at the end of the call, though she doesn’t think the exact language was the same.

But Williams did confirm that the movement’s goal is to prevent the current compromise bill from becoming a reality, because it represents Obamacare. She said no audio of the call exists.



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Bill O'Reilly and Bernie Goldberg Gloat Over Fox News' Ratings



You know why Fox is getting the best ratings ever? Because Fox actually voices The Folks' concerns over President Obama's attempt to have the government take over health care! Fox isn't calling the health care town hall protesters kooks and far right-wing idiots, Fox is actually giving them a voice. Fox gives everyone a voice, tells the whole story and doesn't prop up the President like NBC News, that's why conservatives, independents, liberals and fair-minded Americans are all watching Fox.

Fox News is now the most powerful media outlet in America, despite the haters continuously trying to take them down.

That's not gloating, just reporting the facts, folks. But it is fun to watch the bigmouths on other networks - *cough*Olbermann*cough* - go down in flames.

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White House Objects to Poster That Invokes Obama Children



The posters went up last week, 14 in Union Station. On each of the large displays, a thought bubble rises up from a picture of a beautiful 8-year-old: "President Obama's daughters get healthy school lunches. Why don't I?"


A Washington nonprofit that advocates nutrition-policy reform paid $20,000 to get its message across and carefully maneuvered Metro's tangle of regulations to display its posters. Metro gave it a go -- but the White House did not, according to the group. Within 24 hours of the signs' appearance, the White House asked the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to take down the ads, which feature Jasmine Messiah, a vegetarian who attends a Miami-Dade County public school that, she says, offers no vegetarian or vegan lunch options.

The Physicians Committee has declined to take down the posters.

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IDK, the idea for school food reform is great but I hate anything that exploits kids whether they're famous or not. They could have easily asked the Obamas for permission or made an ad that points the finger at politicians rather than the kids.

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The young girl whispered in a hushed tone. She looked down as she spoke, only glancing up from her dark round eyes every now and then. She wanted to tell more, but she was too ashamed. She was just 9 years old when, she says, Congolese soldiers gang-raped her on her way to school.

"These two soldiers nabbed her, put a bag over her head and pulled her into the bushes. She explains it as, 'They got me,' " says Sherrlyn Borkgren, who spent a month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo late last year.

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The source. And while seeing what can be done, I found a small list of charities and groups actively working in the Congo today. Please give them a visit. Feel free to include links to other organizations.
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I'm sorry you're offended by my hilarious reference to stabbing people :(

Dobbs Sort Of Sorry For Saying Dean Could Be Stopped With "Stake Through His Heart"



CNN host Lou Dobbs is expressing some regret for referring to former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean as a "bloodsucking leftist" who could only be stopped if one "put a stake through his heart."

In a statement to the Huffington Post on Tuesday, Dobbs made a quasi-apology, wrapped in a dig at his critics.

"I'm sorry if a Bram Stoker allusion is too literary for some, and for those who could not make what was seemingly an obvious connection, my deepest apologies and I'll gladly withdraw the latter part of my remark," Dobbs said.

The partial retreat came a day after Dobbs, appearing not on CNN but his syndicated United Stations Radio show, declared that Dean was hitting the airwaves to advance his cause of "liberal fascism."

"I thought we had gotten rid of this left-wing pest for a while," Dobbs said. "But I guess he is just resurgent. He is a blood-sucking leftist. You have got to put a stake through his heart to stop this guy. So you have to get him credit for resilience even if he is a lefty."

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Health care town halls scenes of more drama today



Lawmakers faces angry crowds on health care

By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer
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LEBANON, Pa. – Jeers and taunts drowned out Democrats calling for a health care overhaul at town halls Tuesday, and one lawmaker said a swastika was spray-painted at his office as debate turned to noisy confrontation over President Barack Obama's plan. The president himself was treated more respectfully.

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At a crowded community college in Pennsylvania, Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter heard from speaker after speaker who accused him of trampling on their constitutional rights, adding to the federal deficit or allowing government bureaucrats to take over health care.

"You'll be gone, by God the bureaucrats will still be here," said one man.

"My children and grandchildren are going to pay for this," said another.

"One day God will stand before you and judge you!" shouted a man before security guards approached and he left the room.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921-2009

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(CNN) -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy and a champion of the disabled who founded the Special Olympics, died Tuesday, the Special Olympics said. She was 88.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver speaks at a dinner in honor of the Special Olympics in July 2006.

Born on July 10, 1921, in Brookline, Massachusetts, Shriver was the fifth of nine children to Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. She emerged from the long shadow of siblings John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy as the founder of the Special Olympics, which started as a summer day camp in her backyard in 1962.

Today, 3.1 million people with mental disabilities participate in 228 programs in in 170 nations, according to the Special Olympics.

Shriver's husband, R. Sargent Shriver, and her five children and their spouses and all of her 19 grandchildren were with her when she died, the Special Olympics said in a statement.

"We are tremendously grateful for the extreme outpouring of support and prayer from the public as we honor our beloved founder," Special Olympics President and Chief Operation Officer Brady Lum said Tuesday in a statement.

"Today we celebrate the life of a woman who had the vision to create our movement. It is an enormous loss, but I know we can rest assured that her legacy will live on through her family, friends, and the millions of people around the world who she touched and transformed."

Even before launching the Special Olympics in 1968, Shriver had established a reputation as an advocate for the disenfranchised and a trailblazer for the rights of the disabled through a variety of roles in the private and public sector.

She also persuaded the Kennedy family to go public with one of its most guarded secrets. In September 1962, Shriver wrote an article about her mentally disabled sister, Rosemary, which was published in The Saturday Evening Post.

At an event honoring her in 2007, Shriver spoke of her life: "Most people believe I spent my whole life really interested in only one thing and that one thing is working to make the world a better place for people with intellectual disabilities.

"As important as it has been, it is not the whole story of my life. My life is about being lucky as a child to be raised by parents who loved me and made me believe in possibilities. It is also about being lucky to have had these extraordinary children. ... It is also about being especially lucky to have a wonderful husband."

At the same event, Edward Kennedy paid tribute to his sister, saying she had inherited the best qualities from his parents, including compassion. "She had that sense no one should be left out or left behind. She picked this up, obviously, at a very early age. All of us could see that special relationship that Eunice had with Rosemary."

After receiving a degree in sociology from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, Shriver worked for the U.S. State Department in the Special War Problems Division from 1943 to 1945, helping former prisoners of war readjust to civilian life.

From 1947 to 1948, she worked for $1 at the Department of Justice as executive secretary for the National Conference on Prevention and Control of Juvenile Delinquency.

In the early 1950s, she was a social worker at a federal prison for women in West Virginia and in juvenile court in Chicago, Illinois.

She married Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., a World War II veteran who was building his career as a lawyer and lifelong public servant, in 1953. The couple had five children, including California's first lady, Maria Shriver.

Sargent Shriver had roles in many top government initiatives of the 1960s, including Head Start and the Peace Corps. He also worked with his wife on the Special Olympics. He ran President Johnson's War on Poverty and was U.S. ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970. He was Democrat George McGovern's running mate in the 1972 presidential election.

In 1957, Eunice Shriver became executive vice president of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, which was established in 1946 to honor the family's eldest son -- who was killed in World War II -- to research the causes of disabilities and to improve the treatment of disabled people.

Her work with the foundation paved the way for a number of initiatives furthering the cause of disability advocacy. In 1962 she helped establish the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a government agency that conducts research on topics related to the health of children, adults and families that was named after Shriver in 2008.

Disturbed by the treatment of disabled people in institutions across the country in the 1950s and 1960s, Shriver began inviting disabled children to a summer day camp, called Camp Shriver, on her farm in Maryland. Her vision expanded over the years, and in July 1968 the first International Special Olympics Games were held in Chicago.

She also assisted in the establishment of a network of university-affiliated facilities and intellectual disabilities research centers at major medical schools across the United States, including centers for the study of medical ethics at Harvard and Georgetown universities in 1971.

In 1981, Shriver began the Community of Caring program to reduce disabilities among babies of teenagers. That led to the establishment of Community of Caring programs in 1,200 public and private schools from 1990 to 2006.

Along the way, Shriver earned worldwide accolades and awards, including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame's Founder's Award and nine honorary degrees.

In 1995, the U.S. Mint issued a commemorative coin with her portrait. The Mint says that made her the first living woman to be depicted on an American coin.

In 2009, a painting of Shriver with several Special Olympians was added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
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Her health began to fail in recent years, landing her in the hospital in 2005 after a minor stroke and hip fracture. She was hospitalized again in 2007 for an undisclosed ailment.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Shriver is survived by her sons Robert Sargent Shriver III, Timothy Perry Shriver, Mark Kennedy Shriver and Anthony Paul Kennedy Shriver.

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RIP. August has not been a kind month to fierce ladies. :(

Aung San Suu Kyi found guilty by Burmese court. In other news, the pope is Catholic

Burma court finds Suu Kyi guilty

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to 18 months of house arrest, after a court found her guilty of violating security laws.

Ms Suu Kyi, a 64-year-old Nobel peace laureate, was on trial for allowing a US national into her lakeside home after he swam there.

Critics of Burma's military regime say the verdict is designed to prevent her from taking part in elections in 2010.

Ms Suu Kyi has spent nearly 14 of the past 20 years in detention.

Her American visitor, John Yettaw, was jailed for seven years including four years of hard labour.

Ms Suu Kyi was taken straight back to her home after the end of the trial, officials said.
But at the same time they still have what they really wanted - Aung San Suu Kyi will now be safely out of the way as they prepare for next year's elections.
She had always denied the charge but said she expected to be convicted.

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Geico just saved a ton of money by dropping Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck's advertisers are backing away -- help us increase the pressure



Last week, after Glenn Beck called President Obama a "racist" who has a "deep-seated hatred for white people," we asked ColorOfChange members to call on Beck's advertisers to pull their funding from his show. More than 50,000 people have already joined the call, and today we have great news to report -- advertisers are starting to listen:
Three companies who run ads during Glenn Beck -- NexisLexis-owned Lawyers.com, Procter & Gamble and Progressive Insurance -- today distanced themselves from Beck. LexisNexis has pulled its advertising from Beck and says it has no plans to advertise on the program in the future. Both Procter & Gamble and Progressive Insurance called the Beck advertising placements an error that they would correct.
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GEICO Pulls Its Ads from Glenn Beck Show

Great news -- yet another major company has acted in response to our campaign calling on Glenn Beck's advertisers to stop supporting his show. GEICO told us that they will no longer run ads during Beck's show.

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If you haven't already consider signing the petition, even if you're a skeptic as I usually am this is really working! ontd_political's own bispo is working on this campaign btw :D

ETA: Sargento cheese has also pulled their ads. Yay!
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Chris Matthews To Town Hall Protestor: Why Did You Bring A "God Damn Gun" To A Presidential Event?

On Tuesday's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Matthews' guest was William Kostric, the man who brought a gun earlier in the day to protest President Obama's health care town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Kostric was wearing a (legal) handgun strapped to his leg and holding a sign referencing this Jefferson quote: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

The segment grew more and more heated as Matthews repeatedly asked Kostric why he came to the meeting wearing a gun. "Well, why did you bring a gun to a Presidential event today?"

"That's not even a relevant question," Kostric said, shrugging. "The question is, why don't people bear arms these days."

"Okay, you bought a sign that said 'The tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants' and you're carrying a god damn gun at a Presidential event. I think those things make people wonder what you're about."

Kostric for his part, was unrepentant, and maintained that he was there in a totally non-violent capacity. "No one from New Hampshire was alarmed. Maybe some of the people they bussed in from Massachusets were alarmed. But we're not really concerned about them."



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Gay Bashing Victim: I Deserved It (And Thanks For Beating The Queer Out Of Me)

 

Well, this has got to be the strangest story of the year. Dwan Prince, 31, has sent an apology to the man whose 2005 attack in Brooklyn left Prince partially paralyzed, telling him that it was Prince's own flirtatious behavior that brought on the assault and that thanks to the beating, he is no longer gay. Duncan Osborne at Gay City News:
In a move that may complicate the retrial of Steven Pomie in the 2005 attack on Dwan Prince, Prince sent Pomie a letter in which he blamed himself for the brutal, anti-gay assault and expressed the hope that Pomie serve just five years in prison, with five years post-release supervision for the crime. “First please allow me to deeply apology for my hated comment,” Prince wrote in the July 20 letter, which Gay City News is quoting verbatim. “Please I do hope you know I am truly deeply sorry for what ever was sayed that night. I have made some big mistakes in my life and that was the stupidiest and biggest one of all.”

Pomie, now 26, allegedly attacked Prince in Brooklyn’s Brownsville section after the now 31-year-old flirted with him. Pomie first beat and kicked Prince with two other men, and then made a second assault with another man, witnesses said during Pomie’s 2006 trial. When Pomie returned alone to deliver a third beating, witnesses prevented him from attacking Prince, who was lying unconscious on the sidewalk. One witness testified that as Pomie walked away from the scene, he quickly turned back and “kicked [Prince] with his Tims,” referring to the Timberland brand of boots. “Then blood started gushing,” the witness said.
Pomie was originally sentenced to 25 years in prison for first degree assault as a hate crime, but his conviction was overturned last year and Pomie was ordered to be retried on lesser charges. He remains in prison awaiting that trial. Since the attack, Prince says he has been attending bible studies and told Pomie in his letter that the beating turned him straight, saying, “Steve you changed me! So hopefully when you get out we can hang out. You know me. I know you. I help you calm that angry machine down. And allow you to know I am not gay but a lover, and you can find me a female I can love and can love me.”

Read Duncan Osborne's entire story to get all the crazy details. I don't know what to say about this.

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BUT THE FEVER'S GONNA CATCH YOU WHEN THE BLIMP IS BACK

For Ron and Rand Paul, Like Father, Like Son?



Calling Ron Paul's supporters enthusiastic is an understatement. When the libertarian Republican lawmaker from Texas ran in the recent presidential election, his fans swarmed the Internet, created a "Hotties for Ron Paul" pinup calendar, and even got him a blimp. So it's no wonder that one of Paul's sons caught the politics bug as well. Rand Paul announced this week that he is entering the race to replace Sen. Jim Bunning, a Kentucky Republican who is retiring.

Ron Paul was on daddy duty when he heard his son's plans. "I said, 'Are you sure you want to do this? You want to give up a completely good medical practice to go into politics?' " Ron Paul tells Whispers. "Of course, I was kidding him because I didn't have any credibility on that argument," the congressman adds. Rand, a doctor like his dad, tells the story this way: "I guess his best advice was, 'Be careful. You could possibly win.' "

Rand is considered a long shot, most likely battling Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson among others in the Republican primary and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democratic favorite, in the general. "We're hoping that they will be quite overconfident and not think that we're a threat and we'll sneak up on them," says Rand. The "we" includes many of the online activists who helped his father: They've already scheduled a "money bomb" for Rand on August 20 in honor of Ron Paul's birthday. Money bombs—when supporters arranged a date for a mass donation online—were a hit during the elder Paul's presidential run. Rand is open to recycling other ideas, too. "We love the idea of the blimp," he tells us. "They can bring the blimp back, by all means."

Rand says nobody's son can win political office simply on a parent's fame. "I think I have enough of my own credibility," he says. And his dad agrees. "He's been involved with political things for a long time," says Ron Paul. "I think he's going to be a lot better than I am at it because I think he's more reasonable," the congressman says with a chuckle.

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Tea-Bagging-Birther-Lover's Solution to Health Care: NO REFORM! (then lies about it)

On Private Conference Call, Tea Party Organizers Say No Reform At All Is Goal

On a private conference call, a group of top Tea Party and conservative organizers offered a surprisingly frank description of their goal, according to a source on the call: Completely blocking any kind of bipartisan compromise, and completely preventing any type of health care reform bill at all from ever becoming law.

The source who got himself on the call was an organizer for the AFL-CIO, and AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale provided me with the organizer’s notes. It’s certain to be seized on by Dems to argue that organized Tea Party opposition to Obama has no constructive intentions and is fomenting public “concern” about Obama’s plan solely to prevent any reform from ever taking place. GOP officials would argue that they don’t share these goals.

The call consisted of representatives of top conservative groups, such as the American Liberty Alliance, the “Tea Party Patriots,” and RecessRally.com, the AFL-CIO’s notes say.

The moderator on the call, whose name could not immediately be determined, told listeners that bipartisan compromise on the Senate Finance Committee, where senators are holding talks, must be stopped at all costs, AFL-CIO’s notes say. The moderator called on members to pressure GOP Senators seeking compromise with Dems, like Chuck Grassley, Mike Enzi, and Olympia Snowe, to stop the negotiating.

“The goal is not compromise, and ANY bill coming out this year would be a failure for us,” the moderator said, according to AFL-CIO’s notes. The moderator added that “the Democrats will turn even a weak bill from the Senate Finance Committee into Canadian-style single-payer through underhanded implementation.”

Another organizer on the call, according to AFL-CIO, added: “The purpose of Tea Parties is not to find a solution to the health care crisis — it is to stop what is not the solution: Obamacare.”

Check out AFL-CIO’s notes right here.

To be clear, this is AFL-CIO’s version of what happened. I’m reaching out to the groups in question to get more, and I’ll keep you posted.

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Update: Corrine Williams, a spokesperson for the American Liberty Alliance, tells me that the focus of the call was educational and policy-oriented, and not on the movement’s political goals. But she acknowledged that the above sentiments may have been expressed during a Q and A at the end of the call, though she doesn’t think the exact language was the same.

But Williams did confirm that the movement’s goal is to prevent the current compromise bill from becoming a reality, because it represents Obamacare. She said no audio of the call exists.

Update II: Tea Party organizer Eric Odom issues a statement in effect denying that the Tea Party movement has specific legislative goals:

“I and the America Liberty Alliance do not have the purpose of politically ‘accepting’ or denying legislation. Instead we provide individuals the tools to express their concerns to their government representatives.”