September 4th, 2009

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The Loony Boat makes stops in 6 states, taking school districts with it

School Districts in Six States to Refrain from Showing Presidential Address Next Week
By Jake Tapper and Karen Travers


White House officials seemed to be caught flat-footed by the response to what they say was a simple back to school address by President Obama to students across the nation -- and has turned into a firestorm.

The White House now admits that one of the lessons plans surrounding the speech was written clumsily, subjecting it to misinterpretation, and had to be re-written.

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I'm just sitting here picturing Obama in his office, sitting with his head in his hands, wondering why people are so stupid.
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That's Gay From Infomania has three newest segments

The Gayngels


InfoManias segment from Bryan Safi titled "That's Gay" has three latest installments that I haven't seen posted here. It's satire at it's best, picking apart how gay's are portrayed in the media. The Gayngle or gay angel that helps rescue are straight counterparts at the drop of a hat, the lady kissers is about the faux lesbians or lesbian kisses that happen just around sweeps times from our biggest shows and the gay commercials that seem to be hiding. All three are worth the watch, enjoy...


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Not Tonight, Honey, And Who Knows Why?



Another Valentine's Day, another round of features on sex and love, and another bout of studiously ignoring the role sexism might play in diminishing women's sexual desire. Consumer Reports published a sex poll, and once again women's on-average lower sexual desire is treated as an unfortunate but largely inexplicable phenomenon.  In this, they stuck to the mainstream media trend of talking about women's desire--the lack of it, really--without addressing any social causes for why that might occur.  Most media outlets treat women's desire as a free-standing, unchangeable misfortune brought on by fate or biology, but certainly not worth exploring in depth.   

 

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Ever think that an Onion story was real for a second?

One giant slip in Bangladesh news


Two Bangladeshi newspapers have apologised after publishing an article taken from a satirical US website which claimed the Moon landings were faked.

The Daily Manab Zamin said US astronaut Neil Armstrong had shocked a news conference by saying he now knew it had been an "elaborate hoax".

Neither they nor the New Nation, which later picked up the story, realised the Onion was not a genuine news site.

Both have now apologised to their readers for not checking the story.

"We thought it was true so we printed it without checking," associate editor Hasanuzzuman Khan told the AFP news agency.

"We didn't know the Onion was not a real news site."

The article said Mr Armstrong had told a news conference he had been "forced to reconsider every single detail of the monumental journey after watching a few persuasive YouTube videos and reading several blog posts" by a conspiracy theorist.

"It took only a few hastily written paragraphs published by this passionate denier of mankind's so-called 'greatest technological achievement' for me to realise I had been living a lie," the fake article "quoted" Mr Armstrong as saying.

The made-up quote went on to say that although the journey had felt real, in fact "the entire thing was filmed on a sound stage, most likely in New Mexico".

"I suppose it really was one small step for man, one giant lie for mankind."

'Numerous hits'

The story was published on the Onion's website on Monday and on Wednesday, the Daily Manab Zamin translated it into Bengali, attributing it to the Onion News Network in Lebanon, Ohio. It then ran in New Nation on Thursday.

Daily Manab Zamin, the only tabloid newspaper in Bangladesh, published an apology to its readers on Thursday, saying the report had "drawn a lot of attention".

"We've since learned that the fun site runs false and juicy reports based on a historic incident," it said.

"The Moon landing one was such a story, which received numerous hits on the internet.

"The truth is that Neil Armstrong never gave such an interview. It was made up. We are sorry for publishing the report without checking the information."

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The Gonzales Cantata



Composer Melissa Dunphy has written an choral work based on the Congressional hearings on Alberto Gonzales. It will be playing the Philadelphia Fringe Festival this weekend. The roles of the male senators are played by female opera singers in a stunning (and practical) role reversal.

The Gonzales Cantata website

Libretto

The website is modeled on the Drudge Report's template and has a streaming player. This is an opera for political junkies. The libretto is taken verbatim from the Congressional transcripts. Dunphy actually spoke with John Ashcroft to ask permission to adapt "Where the Eagles Soar" as a companion piece. Ashcroft's spokesman told the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog that, unfortunately, Ashcroft and Dunphy had "creative differences". Despite the subject matter and Dunphy's avowed liberalism, this work is less an indictment of Gonzales and more of a study of the situation and his character in distress. If anything, as Rachel Maddow noted in her report on the Cantata on her show yesterday, you actually feel kind of sorry for him.

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Putting The ONTD Back Into ONTD_P...

Megan Fox: Michael Bay's Like 'Napoleon' & 'Wants To Be Like Hitler'

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Megan Fox starred in the biggest movie of the summer, the Michael Bay-directed "Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen," but according to the actress, the director almost killed her and co-star Shia LaBeouf with his "Napoleon" and "Hitler" tendencies.

The box office bombshell unleashed on Bay in an interview with Britain's Wonderland magazine in its September/October issue.

And Megan's comparisons don't stop with just the 19th century dictator.

"He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward," Megan continued. "He has no social skills at all. And it's endearing to watch him. He's vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set he's a tyrant."

And according to Megan, Bay pushes his actors to the almost breaking point while filming.

"Shia and I almost die when we make a 'Transformers' movie," she told the mag. "He has you do some really insane things that insurance would never let you do."

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Yay! Another new thing that is like Hitler: overbearing directors! *cheers*

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New HIV-fighting antibodies found.

SCIENTISTS have identified two powerful antibodies that point to a new target for an AIDS vaccine, by probing the blood of a rare group of people who contract HIV but develop resistance.

US-based researchers attached to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVA) have identified the new "broadly neutralising antibodies" - named PG9 and PG16 - which have been shown to be able to stop the highly-mutating virus from spreading.

They are the first to be identified in more than a decade, and the first to be identified in an HIV-infected but otherwise resistant person from a developing country.

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Living in a Culture of Cruelty



Living in a Culture of Cruelty: Democracy as Spectacle
Wednesday 02 September 2009
by: Henry A. Giroux, t r u t h o u t | Perspective


Under the Bush administration, a seeping, sometimes galloping, authoritarianism began to reach into every vestige of the culture, giving free rein to those anti-democratic forces in which religious, market, military and political fundamentalism thrived, casting an ominous shadow over the fate of United States democracy. During the Bush-Cheney regime, power became an instrument of retribution and punishment was connected to and fueled by a repressive state. A bullying rhetoric of war, a ruthless consolidation of economic forces, and an all-embracing free-market apparatus and media driven pedagogy of fear supported and sustained a distinct culture of cruelty and inequality in the United States. In pointing to a culture of cruelty, I am not employing a form of left moralism that collapses matters of power and politics into the discourse of character. On the contrary, I think the notion of a culture of cruelty is useful in thinking through the convergence of everyday life and politics, of considering material relations of power - the disciplining of the body as an object of control - on the one hand, and the production of cultural meaning, especially the co-optation of popular culture to sanction official violence, on the other. The culture of cruelty is important for thinking through how life and death now converge in ways that fundamentally transform how we understand and imagine politics in the current historical moment - a moment when the most vital of safety nets, health care reform, is being undermined by right-wing ideologues. What is it about a culture of cruelty that provides the conditions for many Americans to believe that government is the enemy of health care reform and health care reform should be turned over to corporate and market-driven interests, further depriving millions of an essential right?

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This man is brilliant btw I love everything he writes! You might also recognize him from such educational documentaries as Micky Mouse Monopoly.

Thoughts about the article? The one thing that came to mind was reading this were the videos of people bringing automatic weapons to Health Care Town Hall Meetings.
cthulhu for president, why choose a lesser evil?
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TPM: BACHMANN/PALIN 2012!!!!

Bachmann: Dems Are Sabotaging Me Because I Might Become President



Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) finally explained yesterday why Democrats don't want her in office: They're scared she'll become the first female president.

"They want to make sure no women, no woman becomes president before a Democrat woman," Bachmann said, "and so they're doing everything they can to, I think, sabotage women like Sarah Palin, perhaps women like myself, or similarly situated women, to make sure that we don't have a prominent national voice."

Bachmann was speaking on Mike Gallagher's radio show.

Bachmann recently said she would run for president, but only if God told her to.

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Controversial Obama Administration Official Denies Being Part of 9/11 "Truther" Movement, Apologizes for Past Comments



A top environmental official of the Obama administration issued a statement Thursday apologizing for past incendiary statement and denying that he ever agreed with a 2004 petition on which his name appears, a petition calling for congressional hearings and an investigation by the New York Attorney General into "evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur."

Van Jones, the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is Number 46 of the petitioners from the so-called "Truther" movement which suggests that people in the administration of President George W. Bush "may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war."

In a statement issued Thursday evening Jones said of "the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever."

He did not explain how his name came to be on the petition. An administration source said Jones says he did not carefully review the language in the petition before agreeing to add his name.

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I like Jones and the Color of Change Beck boycott but...

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A Florida jury has recommended that a plumber who kidnapped, raped and murdered a police detective's daughter be executed for his crimes.

Michael King, 38, showed no reaction Friday afternoon as the jury's 12-0 recommendation of death was announced in Sarasota. Jurors deliberated for nearly three hours.

King was convicted a week ago of first-degree murder and related offenses in the January 17, 2008, death of Denise Lee, a 21-year-old mother of two boys.

Nathan Lee and Sgt. Dave Goff, the victim's husband and father remained composed in court. They had maintained a daily presence in the courtroom during a trial that included the heartbreaking tape of Denise Lee's frantic 911 call on her captor's cell phone.

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Richard Littlejohn caught looking (even more) stupid

Another day, another uninformed rant by the Daily Mail’s Richard Littlejohn.

He says today:

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Reader Nick Paterson-Morgan drew my attention to the following announcement in The Times:

My first reaction was that this must be a wind-up, probably placed for a bet by someone at the swine flu hotline with nothing better to do. We rang The Times advertising department and they assured us it was genuine.

There’s no mention of a Mr Pong, or any father’s name for that matter. If true, which I still doubt, somewhere out there in Shropshire is a single mother called Kate Pong with quins, variously named after an American pop singer, a model and the U.S. President.

You couldn’t make it up.


Actually you could make it up. MacGuffin at TabloidWatch points out that Littlejohn’s team, typically, didn’t bother checking their facts properly. Kate Pong is a labrador.

He says ‘we’ rang the Times, which suggests he couldn’t even do that himself either. And notice how he even includes a snide remark about single mothers. In a story about a dog.


And there’s plenty of other rubbish research in the article too. See TabloidWatch.

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Glenn Beck: Loves DDT, Hates Joni Mitchell.

 

Somehow Glenn Beck's wacky proclamations never ceases to amaze in both their inaccuracy and outrageousness. In case you missed this, here's a video of Beck taking potshots at Special Advisor on Green Jobs Van Jones (he's Beck's new favorite target) and praising DDT's effectiveness in saving 500 million lives. Beck appears to infer that environmentalists like Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, have no concern or interest in all the human lives that were saved by DDT or the people who continue to die from malaria.

He also manages to mock "hippie" Joni Mitchell's song, "Big Yellow Taxi."

Ryan Witt has a full article debunking the claims Beck makes about DDT's safety, and even theorizes that maybe Beck is hoping for Monsanto sponsorship since his advertisers are fleeing in droves.

Taken from the Huffington Post.

I know it's sort of counter productive to give this monkey chump any more attention but it's Friday and Beck mocking never ceases to amuse me.
 

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Three Thousands Turn Out to Pro-Health Care Reform Rally. Media Ignores it, Too Boring.

Pro-Reform Rally In Seattle Ignored By Media

I have personally never been to Seattle, Washington, but I am reliably informed that it is a major American city that enjoys many of the technological amenities of modern life, including news organizations with real live reporters and cameras and internet access and even a major newspaper called the Seattle Times. So, there's really no reason why the media couldn't have reported on the fact that yesterday, 3,000 people attended a rally for health care reform in Westlake Park. According to one person who was there, though, no one could be bothered:

I've no idea where I was yesterday afternoon, but it couldn't possibly have been at an energetic, 3000-person strong pro-healthcare reform rally in Westlake Park, because I couldn't find even the tiniest mention of it in this morning's Seattle Times, so apparently, it never happened. And I have absolutely no idea where all those photos and videos on my camera came from.


It's like my own personal Twilight Zone.

Anyway, health care reform proponents: they exist and can be captured on film!

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Republicans Love Medicare SOOO Much that they Want To Kill It... with Kindness...

Dems: "Republicans Want To End Medicare" (VIDEO)

Republicans are no friends of seniors, a new ad from the Democratic National Committee argues. In an aggressive response to the GOP's recent rush to defend Medicare from an alleged Democratic onslaught, the party is reminding voters that Republicans opposed Medicare from the beginning and in recent years have even voted to end it for younger generations.

The GOP did, in fact, oppose Medicare when President Lyndon Johnson signed it into law and conservative elements of the party have long sought to end it.

In 1996, GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole bragged about voting against it in 1965.
"I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare . . . because we knew it wouldn't work in 1965," Dole said, according to the DNC.

Obama has proposed cutting the Medicare Advantage -- a Republican designed, privatized boondoggle that costs roughly 12 percent more than regular Medicare -- to offset spending increases associated with health care reform.

Some seniors worry they'll lose their doctor or dentist if the program is cut, and even Democrats in states with high elderly populations - Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, for instance -- are nervously watching the reaction. The GOP points to the cuts to Medicare Advantage as evidence that Democrats are cutting Medicare.

The charge is galling to the party that launched Medicare and has defended and attempted to expand it since then, which explains the sharp tone of the ad.

The ad, "Republicans Want to End Medicare," will air on cable and in Washington, D.C., a DNC aide said, and is backed by a "healthy" six-figure ad buy.

Michael Steel, spokesman for House minority Leader John Boehner, dismissed the attack. "Dick Gephardt called and he wants his talking points from the 1990s back," he said in an e-mail. "This is a feeble attempt to distract from the fact that Washington Democrats are backing hundreds of billions of dollars in Medicare cuts, and American seniors are furious about it."

I bet part of the lesson plan involves making keffiyehs.

Why parents don’t trust the Educator-in-Chief and his comrades
By Michelle Malkin • September 4, 2009



They think we’re crazy. “They” are the sneering defenders of Barack Obama who can’t fathom the backlash against the president’s nationwide speech to schoolchildren next Tuesday. “We” are parents with eyes wide open to the potential for politicized abuse in America’s classrooms.


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omfg. My dad made me read this out of his copy of IBD and it gave me heart palpitations.

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Health insurer enlisting its employees to kill reform. Surprise? Not Really...

Health insurer enlisting its employees to kill reform

This year's debate is different from the efforts in the 1990s to reform health care. This time, the health insurance industry says they support health reform. But their actions don't always match their public statements.

On the front page of their trade association's website, the American Health Insurance Plan, the text reads "Supporting bi-partisan reforms."

An advertisement from AHIP reinforces that sentiment.

The ad says "Let's fix health care" and "supporting bi-partisan reforms that Congress can build on."

That last phrase, "supporting bi-partisan reforms Congress can build on" is telling. It indicates they are not on board with the current proposal.

And although insurance companies puts on a positive public face, behind the scenes they are working to defeat aspects of reform.
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Paul Krugman & Joe Klein on teh cRaZy



September 4, 2009, 10:51 am

A strange madness
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Since I have decent Internet access for a couple of hours, let me weigh in a bit on the craziness sweeping America.

Joe Klein reports on a town hall meeting where people think that Obama has larded the government with communists. Bizarre — but I’ve been getting equally bizarre claims in much of my mail. And what’s striking is the intensity.

I’ve mentioned before that my hate mail has reached levels I haven’t seen since 2004 or so.

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White House: "FUCK IT, we'll do it live!"

Sources: White House considers drafting health care bill




CNN has learned that the White House is working to draft health care legislation.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – CNN has learned that the White House is quietly talking about drafting formal health care legislation after allowing Congress to work on its own for months.

Multiple sources close to the process told CNN Friday that while the plan is uncertain, they are preparing for the possibility they could deliver their own legislation to Capitol Hill sometime after the President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, with one source calling the possibility of new legislation a "contingency" approach if efforts by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus to craft a deal fall through.


The White House emphasized Friday that no formal bill has yet been written. "The President has been reviewing all of the various legislative proposals, but no decision has been made about whether formal legislation will be presented," said Deputy Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.

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I am really not sure what to think or feel about this. It feels like progress, but it also feels like broken promises and sacrificing the trust of the people that supported you to try to get in good with the whackjobs. When, you know these whackjobs didn't support you ever, and never will.

We'll see...


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