September 11th, 2009

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The View Is Back! Joe Wilson's Outburst and Black Women Not Wearing Their Natural Hair

Meghan McCain: I wouldn't have been allowed to do that to my brother at the dinner table!
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Whoopi: How about we take away Congress' health care and see how they like it!



Joy: Don't you think....there's a thing about white society setting the standard for what's attractive.

Tea Baggers arive in DC for 9/12 Project rally



Tea Party Protesters Arrive in D.C., Cheer Wilson
Anti-Tax Movement Heats Up for Long-Planned Weekend March


By David Weigel 9/11/09 12:10 AM

The walk from the subway station to the Freedom Summit was quick, less than two minutes if the attendees didn’t dawdle. Every twenty or so paces, smiling volunteers with FreedomWorks shirts or badges ushered them towards the Armory, a sports arena more often used to host Rollergirl bouts and “American Idol” tryouts.

Approaching the entrance, the people who’d trekked from as far away as San Diego and Maui could buy buttons–”Proud to be a Teabagger,” “ACORN is for Squirrels,” and “Quit AARP Now!”–and pick up information packets on how to make the most of what organizers assured them would be part of American history.

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Your tax dollars at work

Wells Fargo exec used Malibu Colony home lost by Madoff-duped couple, neighbors say

Bernard L. Madoff's massive fraud stunned some of the wealthy denizens of Malibu Colony, especially when a couple devastated by the scheme surrendered their oceanfront home to Wells Fargo Bank.

But some neighbors say the real shocker came when they saw one of the bank's top executives spending weekends in the $12-million beach house and hosting eye-catching parties there. What's more, Wells Fargo spurned offers to show the property to prospective buyers, a real estate agent said.

"It's outrageous to take over a property like that, not make it available and then put someone from the bank in it," said Phillip Roman, an 18-year Colony resident who lives a few homes away from the property.

Residents identified the house's occupant as Cheronda Guyton, a Wells Fargo senior vice president who is responsible for foreclosed commercial properties.

Guyton could not be reached at her downtown Los Angeles office. Wells Fargo declined to discuss Guyton, saying in a statement that representatives "don't discuss specific team member situations/issues for privacy reasons." But the bank said it would "conduct a thorough investigation of the allegations" by neighbors.

The bank also said its ethics code wouldn't allow employees to make personal use of property that had been surrendered to satisfy debts.

Such conduct would pose a conflict of interest, said W. Michael Hoffman, executive director of the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass.

"For a business to allow this to happen in today's ethically charged climate is quite suicidal," he said. And because Madoff's fraud was the root cause of the situation, he added, "it's like rubbing salt into the wounds of a national tragedy."

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Potomac security threat merely an exercise, police say

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A security incident Friday on the Potomac River was prompted by a training exercise, two sources in the Washington police department said the Coast Guard told them.

A source in the FBI also told CNN it was a training exercise. The Coast Guard told CNN it was looking into the matter.

The U.S. Coast Guard appeared to be trying to prevent a boat from entering a security zone on the Potomac River not far from the Pentagon, where President Obama had been at an event commemorating the September 11 attacks.

Police scanner traffic said the Coast Guard vessel had fired shots.

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US Military: "I am so smart, I am so smart. S-M-R-T, I mean S-M-A-R-T!"
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Glenn Beck to be honored by hometown



SEATTLE, Washington (CNN) -- The mayor of Mount Vernon, Washington, thought his plan seemed simple enough: honor a local citizen who progressed from humble roots to national stardom.

But the fact that the "local boy made good" is controversial radio and TV personality Glenn Beck has roiled some local residents who fear the visit will be bad for business. The visit also inspired a nearby city's mayor to issue a competing invitation to "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, a harsh Beck critic.

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I didn't realize he came from Washington. I feel vaguely sleazy now.
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Hackers attack Prime Minister's website.


Hackers have infiltrated Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's website, shutting it down for about an hour, in protest over proposed internet censorship.

A website purporting to be responsible for the attack, which also brought down the Australian Communications and Media Authority's website, claimed to have hacked into the sites in protest over proposed reforms of internet censorship.

"Australia's internet future is at stake. Kevin Rudd is attempting to execute a plan in which every part of Australia's internet will be censored; even though you may not care about Australia, the world (i.e. USA and others) will eventually follow suit until free information ceases to exist,'' a post on the Inquisitor website stated.

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And now for something completely different....

Why you should always read the fine (and ancient) print: A cow attends Harvard



CAMBRIDGE - The skinny beast with the enormous ears and bell around its neck served three purposes yesterday as it roamed a cordoned-off patch of grass on Harvard Yard.



It allowed retiring Harvard professor Harvey Cox, who for 44 years has held the oldest endowed chair at a US university, to finally lay claim to the Hollis Professor of Divinity’s centuries-old right to graze his cow in Harvard Yard, which a colleague of his said was the 1700s equivalent of parking privileges.

It provided a way to attract attention to his new book, “The Future of Faith.’’

Cox also used the occasion to promote a pet cause.

“We are reclaiming a very old and valuable tradition that should not go lost - namely, that animals and vegetables belong in the yard,’’ he said. “We should be back in touch with where our food comes from.’’

The 5-year-old female Jersey cow, brought in from The Farm School in Athol, didn’t seem to mind being used, or the reference to her being called food. She also put up with having her name changed for the day, from “Pride’’ to “Faith.’’

And she played the part, showing a lot more faith than pride.

Indeed, she seemed to revel in the attention, and the well-groomed grass.

She licked cameras, bowed her snout before laughing children, and put up with the long-winded speeches - even one in Latin - by plopping on the ground and not mooing too much.

Before Cox escorted her off to the Divinity School, where she would undergo a public milking, Bradley Teeter, who brought her to town, described his furry livestock this way: “She’s a good sport.’’

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This is what greeted me on the way to work yesterday. Not your standard news story, but I thought we could use some offbeat news.

WH adviser: Wilson is a "pimple on the ass of progress." Tomorrow, adviser to announce resignaton.

...not really but Glenn Beck just wet his panties with joy.


The White House hits the road for health care reform, and speaks out—proclaiming the town halls didn’t matter. Brand the Wilson flap as “a pimple on the ass of progress”

by Richard Wolffe
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With his big health-care speech behind him, President Obama and his senior aides are mapping his fall strategy. A time-honored White House dilemma looms. Should he spend most of his time rallying the public, or twisting arms and slapping backs on Capitol Hill?

Obama’s senior team has chosen to deploy the president on the road for the moment, but they concede that he will also need to lobby for congressional votes himself from the Oval Office—even if all that really matters is the votes of a handful of up-for-grabs centrists in the Senate. “In terms of his personal time, we have got a lot of events coming up, but it’s obviously going to be a multi-faceted deal,” said one senior White House aide. “He and others will be working the congressional side. It is just a handful of votes at this point, but the handful could be important.”

“If you look at the polling, we didn’t lose ground in August,” a senior Obama adviser said. “We lost it in July and June, when Congress was in town.”

Conventional wisdom has it that the president and his team lost August, when cable went wall-to-wall with reports on town hall forums erupting with constituents upset with the president’s plans for health-care reform. But Obama’s team sees it slightly differently. “If you look at the polling, we didn’t lose ground in August,” a senior Obama adviser said. “We lost it in July and June, when Congress was in town.”

That might seem an academic distinction; after all, the headline about the polls was Obama’s approval ratings went down, significantly. But in this adviser’s view, the town hall dramas didn’t take the toll everybody think they did; rather, the outbursts were largely politically irrelevant. “I don’t think the protestors hurt us,” the senior adviser said. “We’ve done three town hall meetings and they were all fine.”

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Man Arrested For Killing Michigan Pro-Life Activist

Man in custody for 2 fatal Owosso shootings

A 33-year-old man was in police custody for the fatal shootings this morning of a longtime local abortion protester and a gravel company owner found slain in his office.

James Pouillon, 63, was shot multiple times at around 7:30 a.m. as he protested across from Owosso High School, according to witnesses, police said.

About the same time, Mike Fuoss, 61, was found dead in his office at Fuoss Gravel in Owosso Township.

The suspect was arrested at his home in Owosso after a witness to Pouilon’s shooting gave police the license plate number of the car from which the shots were seen fired.

Witnesses to the shooting near the school, including some students, said four to 10 shots were fired from a moving vehicle.

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ETA 2:Randall Terry already calling for martyrdom


I hope gets the maximum sentence possible under Michigan law. ETA: If he was killed because of his views, then the punishment should be even more severe.
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Oh good grief.

Less than a day after Rep. Joe Wilson formally apologized to President Obama over his "you lie" outburst, a campaign aide confirms that the South Carolina Republican has raised "more than $200,000" in the wake of the now-infamous moment.

News of that cash haul comes after Wilson directly asked in a Web video for campaign cash to fend off attacks from political opponents and said he's standing by his opposition to Democratic efforts at health care reform.

"On these issues, I will not be muzzled, I will speak up and speak loudly against this risky plan," Wilson said in a YouTube video released Thursday evening. "The supporters of the government takeover of health care and the liberals who want to give health care to illegals are using my opposition as an excuse to distract from the critical questions being raised about this poorly conceived plan."

The congressman disbursed the video via Twitter and asked his followers to "please watch and pass on."

"[Democrats] want to silence anyone who speaks out against it," Wilson also says in the video. "They made it clear they want to defeat me and pass the plan. I need your help now. ... Contribute to my effort to defeat the proponents of government-run health care."

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Many Women Targeted by Faith Leaders, Survey Says

One in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader, a survey released Wednesday says.

The study, by Baylor University researchers, found that the problem is so pervasive that it almost certainly involves a wide range of denominations, religious traditions and leaders.

"It certainly is prevalent, and clearly the problem is more than simply a few charismatic leaders preying on vulnerable followers," said Diana Garland, dean of Baylor's School of Social Work, who co-authored the study.

It found that more than two-thirds of the offenders were married to someone else at the time of the advance.

Carolyn Waterstradt, 42, a graduate student who lives in the Midwest, said she was coerced into a sexual relationship with a married minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 18 months. He had been her pastor for a decade, she said, and told her the relationship was ordained by God.

"I believed him because I was looking for direction and for help," said Waterstradt, who ended the relationship years ago and entered therapy. The pastor was removed from the clergy.

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No-duh revelation of the day, Willson a racist? Oh, of course.

Joe Wilson's Strange Friends

by Max Blumenthal
September 11, 2009 | 10:22am

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The controversial congressman has been a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans. Max Blumenthal, author of the just-published
Republican Gomorrah
, asks: Did he remain so even after it became a hate group?

Since Republican Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina bellowed at President Barack Obama, “You lie!” during the president’s nationally televised speech on health care, the fourth-term backbencher has emerged as a hero for the conservative grassroots. One of the most enthusiastic endorsements of Wilson’s histrionics came from the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), a group that Wilson has belonged to according to his own biographical materials.

“Mr. Wilson, never apologize for allowing your love of truth to overrun your desire to be polite,” the SCV Tea Party declared on its website. “It is the liar who must apologize, not the one who identifies the liar!”

SCV leader Kirk Lyons harbored dream of creating a seemingly benign front group for a more sophisticated version of the Ku Klux Klan. 
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Supreme Court hears arguments for corporate funding of candidates

Big companies, industries and possibly unions may be allowed to fund ads for and against candidates. A decision could reshape American politics starting with the 2010 congressional campaign.

The Supreme Court's conservative bloc sounded poised Wednesday to strike down on free-speech grounds a 102-year-old ban against corporations spending large amounts of money to elect or defeat congressional and presidential candidates.

If the justices were to issue such a ruling in the next few months, it could reshape American politics, beginning with the congressional campaign in 2010. Big companies and industries -- and possibly unions as well -- could fund campaign ads to support or defeat members of Congress.

For example, the health insurance industry would have a much greater ability to target for defeat lawmakers who supported a so-called public option for medical insurance. Banks and investment firms could oppose representatives who favored stricter regulation of the financial industry.

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Police accused of harassment during Atlanta gay bar raid

UPDATED | 1:37 p.m. | Protest set for Saturday


imageA patron of the Atlanta Eagle says officers with the Atlanta Police Department acted inappropriately during a raid late Thursday, yelling profanity at people inside the bar, forcing them to lay face down on the floor while handcuffed for more than an hour, joking during arrests and repeatedly asking patrons if they were married or in the military.

The allegations come in the wake of a raid Thursday at the popular gay bar on Ponce de Leon Avenue. The action by Atlanta police included eight arrests and was first reported Friday by Atlanta Progressive News.

Gay and lesbian activists, concerned about the raid, are planning a protest Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. The event was announced through a Facebook invitation from Jeff Schade, who has organized other grassroots actions in Atlanta through social media outlets. A location for the protest has not yet been selected.

A patron at the bar, who asked that he not be named, says police stormed the Eagle about 11:30 p.m. last night while he was sitting with an acquaintance in one of two bars in the rear of the facility.

“I was in the other room making out with this other guy,” the man says. “We are sitting there and then I hear, ‘Get down now, Atlanta Police Department.’ Everybody lays down on the floor, the lights come on. People were asking what was going on and the police kept yelling, ‘Shut the fuck up.’”

People inside the bar were ordered to lay face down on the floor, were searched and handcuffed, the patron says. An elderly man at one of the bars was grabbed by an officer and pushed to the ground, he says.

“They were asking people if they are married, if they were in the military. They were saying things like I bet there are a lot of Marines, a lot of military in here. They were cracking jokes,” the patron says.

“At one point, they start writing peoples names down and at one point I was singled out for doing illegal activity,” he says. “They accused me of having someone bent over having sex in the back bar, which I wasn’t. When I tried to tell the officer that, he accused me of lying to him. They kept telling me, ‘Shut the fuck up, you are lying.’”

While he was detained in handcuffs for more than an hour, he also heard one officer tell another that “I hate gay people.”

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On Thursday, the bar featured dancers in underwear. Atlanta Progressive News reports that about 15 officers were involved in the bar raid, including undercover officers.

According to numerous patrons, many patrons were handcuffed and many, if not all, were searched for drugs and were asked to show identification.

According to one patron, APD handcuffed all Eagle staff members and dancers, patrons in a leather shop, and anyone who was wearing only underwear; Thursday is advertised as underwear night.

From about 11:30pm to 12am, patrons came out of the bar one at a time, apparently, after they had shown ID and gotten searched.

At about 11:50pm, police asked all people standing in the parking lot to leave the property and un-blocked their cars.

An Atlanta police spokesperson says eight people were arrested at the bar Thursday, including dancers, club management and staff. Patrons of the bar were not arrested, according to Officer Dani Harris, the department’s GLBT liaison.

Undercover officers entered the Eagle prior to the raid, which took place about 11:40 p.m. on Thursday, to investigate a single complaint lodged several weeks ago against the bar, Harris says. Harris did not know the specifics of the complaint.

“They went in, had undercover officers go in to investigate the complaint. It was an ongoing investigation from a complaint that happened several weeks ago,” Harris says.

Members of the police department’s vice squad and narcotics units were involved in the incident, Harris says.

Richard Ramey, the Eagle’s owner, told Atlanta Progressive News on Friday that the only charge faced by those arrested was dancing without a permit.

“No patron was arrested. I was under the impression the only time you needed a license… is if they’re strippers. These dancers were in their underwear,” Ramey said.

Ramey said he is upset and concerned about the civil rights of his customers. He wants bar patrons who feel they were mistreated to contact him. “After everything they did to our customers and our staff… they did this like they did in the Stonewall days,” Ramey said.

Ramey said the so-called complaint from the community consisted of “a noise complaint… How can they made everybody lie on that nasty floor without probable cause?”

Harris could not confirm the charges to those arrested.

Calls to other spokespeople for the Atlanta Police Department were not immediately returned Friday morning. Major Khirus Williams, the commander of Zone 5 where the Eagle is located, was not available for comment Friday morning. A call from a reporter was referred to the department’s public affairs unit.
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ACORN, prostitution and tax evasion

Yes, taped with a hidden camera, two Baltimore ACORN workers give advice to a man and a woman identifying themselves as a pimp and a prostitute on how to evade the authorities and cheat on their taxes, including how to claim 13 underage El Salvadoran sex slaves as dependents. At no point in the video do the ACORN workers bat an eyelash or give any impression that they find this unusual.





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IM IN UR COUNTRI, ADOPTIN UR BBS

Uruguay lawmakers Wednesday adopted a trailblazing law allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children, in an unprecedented move in Latin America.

Senator Margarita Percovich told AFP the contentious bill had passed its final hurdle with 17 out of 23 senators voting in favor of the legislation.

It was approved by lawmakers from the ruling leftwing Frente Amplio and the opposition Colorado Party, while the opposition National Party voted against, she added.

The Senate approved a draft bill in July, but it had to win a second vote due to slight changes to the text introduced when the lower house passed the legislation last month.

The adoption law was backed by President Tabare Vazquez and his ruling coalition but faced strong condemnation from the Roman Catholic Church.

Gay adoptions remain contentious worldwide, and Uruguay, a nation of some 3.5 million people, is taking another step away from its more conservative neighbors after having already authorized gay civil unions last year.

Vazquez, the first leftist leader in Uruguayan history, already opened access for homosexuals to military schools in May.

But the move faced huge opposition from the country's religious leaders and some right-wing politicians.

The Catholic Church disapproves of the bill because "from Genesis in the Bible, it says that 'God created man and woman,'" Bishop Paul Galimbertti told AFP.

"The position of the Church is very clear on this issue," he said, adding "there is no proof that adoption by homosexuals is a positive thing."

The archbishop of Montevideo, Nicolas Cotugno, blasted the legislation clearing adoptions by homosexual couples as a "serious error."

"It's not about religion, philosophy or sociology. It's something which is mainly about the respect of human nature itself," Cotugno said in a statement before the vote.

In the past decade, gays and lesbians have won the right to adoption in various European and North American states and territories, as well as South Africa, Israel and parts of Australia.

Such rights vary greatly, though, with some permitting gay couples to adopt children who are not related to them, and others only allowing the gay partner of a biological parent to adopt that person's offspring.

"Uruguay has a long tradition of leading the way in civil rights and has shown a desire to move ahead quickly on such questions," said social sciences professor Adolfo Garce of Montevideo University.

The large wave of European immigration to the country in the 20th century, particularly from Spain, has given it "a progressive and secular culture," he added.

Uruguay was the first country in the largely Catholic South American region to approve divorce in 1907, and gave women the right to vote in 1932.

But abortion remains illegal, after President Vazquez vetoed a proposed bill last year which would have legalized the terminations of pregnancies on "ethical grounds."

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Queen Meryl Streep and Nora Ephron On Misogyny In Hollywood



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Streep was recently described as an economist’s dream: every project she has recently been associated with has generated big box office. “It’s hilarious,” she says, stroking her chin. “I wish I could figure out a way to capitalise on that. I think it’s a series of happy coincidences and also that there are more women in the hierarchy of movie-making and movie-financing and they are more interested and less afraid of making movies that appeal to other women.”

But this is a well-worn trend now. Hasn’t Hollywood woken up? “It’s always a shock to the studio,” Streep says with real firmness, “because men run the studios and live their own fantasies through them. It’s harder for a man to jump inside a woman character’s mind and imagine, ‘This could happen to me’ than it is for a woman to imagine herself as a male character.” But surely the profits count? “They see it and they understand that there is a market and it will make them an enormous amount of money, but we all respond to instinct and it’s their inner boy that jumps up and goes: ‘Yeah, I wanna see another GI Joe’.”

A recent article speculated that Streep may be up for another Oscar nomination this year; a source said that the organisation had noted a dearth of strong female roles. “Parts are rare,” Streep says, “the amount of product is rare. It’s a large machine that markets these films, that makes theatre [cinema] owners commit their theatres half a year in advance — that’s how it works. Are they gonna buy GI Joe or are they gonna buy Mamma Mia!?”

Mamma Mia! did great business, I say. “They’re still not sure,” Streep counters. “You need a good salesman. Those films have done well, yes, that audience is there, but it doesn’t go on the first weekend [which the industry nervously observes].”

EPHRON

Bitches or not, women are what Ephron wants to write about. In 1996, she delivered a speech to students graduating from Wellesley, the Ivy League single-sex college she attended in the 60s. It was a stinging warning that they should not imagine the world was a fairer place: "It's just as hard to make a movie about women as it ever was." When she was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 2007, Ephron said she took up directing because "90% of the men directing movies have no interest in women in any real way, except as girlfriends or wives. They don't really want to make movies about them, and they don't."

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Woman Faces Sex Charges after Finding Son Online



WATERFORD TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) - A woman who gave her son up for adoption 10 years ago is now accused of having sex with the teen after finding him on the Internet.

Aimee Louise Sword, 35, has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in the case.

Investigators say she used the Internet to find her biological son.

Sword was arrested after Child Protective Services informed police of the sex accusations.

The woman's lawyer says she maintains her innocence. She is currently free on bond.

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Sri Lanka, Civil War and New Media



Meanwhile UN call for S Lanka video probe (includes the video in question)

A senior UN official has called for an investigation into whether Sri Lankan soldiers violated international law by executing unarmed Tamils. The allegation of such killings was made last week by a Sri Lankan exile group which circulated video footage. The footage was allegedly filmed in January during the final stages of the bloody conflict with the Tamil Tigers. It shows a man dressed as a soldier shooting a naked man in the head. Eight other bodies are seen on the ground. It is impossible to verify the video's authenticity. Sri Lanka's government says the footage was fabricated.

Controversy

A group called Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka said it was filmed during the war eight months ago and that it did depict government forces. Philip Alston, the UN's special rapporteur on summary executions, told the Reuters news agency that there was "nothing on the surface" to indicate that the controversial video was not authentic.

The BBC's Charles Haviland in Colombo says the film has become the subject of heated controversy in the Sri Lankan capital. The Sri Lankan government says the video is aimed at bringing it into disrepute.
But Mr Alston said the authorities were obliged to have a "very thorough investigation" in response to such an allegation. He said such a probe should preferably be international to ensure its independence.

Meanwhile President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said Sri Lanka needs to look to the future and not dwell on the past, according to the Forbes Asia website, which interviewed him.It quoted him as saying there was no need for a truth and reconciliation commission and adding: "I don't think it is healthy to start digging into the history."

*For more info see past posts: In May the Sri Lankan Army said it defeated the seperatist Tamil Tigers in a military push that left 20,000 civilians dead in the last month of fighting alone.
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Savage beating by 'race-hate' gang

Devout Muslim dies after savage beating by 'race-hate' gang

A devout Muslim pensioner attacked by a race-hate gang of schoolboys died yesterday.

Ekram Haque, 67, lost his fight for life a week after he was battered to the ground in front of his three-year-old granddaughter, Marian. (here's the little girl)

As revealed in yesterday's Daily Mail, he suffered horrific head injuries in the assault outside a mosque in Tooting, South-West London, where he had just prayed.

As he and Marian waited for a lift, the gang ran up behind him and clubbed him around the head.
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Census Bureau officially cuts ties with ACORN

Census Bureau severs ties with ACORN in 2010 count


WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau on Friday severed its ties with ACORN, a community organization that has been hit with Republican accusations of voter-registration fraud.

"We do not come to this decision lightly," Census director Robert Groves wrote in a letter to ACORN, which was obtained by The Associated Press.

In splitting with ACORN, Groves sought to tamp down GOP concerns and negative publicity that the partnership will taint the 2010 head count.

"It is clear that ACORN's affiliation with the 2010 census promotion has caused sufficient concern in the general public, has indeed become a distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 census efforts," Groves wrote.

Stephen Buckner, a census spokesman, confirmed the letter, but declined additional comment.

ACORN spokesman Scott Levenson did not immediately return a request for comment.

In recent months, Republicans have become increasingly critical of the census' ties with ACORN, which stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The group, which advocates for poor people, conducted a massive voter registration effort last year and became a target of conservatives when some employees were accused of submitting false registration forms with names such as "Mickey Mouse."

ACORN has said only a handful of employees submitted false registration forms and did so in a bid to boost their pay.

Partly citing ACORN's role, Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and David Vitter, R-La., earlier this year blocked a full confirmation vote of Groves for several weeks. Rep. Michelle Bachman, R-Minn., also has been calling for a census boycott because of her concerns about whether the group would tamper with the high-stakes population count.

Up to now, the Census Bureau had defended ACORN's involvement, explaining it was one of 80,000 unpaid volunteer groups that the bureau hoped would be able to raise local awareness. But in his letter, Groves said it no longer had confidence that ACORN was effectively managing its partnership.

ACORN fired two employees who were seen on hidden-camera video giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman who pretended to be a prostitute. Fox News Channel broadcast excerpts from the video on Thursday. On the video, a man and woman visiting ACORN's Baltimore office asked about buying a house and how to account on tax forms for the woman's income. An ACORN employee advised the woman to list her occupation as "performance artist."

In a statement, ACORN Maryland board member Margaret Williams said the video was an attempt to smear ACORN, and that undercover teams attempted similar setups in at least three other ACORN offices. Williams said no tax returns were filed and no assistance was provided.

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Comic-Books & Race ‘09 Part 1: Open Thread


by Special Correspondent Arturo R. García

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Seemingly lost amid the news of Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Comics was this post by Marvel Executive Editor Tom Breevort, where a question about non-American comic-book leads yielded this rather candid response:

Because we’re an American company whose primary distribution is centered around America, the great majority of our existing audience seems to be white American males. So while within that demographic you’ll find people who are interested in a wide assortment of characters of diverse ethnicities and backgrounds, whenever your leads are white American males, you’ve got a better chance of reaching more people overall.

Boom! Studios head Mark Waid commented on the issue at Comic Book Resources:

In the original post, Tom makes it abundantly clear that he’s not sure he has an answer, isn’t sure he knows THE answer, but that he’s hazarding a guess. And while Tom’s syntax following that is a little blunt…man, I wish it were wrong, but it’s not. Every comics publisher ever, including BOOM!, can tell you maddening tales of retailers who, even now, in the 21st century, are hesitant to order books with non-white, non-American leads because their community won’t support them. It’s absurd, it’s crazy-making, I don’t know what it’s going to take to change that other than time…but like it or not, it is an unfortunate truth of the time in which we live.

Needless to say, there’s a few layers to this discussion. But rather than try to wrap it all up into one post, I figured we’d start by getting your take on the matter. Is it a matter of “not supporting” POC superheroes, or the industry that creates them? Is it a case of creative and business inertia? What do you think?

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Big Food vs. Big Insurance

Big Food vs. Big Insurance

By MICHAEL POLLAN
Published: September 9, 2009


To listen to President Obama’s speech on Wednesday night, or to just about anyone else in the health care debate, you would think that the biggest problem with health care in America is the system itself — perverse incentives, inefficiencies, unnecessary tests and procedures, lack of competition, and greed.
 
No one disputes that the $2.3 trillion we devote to the health care industry is often spent unwisely, but the fact that the United States spends twice as much per person as most European countries on health care can be substantially explained, as a study released last month says, by our being fatter. Even the most efficient health care system that the administration could hope to devise would still confront a rising tide of chronic disease linked to diet.

That’s why our success in bringing health care costs under control ultimately depends on whether Washington can summon the political will to take on and reform a second, even more powerful industry: the food industry.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three-quarters of health care spending now goes to treat “preventable chronic diseases.” Not all of these diseases are linked to diet — there’s smoking, for instance — but many, if not most, of them are.
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Michael Savage Seeks New Home...

Michael Savage Dropped From "Flagship" Radio Station

Via ThinkProgress comes the news that San Francisco radio station 910 KNEW has dropped conservative talk-show host Michael Savage from its lineup. KNEW, which was Savage's "flagship station" dropped the righty talker in favor of "John and Ken," who the station manager reliably informs listeners are just as good as "Armstrong and Getty," whatever that means.


From KNEW's blog:

I'm going to answer the very first question many of you have.


"Why did you take Michael Savage off the air?"

Here's your no-spin direct answer; we have decided to go in a different philosophical and ideological direction, featuring more contemporary content and more local information. The Savage Nation does not fit into that vision.



You can take a look at KNEW's revised lineup, here. As usual, I'll point out that this has nothing to do with the "Fairness Doctrine."

The San Francisco Chronicle attempted to reach Savage for comment. It went about as well as you might expect:


So we called Michael to ask him what's up. His response: "Why don't you call Mao Zedong? He's your boss."

After we stopped laughing, we called back, noted that Mao is still dead and asked for a call back. Until we get one, we'll be reading our favorite little red book.

Don't worry about Michael -- for those of you who are. Not only are his ratings strong across the country, he's already called at least one San Francisco station Thursday, presumably in search for a new home.


The Savage Nation website alerts listeners in the Bay Area that Michael Savage can still be heard on KSTE 650.
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At Least The Future of The Republican Youth is at Safe Hands...

President of Community College Board Arrested for DUI, Couldn't Recite Alphabet

HOENIX, AZ -- The 26-year-old President of the Maricopa County Community Colleges (MCCC) governing board and staunch Christian conservative activist, Colleen Clark (R), admitted this week that she was arrested for drunken driving in July. According to the police report, Clark was so inebriated that she was only able to recite the alphabet correctly from A to D and then finished her recitation with "L, U, G, A, K, Z, U, P, L, M, N, O, P."

Although Clark admitted to the board on Tuesday during a work-study session that she had, in fact, been arrested on July 11 for drunken driving with a .143 alcohol level (missing an extreme DUI charge by just .007), Clark is refusing to step down from her position as head of the MCCC governing board.

According to the MCCC website, MCCC is one of the largest community college systems in the world and is the largest provider of health care workers and job training in the state of Arizona.
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Survey: Miller, Wilson In Dead Heat

Survey: Miller, Wilson In Dead Heat

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) finds himself electorally vulnerable in the wake of his "You lie!" outburst during President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress, according to the latest numbers from Public Policy Polling.

Rep. Wilson (R-S.C.) trails challenger Rob Miller 44 to 43 percent in the poll. Wilson defeated Miller 54-46 in the 2008 election.

62% of voters in his district say they disapprove of Wilson's actions while just 29% think they were okay. Overall, 49% of voters say that Wednesday's incident made them less likely to vote for Wilson in the future, while 35% said it made them more likely to do so.

"In a matter of seconds Joe Wilson turned himself from a safe incumbent into one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the country for 2010," said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling.

PPP surveyed 747 South Carolina 2nd Congressional District voters on September 10th and 11th. The survey's margin of error is plus or minus 3.6 percent.

Miller has raised over $750,000 $848,900 since the incident.


Guys, he is close to a million!!