September 20th, 2009

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Woman's Declaration That She's a 56-Year-Old Virgin Off by One Night

We mentioned this yesterday, but now we've got the video: A woman announced at a Texas Education Agency hearing yesterday that she is a 56-year-old virgin. She thought she was testifying at a hearing about sex education. She wasn't. Former schoolteacher Deborah Parish (we're unsure on the spelling, since we got her name from the video), wanted to impress upon the agency that you can teach kids to get sexy without taking their clothes off, a proposition for which the fact that she had gone all her 56 years without "technically" having sex somehow serves as evidence. But before she could testify about all her gratifying fully clothed sexual experiences, the agency's members informed her that they were taking testimony on alcohol awareness—the sex ed stuff, when her virginal status would have been relevant, had all happened the day before. Read the agenda, virgin!

(Also on the agenda yesterday was a proposal to teach all Texans about Newt Gingrich in history class, but Parish didn't weigh in on that.)

and here's a longer video where she asks "what is chlamydia anyway?" (you'll have to fast-forward through the idiot vlogger)
starts at 3:02
AND YES - She DID say "nor are they (children) ready to have AIDS" Really? uh I don't think anyone is 'ready' to get AIDS.


David Thewlis - Head in Hand

Call It Ludacris: The Kinship Between Talk Radio and Rap

BELIEVERS Rappers like Ludacris and hosts like Glenn Beck are strict capitalists.

If you’re driving alone through the plains of Nebraska and need a little company, you can’t do better than the nationally syndicated maestros of political talk radio. Hour after hour, rant after rant, it is a feast of words and feverish emotion, interrupted only by regular commercials and the occasional call from the awe-struck fan.

I’d heard these voices before, but only in sound bites. When you don’t own a car and don’t tune in at home, you probably don’t run into Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh or Mark Levin. On the highways of the Cornhusker State, they ran into me, every time I hit the scan button. After a while, it felt like a series of visits from very colorful and highly agitated relatives. Or it would if I had a lot of relatives certain that America is slouching toward a socialist abyss.

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Obama urges Paterson to quit governor race, report says

The president's request is prompted by fears that the unpopular New York governor would be a liability to Democrats, according to the New York Times.
From A Times Staff Writer

September 20, 2009

President Obama is urging embattled New York Gov. David Paterson not to seek a full term, according to a published report Saturday.

Obama's action apparently was prompted by fears that the unpopular governor could prove a liability to other Democrats running for Congress or the state Legislature next fall, according to the New York Times.

The newspaper credited two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative for the information, but did not name them.

The Times said the president's request was passed on to Paterson by Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, a Democrat from Queens, who has a strong relationship with the governor.

Neither Paterson nor aides responded to requests for comment Saturday.

The former lieutenant governor is widely viewed as an ineffective leader and one reason the state's government has experienced gridlock for much of this year.

In a Quinnipiac poll last month, voters gave him an approval rating of 30%.

Paterson became governor in March 2008 after Gov. Eliot Spitzer was forced to resign in a prostitution scandal.


oooook glenn beck.

Shame on these partisan left-wing journalists!

OMG! James Macintyre from the New Statesman is left-wing and doesn’t like the Conservative Party that much! Tory blogger Iain Dale is absolutely shocked. Apparently James once also wrote something nice about Ed Balls and Douglas Alexander. Obviously that requires execution by death squad. The once proud reputation of the New Statesman has been tarnished (yada yada).

I have to laugh when I see right-whingers shout like this. I’ll briefly recount the background here. James wrote a blogpost saying he believed the Conservative Party was institutionally racist, given its long history of defending or playing down racists among their ranks. Enoch Powell is the obvious one, who once again Iain Dale thinks isn’t objectionable at all.

Daniel Hannan MEP, who kicked this round off, is another case in point. This time he says most of the anger aimed at Obama isn’t racist. I find this objectionable not only because of the huge number of racist banners on display, but because the organiser of the recent protests himself got caught out calling the US president an “Indonesian Muslim welfare thug”. Furthermore, around 50% of Republicans are “birthers” This isn’t a fringe this is a whole movement! Of course the Tories don’t want to admit this but a large percentage of their ideological allies across the pond haven’t quite got the post-racial vibes yet.

And this is my problem with Dan Hannan – he isn’t racist, but he’s quite ready to play down racism in the States as well as pretend there’s nothing at all wrong with praising Enoch Powell. There’s a difference between having some racist people in your party (all do) and actively eulogising racists. Iain Dale himself of course is no stranger to playing the race card… or the sex card… as do his mates. So this idea that only lefties do this is quite ludicrous.

Right-whingers not only play the race card when it suits them, but they also repeatedly play down racism. When challenged, they then accuse that person of being racist! (see the comments on Iain Dale’s post – they’re comical).

But I actually wanted to make a broader point here. Well done to James Macintyre for saying it how he thinks it, because I’m sick of left-wing journalists being tied to false equivalence. The right-wing media is full of biased and partisan reporting but as soon as anyone on the left holds them to account, they get hysterical and accuse them of being partisan (see above).

There’s a similar point made here on Gawker about Time magazine’s front page article on Glenn Beck. Let’s be clear about this: Glenn Beck is a whacko. There aren’t that many ways to spin it and any journalist that tries to play it ‘balanced’ is as idiotic as offering one side of a debate to 9/11 troofers or climate change deniers.

I made the same point to Michael Savage* (political journalist, Independent) this week, who let Tory MP Nadine Dorries off the hook on the TUC high-heels saga. He replied:

it’s up to reader to make mind up on dorries from the context. Lets not pretend it’s only the right guilty of this…

But what’s the point of journalism if you aren’t holding politicians to account if they misrepresent something? Why are left-wing journos so goddamn scared? If politicians lie, then they should be confronted. Is that so hard? If Nadine Dorries is going around pretending that the TUC is trying to stop her from wearing high-heels, then the least someone could do is point out to her this wasn’t the case and then get her response.

Back to the point – it’s pretty obvious the New Statesman comes with a left-wing bias. That’s the whole damn point. Leave the ‘balance’ rubbish to the BBC. To get hysterical just because James Macintyre hates the Tories and has said a few nice things about Labour politicians is laughable. He’s not there to appease right-whingers like Iain Dale or the Tory party.

Source: Pickled Politics
*Not that hateful piece of shit from American radio... completely different Michael Savage here. Just pointing this out to avoid confusion. :)

Joe "You Lie" Wilson Has a Fight on His Hands... Will his "Macaca" Moment Destroy Him?...

Joe Wilson Election: Chances Damaged By Outburst

Rep. Joe Wilson may have shouted his way into the toughest election fight of his life.

Just ask former Sen. George Allen of Virginia, a conservative darling who suffered a surprise defeat in 2006 after calling an Indian-American campaign worker "macaca" – an ethnic slur in some countries. Or Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia, who was tossed out of office the same year after striking a police officer who tried to make her show identification before entering the Capitol complex.

Voters often frown on rude conduct, and Democrats would like nothing more to have Wilson's scalp in 2010 – not just to win another seat, but to hold up the victory as evidence that even the conservative South rejects the town-hall style vitriol that President Barack Obama is facing.

Of course, a decisive Wilson victory could also show the opposite: that voters in this South Carolina district are angry over Obama's policies and support Wilson's message, if not his style.

What's clear is that the race will be one of the most closely watched of the midterm cycle, with money now gushing in from all over the country. The normally low-key Wilson will be in the spotlight like never before.

"It's actually boosted Joe's popularity among folks who agree with him," said Danielle Vinson, a political scientist at Furman University. But Vinson said it could cause problems for Wilson with voters who are transplants to South Carolina.

"This particularly will stick in their minds because they're still talking to friends and family who live elsewhere, and for them, this has been an embarrassment,"
she said.

About a quarter of Wilson's constituents are African-Americans, a voting bloc that has overwhelmingly supported Obama and is not likely to approve of his insult.

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Net Neutrality Shifts Into High Gear

Net Neutrality Shifts Into High Gear

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski didn't mention Net Neutrality when he went before a House subcommittee on Thursday (Sept. 17). The subject will be front and center on Monday (Sept. 21) when Genachowski is expected to give a speech announcing the Commission will vote in October to start a Net Neutrality rulemaking.

Combined with the announcement at the hearing from House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) that he supports Net Neutrality and will support the Net Neutrality legislation proposed by Reps. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), it looks as if the issue which many people waited for a while to take off is finally gaining some momentum.

This will be the largest telecom fight in 14 years since the giveaway Telecom Act was fought out in 1995 (passed in 1996), and one well worth fighting. The Internet was created at a time when it was against the law for telephone companies to play favorites with the traffic that went over its network. Now, there are cable and wireless networks, along with the telephone company broadband platform that all have some piece of connections to the Internet, and no legal protections apply to any of it.

In a sense, this FCC rulemaking would help return to the basic legal principles that allowed the Internet to grow and to thrive, and to the environment which led to all the investment, not only in the network, but to all of the software and services on the "edge" of the network that we have today, whether it's a Google or Yahoo! or Amazon, or any of the hundreds and thousands of small, innovative companies. The proverbial "level playing field" finally will be leveled by rules or by a law, and not at the whim of the telecom companies which control the on-ramps to the Internet in a market in which there is very little competition.

Make no mistake. Simply because the FCC announces an action, the contest won't be confined to the Commission. Congress will become involved, and from the comments at the hearing of the Communications Subcommittee, the Republicans are ready to rumble. The Republican members, as usual, were forthright in expressing their opposition, as a half-dozen of them did, warning about threats to innovation and investment from an open, non-discriminatory Internet. It's a tough argument unless you're a phone or cable company or are subservient to one.
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white guy stars as asian comic book hero

white guy stars as asian comic book hero

Image and video hosting by TinyPicMore white people playing Asians! Hey, it's the Hollywood way. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the very Caucasian star of the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place, will star in The Weapon, based on the Platinum Studios comic series: 'Waverly' star joins 'Weapon' adaptation.

David Henrie will star as martial arts enthusiast and inventor Tommy Zhou, "who has developed a ground-breaking portable innovation that an evil order will stop at nothing to steal." Evil orders tend to do that.

I am not familiar with The Weapon, but from what I've read about it, Tommy Zhou is indeed an Asian character. David Henrie, who I had never even heard of before reading this news item, is not an Asian person. Hooray for Hollywood, you've done it again. That's racist!

No matter -- young Mr. Henrie is just excited that "[his] Disney audience will enjoy the empowerment and action-filled journey [his] character experiences." Yes, perhaps even enough to look the other way when they find out that Tommy Zhou is supposed to be Chinese American.

Hey, how about empowering a young Chinese American actor instead? Ha hahahahaha. I know, I'm sorry. That's practically unthinkable. Hollywood, casting actual Asians as Asian heroes? No way. That's just silly. More here: Disney's David Henrie Is 'The Weapon' For Platinum Studios.

Sauce @ Angry Asian Man

The peeps over at racebending contacted the series' original comic book creator Fred Vanlente and were told that he didn't know why David Henrie was cast either.

Somehow, I'm not surprised.

This is gonna be good, popcorn gif style.

US might have been involved in 2002 Chávez coup: Carter

BOGOTA (AFP) – The United States knew about an abortive coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2002, and may even have taken part, former US president Jimmy Carter has told a Colombian newspaper.

"I think there is no doubt that in 2002, the United States had at the very least full knowledge about the coup, and could even have been directly involved," Carter said in an interview with El Tiempo published Sunday.

The former US leader said it is understandable that Chavez continues to blame the United States for the failed overthrow attempt.
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SOURCE #2 (full interview in Spanish)

Not gonna lie, I hate Chávez but I could see this being true.
OBS.: Mods and everybody, I translated the interview with Google Translator and then fixed whatever sounded too weird but a lot might  have slipped (I'm tired and I speak Portuguese, not Spanish). Let me know if you read something that doesn't make any sense.

BREAKING NEWS: Insurance companies are dicks.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - An insurance company has agreed to pay almost $75,000 in fines to settle a religious discrimination claim.

The Justice Department announced the settlement Friday involving Des Moines, Iowa-based Guideone Mutual Insurance Co. and two authorized agents, which had advertised special homeowners' and renters' benefits called FaithGuard to "churchgoers" and "persons of faith."

Under the agreement, the defendants must pay a total of $29,500 to three plaintiffs and $45,000 as a civil penalty.

GuideOne had offered the FaithGuard endorsement in at least 19 states. It must cease the practice under the agreement.

The lawsuit was the result of complaints filed by an atheist, an agnostic, and the Lexington Fair Housing Council. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in conjunction with a proposed consent decree.


It's funny cause it's true.

More excerpts from Bush speechwriter.

Speechwriter Matt Latimer's new book trains its gaze on the lunacy of the late-era Bush White House. And there was plenty of material.

Latimer, who first wrote speeches and congressional testimony for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, was one of Bush's top speechwriters at the end of his administration. He has written a tell-all that has some former administration officials furious at his disloyalty and others chuckling at the foibles he's made public.

Disclosure: Latimer's bookis officially embargoed until Tuesday. I read it in manuscript form months ago and blurbed it on the back of the book, saying good things about it. But the following nuggets don't come from the manuscript -- they're from a copy I purchased from a stack at Kramerbooks & Afterwords in Washington, D.C.

Some of the best moments relating to the financial crisis -- one of the many real world consequences of the shenanigans Latimer describes -- have been excerpted in GQ already. But the book is still rich with pearls for political junkies and anybody else looking for wondering what the Bush administration looked like from the inside.

Some of the best stuff:

Donald Rumsfeld had to be talked out of editing his own entry on Wikipedia, which he referred to as "Wika-wakka." He was a Drudge Report reader and used to watch YouTube clips that made fun of his press conference performances.

• Bush, when told that Idaho Sen. Larry Craig had been the latest GOPer to be caught in a sex scandal involving boys or men: "What is up with all these Republicans?"

• Several years after Colin Powell left as Secretary of State, he was to appear with administration officials at an event. "In the next draft can you change 'Secretary Powell' to 'General Powell'? He prefers to go by 'General' instead of 'Secretary'," read a note from his people to Latimer, who thought it looked like the general was trying to distance himself from the White House. "I'm happy to report that the president didn't accommodate him. 'Secretary Powell' stayed in," Latimer writes.

While Karl Rove was appearing on Fox News and writing op-eds as an independent political analyst, he was privately smearing Democrats. "Karl spread rumors through the White House that one of Obama's potential vice presidential running mates -- and a United States senator -- had beaten his first wife. 'Karl says it's true,' the president assured a small group of staffers. Then knowing Karl, he quickly added, 'Karl hopes it's true," reports Latimer.

• For a commencement address at Furman University in spring 2008, Ed Gillespie wanted to insert a few lines condemning gay marriage. Bush called the speech too "condemnatory" and said, "I'm not going to tell some gay kid in the audience that he can't get married." (Of course, Bush ran his 2004 campaign telling that kid just that.)

• Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "adamantly opposed" any reference to jailed Egyptian dissident Ayman Nour when Bush traveled to Egypt to promote freedom. She won.

• Bush, it turns out, is like millions of Americans: "I haven't watched the nightly news one night since I've been president," he said.

Laura Bush, says Latimer, "was secretly a Democrat for all intents and purposes, though it really wasn't much of a secret."

• Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins is fond of sending angry, middle-of-the-night e-mails to staffers because she's frustrated that her colleague and rival Olympia Snowe gets more and better press. As a result, reports Latimer, she rips through press secretaries like 30-packs at a beer-pong tournament. (A Collins press secretary didn't respond to a request for comment.)

• Interviewing for the job, Latimer was told by Chief of Staff Josh Bolten that Bush's White House was "the most ethical administration in history." He added: "Looks like even Scooter Libby might get off."

• Latimer was asked to help with a speech for Under Secretary of Defense Douglas Feith, who General Tommy Franks famously called "the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth." Feith had rejected a draft from another writer. "His own writer had failed miserably at drafting some upcoming testimony to Congress. Feith was so incensed by the speech's first line that he read it aloud to me. 'Mr. Chairman, thank you for inviting me to testify today.' ''Thank you'? Feith snapped, as if he couldn't believe it. ''For inviting me'?'"

Bush on Jimmy Carter: "If I'm ever eighty-two years old and acting like that have someone put me away."


i'm def. buying it.

edit: More @ GQ