R As it turns out, Glenn Beck had more average viewers than all his timeslot competition combined each day over the most recent week.
For complete information on all cable news ratings check daily cable news ratings posts.
Nielsen Cable Network Coverage Estimates (as of September, 2009)
CNN/HLN: 99.10 million HHs
CNBC: 96.78 million HHs
FNC: 96.26 million HHs
MSNBC: 92.64 million HHs
Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.Source
ROME - Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is poking fun at President Barack Obama again.
Berlusconi has told a rally in Milan that he was bringing greetings from the United States from "What's his name? Some tanned guy. Ah, Barack Obama!"
Shortly after Obama's election, Berlusconi raised eyebrows by saying the victor was "young, handsome and even has a good tan."
This time, Berlusconi took a poke at the First Lady.
"You won't believe it," he said Sunday, "but two of them went to the beach because the wife is also tanned."
Berlusconi is known for his gaffes.
European media have played up photos showing Michelle Obama greeting many leaders at a Pittsburgh summit last week with a kiss but stiffly holding out her arm to shake Berlusconi's hand.source
World Leader' to Obama: Explain Why 'They're Putting a Hitler Moustache On You'
September 27, 2009 1:16 PM
President Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner last night, discussing false claims made about the health care reform bill, told a little anecdote.
"I was up at the G20 -- just a little aside -- I was up at the G20, and some of you saw those big flags and all the world leaders come in and Michelle and I are shaking hands with them," the president said. "One of the leaders -- I won't mention who it was -- he comes up to me. We take the picture, we go behind.
"He says, 'Barack, explain to me this health care debate.'
"He says, 'We don't understand it. You're trying to make sure everybody has health care and they're putting a Hitler mustache on you -- I don't -- that doesn't make sense to me. Explain that to me.'"
Asked who this was, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs would say only "a world leader."
Any guesses as to who said it?
Teaching Hours by Country: Are We Teachers or Babysitters?
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AN OHIO woman who was implanted with the wrong embryo has given birth to a ''healthy baby boy'' and given him up to his biological parents, her family said.
Carolyn Savage, 40, and her husband, Sean, offered their ''heartfelt congratulations'' to Paul and Shannon Morell, the boy's biological parents.
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A skull long believed to be that of Adolf Hitler actually belonged to a woman, according to an American scientist who has taken DNA samples from it.
The skull was taken by Soviet forces in 1945 when they found charred remains outside the Nazi dictator's bunker in Berlin.
The Russians said at the time that the findings backed claims that Hitler had shot himself on April 30, 1945, and then been cremated along with his wife, Eva Braun.
Now, however, archaeologist and bone specialist Nick Bellantoni says the skull really belonged to a woman aged under 40 and not Hitler - who was 56 when he died.
Neither does Mr Bellantoni believe the skull belongs to Braun, Hitler's long-time girlfriend and last-minute wife, who is thought to have killed herself by taking cyanide and would therefore not have had a bullet wound - as this skull has.
The Russians say they have never claimed the skull itself was the chief reason for their belief the skull was Hitler's.
Instead, they point to dental records as confirmation that Hitler killed himself.
Some historians have believed for years that the Nazi dictator did not die in Berlin.
"There is no forensic evidence whatsoever that Hitler died in the bunker," historian and journalist Gerrard Williams told Sky News Online.
"The Nazi high command had been making plans since 1943 to get out of Germany and to set up a Fourth Reich mainly in South America so they had no need to die in situ in Germany.
"There was a very effective route out of Germany to South America and the Nazis had help from various factions, in particular a Croatian cardinal from the Vatican called Alois Hudel.
"As for the dental records, they were destroyed on the orders on Martin Borman in 1944. So there were no records on top Nazi leaders with which to compare the charred findings."
One reason why there was such a belief at the end of World War II that the skull was Hitler's, Mr Williams suggests, is that everyone needed Hitler to be dead.
"Everyone wanted to close the chapter very quickly because, of course, the Cold War was just starting up. It was convenient, that's all."
Not the most reputable sources ever on this one, but I still thought it was interesting.
Can you Godwin a post that's already about Hitler?
The 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly opened Friday with a press conference by its new president, Ali Abdussalam Treki, a Libyan diplomat.
When asked about a UN resolution that calls for the universal decriminalization of being gay, Treki called the matter “very sensitive.”
“[T]hat matter is very sensitive, very touchy,” Treki said. “As a Muslim, I am not in favor of it … it is not accepted by the majority of countries. My opinion is not in favor of this matter at all. I think it's not really acceptable by our religion, our tradition”
“It is not acceptable in the majority of the world. And there are some countries that allow that, thinking it is a kind of democracy … I think it is not,” he added.
The resolution, sponsored by France and the Netherlands, met with strong resistance from a group of Arab leaders who challenged it with a statement condemning being gay. The Arab-backed statement decried the decriminalization of being gay because it might lead to “the social normalization, and possibly the legitimization, of many deplorable acts including pedophilia.” Vatican officials also balked at the pro-gay resolution, saying it would promote gay marriage.
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News reports on Monday quoted the Swiss authorities as saying he could be freed on bail if he agrees not to leave Switzerland.
Mr. Polanski, 76, a French citizen, was detained as he arrived to receive an award at the Zurich Film Festival. His lawyer, Herve Temime, told The Associated Press that Mr. Polanski would fight extradition, but the arrest raised the possibility that Mr. Polanski would be returned to the United States to face sentencing under his conviction for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
The Swiss action drew some protests in France, where Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a radio interview Monday that he and the Polish foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, had written to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Kouchner had already said in a statement that he had spoken with his Swiss counterpart and communicated “the desire of the French authorities that the rights of Mr. Polanski be fully respected and that this affair rapidly find a favorable resolution.”
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September 24, 2009 9:03 pm ET
SUMMARY: On September 23, Los Angeles Times media critic James Rainey reported that ACORN official Lavelle Stewart "told me this week" that when conservative videographers James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles came to Stewart's ACORN office in Los Angeles disguised as a pimp and prostitute, Stewart "tried to get the 'prostitute,' who claimed she had been beaten by her pimp, to go to a women's center." Stewart's reported statement and a police report filed by officials at ACORN's Philadelphia office undermine O'Keefe's and Giles' claims that they were never rebuffed at any of the ACORN offices they visited, and the videographers have yet to release the Los Angeles and Philadelphia videos.
ACORN's Stewart reportedly said: "The fact she was not taking the help I offered ... raised a red flag"
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Later, in an address to Czech academics in Prague, the pope inveighed against the perils of relativism. He also underlined the need to mend “the breach between science and religion.”
Celebrating Mass in this southern city in the country’s Catholic heartland, the 82-year-old, German-born pope said that “history had demonstrated the absurdities to which man descends when he excludes God from the horizon of his choices and actions.” He added: “Your country, like other nations, is experiencing cultural conditions that often present a radical challenge to faith and therefore also to hope.”
While the pope received a warm and enthusiastic reception from the crowd — a large number of whom appeared to come from neighboring Poland, Germany and Slovakia — religious observers lamented that the Czech nation as a whole seemed unmoved.
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The actual shite that awaits me on my morning commute tomorrow. FML.
Virginia NAACP Executive Director King Salim Khalfani told the protesters that his group arranged the protest because it took offense to "the abomination that's on the wall behind us."
The poster, unfurled over the weekend from the roof of Club Velvet at 15th and East Main streets, is about 8 feet wide by 10 feet tall. Looming over the busy intersection, the poster shows Obama's face superimposed over that of Heath Ledger, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the Joker in the Batman sequel "The Dark Knight."
Obama's face on the poster has the same eye black and smeared red lipstick that Ledger made famous in the movie. Below Obama's face is the word "socialism" in large, black, bold letters.
Club owner Samuel J.T. Moore III declined to speak with The Times-Dispatch but released a statement saying he put up the poster as part of his constitutional right to free speech.
Moore, who identified himself as a Libertarian, said he was unhappy with the direction of Obama's eight-month-old administration, particularly on financial issues.
"This country is going to hell in a handbag," Moore said, "and the current administration is making things worse."
Earlier this year, the city of Richmond dropped its claim that a large, yellow banner at Velvet that protested placing a ballpark in Shockoe Bottom was illegal because it exceeded size limits outlined in the city's zoning ordinance.
Moore's club is awaiting a state Alcoholic Beverage Control hearing on alleged violations. Earlier this year Moore was convicted of three misdemeanor charges related to having sex with a minor and another woman at his apartment in the club, and filming it illegally.
On the whole, I wish they hadn't bothered -- if it's not illegal, nothing can be done, and even if it were illegal, this unoriginal asshat and his nast establishment seem to be pretty much untouchable anyway.
The obesity epidemic provides one of the greatest challenges of political philosophy for governments since the birth of democracy. The economic, health and mortality consequences of obesity and its partner diseases are as grave as any crisis faced by any government in history. But most governments are paralysed by the clash of fundamental democratic principles involved.
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BERLIN — Roman Polanski's French lawyer said Monday the director would fight extradition from Switzerland to the U.S., as the arrest of the 76-year-old spiraled into an international incident, with France announcing it had appealed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for his release.
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shamelessly stolen from ONTD Proper
This morning on The View, the ladies took it upon themselves to untangle the Roman Polanski affair, because that's their job. In the process, we learned about Whoopi's strange and fascinating moral universe, which includes the concept of "rape-rape."
First: there probably aren't two people out there who have studied this case and agree exactly on what should happen to Roman Polanski, so let's get that out of the way before this conversation spirals down the way it did on The View this morning. There are certainly gray areas to be found here, even if they're only concerning a biased judge. But Whoopi Goldberg, in a condescending rant ostensibly about clarifying exactly what Roman Polanski was charged with (as if that matters, when nobody is denying that he drugged and had sex with a child), can't seem to find them. She seems obsessed with the actual charges to which Polanski pleaded guilty (sex with a minor), and refers to the case as a "suit," as if it's a civil lawsuit about a roach in a box of french fries.
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Ew, Whoopi, I expect better from you. WTF is "rape-rape"?? And LOL when she implies that Europeans have sex with children all the time.
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Posted: Sep 26, 2009 10:16 PM EDT Updated: Sep 28, 2009 10:19 AM EDT
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis billboard featuring a gay soldier was ripped to shreds by vandals Friday night.
The billboard was part of a campaign for National Coming Out Day, which takes place annually on October 11. The campaign's purpose is to promote understanding of issues affecting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community in the Mid-South.
The billboard located at Poplar and High near Downtown Memphis pictured a marine and read,"I'm gay and I protected your freedom."
Police have not said whether there are suspects in custody.
Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center President Heidi Williams says she's appalled by such an act of hatred.
"I know that they intended to silence us with hate. However, we are choosing to unite and come over that with a stronger voice, and a message that we are here - and we deserve equality as well as everyone else," she said.
MGLCC plans to hold an event later this week to rally against the vandalism.
(sort-of Easter Egg-y post-vandalism photo here)
Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select Their Least Favorite People On The Right (2009 Edition)
LAST YEAR'S EDITION HERE
With Arlen Specter on Team Democrat and Chuck Hagel out of sight and out of (their) mind, who will be our new #1???
Huntsman didn't make the cut and he is freaking working for Obama. There is no justice. Ah well, maybe I can pour my drink on the rightwingnews.com guy at the afterparty.
And he reportedly made one whopper of a claim -- bragging that his tax policies and governance have righted the economic ship back home.
The Detroit News wrote : Michigan can look to Florida as a model for how less spending and taxing can fix a sagging economy, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist told a record setting crowd of 2,100 people Friday night at the start of the 28th biennial Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island. ... Crist said Florida, much like Michigan, was plagued by high unemployment before he took over, cut spending, slashed taxes and focused on job creation. "Less taxing, less spending, less government, more freedom," Crist said.
If Crist claimed he's improved the employment situation, that sure sounds like news here. GOP U.S. Senate rival Marco Rubio's camp quickly pounced Monday by pointing out that Florida unemployment was 3.3 percent when Crist took office in January 2007 and is 10.7 percent now. (Michigan's was 15.2 percent in August).
Despite his claim to be a tax-cutter, the Rubio campaign blasted Crist for signing a budget that jacks up taxes and fees by nearly $2 billion, supporting a cap-and-trade policy (Crist has since run away from), and expanding the state's footprint in the hurricane-insurance market.
"Unfortunately for Charlie Crist, what happened in Michigan this weekend, didn't stay in Michigan," the Rubio campaign mocked.
"If the beleaguered citizens of Michigan are looking for answers to their economic problems, they can do better than listening to Charlie Crist. Michiganders should ignore Charlie Crist's suggestion that they copy his prescription of historic tax increases, bigger government, more wasteful spending and no jobs to show for it. As Floridians can attest, the pain of the Charlie Crist Economy is nothing to brag about."
I can't believe this man is going to pretend like he deserves a Senate seat. I will also never understand why South Florida loves him so damn much. I just pray Alex Sink is our next governor.
NYC TV Host Says NYPD Refused To Investigate His Gay-Bashing
Blake Hayes, a NYC-based TV and radio host, says the NYPD refused to investigate after he and two friends were gay-bashed in Hell's Kitchen. From Hayes' blog:
Two punches to the face. Thrown against a car, denting its body. Told we should die of AIDS. Is this what you should expect walking down 9th Ave with a couple friends? I've walked the same block a million times. The place I call "home" is only 2 blocks away. I consider this neighborhood to be made up of friends, neighbors and allies. And yet tonight, it became a threatening, unaccepting place. Walking down this usual block, a friend turned when a lit cigarette butt was thrown at him. "Keep moving, faggot." We all stopped, shocked to hear these words in what is normally such an accepting, gay-friendly neighborhood, in New York, such an open-minded city.Openly lesbian City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has issued this statement:
We exchanged words, more and more heated, until he started to approach us, threatening violence. Before we knew it, he had thrown one friend against a car, denting it. The other took two punches to the face, cutting his lip before the bouncer at McCoy's came out and stopped him. We called the police. They arrived -- 5 cops or so, from at least 2 cars. They talked to the guy who assaulted us. They asked us what happened. We recounted the story. The cops -- the NYPD -- did NOTHING. They wouldn't even take the guy's information so we could file a claim later, or even run the plates of the car whose body was dented from him throwing my friend into it. "They're NJ plates, we can't do anything." Being able to marry is one thing. But being able to walk down the street in peace, and to be able to see someone arrested who tries to disrupt that peace -- is a simple human right.
Early Saturday morning there was a report of an anti-LGBT attack in Hell’s Kitchen in which two individuals were the victims of a physical assault. I am obviously outraged by news that another bias attack has occurred in our city. But I am also deeply concerned by reports from the victims that NYPD officers responding to the scene did not appropriately recognize the seriousness of the incident. In fact, it has been reported that they failed to attempt to apprehend or even to collect contact information from the alleged assailant. If these reports are true, the behavior of the police officers involved was also outrageous and merits swift action by the police department. In response I have spoken to Police Commissioner Kelly’s office. They have agreed to conduct an investigation of these reports, and to have police officials meet personally with the victims this week. I am very gratified that the police department has agreed to my requests, and urge them to complete a swift and thorough investigation.
Appearing on Bravo's Watch What Happens, host Andy Cohen asked ridiculously sexy Tyson Beckford to take off his shirt—which he did a la Tom Cruise—and if he had to spend the night with any man, who it would be.
The supermodel responded: "Well, I don't actually go that way. But I notice a lot of people think I do. But if I'm gonna do it, I'm going for Obama. If I got with him, I could run the country. If I was that way, yeah, Obama. I would give it to you, brotha." Tyson added: "Who would I do it for? Will Smith? Somebody pretty like that?" Cohen asked Beckford if he would be on "top" of the situation and the model added: "Yeah. And Michelle would hold the camera!"
But really, who wouldn't want a piece of this?
A departmental spokesperson told GC News that it is planning a public information campaign to alert businesses on the need to prepare for the introduction of the card, which will initially be made available on a voluntary basis.
It will be focused primarily on the north-west of England, reflecting plans to make the card available to residents of Greater Manchester later this year, with some nationwide marketing.
The campaign, one advert for which features a cartoon fingerprint unveiling the identity card to an admiring audience of other fingerprints, is expected to cost £544,000 between September and December.
"This will help businesses with 'know your employee' and 'know your customer' checks," the spokesperson said. "The National Identity Card may be presented to businesses across the country any time after launch, as proof of identity. Businesses need to ensure that their staff are ready to recognise the National Identity Card, and know how to check the security features."
The plan has attracted fresh criticism from campaigners against the card. Phil Booth, national co-ordinator of No2ID, said: "This latest, desperate attempt to market the ID scheme is patronising hype. Having failed to come up with any convincing benefits, officials are set to waste millions shoving ID cards down the throats of shops, of licensees, and of young people who already have alternatives.
"The IPS is treating the public and businesses like children if it thinks giving fingerprints smiles will make us all happy to be fingerprinted.
"Let us be clear: anyone signing up for a Home Office identity card has agreed to report to an official database for life, and lost control of their own identity information for ever. It is nothing to smile about."
The Huffington Post is collecting pics of the worst political tattoos ever. Look at the fail they found!
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Once you looked at all the tats, fill out this little poll. Ignore the spelling!fail because I can't fix it:
ONTD_P, Which Political Tatoo Is The Worst?
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad takes the world stage with a speech Wednesday to the U.N. General Assembly. He appears intent on showing he has not been weakened by three months of turmoil at home, where the pro-reform opposition has staged dramatic protests claiming Ahmadinejad's victory in June presidential elections was fraudulent.
Ahmadinejad has a reason to try to present his government as strong: On Oct. 1, Iran is to enter key negotiations with the United States and other powers seeking concessions on Iran's nuclear program.
The U.S. and its allies suspect Iran is secretly pursuing a nuclear weapon, warning that Tehran already has enough enriched uranium to build a bomb. Iran denies the accusations, saying it only aims to generate electricity.
Heading into the talks, Iran has firmly rejected demands it give up uranium enrichment, a process that can produce either fuel for a nuclear reactor or a warhead. And it doesn't want the talks to focus on the nuclear issue at all. But American and European officials warn that if no progress is made in the meetings, they will push for tougher U.N. sanctions against Iran.
In New York, Ahmadinejad is likely to come under heavy pressure over the nuclear issue. And his every step will be dogged by Iranian exiles, who plan protests over his government's postelection crackdown against the opposition. Already, exiles have been lobbying New York hotels to reject events where the Iranian president is to appear.
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Upshot? (All emphasis in these quotes are mine, of course.)
Judge Clay Land today granted Birther attorney Orly Taitz's motion to withdraw as counsel for her ex-client, but said he was not authorizing any breach of attorney-client privilege, and reminded her that she still must respond to his threat of sanctions for frivolous filings.
And for yet more joy, check out (at your own risk) Dr. Orly Taitz Esquire's blog, where she is crowing about her "victory" in GA and elsewhere:
Judge Land in GA granted my motion to withdraw as counsel. the reason, i had to do it, since Cpt Connie Rhodes was under tremendous pressure, intimidation by the military and department of defense and she stated that she didn’t want to proceed under this pressure. Now I don’t have my hands tied behind my back, I can provide more info, now I can do more on my own behalf.
That's right, Orly, 'cause practicing law is all about what the lawyer wants/needs, and not the client. As usual, Orly considers anyone who disagrees with her to be treasonous and persecuting her. And, as usual, I think of Orly Taitz as a female homunculus created by Ceiling Cat for our lulz (before Basement Cat made people actually believe the dumptruck of lies she drives around).
This past weekend members of the Westboro Baptist Church brought their vitriolic message to Brooklyn.
Known for picketing the funerals of soldiers with signs that read "GOD HATES FAGS" and similar wholesome messages, the Kansas-based group didn't get much traction with their protest, and were drowned out by about 200 counter-protesters.
The extremist Christians had also rallied in front of Brooklyn Technical High School on Thursday.
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Dave Weigel of The Washington Independent caught up with Congressman Trent Franks (R-Az.) at the "How to Take Back America" conference and offered him a chance to put himself firmly outside the 'birther' camp. Franks instead used the opportunity to acknowledge that he had once been presented with information that caused him to question President Obama's citizenship, and that Obama should release his long-form birth certificate to clear up any remaining doubts:
There was a time, right before and right after the presidential election where information was brought to me that put Mr. Obama's citizenship in question, in my mind. And I looked through it, we did all kinds of research, and we found material, in papers in Hawaii, newspapers, that I don't think could have been forged, that show he indeed was born in Hawaii about two years after statehood and that solved the issue for me...
...Probably, Barack Obama could solve this problem and make the birthers, you know, back off, by simply showing us his long-form birth certificate. That'd solve the problem. There's some other issue, I don't know what it is, that he doesn't want people to see the birth certificate on.
One wonders what information could have possibly been presented to Franks to cause him that amount of consternation about Obama's citizenship.
The last words of hundreds of death row inmates have been revealed for the first time.
Authorities in Texas - where more people have been executed than in any other U.S. state - have published the last statement of everyone put to death since 1982. The list also include details of the crimes that put them on death row.( Collapse )
Palin finishes memoir, 'Going Rogue,' out Nov. 17
Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, has finished her memoir just four months after the book deal was announced, and the release date has been moved up from the spring to Nov. 17, her publisher said.
"Governor Palin has been unbelievably conscientious and hands-on at every stage, investing herself deeply and passionately in this project," said Jonathan Burnham, publisher of Harper. "It's her words, her life, and it's all there in full and fascinating detail."
Palin's book, her first, will be 400 pages, said Burnham, who called the fall "the best possible time for a major book of this kind."
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"The Fox Report" on Fox News, hosted by anchor Shepard Smith, ran a piece by reporter Dan Springer on how Canada's single-payer health care system is forcing Canadians to come to the United States for care because the waiting period for treatment is too long. The report was intended to contrast negatively with proposals in the U.S. to include a public option in health care reform, however Smith questioned whether the report they just ran was actually fair:
Of course you wonder if it's really a fair comparison when no one has introduced a single-payer system here. In fact a government-run option has barely been suggested, at least isn't included at the moment. We'd still have private health insurance here. So, I mean, it's different.
Springer defended the comparison by saying that some critics of a public option say it would inevitably lead to a single-payer system because despite their still being private insurers, there is no way they could compete with a plan funded by the government. Smith replied, "Of course the government says, they compete with FedEx and they compete with UPS, and you have options, and that's what they're suggesting here."