September 29th, 2009

Apparently Jackasses on Facebook Even Know How to Use a Weekend News Dump.

Secret Service Probing Facebook Poll That Asked Whether Obama Should Be Killed
'Should Obama Be Assassinated?' Poll Pulled from Facebook Site

The Secret Service is investigating the origins of a poll that appeared on Facebook that asked whether President Obama should be killed.

Posted over the weekend, the poll was removed by Facebook after the Secret Service received a tip and contacted the company, which was not aware of the survey, sources tell ABC News.

"When the Secret Service became aware of the poll we worked with Facebook to have it taken down and are conducting an investigation," said a spokesman for the Secret Service.

The poll asked: "Should Obama be killed?" The answer choices: "No," "Maybe," "Yes" and "Yes if he cuts my health care."

The Secret Service will be reaching out to the person who developed and posted the poll to determine intent.

As the health care debate intensified over the summer, experts tracking hate groups expressed concern over what they described as violent rhetoric and "a genuine backlash" against the president.

According to a spokesman for Facebook, the poll was created by an independent person using an add-on application.

"The third-party application that enabled an individual user to create the offensive poll was brought to our attention this morning," Barry Schnitt, Facebook's spokesman for policy, told The Associated Press.

He told the AP that the application was taken down.

"We're working with the U.S. Secret Service," Schnitt said.

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Since this is connected to the health care debate, comments at the source may cause rage, intermittent face-palming, and blue balls. If your erection lasts more than four hours, consult a doctor.
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Colorism, Black Women, and Contemporary Representation

By Courtney Young

Former President Jimmy Carter touched off a media firestorm recently by suggesting that racism explained the extreme rancor of some criticism of President Obama’s health reform plan. The resulting debate, however, didn’t begin to reach the nuance of how attitudes about race are experienced in this country, particularly by black women, as the author explains.


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Coming to Terms with the “F Word”

By Marianne Schnall and Patty Goodwin

At this year’s annual Omega women’s conference in Rhinebeck, New York, participants reached across generations to empower themselves and their communities. The authors spoke to two of the younger “trailblazers.”

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Charreah Jackson

Charreah Jackson, 24, an African American journalist, and Alberta Nells, 19, a Navajo youth activist, sat in the audience at Omega Institute’s Women & Power Conference recently and listened to artist-philanthropist Sarah Peter describe her first encounter with the “F word.” Not the unprintable one—the “feminist” one.


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Health Insurance companies are exempt from Anti-Trust legislation.

(or: Its the Laws the government has passed that makes health care prices so high)

Why is health insurance the only business that has an exemption from the Sherman Anti-Trust Act other than Major League Baseball? If the delivery of taxpayer trillions by our politicians to the banks to support their fraudulently paid bonuses hasn't shown you what our current government's values are, check this link out.

Through the governmental negligence that we as voters allowed, a health care system was created in which a single health care company controls at least 30 percent of the insurance market in 95% of the country, including states like the following:

Maine, where Wellpoint controls 71% of the market.
North Dakota, where Blue Cross controls 90% of the market.
Arkansas, where Blue Cross Blue Shield controls 75% of the market.
Alabama, where Blue Cross Blue Shield controls 83% of the market.

This monopoly, combined with the misaligned incentives that trap people in employer-based health care, is causing the skyrocketing health care costs that are hurtling our nation towards bankruptcy.

I don't know what's worse: that most Republicans seem to be against ending this unfair legal protection for an entrenched industry that is ruining our country with their non-competitive practices, or that most Democrats seem to be threatening this arrangement only as a bargaining chip to push for a meaningless public option that wouldn't be accessible to almost 85% of the population?

Instead of improving our country, through creating and enforcing free and fair markets, our politicians are currently engaging in backroom deals, most of which protect the very companies who profit the most from these disastrous outdated systems -- industries like health insurance and big Pharma.

While we clearly have the ability as a group of 305 million to update the system that is American Health Care and move our country into the 21st century in the process, it's becoming clear that we may not have the leaders to do it.

Instead of seeking answers to the problem of paying for and providing medicine, we are doing the exact opposite. Taxpayers' money is being played with by politicians who are desperately trying to protect the competition-stifling, false security of the monopolistic employer-based health care system and its outdated, over-charging, under-delivering ways. Given the least consideration are those affected the most -- the patients and the doctors who care for them.

This country's founders built an ingenious system of checks and balances for a reason: to ensure that no special interest or group could use government power to commandeer the creative and economic wealth of our nation to their own ends. How much longer must we live in a country where the citizens are subservient to the banks, health insurance companies and any other special interest able to control our government at the expense of our the most basic principles of fairness, our future as a nation and, as a result, our freedom?


Texas: "Abstinence-only Is Not Working... Lets Try Abstinence-Plus!"

Some Texas districts change tune on abstinence-only sex ed
Rising teen prenancy, STD rates, declining U.S. funds bring 'abstinence-plus' to more schools.

As federal funding for promoting teen abstinence dries up, a shift is taking place in sex education in some Texas schools — often driven in part by concern over teen pregnancies.

More government money has been spent on the cause of sexual abstinence in Texas than any other state, but it still has the third-highest teen birth rate in the country and the highest percentage of teen mothers giving birth more than once.

The rate of student pregnancies in Austin high schools has increased 57 percent since the 2005-06 school year, and rates of sexually transmitted diseases are rising among Travis County teens.

Now some school districts — including Austin — are moving from so-called abstinence-only instruction to a more comprehensive sex education curriculum, also called "abstinence-plus," which has been taught in few Texas schools.

"We mainly did it because of our pregnancy rate," said Whitney Self, lead teacher for health and physical education at the Hays Consolidated Independent School District. "We don't think abstinence-only is working."

Roy Knight, Lufkin Independent School District superintendent, echoed that view.

"Our data says that what we're doing isn't working, and our community is ready for us to do something different," said Knight, adding that his district's adoption of an abstinence-plus curriculum was "absolutely driven" by a teen pregnancy rate that is higher than the state average.

Both approaches to sex education teach that refraining from sexual activity is the safest choice for teens.

But abstinence-only gives limited information about contraceptives and condoms and tends to downplay their effectiveness, while abstinence-plus stresses the importance of using such protection if teens are sexually active.
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How To Take Back America: Living Under Obama's Homsexual Communist Nazi Hippie Gay Regime

Fear of Fascism, ‘Gay Agenda’ Dominates Conservative Kickoff for Midterm Elections
Huckabee, Bachmann Among GOP Stars at 'How to Take Back America Conference'

Kitty Werthmann has made quite a career out of warning Americans that fascism is on its way. The 84-year-old native Austrian survived the excesses of the Third Reich and, in her dotage as a leader of the South Dakota branch of the Eagle Forum, recorded tapes and videos explaining just how Hitler took power. She made her case during George W. Bush’s presidency, but the audience was small–fringe conservative activists, radio hosts like Alex Jones. Then came President Barack Obama. On Saturday, at the “How to Take Back America” conference, Werthmann found herself speaking to an overflowing room of conservative activists about the parallels between Obama and the rise of Hitler.

“We had prayer in school before we started class, and after class,” said Werthmann. “One day I came into the classroom and the crucifix was gone, and there was Hitler’s picture, and the Nazi flag on either side. And our teacher said, ‘Today we don’t pray anymore. We sing ‘Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Alles.’”

The audience of mostly female conservative activists murmured; some of them scrawled out detailed notes, shaking their heads at what they were hearing. It had been a few days since Fox News reported that a New Jersey school had children sing a song of praise to President Obama. They kept on writing and listening as Werthmann explained how Hitler had euthanized mentally handicapped children, and how he’d kept lists of political enemies.

“What would you suggest we do,” asked one activist, “if we are asked to give up our guns?”

“Don’t you dare give up your guns!” thundered Werthmann. “Never, never, never!”

“Give them back one bullet at a time!” called out another activist. The tense atmosphere melted a little bit; the room broke up with laughter.

According to Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum, the “How to Take Back America” conference was the largest summit the group had held in all of its 38 years. Schlafly, who turned 85 in August, moved slowly through the halls of the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, a 30-minute drive west from the center of the city, as new attendees shook her hand and begged her for autographs and photos. She told TWI that the registration topped 600, beating the previous record of around 300, and the size was overwhelming as hurried hotel staff tried to break down and build up tables for meals, for books, for punch at the end of the day.

“Kitty has pointed out the parallels between the slow, incremental Hitler takeover of Austria and some of the things that are happening today,” said Schlafly, asked about Werthmann’s “How to Recognize Living Under Nazis and Communists” session. “She’s an expert on that. I see what [Obama] is doing as absolute socialism, as government ownership of the means of production.”
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Give A Day, Get A Disney Day!

Breaking news…as we just announced on Good Morning America, if you give a day of volunteer service to a participating organization, you’ll get one day of free admission to a Disney Park. It’s a first-of-its-kind program we’re calling “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day.”


And yes, it’s that simple — a free one-day ticket to a Disneyland or Walt Disney World theme park for guests who volunteer a day of service to a participating organization. We’re celebrating you and the good things you do for your communities.

Our program officially begins on January 1, 2010. When it’s live, you’ll be able to visit or and search for an eligible volunteer project. After completing the volunteer work, an e-mail will be sent from Disney with a link to print out a certificate to redeem at a theme park for a free one-day, one-park admission. And if you’re unable to use the ticket, it can be donated to a charity designated by Disney.

Adorable TV spots behind the cut!

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Saw this on ONTD this morning. Sounds awesome!

Navy Seeks to Allow Women to Serve on Submarines

The nation's top military officer has called for lifting the ban on women serving aboard submarines, in a significant step toward reducing the barriers to women in combat.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he seeks the change to broaden opportunities for women in the military. "One policy I would like to see changed is the one barring their service aboard submarines," Mullen wrote in answers to questions from Congress before his Senate reconfirmation hearing last week.

Lifting the ban would allow women for the first time to serve as officers and enlisted personnel aboard the strategic fleet of fast-attack and other submarines where sailors live and work in cramped quarters at sea for six months at a time. After combat- exclusion rules were lifted in the early 1990s, women in the Navy were allowed to serve on surface combat ships and in combat aircraft, but the ban on their employment in submarines remained.

The Navy has for years been exploring how best to bring women into its submarine force. In a statement this week, Adm. Gary Roughead, the chief of naval operations, said he is "very comfortable addressing integrating women" into the force, but added, "There are some particular issues . . . we must work through."

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JFC just move to the Republican party already.

Five Dems Help Kill First Public Option Amendment In Senate Finance Committee

Five Democrats joined with all the Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee to shoot down a public health insurance option on Tuesday, voting 15-8 to reject an amendment by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).

Rockefeller's is one of two public option amendments the committee will take up. Immediately after the vote, debate began on one proposed by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Rockefeller's was considered more robust and therefore was expected to garner less support than Schumer's proposal.

Rockefeller's public option would use Medicare reimbursement rates for the first two years; Schumer's public plan would negotiate rates and not be tied to Medicare.

Ironically, the more liberal amendment offered by Rockefeller is also more fiscally responsible, according the Congressional Budget Office. Rockefeller's package would have shaved $50 billion of the bill's cost over a ten-year period. Tying it to Medicare rates over the duration would save more than $100 billion over that time window, according to the CBO.

Nevertheless, Republican senators argued that the public option would bankrupt the country and lead to a single-payer system. "Government is not a competitor. Government is a predator," said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

Yet the GOP also defended Medicare, which Democrats took pains to point out was a government-run plan.

Five Democrats opposed the public option: Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.).

Baucus framed his opposition in pragmatic terms. "My first job is to get this bill across the finish line," he said, arguing that if Rockefeller's public option was included in the final package, the bill wouldn't have the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

Rockefeller rejected the notion that any bill that can pass is a good thing. "We're here for a serious purpose," he said.

Though it's down, the public option is not out. "The public option is on the march," Rockefeller said.

Next up is Schumer's amendment.


The Baucus version is an early Christmas gift to the insurance industry. Good god, if these sons of bitches get re-elected...


At the conservative How to Take Back America Conference over the weekend, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., had some harsh words for President Obama.
Franks told those assembled: “Obama's first act as president of any consequence, in the middle of a financial meltdown, was to send taxpayers' money overseas to pay for the killing of unborn children in other countries. Now I gotta tell you, a president that will do that, here's almost nothing that you should be surprised at after that. You shouldn’t, we shouldn't be shocked that he does all these other insane things. A president that has lost his way that badly, that has no ability to see the image of God in these little fellow human beings, if he can't do that right, then he has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity.”

The video was recorded by the liberal People for the American Way, and reported by Alex Koppelman at Salon.


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Staffordshire Hoard: experts wept at sight of Anglo-Saxon gold

Terry Herbert lives alone in a council flat on disability benefits. Fourteen years ago he bought a battered metal detector at a boot sale for £2.50. Yesterday he learnt that it may well have made him a millionaire. Mr Herbert found an unprecedented trove of exquisitely crafted and jewel-encrusted gold and silver treasures dating back 1,400 years while scrabbling around with his metal detector on a Staffordshire farm. Historians said that the hoard would transform understanding of early Anglo-Saxon political, religious, economic and cultural history.

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(And I see that more information can be found here about the hoard! - )

Bad parenting special!

Police say a 17-year-old Taiwanese boy has been arrested for chopping off his father's hands, allegedly to avenge years of physical abuse.

Police say the boy cut through his father's wrists with a knife while he was asleep at the family home in central Miaoli.

The 37-year-old father, a divorced ironsmith, is in stable condition after doctors reattached his severed hands.

Police say the boy admitted to cutting his father's hands off and showed no remorse. They say the boy complained that his father had beat him after he refused to get a job while attending school.

The boy has been handed over to a juvenile court that will decide whether to file charges.

And meanwhile, in America...

A woman was arrested after her 14-year-son told authorities he escaped from a home where he had spent most of the past four years locked in a wardrobe.

A security guard at a National Guard building in Oklahoma City called police on Friday after the teenager turned up malnourished and with scars and other signs of abuse, police spokesman Gary Knight said.

"He was hungry. He was dirty. He had numerous scars on his body," Mr Knight said. "It was very sad."

The boy was taken to a hospital to be examined and then turned over to the custody of the Department of Human Services.

After police interviews, officers arrested the boy's mother, 37-year-old LaRhonda McCall, and a friend, 38-year-old Steve Hamilton, on 20 complaints each of child abuse and child neglect. Formal charges have not been filed.

The teenager, wearing only a pair of oversized shorts held up by a belt, walked up to a security guard at the Guard facility on Friday afternoon and asked where a police station was located so he could report being abused, according to a police report.

He told police that scars on his stomach and torso were from where alcohol had been poured on him and set on fire. Other scars were from being tied up, hit with an extension cord and choked, the boy told police.

"He had scars covering most of his body," Mr Knight said. "They were basically from head to foot."

The teenager told police he moved to the Oklahoma City area from New Jersey about four-and-a-half years ago after his mother was released from jail. Since arriving in Oklahoma, he said, he had never been to school and spent most of his time locked in a bedroom wardrobe.

He told police the wardrobe door was mostly blocked with a stepladder or a bed and that he managed to push the door open enough to escape and leave the house.

Mr Knight said six other children living at the home were taken into DHS custody, but none showed signs of abuse.

A DHS spokeswoman said she could not discuss specific cases but generally an investigation would be conducted before any of the children are returned to the home or placed with other family members.

"There may be family members, but we do a diligent search, and we're very careful about placing kids in a safe environment," DHS spokeswoman Beth Scott said.

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Atheism's open-door policy

On Friday, Cif belief editor Andrew Brown wrote, "It is entirely possible that Ariane Sherine's book on enjoying an atheist Christmas will sell this Christmas; but come the new year, it won't be found on the bookshelf in the toilet but in lavatories nicely warmed by Agas." His assertion is that atheists (or "new atheists", as he confusingly calls us – are we the ones who refuse to stay quiet?) are "educated and professional" snobs, and that we use our lack of belief as an excuse to look down on people who are working class: "Obviously, it is no longer done to sneer at the working classes for being idle, brutish, smelly, and breeding too much. But it's perfectly OK to sneer at 'faith heads' for all these things: that shows you're enlightened. It's pure coincidence that the despicable believers are for the most part lower class as well."

This line of thinking is puzzling and wrong on every level. The atheists I know have only one thing in common: we don't believe in God. Beyond that, there are very few generalisations anyone can make – our social class, ethnic backgrounds and political views are often extremely disparate (though there is a definite correlation between atheism and being a liberal – that is, believing that everyone has the right to do and say whatever they like and express themselves as they choose, so long as their actions are peaceful and don't hurt anyone). As he himself has come out on this site as an atheist, it is baffling that the majority of Andrew's pieces seem to lambast atheists, when the sole criterion for being one is merely accepting the truth as science reveals it.

The book I have edited which Andrew refers to, The Atheist's Guide to Christmas, provides a clear example of how different atheists can be. It features 42 freethinking writers (28 men, 14 women), aged between 26 and 79 – many of whom will have little in common other than their kindness and generosity of spirit (each has contributed their time and talent for free). Hopefully it will dispel stereotypes about atheist demographics: 12 contributors are from ethnic minority backgrounds, while four are from the predominantly religious US. Many of the contributors' styles and views couldn't be more different: from Derren Brown to Simon Le Bon, Charlie Brooker to Claire Rayner and David Baddiel to Simon Singh, there is a huge range of uplifting and lighthearted views and ideas for all readers to enjoy, atheist or not.

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A leading Egyptian scholar has demanded that people caught importing a female virginity-faking device into the country should face the death penalty.

Abdul Mouti Bayoumi said supplying the item was akin to spreading vice in society, a crime punishable by death in Islamic Sharia law.

The device is said to release liquid imitating blood, allowing a female to feign virginity on her wedding night.

There is a stigma about pre-marital sex in conservative Arab societies.

The contraption is seen as a cheap and simple alternative to hymen repair surgery, which is carried out in secret by some clinics in the Middle East.

It is produced in China and has already become available in other parts of the Arab world.

The device is reported to be on sale in Syria for $15.

Professor Bayoumi, a scholar at the prestigious al-Azhar University, said it undermined the moral deterrent of fornication, which he described as a crime and one of the cardinal sins in Islam.

Members of parliament in Egypt have also called for banning import of the item.


NYC Gay Hate Crime Victim Who Says NYPD Did Nothing, Talks to Local News



Blake Hayes, who says that the NYPD was negligent in response to a hate crime attack on Hayes and his friends over the weekend, spoke with ABC7.

Said Hayes: "We showed them my friend's lip, which had been cut when he got hit in the face. They basically said that they couldn't get him for assault because there was no physical injury. And we said, 'We just showed you the cut.' And they said, 'Well, it has to be something bigger than that. And we can't charge him with harassment because we didn't see it happen.'...It's almost like they were saying it was OK. He didn't hit you hard enough. Forget about what he said to you."

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force met with the victims of Saturday's attack early this afternoon.

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California Über Alles

I was too busy being a mom to vote, but I'm running for Gov! Oh, and I'm a billionaire.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman said Tuesday that it wasn't until she was a chief executive in Silicon Valley that she realized why she should vote after sitting out elections for decades. She says the problems with government she confronted there inspired her to get involved in politics.

Whitman sought to explain her spotty voting record for the first time after delivering a speech to a Yolo County Republican women's group.

"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband's career, and we moved many, many times," she told reporters. "It is no excuse. My voting record, my registration record, is unacceptable."

During the state GOP convention in Indian Wells last weekend, Whitman repeatedly refused to answer questions about her voting record after The Sacramento Bee reported that the former eBay CEO was not registered to vote before 2002 and there was no evidence she had ever registered as a Republican before 2007.

At the convention, Whitman repeatedly said she should have voted more often, but declined to answer questions about her record, instead repeating a previously released apology in which she said there were no excuses for her failure to vote.

On Tuesday, she elaborated, saying that like many Americans, she was not engaged in politics until recently.

"And so when I came to eBay, what I saw was the incredible difficulties that government created for small business ... inspired individuals who created business who got slapped down by taxation, by bureaucracy and regulation," she said.

Whitman, a billionaire, was chief executive at eBay from 1998 to 2008. Since leaving the company last year, she became an adviser to her former boss, presidential candidate Mitt Romney, then later, GOP presidential nominee John McCain.

Whitman also told delegates at the Republican convention last February that she had been registered as a decline-to-state voter since 1998. Whitman said Tuesday that while she doesn't remember saying it, "that was a mistake."

Also Tuesday, Whitman announced that former state assemblyman and GOP chairman Bob Naylor had withdrawn his endorsement from her rival, state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and was now supporting her.


To ditch the question in previous interviews,  she repeatedly told reporters "thank you for that" -- instead of answering their questions on her abysmal voting record.

Billionaire moms that don't bother to vote.  I wonder how the others in this sliver of demographic feel about this?  What is this shit about "like most Americans she was not engaged in politics until recently."  I hate to liken her to SP, but I can't really help it.

I feel sorry for us Californians that will have to deal with this B.S. for 13 months.  I find it unpossible that someone with her business track record had never had any political dealings.  It almost makes you want to listen to a song about Jerry Brown...

Rep. Trent Franks: "Wait. You Are Taking My Words Out of Context!"

GOP Rep. Tries To Clarify After Calling Obama "An Enemy Of Humanity"

A Republican member of the House of Representatives accused President Barack Obama of being "an enemy of humanity" during a conservative values forum this past weekend.

In a speech Saturday before the How to Take Back America conference, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) made comments that went far beyond the limits of traditional White House criticism. At one point, Franks demanded that Obama release his birth certificate to prove his constitutional eligibility to hold office. The bluntest charge, however, centered on the president's position on abortion, which the congressman derided as "insane" and godless.

"Obama's first act as president of any consequence, in the middle of a financial meltdown, was to send taxpayers' money overseas to pay for the killing of unborn children in other countries," said Frank. "Now, I got to tell you, if a president will do that, there's almost nothing that you should be surprised at after that. We shouldn't be shocked that he does all these other insane things. A president that has lost his way that badly, that has no ability to see the image of God in these little fellow human beings, if he can't do that right, then he has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity."

A Franks spokeswoman clarified that he was
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It is also one of the sharpest jabs taken at Obama on cultural issues by a sitting member of Congress. Much of the conservative angst with the president to date has centered on matters of government spending, health care, and judicial nominees -- the logical extension of the White House and Congress's intense focus on those three issues. But it is also, in some ways, a reflection of the extent to which religious conservatism has been marginalized in recent months.

"Rep. Trent Franks' remarks at the How to Take Back America Conference show a stunning lack of respect for our president and the office of the presidency itself," said Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way in a statement. "Rep. Franks is following the lead of Glenn Beck, but he's a member of Congress, not a talk show host, and he should act like one. Americans, and especially members of Congress, should be able to disagree passionately about politics without making wild and irresponsible accusations."

"President Obama's views on reproductive rights are supported by a majority of Americans, and it is outrageous for Rep. Franks to claim that anyone who holds such views is unfit for public office and an 'enemy of humanity,'" Keegan added. "Rep. Franks, like Rep. Joe Wilson before him, owes President Obama an apology."</div>


RNC’s Spanish Translation Of Hispanic Heritage Month Press Release Riddled With Errors

Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released a statement from Chairman Michael Steele announcing the release of a new video in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. However, though the press release emphasizes the Republican Party’s “commitment to the Hispanic community,” apparently that commitment does not include hiring a qualified Spanish translator. The Spanish translation of Steele’s statement is riddled with embarrassing typos and errors. Even Yahoo’s automatic online translator, Babel Fish, produces better results. A quick revision highlights the multitude of glaring errors:

The substance of the accompanying video isn’t much better. Its main focus is on highlighting the accomplishments of conservative Latinos and completely ignores renowned Latino leaders like civil rights activists César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, and completely sidesteps the recent confirmation of Puerto Rican Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Watch it:

The video doesn’t even acknowledge one of the Republican Party’s most respected leader, former Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) who resigned from his post as RNC chairman in 2007 in response to his party’s anti-immigrant views.
Before abruptly leaving Congress this past August, Martinez admitted that his party’s “divisive rhetoric” during the 2007 immigration debate had tarnished the GOP brand amongst Latinos, stating “the Republican Party had better figure out how to talk to them [Latinos].” Ironically, while Steele indicated that the GOP would not be changing its position on immigration, he did say that the Party had to work on its messaging, which is often perceived as “insensitive.”