October 9th, 2009


Why is David Vitter Pro-Rape? Thats a Lie, You Playa Haters...

Louisiana Young Dems: 'We Can Only Guess' Why Vitter Is Opposed To Anti-Rape Law

The Young Democrats of Louisiana have sent out a new e-mail against Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) -- the staunch social conservative who was implicated in a prostitution scandal -- declaring that we can only guess at his motivations for opposing legislation to crack down on rape.

The letter blasts Vitter for voting against the amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), which will guarantee employees of military contractors access to the court system if they are sexually assaulted:
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed an Amendment to make sure taxpayer-funded government contractors cannot deny rape victims a day in court. For reasons only he knows, David Vitter voted against ensuring women have the right to seek justice.

Since David Vitter has not publicly stated why he is opposed to making sure women who are raped or sexually assaulted can pursue their attackers, we can only guess his motivations.

However, it is clear that Vitter regularly votes against the best interests of women.
The full e-mail is available after the jump.
David Vitter's Women Problems

Dear ______,

Let me ask you a question.

Do you think a woman who has been raped or sexually assaulted should be able to have her day in court?

I imagine this should be a simple question to answer as the U.S. Constitution says every American has the right to due process. In America, victims of crime should be able to go after criminals and those who help them.

Unfortunately, Jamie Leigh Jones found out the hard way that women who are raped can't count on their day in court. In 2005, Jones was working for KBR/Halliburton in Iraq when she says she was gang raped by co-workers. When she reported the horrible assault to her supervisors, she was told she could not seek medical treatment and was locked in a metal container while the company she worked for planned their next moves.

The worst part is that her company, a taxpayer-funded government contractor, had inserted language into Jones' employment contract that said she could not take allegations of rape and sexual assault to court. Instead, her employer told her that she had to settle the matter in private, through arbitration. To me, that's the equivalent of giving their employees the green light to commit rape and other acts of sexual violence.

As a woman, I'm horrified and disgusted. As an American, I'm disappointed that our tax dollars go to this government contractor that was able to get away with blatant disregard of their employee's well-being.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed an Amendment to make sure taxpayer-funded government contractors cannot deny rape victims a day in court. For reasons only he knows, David Vitter voted against ensuring women have the right to seek justice.

Since David Vitter has not publicly stated why he is opposed to making sure women who are raped or sexually assaulted can pursue their attackers, we can only guess his motivations.

However, it is clear that Vitter regularly votes against the best interests of women.

David Vitter has voted to deny pregnant women the very crucial health care they need, endangering the lives of women and children.

David Vitter has voted to allow insurance companies to reduce life-saving breast cancer coverage, putting the profits of insurance companies ahead of people's lives.

David Vitter even voted against a law that says women should get equal pay for equal work, harming American families in the process.

All this really leaves me wondering. What exactly is David Vitter's problem with women?

Katrina L. Rogers
Women's Caucus Chair
Young Democrats of Louisiana.

P.S. David Vitter thinks it is OK to send taxpayer money to companies that deny rape victims their day in court. Maybe it's time to stop sending taxpayer money to David Vitter. Sign the petition to Defund David Vitter right now!

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Maine voters face historic choice on gay marriage

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer David Crary, Ap National Writer 1 hr 38 mins ago

PORTLAND, Maine – For an off-year election, in a state only rarely in the national political spotlight, an upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage has dramatic potential to make history and to roil emotions from coast to coast.

On Nov. 3, Maine voters will become the first in any state with the chance to repeal or uphold a law passed by their Legislature and signed by their governor, legalizing same-sex marriage. The outcome is considered too close to call, and the race is galvanizing activists on both sides of the issue across the country.


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GOP Robert Lowry: "Me Terrorist? Dont Be Ridiculous..."

Robert Lowry Shoots Target With Wasserman Schultz's Initials

A GOP candidate in South Florida says it was a mistake to shoot at a target with a Democratic congresswoman's initials.

It happened during a weekly meeting of the Southeast Broward Republican Club held at a gun range.

Members used assault rifles to shoot at targets including a cut-out of a man in a headdress holding a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

Robert Lowry, a Republican vying to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, fired at a full-body silhouette with her initials written next to its head.

Wasserman Schultz, who made headlines earlier this year when she announced she had secretly been battling breast cancer, declined comment.

Lowry first told the Sun-Sentinel it was a joke, then that it was a mistake.

Is The Tea Party Suffering a Rift?...

Tea Party Activists Reject PAC-Backed ‘Tea Party Express’
Tea Party Patriots Founder Forced Out Over Support of GOP-Linked 'Astroturf' Group

Tea Party Patriots did not want to lose Amy Kremer. The Atlanta activist had co-founded the organization. She’d helped organize some of the biggest events in the nationwide Tea Party movement. Then, at the end of September, Kremer decided to join the Tea Party Express, a project of the conservative Our Country Deserves Better PAC that was embarking on its third cross-country round of anti-tax, anti-spending rallies.

This wasn’t going to work for Tea Party Patriots. As several leaders in the group told TWI, they stressed to Kremer that Our Country Deserves Better was a partisan-leaning PAC that rushed to the aid of Republican candidates; working with them could imperil the tax status of non-profit Tea Party Patriots. Other leaders argued that Mark Williams, the vice chairman of Our Country Deserves Better, was a firebrand whose rhetoric made the rest of the movement look bad. In May, Kremer had told Newsmax.com that the movement was being “hijacked” by Republican operatives, with the biggest offenders being the Republican Governor’s Association. Kremer did not respond to multiple requests for comment from TWI.

Kremer turned down the advice and took the plunge,signing up for the Tea Party Express’s next tour. On September 27 she was removed from the board of Tea Party Patriots. She responded by locking the Tea Party Patriots email account, a problem that the other members of the group quickly solved, but one that rankled.

“It appears that Amy has chosen the Tea Party Express over Tea Party Patriots,” said Mark Meckler, a Sacramento, Calif. organizer. “That’s her decision.”
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Stalin's great-grandson defends dictator

Stalin's grandson is suing a newspaper for defaming his grandfather's reputation.

Yevgeny Dzhugashvili is taking the action over the claims in "Novaya Gazeta" that the dictator personally signed the death warrants of countless Soviet civilians.

Jacob Dzhugashvili, Stalin's great-grandson, told Shaun Ley on Radio 4's The World At One that the former Soviet leader was "greatly misunderstood".

link to the audio interview...




 OSLO – President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.

The stunning choice made Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize and shocked Nobel observers because Obama took office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline. Obama's name had been mentioned in speculation before the award but many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to award the president.

"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said. "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."

The committee said it attached special importance to Obama's vision of, and work for, a world without nuclear weapons.


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ETA: Obama speech pushed back to 11am EST / 4pm CET

 source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091009/ap_on_re_eu/eu_nobel_peace;_ylt=AhBKt4jgIalnw7nKwkzqhlGs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTJzcHBlcDQ1BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMDA5L2V1X25vYmVsX3BlYWNlBGNwb3MDMQRwb3MDMgRwdANob21lX2Nva2UEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yeQRzbGsDaW5hc3VycHJpc2Vv



DNC: GOP 'Has Thrown In Its Lots With Terrorists'

In a statement sent to Greg Sargent, a Democratic National Committee spokesman comparing the Republican Party with the Taliban and Hamas.

"The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists -- the Taliban and Hamas this morning -- in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize," Brad Woodhouse said in a statement.

The Taliban called the Peace Prize "unjust" and said President Obama has done nothing to create peace in Afghanistan. RNC chairman Michael Steele asked, "What has President Obama actually accomplished?"

The DNC statement continues:

Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize -- an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride -- unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It's no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore - it's an embarrassing label to claim.


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Obama's Nobel: The Last Thing He Needs

The last thing Barack Obama needed at this moment in his presidency and our politics is a prize for a promise.
Inspirational words have brought him a long way - including to the night in Grant Park less than a year ago when he asked that we "join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand."
By now there are surely more callouses on his lips than his hands. He, like every new president, has reckoned with both the power and the danger of words, dangers that are especially great for one who wields them as skillfully as he. A promise beautifully made raises hopes especially high: we will revive the economy while we rein in our spending; we will make health care simpler, safer, cheaper, fairer. We will rid the earth of its most lethal weapons. We will turn green and clean. We will all just get along.

So when reality bites, it chomps down hard. The Nobel committee cited "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." His critics fault some of those efforts: those who favor a missile shield for Poland or a troop surge in Afghanistan or a harder line on Iran. But even his fans know that none of the dreams have yet come true, and a prize for even dreaming them can feed the illusion that they have.

Maybe the prize will give him more power, new muscles to haul unruly nations in line. But peacemaking is more about ingenuity than inspiration, about reading other nations' selfish interests and cynically, strategically exploiting them for the common good. Will it help if fewer countries come to the table hating us? To a point. But it's a starting point, not an end in itself.

At this moment many Americans are longing for a president who is more bully, less pulpit. The president who leased his immense inaugural good will to the hungry appropriators writing the stimulus bill, who has not stopped negotiating health care reform except to say what is non-negotiable, whose solicitude for the wheelers and dealers who drove the financial system into a ditch leaves the rest of us wondering who has our back, has always shown great promise, said the right things, affirmed every time he opens his mouth that he understands the fears we face and the hopes we hold. But he presides over a capital whose day-to-day functioning has become part-travesty, part-tragedy, wasteful, blind, vain, petty, where even the best intentioned reformers measure their progress with teaspoons. There comes a time when a President needs to take a real risk - and putting his prestige on the line to win the Olympics for his home town does not remotely count.

Compare this to Greg Mortenson nominated for the prize by some members of Congress, who the bookies gave 20-to-1 odds of winning. Son of a missionary, a former army Medic and mountaineer, he has made it his mission to build schools for girls in places where opium dealers and tribal warlords kill people for trying. His Central Asia Institute has built more than 130 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan - a mission which has, along the way, inspired millions of people to view the protection and education of girls as a key to peace and prosperity and progress.

Sometimes the words come first. Sometimes, it's better to let actions speak for themselves


U.S. Stands By as Dollar Falls


The dollar fell to a 14-month low against other currencies Thursday, intensifying a trend that the Obama administration has publicly suggested it opposes -- but which it appears prepared to tolerate quietly

Bernanke's promise of a U.S. rate hike isn't new and the dollar will likely slide again as hopes of a global economy rise and central banks become more tolerant of the currency's decline.
Many of America's trading partners, however, are pushing the other way. In Asia, traders said central banks in South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong again intervened to slow the dollar's fall against their currencies.

I would not want to be Bernanke these days...

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Nobel Committee Explains Obama's Place as Laureate

The Norwegian Nobel Committee

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama's vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts. The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama's initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened.

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.

For 108 years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has sought to stimulate precisely that international policy and those attitudes for which Obama is now the world's leading spokesman. The Committee endorses Obama's appeal that "Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."

Source (NobelPeacePrize.org

Dye-job donkeys wow Gaza children

Spot, or stripe, the difference - a Gaza zoo "zebra" and the real thing

A zoo in Gaza has found a novel way to get around Israeli restrictions on the importation of animals by partly dyeing two donkeys so they resemble zebras.

The owner of the Marah Land zoo in Gaza City said he had used masking tape and black hair dye, applied with a paint-brush, to disguise the white females.

Mohammed Bargouthi said it would have cost him more than $40,000 to bring in a real zebra via smuggling tunnels.

Children seemed delighted by the new additions and happily played with them.

"The first time we used paint but it didn't look good," Mr Bargouthi told the Reuters news agency. "The children don't know, so they call them zebras and they are happy to see something new."

All the real animals at the zoo, including monkeys and a tigress, had been smuggled under the border at great expense, he said.

Two genuine zebras died of starvation earlier this year during the Israeli military offensive, he added.

Until Israel lifts its blockade of Gaza, imposed in an attempt to reduce rocket attacks and weaken the leadership of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, such asinine deceptions are likely to continue.

cake fixes everything

Abortion is murder! Tasty, tasty murder.

I don't know what tickles me more, cupcakes that say "Abortion Kills" in icing or this telling excerpt from the site's FAQ.

Q.) What if I run into a pro-choicer and they smash the cupcakes in my face?

A.) Wipe the cake off your face and share the rest of them with someone less angry inside. Go with courage and go with love, the unborn need you to be their voice.

Note to self: Rethink cupcake smashing agenda. They're onto us.

Source, with cherries on top.

My favorite may be:
Q.) What if my school won't allow me to bring in cup cakes?
A2.) Do it anyway and be quick about it! Also be very apologetic and kind if you get caught.

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The Miss America Organization Announces Rush Limbaugh as a National Judge for the 2010 Miss America Pageant

LINWOOD, N.J., Oct. 9 -- The Miss America Organization (MAO) announced today that Rush Limbaugh has been named as one of the national judges for the 2010 Miss America Pageant, which will be held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 30 and broadcast live on TLC.

Limbaugh will be one of a panel of seven distinguished judges that will help decide which of the 53 contestants will capture the Miss America 2010 title and serve as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network, as well as introduce the first Go Green platform for MAO.

The Rush Limbaugh Program is in its 22nd year. Starting in 1988 on 56 radio stations and 256,000 listeners, the Rush Limbaugh Program continues its streak as the most listened to radio talk show in America, with nearly 600 radio stations and an audience of 20 million.

In the 1990s, Limbaugh's fame grew beyond radio and into other media, such as publishing and television. He became a bestselling author with his books The Way Things Ought to Be (1992) and See, I Told You So (1993). From 1992 to 1996 Limbaugh hosted a half-hour television talk show.

"We are thrilled to have Rush join us for our pageant this year," said MAO President and CEO, Art McMaster. "We know that the 2010 Miss America Pageant will be filled with new twists and exciting opportunities with him as one of our national judges."


Because nothing says Miss America quite like Rush Limbaugh


How did you enjoy your can of WHOOP ASS, son?

Two thugs who attacked what they thought were a pair of transvestites picked on the wrong men - when their intended victims turned out to be cage fighters on a night out in fancy dress.

Dean Gardener, 19, and Jason Fender, 22, singled out the two men walking along a street in wigs, short skirts and high heels.

Bare-chested Gardener was caught on CCTV confronting one of the men in a pink wig, black skirt and boob tube - then seen swinging a punch, a court heard.

But the other cage fighter, wearing a sparkling black dress and matching long wig, sprang to his friend's help, delivering two lightning-quick punches to the two stunned yobs.

The cage fighters were then seen teetering away in their high heels, stopping only to pick up a clutch bag they dropped during the melee.

Gardener and Fender were left dazed and seen staggering to their feet after their failed attack.

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Source, includes pics and vid. And for once, the comments are readable!
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It's the Silvio Berlusconi Show!

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has described himself as the most persecuted person "in the entire history of the world". Mr Berlusconi also said he was "the best prime minister we can find today". In an impassioned statement, he then mistakenly told reporters he had spent millions of euros on "judges", before correcting himself to say "lawyers". Mr Berlusconi was speaking two days after Italy's top court lifted a law granting him immunity while in office.

Correspondents say the Constitutional Court's ruling means the 73-year-old billionaire will probably have to face a number of trials for corruption and bribery within months. He has described the cases against him as "false, a farce", saying he will defend himself in court and make his accusers look ridiculous.

The most persecuted person in the entire history of the world!

Oh, he's lost it. I can't wait to hear what he has to say in court XDDDD

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This is our president.

LiveJournal --

This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize -- men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it's also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.

That is why I've said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won't all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it's recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.

This award -- and the call to action that comes with it -- does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.

So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we've begun together. I'm grateful that you've stood with me thus far, and I'm honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Obama to give $1.4 million Nobel prize to charity

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White House strips immigration policing powers from Arizona sheriff

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has previously been attacked by critics for racial profiling among illegal immigrants

A controversial Arizona sheriff known for taking a hard line against illegal immigrants has been stripped of some of his powers in what he described as a political move by the Obama administration.

Joe Arpaio, a gruff lawman who styles himself as America's toughest sheriff, has won acclaim from US anti-immigrant forces for his relentless pursuit of mostly Hispanic illegal immigrants in Maricopa county, Arizona, a fast-growing county of 4 million people that is home to Phoenix, the nation's fifth largest city.

Arpaio's aggressive tactics include the jailing of illegal immigrants in tent cities surrounded by barbed wire in the middle of Arizona's searingly hot summers, the reduction of meal costs to 20 cents per day, the use of pink jail clothing for men, and chain gangs for women inmates.

Long article here:

God Bless
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Congratulations President Obama on the Nobel Peace Prize -- Now Please Earn it!

Dear President Obama,

How outstanding that you've been recognized today as a man of peace. Your swift, early pronouncements -- you will close Guantanamo, you will bring the troops home from Iraq, you want a nuclear weapon-free world, you admitted to the Iranians that we overthrew their democratically-elected president in 1953, you made that great speech to the Islamic world in Cairo, you've eliminated that useless term "The War on Terror," you've put an end to torture -- these have all made us and the rest of the world feel a bit more safe considering the disaster of the past eight years. In eight months you have done an about face and taken this country in a much more sane direction.


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After Nobel nod, Obama convenes Afghan war council

By Stephen Collinson (AFP) Oct 9, 2009 3:30 PM

WASHINGTON — Hours after being named a Nobel peace laureate, US President Barack Obama Friday shouldered his duties as commander in chief and convened his war council for crucial talks on Afghan strategy.

Obama gathered his top political, military, and security aides in the secure Situation Room of the White House for the fourth in a series of in-depth consultations on rescuing the US mission in the unpopular eight-year war.

The president was due to get a briefing by Afghan war commander General Stanley McChrystal on his report that warned that the US counter-insurgency mission in Afghanistan could fail within a year without more troops.

The meeting came amid more suggestions of tension between the White House and top military brass on the best way forward.

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Prison inmates go Zen to deal with life behind bars

In his darkest moment, Kenneth Brown lost it all. His wife and kids, the housebroken dog, the vacation home on Cape Cod all vanished when he was sent to prison for an arson in 1996.

Trapped in his gloomy cell and serving a 20-year sentence that felt like an eternity, Brown, then 49, found himself stretched out on the floor. He was silent. His eyes were shut. His body did not move.

Brown, a man raised as a Baptist and taught to praise the Lord and fear the devil, was meditating.

"I try to focus on the space between two thoughts, because it prevents me from getting lost," said Brown, who discovered meditation, yoga and Buddhist teachings three months into his sentence.

"This helped me stay on track and get me through prison," he said.


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obama - progress

Andrew Sullivan succinctly sums up my own thoughts re: Obama's Nobel win.

09 Oct 2009 12:01 pm

All Over The World


I've had some coffee now. Reading through all the reactions, compiled by Chris and Patrick, there are two obvious points: this is premature and this is thoroughly deserved.

Both are right. I don't think Americans fully absorbed the depths to which this country's reputation had sunk under the Cheney era. That's understandable. And so they also haven't fully absorbed the turn-around in the world's view of America that Obama and the American people have accomplished. Of course, this has yet to bear real fruit. But you can begin to see how it could; and I hope more see both the peaceful intentions and the steely resolve of this man to persevere. 

This president has done a huge amount to bring race relations in this country to a different place, which is why the far right has become so vicious in attacking him and lying about him. They know he threatens their politics of division and rule. He has also directly addressed the Muslim world, telling some hard truths, and played a small role in evoking a similar movement of hope and change in Iran, and finally told the Israelis to stop cutting their nose off to spite their face.

I like Shimon Peres' statement, reprinted in a useful compendium of world reaction at the Lede:


“Very few leaders if at all were able to change the mood of the entire world in such a short while with such a profound impact. You provided the entire humanity with fresh hope, with intellectual determination, and a feeling that there is a lord in heaven and believers on earth.” Mr. Peres, who won the peace prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat in 1994 following the Oslo Accords, added: “Under your leadership, peace became a real and original agenda. And from Jerusalem, I am sure all the bells of engagement and understanding will ring again. You gave us a license to dream and act in a noble direction.”

Right now, we do not know where that direction will ultimately lead. We do know that we were facing a spiral of conflict that, unchecked, could have taken the world to the abyss. I see this prize as an endorsement of his extraordinary reorientation of world politics, and as an encouragement to see it through. In the midst of our domestic battles, and their ill-temper (from which I have not been immune lately), this is an attempt to tell us: look up for a moment, see how far we've come in pivoting away from global conflict, and give this man a break for his efforts and the massive burden he now bears.

And, in the darkness that still threatens, know hope.


I really liked this.  Especially the last line.  :)

Oh Snap.

Hillary Clinton: 'Better to be thrown accolades than shoes'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - "Certainly from our standpoint, this gives us a sense of momentum - when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes."

That's the take of Hillary Clinton's State Department on President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, according to her spokesman, Assistant Secretary PJ Crowley.

Crowley was referring to the incident last December when an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at President George W. Bush during his final visit to Iraq of his presidency.

Muntader Zaidi, who worked for the Iraqi television station Al Baghdadiya, hurled both his shoes at Bush and called him a "dog" during a press conference with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He narrowly missed the president, who quickly ducked.

The shoe-throwing, considered one of the highest insults in the Middle East, illustrated the deep anger toward the United States over its invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Crowley's comments suggested a recognition by the Obama administration that the Nobel Prize was as much an indictment of the Bush administration as it was an effort to praise President Obama's outreach to improve the US image around the world.

Echoing comments by the White House, Crowley said the award was not just an "affirmation" of the Obama administration's foreign policy strategy of engagement, but also on its robust foreign policy agenda, which includes non-proliferation, dealing with Iran and North Korea, and pursuing peace in the Middle East.

"There is an opportunity here," Crowley said. "The tone has changed - but obviously we recognize that, while the tone in the world has changed, the challenges remain. They are very significant."

This "call to action," Crowley said, will fall primarily on the shoulders of Secretary Clinton and the State Department, who will look "to advance the president's agenda and confront the challenges of the 21st century."


Al Qaeda really want their own particle collider

Scientist Suspected of Terrorist Ties

PARIS — The French authorities have arrested a physicist who worked for years at CERN, the huge nuclear research center in Switzerland, on suspicion of links to Al Qaeda’s affiliate in North Africa, the center said Friday.

James Gillies, a CERN spokesman, said the physicist was still registered as a member of the research team but had not been seen for some time. In a statement, the center said that he was arrested Thursday and had worked as an analyst on projects involving its Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, since 2003, but that he was not an employee and his project would not have been of any use to terrorists.

“His work did not bring him into contact with anything that could be used for terrorism,” said the statement from the center, whose formal name is the European Organization for Nuclear Research. “None of our research has potential for military application, and all our results are published openly in the public domain.”

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It seems the target itself was not the LHC.
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Evangelical Explains Why He's for Gay Rights

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*OP - I had to stop bolding lest I bold the entire thing. And um... Idk, but it seemed like I had a lot of dust bunnies attacking my eyes while reading this. I want to know more about this fellow so if anyone is more familiar with da man, please post about him in the comments.

Also, apologies in advance if this is a double-post. This was released 08 Oct 2009 and I did look @ the dates at the comm to look at what's been posted. Didn't find a post about this or I wasn't looking more carefully.

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Royal blood disorder identified

DNA analysis has revealed the identity of the "cursed blood" disorder that afflicted the British Royal Family in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Scientists say the disease inherited by Queen Victoria's descendants was probably a severe form of the blood clotting disorder haemophilia B.

The scientists examined DNA samples extracted from the skeletal remains of Russia's Romanov family. Their analysis included the recently discovered remains of Queen Victoria's great-grandson, Tsarevich Alexei.

Scientists already knew that several of Victoria's male descendants suffered from a type of haemophilia, but their latest analysis of the remains of Victoria's Russian descendants helped identify the exact form.

Modern analytical techniques allowed the scientists to amplify the very degraded DNA.

They discovered a mutation in a gene on the X chromosome that codes for the production of Factor IX, a substance that causes blood to clot. This genetic mutation is the cause of haemophilia B.

Because this blood disorder is linked to the X chromosome it passed on through the maternal line, but is only manifested in male descendants. This is because males have only one X chromosome, so the mutation on that single chromosome is "expressed" as the disease.

Females only carry the disease, because their second X chromosome is extremely unlikely to have this same, very rare mutation.

Dr Evgeny Rogaev from the University of Massachusetts led the research. He told the BBC that it was the "final chapter" in the confirmation of the Romanov family's remains.

He added: "We have resolved a medical mystery from the past."


i'm not sure if this is ~political~ enough or not, but considering what a big role this disease had in helping lead to the downfall of the Romanovs, i thought it'd be an interesting post.

Damn socialist


President Obama to donate Nobel Peace Prize money to charity

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) – President Barack Obama will donate the money from winning the Nobel Peace Prize to charity, a top U.S. official told BNO News on Friday.

The Nobel Committee will hand over 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.4 million) to President Obama on December 10 in Oslo for winning the historic award. White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton confirmed to BNO News that he will donate the entire amount to charity.

There was no immediate word on which charity or charities he could donate to.

source: http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world/president-obama-to-donate-nobel-peace-prize-money-to-charity_100258544.html#ixzz0TSqh6lMd

Rush Limbaugh: "I am an American Terrorist!!"

Limbaugh On Obama Nobel Prize: I Agree With Taliban In Bashing The President

The conservative lament over Barack Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is quickly becoming a sight to behold. On his radio show just now, Rush Limbaugh went so far as to trumpet the fact that he is basically in agreement with the Taliban and Iran in thinking that the president was a "worldwide" joke.

"I think that everybody is laughing," Limbaugh said, in a segment picked up by Media Matters. "Our president is a worldwide joke. Folks, do you realize something has happened here that we all agree with the Taliban and Iran about and that is he doesn't deserve the award. Now that's hilarious, that I'm on the same side of something that the Taliban, and that we all are on the same side as the Taliban."

The remark is almost comical in how deeply cynical and partisan it is. And it reflects the extent to which mockery and hatred of the president has come to dominate much of conservative media.

To express hilarity that you find yourself in agreement with the Taliban and Iran in lamenting your own president is the type of rhetorical dervish that usually damages careers -- though, in this case, Limbaugh's job seems safe.

There are legitimate debates about whether the president should have been given the Nobel Peace Prize. He himself acknowledged feeling undeserving of the award. But, in the end, Obama never asked for the honor and accepted it only behalf of the notion of American greatness. Limbaugh either missed these facts or is just willfully ignoring them.

Rightwing Terrorism on America? You Lie!

"Kill Obama" Painted On Phoenix-Area Campaign Signs

PHOENIX, AZ -- "Kill Obama" was spray painted in purple on campaign signs at two locations in Cave Creek, a suburb of Phoenix, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO).

"This is a complete disgrace and gross act towards our president," said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, "My deputies are looking into all avenues of the incident, and it is a top priority."

Neither campaign sign is connected to national politics. One supports a measure that would allow Walmart to open a location in Cave Creek. The other supports a school budget increase to lower class sizes for kindergarten through third grade.

According to MCSO, there are currently no known suspects or witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call MCSO at 602-876-1011.

View a slideshow of the vandalized campaign signs here or here.

The Phoenix area has had a run of high-profile racist incidents recently. Last weekend, an interracial couple was gunned down while walking through a park last weekend after a stranger with a shaved head and tattoos asked the African-American man why he was "with a white woman." Residents of Fountain Hills, another Phoenix suburb, were terrorized recently by racist vandalism that included anti-Semitic and pro-KKK imagery.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which regularly tracks hate groups as part of its mission, says hate groups are growing in Arizona. Two national Nazi events are scheduled to be held in the Phoenix area in the coming weeks: a national Nazi festival in Tonopah in October and a national neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement rally in early November.And a national Neo-Nazi festival is scheduled to be held in Tonopah, another suburb of Phoenix, on October 24th.


What A Great Day: Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize. Newt Gingrich Wins Porno Fan Prize of The Year.

The Newt Pornographer’s Payback: Gingrich Named Porn Fan of the Year by Scorned Dinner Date

Allison Vivas once thought she’d be spending Wednesday night in DC withNewt Gingrich. Then he stood her up. Instead of getting mad, Vivas got even. So just as the Scandinavians were doling out the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama, Gingrich was being named “Porn Fan of the Year.”

Politics played a role in both awards.

From the top: Vivas was contacted last month by American Solutions for Winning the Future, Gingrich’s D.C.-based PAC, and was told the former Republican Revolutionary wanted to honor her as the group’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2009.

At that time, Gingrich associate Joe Gaylord wrote to Vivas that “Newt’s Business Defense and Advisory Council” wanted to “dine privately” with her on the evening of Oct. 7 at the “historic Capitol Hill Club” in “recognition of the risks you take to create jobs and stimulate the economy.”

But then Gingrich found out about Vivas’ entreporneurial background: She creates all sorts of stimulus as president of Pink Visual, a California-based distributor of adult movies.

And given Gingrich’s presidential aspirations, he got clammy about spending quality time alone with the auteur behind such titles as Anal Devastation, Couples Seduce Teens, Brazen And Unshaven, Double Penetration Tryouts, Wife Switch Volume 7, Desperately Seeking Cock (stop me if you’ve heard of any of these movies before), Monster Cock Junkies, House Wife Bangers, Memoirs Of A Gusher, Teen Anal Pounding, Pure Cherry Girls, Teens For Cash, and Spit Swappers.

So Gingrich rescinded the invitation to Vivas about the same time Washington City reported on the scheduled date. Gingrich spokesman Dan Kotman told me, “We have notified Allison Vivas that the notice she received was sent by mistake.”

I asked Vivas yesterday how she spent the time she would have spent dining with Gingrich at the Capitol Hill Club.

“I sat down with the executive team here and created a special honor to bestow upon Newt: “Family Values Porn Fan of the Year, 2009,” Vivas responded via email. ” We worked on the plaque design [seen above], an event schedule, a notification to fax to his office – and of course, a letter we’ll send rescinding the offer after he receives it.”

Vivas also prepared an excuse to give Gingrich when she retracts the Porn Fan of the Year trophy. She’ll say it was all a mistake, as he told her about the entrepreur award, and add that the honor “was intended for members of our MilfSeeker.com website, and not for fans of our WifeSwitch DVD series.”

What possibly could she mean? Oh, right