October 13th, 2009

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Coming To An HBO Near You

By the People tracks Obama's halting progress from long-odds candidate to front-runner in the 2008 presidential race. It's a roller-coaster ride that includes all the victories and upsets that were followed by millions in the media, seen from within the Obama campaign: from thrilling wins and disappointing losses in key states, to controversies stemming from Obama's associations with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers; from the high of receiving his party's nomination over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the low of losing his beloved grandmother the day before his final victory over Sen. John McCain on Election Day. It premiers on HBO on November 3.


There is no possible way for this to be anything less than epic. What's your favorite election memory? Mine was homegirl who carved a "b" in her own face.

Teens have sex, occasionally for stupid shit. News at 11 with Mr. Bear In the Woods.

She doesn't want to be identified, except by her nickname "Sze," and she has a secret past. Her father doesn't know what she did as a 16-year-old, and she hopes he never finds out. But Sze, now 19, wants young girls to hear her story so they never make the same mistake.

"My first customer was an ordinary man in his 40s. We skipped the dinner part and went straight to the guest house for sex," Sze recalled. "Actually, I was a bit scared, but I knew this was the only way I could get money. This customer wasn't bad, though. We just had sex, he paid, and then he left. I thought this was easy money, and that's why I continued doing this kind of thing."

For a year and a half, Sze was part of a growing social phenomenon among teens in Hong Kong called "compensated dating," a practice in which a young woman agrees to go on a date with a man for a fee. More often than not, the date involves sex.

Sze said she started compensated dating because many of her classmates at an all-girls school were doing it. She says she became jealous when she saw the designer clothes, bags and cosmetics they bought with the money they earned through compensated dating. Sze wanted the same for herself, so her classmates introduced her to Internet chat forums where she met male customers.

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Palestinian Memo: Hopes In Obama "Evaporated" After "Zionist Lobby" Pressure

The Palestinian president's political party says all hopes in the Obama administration have "evaporated," accusing the White House of caving in to pressure from the pro-Israel lobby and backing off a demand to freeze Jewish settlement.

Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party also accused the U.S. of failing to set a clear agenda for a new round of Mideast peace talks, according to an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

"All hopes placed in the new U.S. administration and President Obama have evaporated," the document said. Obama "couldn't withstand the pressure of the Zionist lobby, which led to a retreat from his previous positions on halting settlement construction and defining an agenda for the negotiations and peace."

The Palestinians initially greeted Obama's election with enthusiasm, welcoming his outreach to the Muslim world and hoping he would depart from what they viewed as the pro-Israel bias of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Obama raised Palestinian hopes further with his repeated calls for Israel to halt all construction in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem – areas the Palestinians claim for a future state.

But in recent weeks, the U.S. appears to have softened its stance on settlements. Washington says it has not abandoned the objective of halting settlement construction, but U.S. officials have indicated they do not see this as a condition for resuming talks.

The memo comes at a time of turmoil within Fatah after Abbas quickly reversed a decision to suspend efforts to bring Israel before a U.N. war crimes tribunal in connection with the Gaza war.

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Corporations successfully convince Obama not to tax them

More of Obama's socialism in action!

Business Fends Off Tax Hit


The Obama administration has shelved a plan to raise more than $200 billion in new taxes on multinational companies following a blitz of complaints from businesses.

A contingent of Silicon Valley chief executives, for example, traveled to Washington in late September to speak out against the proposal to change how the federal government taxes overseas profits. They came away from meetings with key congressmen relieved.

Obama aides say the administration has set the idea aside for now, but may return to it as part of a broader tax overhaul sometime next year.



Awesome Judge Slaps Orly with $20,000. Orly To Challenge Corrupt System!

Orly Taitz Slapped With $20,000 Sanction

Birther leader Orly Taitz has been fined for "wasting the judicial resources" of the Middle District of Georgia with her "frivolous and sanctionable conduct."

Taitz filed a lawsuit demanding that President Obama prove his citizenship before deploying an Army captain to Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the soldier herself has disavowed her lawyer and threatened to file a bar complaint against Taitz.

Judge Clay Land wrote that Taitz's behavior in the case "borders on delusional" and "demonstrates bad faith."
Regrettably, the conduct of counsel Orly Taitz has crossed these lines, and Ms. Taitz must be sanctioned for her misconduct. After a full review of the sanctionable conduct, counsel's conduct leading up to that conduct, and counsel's response to the Court's show cause order, the Court finds that a monetary penalty of $20,000.00 shall be imposed upon counsel Orly Taitz as punishment for her misconduct, as a deterrent to prevent future misconduct, and to protect the integrity of the Court. Payment shall be made to the United States, through the Middle District of Georgia Clerk's Office, within thirty days of today's Order. If counsel fails to pay the sanction due, the U.S. Attorney will be authorized to commence collection proceedings.
In an interview with Talking Points Memo, Taitz said she had no intention of paying the fine. "Are you kidding? Of course not," she said. "This is a form of intimidation."

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RNC Discovers New Sekret Black Republican: Jackie Robinson (They Desperate? You Lie!)

RNC: Jackie Robinson Was A Republicanl

The Republican National Committee released a new website on Tuesday that goes to great lengths to depict the party as open to minority interests.

The most obvious example comes on the "Heroes" page where the RNC pinpoints 16 figures who were "Patriots: American Heroes & Famous Republicans." The list includes seven African-Americans, one Hispanic-American, and four women. Only four white men are included, three of whom had direct ties to the advancement of civil rights in America. Former President Abraham Lincoln made the list, as did former Justice Frank Johnson, who was instrumental in court decisions that helped end segregation in the South. Finally, there was former Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois, who helped write and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

But the GOP may have muddled is message by including individuals who would scoff at today's Republican Party.

As pointed out by a Democratic source, the inclusion of baseball star Jackie Robinson on the list seems particularly egregious. The former Dodger, who broke baseball's color barrier, was far from a die-in-the-wool conservative. Robinson's ties to the GOP seemed more driven by a personal admiration for Nelson Rockefeller -- the New Yorker who would end up being vice president under Gerald Ford -- then it was core ideological convictions. In his biography, Robinson said that as the Republican Party leadership tilted towards Barry Goldwater conservatives, he began to have "a better understanding of how it must have felt to be a Jew in Hitler's Germany."

Writing on page 340 of the autobiography, "I Never Had It Made", Robinson went so far as to insist that he be called an independent, "since I've never identified myself with one party or another in politics." In 1968 he campaigned for Hubert Humphrey.
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Republican Snowe Says She’ll Vote for Baucus Health-Care Plan

Republican Senator Olympia Snowe said she will vote for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee’s health-care overhaul plan to cut medical spending and cover millions of uninsured people.

Snowe, 62, of Maine, had been viewed as the member of her party most likely to support a health-care initiative. Her vote may clear the way for other Republicans to back the effort.

“Is this bill all that I would want? Far from it,” Snowe said today, though she added, “When history calls, history calls.”


Not the bill I wanted, but it's a step. I hope she's down with the opt-out which looks like the best compromise so far.

US Chamber of Commerce Made Up of Imaginary People...

US Chamber Of Commerce May Be Inflating Membership Numbers

Mother Jones reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce likely inflates the number of businesses in its membership. While it touts having 3 million members, the actual number may really be around 200,000.

A review of archived press releases shows that in July 2001, the nation's largest business association reported having 150,000 members.
According to Mother Jones, the chamber began exaggerating its membership numbers in February 1997, when its ranks suddenly grew from about 200,000 to a staggering 3 million. The jump coincided with the appointment of current president Tom Donohue.

From the '01 press release:

The United States Chamber of Commerce is comprised of 150,000 companies 2,800 state and local chambers and 850 associations.
Mother Jones reports that the business lobbying group builds up its numbers by including the membership of the 2,800 local chambers.
However, the national organization has little relationship with its local chapters.

The chamber clarifies its relationship with its local organizations on its website. It also says that it will not "confirm the membership status organizations," making it particularly difficult to pinpoint the exact number of member businesses.
Because the U.S. Chamber is not a parent organization of other chambers, not all state, metro, or local chambers are members of the U.S. Chamber.

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WASHINGTON — A Senate committee moved Tuesday toward a pivotal vote on a sweeping health care bill that fulfills President Barack Obama's top domestic priority. "It's time to get the job done," Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus declared as he convened his panel for the long-anticipated action.

"This is our opportunity to make history," the Montana Democrat said. "Let us reform the health care system to control costs and premiums. Let us extend health care coverage to all Americans."

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The Finance Committee's top Republican, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, gave voice to the GOP's concerns about the bill, saying it was "moving on a slippery slope to more and more government control of health care."

"There's a lot in this bill that's just a consensus that needs to be done, but there are other provisions of this bill that raise a lot of questions," Grassley said, contending the legislation would mean higher costs for Americans.

One of the biggest unanswered questions is whether the legislation would slow punishing increases in the nation's health care costs, particularly for the majority who now have coverage through employers. The insurance industry insists it would shift new costs onto those who have coverage.

Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, under questioning by Republican senators, acknowledged that the bill's total impact on the nation's health care costs is still unknown. The CBO has been able to establish that the legislation would reduce federal government deficits, but Elmendorf said his staff has not had time to evaluate its effects on privately insured people. Government programs pay about half the nation's annual $2.5 trillion health care tab.

Expanding coverage to the uninsured is likely to lead to more health care spending, Elmendorf said. But other provisions, such as a tax on high-premium health care plans, could push spending down. "We simply have not done the analysis to net that out," he said.

One Democrat expressed misgivings about the legislation. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said the bill doesn't do enough to promote consumer choice and guarantee affordability. "We clearly have more to do," Wyden said, without revealing how he'll vote.

Once the Finance Committee has acted, the dealmaking can begin in earnest with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., working with White House staff, Baucus and others to blend the Finance bill with a more liberal version passed by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Baucus' bill includes consumer protections such as limits on copays and deductibles and relies on federal subsidies to help lower-income families purchase coverage. Insurance companies would have to take all comers, and people could shop for insurance within new state marketplaces called exchanges.

Medicaid would be expanded, and though employers wouldn't be required to cover their workers, they'd have to pay a penalty for each employee who sought insurance with government subsidies. The bill is paid for by cuts to Medicare providers and new taxes on insurance companies and others.

Unlike the other health care bills in Congress, Baucus' would not allow the government to sell insurance in competition with private companies, a divisive element sought by liberals.

Last-minute changes made subsidies more generous and softened the penalties for those who don't comply with a proposed new mandate for everyone to buy insurance. The latter change drew the ire of the health insurance industry, which said that without a strong and enforceable requirement, not enough people would get insured and premiums would jump for everyone else.

A major question mark for Reid's negotiations is whether he will include some version of a so-called public plan in the merged bill. Across the Capitol, House Democratic leaders are working to finalize their bill, which does contain a public plan, and floor action is expected in both chambers in coming weeks. If passed, the legislation would then go to a conference committee to reconcile differences.


Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.



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Hamburgers are an American passion. And millions of Americans consume burgers, and other forms of meat, every day without consequences.

But ground beef contaminated with E. coli bacteria has sickened, paralyzed and even killed some people who ate it.

On Monday night's "Larry King Live," a wide range of guests joined an in-depth and spirited debate to answer this question: Should meat, and most specifically hamburgers, be a part of the American diet?

One person who has said "no" to burgers is Bill Marler, an expert on foodborne illness litigation. Marler has been litigating on this issue since the Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak in 1993.

"Since the Jack in the Box case, I've never had a hamburger," Marler said. "I have three daughters -- 17, 14 and 10 -- and they've never had a hamburger.

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I'm personally with Anthony on this. Humans evolved to eat meat, we are not evolving further to not eat meat for any reason, though we are perfectly able to choose otherwise thanks to that evolution as omnivores so I have no beef with vegetarians/vegans (SEE WHAT I DID THERE? ;D). But I do think we REALLY need to have more respect for the animal in the ways that we raise, kill, and process the animal to eat, and respect for the people that choose to eat any food products meat or veggy. Thoughts?

"Hell Is Eternal, Just Like Your Marriage Is Supposed To Be"

2010 California Marriage Protection Act (VIDEO)

A few weeks back we introduced you to John Marcotte, a writer who runs the site BadMouth.net, and is collecting signatures to get the "California Protection of Marriage Act" on the ballot. If passed this initiative would make divorce illegal in California.

John doesn't really want to ban divorce--he's making a point about gay rights, specifically that if you want to argue that gay marriage is bad for traditional marriage, you'll have to agree divorce is worse for it. His group at RescueMarriage.Org recently made the following PSA which argues that "Children of single-parent homes are repulsive and unlovable," and that "Hell is eternal, just like your marriage is supposed to be."



Tea Party Now Protesting Against Children...

Obama Song Video: Tea Party Groups Protest B. Bernice Young School Over Children Singing Praise Of President

BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Protesters brought some different songs Monday to an elementary school where students sang in praise of President Barack Obama, bringing criticism from conservative commentators who said children were being indoctrinated.

About 70 protesters stood on a sidewalk across the street from the B. Bernice Young School waving flags and homemade placards, singing "God Bless America" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," and chanting slogans such as "No indoctrination" and "Free children, free minds."

A smaller group of counter-protesters watched and occasionally heckled them.

The school is in a diverse suburb 15 miles northeast of Philadelphia and landed in an uncomfortable national spotlight last month when the video, shot last school year during an author's visit, surfaced. In it, second-graders sang a medley that began, "Mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack Hussein Obama/He said that all must lend a hand/To make this country strong again."

Some critics of the president say the song was overtly political and follows a pattern of Obama being viewed as an idol rather than a politician.

Monday's 90-minute protest, held while the school was in session and attended largely by members of anti-tax organizations from around the state, was an outgrowth of that sentiment.

"We should continue protests like this to prevent this from happening again," said Robert Gordan, 66, a retiree from Middletown.
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'Astro Boy': The Latest in Line of Left-Leaning Animated Films?

'Astro Boy': The Latest in Line of Left-Leaning Animated Films?
by Jason Newman

Sauce with pictures and trailer!

Crude posters of Lenin and Trotsky adorn the threadbare walls of an office in a desolate part of town, and a group of outcast revolutionaries hatch a scheme to overthrow the ruling powers and bring equality and a classless society to mankind. The beginning of an Eisenstein film? Bunuel? Renoir?

Try 'Astro Boy,' the upcoming animated film featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage and Kristen Bell about a boy robot (Freddie Highmore) that leaves his scientist father after finding out he isn't human. Ostensibly a film for children -- with a fringe following of fanboys, thanks to its comic book series -- the movie features very adult ideas of ownership and class structure that will most likely be future fodder for college philosophy classes around the country.

While it's no secret that Hollywood films tend to skew left in general, 'Astro Boy' may be the first animated blockbuster to discuss, if not necessarily endorse, explicit Marxist ideologies (albeit in cute robot form, of course.) In the movie, the aforementioned outcasts, led by Robotsky, form the Robot Revolutionary Front, stenciling their logo on city walls and chanting "Viva La Robotolution" at anyone within earshot. On the whole, it's played for laughs, but makes us ponder the question:

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I'm a huge Astro Boy fan, which is why this article caught my eye. The creator of the original manga, Osamu Tezuka, was a Buddhist and his ideologies frequently shone through in his work. I'm not sure if he was a Marxist as well. Many "left" ideals were written into his work such as the importance of conserving the natural world, but most frequently he wrote about equal rights for everyone, men and women alike. His protagonists were frequently outcasts who were looked down upon by society. Astro Boy included.

Despite the fact that Tezuka was indeed very left, I'm still miffed that the writer is painting this movie as a vehicle for teaching children left-wing ideologies when it is most certainly not. I know the plot of the movie as I've already read the IDW comic adaption. While the idea of a robot (working class) revolution was indeed a significant plot point in the original Astro Boy manga, the "revolutionaries" in the movie are simply rebelling against one particular human who forces the (sentient) robots to fight to the death for human entertainment, and as Newman says, it's mostly played for laughs. The social issues in the movie deal more with parental abandonment and how a child develops his sense of self-worth than anything else.

The animated movies of this generation in general, however, are indeed becoming more political. But I am again insulted at the implication that this is somehow a bad thing. I don't believe children are too young to understand (or at least get a general idea of) some of the greater issues in society and movies like WALL-E are a wonderful way to get them thinking. If a movie teaches a message that the parents don't agree with, I believe parents should take their children to the movie and then have an insightful discussion about its contents and why they do or don't agree, instead of simply shielding their child from the movie in general.

Sorry, my bit got a little long-winded. What do you guys think about the article and what's discussed in it?
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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Barack Obama sends 12,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

President Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has also authorized — and the Pentagon is deploying — at least 13,000 troops beyond that number, according to defense officials.

The additional troops are primarily support forces, including engineers, medical personnel, intelligence experts and military police. Their deployment has received little mention by officials at the Pentagon and the White House, who have spoken more publicly about the combat troops who have been sent to Afghanistan.

The deployment of the support troops to Afghanistan brings the total increase approved by Obama to 34,000. The buildup has raised the number of U.S. troops deployed to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan above the peak during the Iraq "surge" that President George W. Bush ordered, officials said.

The deployment does not change the maximum number of service members expected to soon be in Afghanistan: 68,000, more than double the number there when Bush left office. Still, it suggests that a significant number of support troops, in addition to combat forces, would be needed to meet commanders' demands. It also underscores the growing strain on U.S. ground troops, raising practical questions about how the Army and Marine Corps would meet a request from Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan.

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Real World's Rachel: Obama's Pro-Choice Stance Makes Him "Least Qualified" For Nobel Prize


Remember Rachel from Real World: San Francisco? She co-hosted The View today-with a conservative attitude that makes Elisabeth Hasselbeck look liberal—opining that President Obama wasn't qualified to win the Nobel Peace Prize because of his "radical" abortion stance.

In fact, Rachel believes that anyone who is pro-choice should not be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, saying, "We wouldn't have world peace until we ended abortion." But this is really nothing new. On the third season of The Real World, Rachel, a young Republican, often got in heated political debates with her left-leaning San Francisco roommates, particularly "bed-wetting liberal" Judd.

Rachel is also not new to The View. She's auditioned for a permanent position on the panel twice before, but was passed over each time, first in favor of Lisa Ling, and later in favor of Hasselbeck. This morning, Rachel—who married Real World: Boston roommate Sean—announced that she's pregnant with her sixth child.

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You mean the world's not going to end in 2012? Damn, says Palin.

The end of time: Maya calendar runs out soon, but don't panic (October 13, 2009 - The Guardian - Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent)

The ancient Maya calendar is about to "run out" but you should pause before partying like there's no tomorrow: rumours of apocalypse have been exaggerated.

Astrologers, Hollywood, internet sites and TV documentaries have embraced the idea of doomsday on 21 December 2012 based on the end of a great cycle of time calculated by central America's bygone civilisation.

The Maya measured time in baktuns, which lasted approximately 400 years. The run-up to Christmas 2012 marks the end of the 13th baktun, a period spanning about 5,125 years dating from 3114 BC, the start of the Maya "long count" calendar. Thirteen was a sacred number for the Maya.
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Been debating on putting this up. This has been mentioned just about everywhere so I thought why not here. It has some political connotations.

this is from the onion

i just came across this on twitter, thought it was awesome


If God Had Wanted Me To Be Accepting Of Gays, He Would Have Given Me The Warmth And Compassion To Do So

I don't question God. The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall put none above Him. Which is why I know that if it were part of God's plan for me to stop viciously condemning others based solely on their sexual preference, He would have seen fit—in His infinite wisdom and all—to have given me the tiniest bit of human empathy necessary to do so.

It's a simple matter of logic, really. God made me who I am, and who I am is a cold, anti-gay zealot. Thus, I abhor gay people because God made me that way. Why is that so hard to understand?

Here, let's start with the basic facts: I hate and fear gay people. The way they feel is different from how I feel, and that causes me a lot of confusion and anger. Everyone knows God is all-powerful. He could easily have given me the capacity to investigate what's behind those feelings rather than tell strangers in the park they're going to hell for holding hands. But God clearly has another path for me. And who am I to question His divine will?

Compassion, tolerance, understanding, basic decency, the ability to put myself in another person's position: God could have endowed me with any of those traits and yet—here is the crucial part—He didn't. Why? Because the Creator of the Universe wants me to demonize homosexuals in an effort to strip them of their fundamental human rights.

I'm sorry, but you can't possibly ask me to explain everything God does. He works in mysterious ways, remember?

Try to understand. If I were capable of thinking and acting any other way, then I'm sure I would, but God seems to be quite adamant about this one. He's just not budging at all. So unless our almighty Lord and Savior decides to change His mind about my ability to empathize on even the most basic level—which I find highly unlikely—then everyone is just going to have to accept the fact that I'm going to keep on hating homosexuals. And I know that He will fill me with the strength to remain mindless and hurtful in the face of adversity.

Which isn't to say that my faith hasn't been tested. Believe me, there have been times when I've drifted from the bitter and terrified life God has chosen for me. When my younger brother told me he was gay, it shook my faith to its very core. But here I am, 27 years later, still refusing to take his calls. Just the way God intended.

It's actually pretty astonishing how many complaints to the school board you can make regarding the new band teacher you've never met when you are filled with the Light of Christ and devoid of any real kindness or mercy toward His other children.

At the end of the day, I'm just trying to lead a good Christian life. That means going to church on Sunday, following the Ten Commandments, and fighting what I believe to be a sexual abomination through a series of petty actions and bitter comments made under my breath. Sure, I sometimes wish God would just reach into my heart and give me the ability to treat all people with, at the very least, the decency and respect they deserve as human beings. But unfortunately for that new couple who moved in three houses down, He hasn't yet.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have God's work to do.


DEA Arrests Farmers for Planting "Dangerous" Hemp, The Uncle of Mariajuana.

Farmers Arrested Planting Hemp On DEA Headquarters Lawn

A group of civilly-disobedient hemp farmers and business leaders were arrested Tuesday morning while digging up the lawn to plant industrial hemp seeds at the headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

David Bronner, the president of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, a more than 60-year-old company that does tens of millions of dollars of business annually, was among those arrested.

Bronner buys the hemp used in his soaps from Canadian farmers. He was arrested outside the DEA museum, which shares space with the headquarters.

"Our kids are going to come to this museum and say, 'My God. Your generation was crazy. What the hell is wrong with you people?'"
he said as Arlington County Police handcuffed him and walked him to a waiting car.

The group was arrested for trespassing.

A DEA spokeswoman referred comment to the Department of Justice "because they're the people who set the policy for drugs." A DOJ spokeswoman declined to comment.

Hemp, however, is not a drug and has no capacity to get someone stoned, the farmers pointed out. Wayne Hauge and Will Allen, farmers from North Dakota and Vermont respectively, brought shovels and seeds to the protest, where they were joined by representatives of Vote Hemp, which advocates for federal legislation that would allow states to craft their own hemp policies.

Currently eight states -- Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, and West Virginia -- allow industrial hemp production or research, but federal law, which requires nearly-impossible-to-obtain-permits to grow hemp, trumps those state laws. A bill introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) would allow states to craft their own policies.
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Vote Obama, You Get Fired.

Man Says Boss Carried Out Threat To Fire Him for Voting for Obama

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A salesman says he was fired for voting for Barack Obama, after his boss sent an email to all employees warning that he would fire them if they dared to do that.

He claims Matthew Brandt, the owner of KK Office Solutions, sent the email threat to "All Employees" on Oct. 29, 2008 warning them "to rethink your vote on November 4th."

Elliot Snell sued KK Office Solutions in Wyandotte County Court. The email warned that if Obama were elected, all salespeople will have to pool their sales commissions to give underachieving salespeople a "fair shake;" that hourly employees will pool their wages, including overtime, to help those who are "too busy to for overtime;" that top management was to be referred to as "the government," and would be exempt from pooling because the law doesn't apply to it; and that the last few people hired "should clean out their desks."

The email, included in the complaint, continued: "Don't feel bad though, because President Obama will give you free healthcare, free handouts, free oil for heating your home, free food stamps, and he'll let you stay in hour home for as long as you want even if you can't pay your mortgage. If you appeal directly to our democratic congress [sic], you might even get a free flat screen TV and a coupon for free haircuts ..." It concludes: "If for any reason you are not happy with the new policies, you many want to rethink your vote on November 4th," followed by Brandt's signature and title.

Snell says he openly supported Obama, and was fired on Nov. 20, 2008, despite acquiring more than $300,000 in accounts during his 6 months with KK Office Solutions.

He seeks reinstatement, lost pay and damages of $1.2 million. He is represented by Lawrence Williamson.

Lindsey "Democrat-in-Drag-Wussypants-Half-a-Sissy-Devil-Worshipper" Graham Not Loved By Tea Party.

Lindsey Graham Faces Tea Party Fury: "Traitor," "Democrat In Drag," "Half-A-Sissy" (VIDEO)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) faced an eruption of rage from Tea Party activists at a town hall meeting Tuesday for his decision to work with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on climate change and clean energy legislation.

In a New York Times op-ed published Sunday, Graham and Kerry discussed their commitment to achieving bipartisan legislation.

Sen. Graham has also independently expressed his own concerns on global warming:

I think the planet is heating up. I think CO2 emissions are damaging the environment and this dependence on foreign oil is a natural disaster in the making. Let's do something about it. I'd like to solve a problem, and if it's on President Obama's watch, it doesn't bother me one bit if it makes the country better off.

At a Greenville, South Carolina town hall, angry attendees called Graham a "traitor," of "going to bed with John Kerry," and making a "pact with the devil."

The extreme reaction mirrors the sentiment perpetuating through the conservative blogosphere, where Graham's legislative endeavors have led him to be labeled a "Democrat in drag," a "wussypants," and a "half-a-sissy," among other things.


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Obama's Top 10 Unfulfilled Pledges

Barack Obama's Top 10 unfulfilled pledges

Less than nine months into his four-year term of office, President Barack Obama's record is already one of abandoned promises, sidelined issues and lack of action.

PolitiFact, a political accountability project run by Florida's St Petersburg Times, has formulated an "Obamameter" gauge that registers seven broken promises, a dozen stalled initiatives and 117 pet projects still "in the works".

Here is the top 10 list of most glaring examples of Mr Obama falling short in key areas he trumpeted during his campaign.

1.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama said he would "not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days". But the "sunlight before signing" promise has already fallen by the wayside with Mr Obama signing three major bills without public scrutiny.

2.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama repeatedly said he would negotiate health care reform in televised sessions broadcast on C-SPAN, the public service network. Instead, he his approach has been no different from his predecessors, holding talks behind closed doors at the White House and Congress.

3.PROMISE BROKEN. Mr Obama solemnly pledged that "no political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years". In practice, Mr Obama has granted several waivers to this rule, allowing lobbyists to serve in the top reaches of his administration.

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Bonnie Greer to appear on Question Time with BNP leader

Black writer Bonnie Greer will appear on next week's controversial edition of BBC1's Question Time, which will feature British National Party leader Nick Griffin.

The Anglo-American playwright and critic has been confirmed as a guest panellist by the BBC today, along with Justice Secretary Jack Straw, due to appear on the programme on Thursday 22 October.

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Chicago Teacher Tells Students: Taxes Shouldn't Be Spent On Black Fags

A Geneva High School teacher is being accused of making anti-gay and racist comments in his classroom.

Dave Burk, who teaches consumer education, is accused of making the comments by his students during an Oct. 5 lecture on tax money involving the National Endowment for the Arts.

"How would you feel about your tax dollars going to pay some black fag in New York to take pictures of other black fags?" Burk allegedly asked, according to student Jordan Hunter.


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Someone in the comments left this:

Dave Burk is a teacher in the business department.  The principal is Mr. Thomas Rodgers.  Call him at 630-463-3800 and tell him to fire this teacher.

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Obama nominates MPD’s Lubinski for U.S. Marshal

The White House announced Tuesday that President Obama has nominated Sharon Lubinski, Minneapolis’ Assistant Chief of Police, as the U.S. Marshal for the District of Minnesota. Lubinski is also one of the first — if not the first — openly gay person to be nominated for the position.

The U.S. Marshals Service is charged with protecting the 94 United States District Courts. Lubinski will be in charge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota if approved by the U.S. Senate later this year.

Lubinski is openly lesbian and has served in law enforcement for more than 30 years and is one of the highest ranking LGBT members of law enforcement in the country.

If confirmed, Lubinski would also be the second female U.S. Marshal currently serving in that capacity and would be the 13th female Marshal in U.S. history.

President Obama praised Lubinski in a press release Tuesday afternoon. “Assistant Chief Lubinski has dedicated her career to the noble cause of protecting her fellow Americans. She has displayed exceptional courage in the pursuit of justice, and I am honored to nominate her today to continue her selfless work as a U.S. Marshal for the District of Minnesota.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar recommended Lubinksi earlier this summer. She wrote:

Sharon Lubinski’s mix of experience managing a large, urban police department and working in a more rural sheriff’s office sets her apart and makes her uniquely qualified to serve in this new role. During my eight years as Hennepin County Attorney, I had the opportunity to work with Sharon on an almost daily basis. I observed firsthand the strength of her leadership abilities and the respect she commands from people at every level of law enforcement and in the larger community.

According to her bio, Lubinski has served in the Minneapolis Police Department for 20 years and has held a command post for 10 years. She started her law enforcement career as a member of the force at the Dane County Sheriff’s Department in Madison, Wis., and she is a member of the faculty at Metropolitan State University School of Criminal Justice.


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Wexler to Resign Florida Congressional Seat. What Obama Job Will He Get?

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), the self-described “fire breathing liberal” congressman, is going to announce his resignation from Congress tomorrow morning, according to the Sun-Sentinel. And the paper adds:
A Democratic source with knowledge of Wexler’s plans said he is likely to take a public policy job that deals with the Middle East.
Oh? Like, perhaps, as one Mideast watcher speculated to me, U.S. ambassador to Israel? An ambassadorship currently held by a caretaker? Wexler was one of President Obama’s earliest prominent Jewish supporters in the Democratic primaries. It might make sense, and having someone as progressive and solidly pro-Israel as Wexler in the position might shake up the seemingly stalled peace process.

Laura Rozen hears speculation that Wexler is going to run USAID. Maybe! But is that a job worth resigning a congressional seat? To be clear, I don’t actually know what’s up here, but when I get confirmation, I will update.


Rozen's article has since been updated to say Wexler is NOT going to USAID.

seriously you guys... Ambassador to Israel Robert Wexler. holy crap, I came, this must happen, etc.

ETA: Current Twitter rumor is that he'll be director of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation.

Health Care Stocks Down. We Must Be Doing Something Right...

Health Care Stocks Down

Health insurance stocks took a dive Tuesday, with the S&P Health Care Sector index becoming the worst-performing segment of the S&P 500, largely because of health insurance companies.

The followed a public declaration of war by the health insurance industry's lobbying arm against the White House's health care reform efforts.

America's Health Insurance Plans, or AHIP, released a methodologically questionable study on Sunday claiming that the Senate Finance Committee bill would result in higher premiums for families.

Aetna started the day trading at 26.38 per share, went down -3.1% and closed at 25.59.

Cigna started the day at 29.57; went down -3.14% and closed at 28.71.

UnitedHealth Group Inc. opened at 25.17, went down -3.73% and closed at 24.31.

Interestingly, after a majority of members of the Senate Finance Committee voted for the health care reform legislation offered by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., many of those stocks started to creep back up. The Baucus bill does not contain a government-run health care option to compete with private insurers – an option AHIP and its members oppose.

AHIP is now running TV ads against the effort in many states, as ABC News' Teddy Davis takes a look at HERE.

"Is it right to ask 10 million seniors on Medicare Advantage for more than their fair share?" asks the ad's narrator. "Congress is proposing more than $100 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says many seniors will see cuts in benefits."


If You Support Criticism of Fox News. You Support The Jewish Holocaust! OMG ONTD_Political is Nazi!

Glenn Beck Compares Fox News To Jews During Holocaust (AUDIO)

Leave it to Glenn Beck to take things too far. On his radio show Tuesday Beck drew a rather over-the-top analogy between, of all things, Fox News and Jewish persecution during the Holocaust. The basis for this comparison was the White House's recent criticism of Fox News' reporting, in which it called the network "the communications arm of the Republican Party" and said that its reporting style is more opinion than straight news. Beck suggested that the campaign against Fox was only the beginning of a full on assault by the Obama administration against the press.

When they're done with Fox, and you decide to speak out on something. The old, "first they came for the Jews, and I wasn't Jewish." When you have a question, and you believe that something should be asked, they're a -- totally fine with you right now; they have no problem with you.

Beck then made a plea to other news organizations to not stand by and let this media genocide happen.

Casual comparisons to the Holocaust are probably never a good idea, but Beck hasn't been afraid to go there in the past -- i.e. Beck's claim that Al Gore was creating another "Hitler Youth".

LISTEN to a segment of Beck's rant from Media Matters for America.:


Bans 'do not cut abortion rate'

Restricting the availability of legal abortion does not appear to reduce the number of women trying to end unwanted pregnancies, a major report suggests.

The Guttmacher Institute's survey found abortion occurs at roughly equal rates in regions where it is legal and regions where it is highly restricted.

It did note that improved access to contraception had cut the overall abortion rate over the last decade.

But unsafe abortions, primarily illegal, have remained almost static.

The survey of 197 countries carried out by the Guttmacher Institute - a pro-choice reproductive think tank - found there were 41.6m abortions in 2003, compared with 45.5 in 1995 - a drop which occurred despite population increases.


Western Europe is held up as an example of what access to contraceptive services can achieve, and the Netherlands - with just 10 abortions per 1,000 women compared to the world's 29 per 1,000 - is held up as the gold standard.

Here, young people report using two forms of contraception as standard.

Even the UK, which has a relatively high rate, fares well in comparison to the US, where the number of abortions is among the highest in the developed world. The institute says this rate is in part explained by inconsistencies in insurance coverage of contraceptive supplies.

In much of eastern Europe, where abortion was treated as a form of birth control, abortion rates have dropped by 50% in the last decade as contraceptives have become more widely available.

Rest of article at Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8305217.stm
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Obama at the Precipice

Tough Guys Don't Need to Dance in Afghanistan

By William J. Astore

It's early in 1965, and President Lyndon B. Johnson faces a critical decision. Should he escalate in Vietnam? Should he say "yes" to the request from US commanders for more troops? Or should he change strategy, downsize the American commitment, even withdraw completely, a decision that would help him focus on his top domestic priority, the "Great Society" he hopes to build?

We all know what happened. LBJ listened to the generals and foreign policy experts and escalated, with tragic consequences for the United States and calamitous results for the Vietnamese people on the receiving end of American firepower. Drawn deeper and deeper into Vietnam, LBJ would soon lose his way and eventually his will, refusing to run for re-election in 1968.

President Obama now stands at the edge of a similar precipice. Should he acquiesce to General Stanley A. McChrystal's call for 40,000 to 60,000 or more US troops for Afghanistan? Or should he pursue a new strategy, downsizing our commitment, even withdrawing completely, a decision that would help him focus on national healthcare, among his other top domestic priorities?

The die, I fear, is cast. In his "war of necessity," Obama has evidently already ruled out even considering a " reduction" option, no less a "withdrawal" one, and will likely settle on an "escalate lite" program involving more troops (though not as many as McChrystal has urged), more American trainers for the Afghan army and even a further escalation of the drone war over the Pakistani borderlands and new special operations actions.

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Drought and Wildfire ravaged California is inudated with rain and mudslide fears

Calif. storm causes power outages, mudslide fears (October 13, 2009 - AP - SOLVEJ SCHOU and RAQUEL MARIA DILLON)

LOS ANGELES – A big Pacific storm swept into California on Tuesday with damaging winds and downpours that put a central community under an evacuation advisory because of mudslide fears, while residents near hillsides denuded by wildfires in the south braced for a dangerous overnight drenching.

The main fear was that the rains would cause mud and debris to rush down hillsides made bare from the summer fire, state fire spokeswoman Colleen Baxter said.
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Poor Cali. First the drought, then the fire, now the rain and mud. Is Snow and lava next?
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Mormon leader: religious freedom at risk

From AP.

The anti-Mormon backlash after California voters overturned gay marriage last fall is similar to the intimidation of Southern blacks during the civil rights movement, a high-ranking Mormon said Tuesday.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks referred to gay marriage as an "alleged civil right" in an address at Brigham Young University-Idaho that church officials described as a significant commentary on current threats to religious freedom.
Oaks suggested that atheists and others are seeking to intimidate people of faith and silence their voices in the public square, according to his prepared remarks.

"The extent and nature of religious devotion in this nation is changing," said Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a church governing body. "The tide of public opinion in favor of religion is receding, and this probably portends public pressures for laws that will impinge on religious freedom."

Oaks' address comes as gay-rights activists mount a legal challenge to Proposition 8, the ballot measure that overturned gay marriage in California. His comments about civil rights angered gay rights supporters who consider the struggle to enact same-sex marriage laws as a major civil rights cause.

"Blacks were lynched and beaten and denied the right to vote by their government," said Marc Solomon, marriage director for Equality California, which spearheaded the No on 8 campaign. "To compare that to criticism of Mormon leaders for encouraging people to give vast amounts of money to take away rights of a small minority group is illogical and deeply offensive."

Solomon said the Mormon church hierarchy has every right to speak out, "but in the public sphere, one should expect that people will disagree."
In an interview Monday before the speech, Oaks said he did not consider it provocative to compare the treatment of Mormons in the election's aftermath to that of blacks in the civil rights era, and said he stands by the analogy.

"It may be offensive to some — maybe because it hadn't occurred to them that they were putting themselves in the same category as people we deplore from that bygone era," said Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court justice who clerked for Chief Justice Earl Warren at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Salt Lake City-based Mormon church, or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has shied from politics historically but was a key player in the pro-Proposition 8 coalition. The LDS First Presidency, its highest governing body, announced its support for Proposition 8 in a letter read at every California congregation, and individual Mormons heeded the church's calls to donate their money and time.

After the measure prevailed, its opponents focused much of their ire on Mormons, organizing boycotts of businesses with LDS ties and protests at Mormon worship places. While some demonstrations were peaceful, in others church windows were shattered and slurs were hurled at the church's founding fathers.
Some of the most pointed comments in Oaks' Tuesday address focus on Proposition 8. Oaks said the free exercise of religion is threatened by those who believe it conflicts with "the newly alleged 'civil right' of same-gender couples to enjoy the privileges of marriage."

"Those who seek to change the foundation of marriage should not be allowed to pretend that those who defend the ancient order are trampling on civil rights," Oaks said. "The supporters of Proposition 8 were exercising their constitutional right to defend the institution of marriage ..."

Oaks said that while "aggressive intimidation" connected to Proposition 8 was primarily directed at religious people and symbols, "it was not anti-religious as such." He called the incidents "expressions of outrage against those who disagreed with the gay-rights position and had prevailed in a public contest."
"As such, these incidents of 'violence and intimidation' are not so much anti-religious as anti-democratic," he said. "In their effect they are like well-known and widely condemned voter-intimidation of blacks in the South that produced corrective federal civil-rights legislation."

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Twitter users undermine attempt to gag UK media

Bloggers and Twitter users thwarted a legal attempt Tuesday to stop Britain's media from reporting the questions posed by a lawmaker in a parliamentary debate, spotlighting the power of new media to influence public policy.

The case involving lawmaker Paul Farrelly had threatened the rights of journalists to report anything debated in Parliament. British law allows the media to report any comments made in Parliament without fear of running afoul of Britain's often draconian privacy and libel laws.

Farrelly had posed written questions to the government Monday that concerned Trafigura, a Netherlands-registered oil trading company accused of dumping waste at sites throughout Abidjan, the main city in the Ivory Coast, but Trafigura's lawyers had obtained an injunction from Britain's High Court that prevented The Guardian newspaper from reporting any details of Farrelly's questions.

The Guardian honored the injunction, but put a story on its Web site Monday and in Tuesday's editions of the newspaper reporting that it has been prevented from discussing parliamentary proceedings on legal grounds — without naming the players in the case.

The blogosphere erupted in outrage.

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