October 16th, 2009

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Texas Show Down - Republican Style

Texas Republican Smackdown

Gov. Rick Perry is under fire over a suspicious execution—and his secessionist talk this spring. Can his more moderate GOP rival take him down? The national GOP is watching.

A battle for the soul of the Republican Party is under way in Texas and the results could help shape how the GOP positions itself for the 2010 midterm elections and beyond.
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For God's Sake people we have got to get Medina out if not both her and Perry before Kinky takes out Hutchison in the election! There is no way in fucking hell that a Tea Partier who is supported by Ron Paul is going to be my Governor!
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Obama asked "Why do people hate you?" By fourth grader

At a town hall meeting in New Orleans Thursday, fourth-grader Terrence Scott earnestly asked the question that has probably been on many people's minds as they witnessed the rage that has been directed at Obama these last few months: "why do people hate you?" The young man seemed genuinely concerned as he asked the question, and he went on to tell Obama that "They supposed to love you." Obama responded by giving the young man a hug while saying, "That's what I'm talking about." Then came the hard part of actually answering his question.


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New crime! Having a seizure while black!

Woman Suffering From Seizure Arrested For Assault - Kourtney Wilson was in the midst of a seizure at her home in Woodlawn when she was arrested for assaulting three paramedics.

CHICAGO (CBS) ― Imagine calling 911 for medical assistance and winding up in jail. That's what happened to a South Side grad student who says, instead of providing treatment, paramedics had her arrested. CBS 2's Derrick Blakley reports.

Kourtney Wilson, 23, was charged with assaulting three paramedics. But Kourtney says that's impossible because she was in the midst of a seizure. And she says, what she deserved was treatment, not a trip to jail.

"I've had many seizures and been in the hands of many paramedics, and I've never had such an awful experience," Kourtney said.

Kourtney has a history of lupus, and around 12:30 Monday afternoon, she had a seizure at her Woodlawn home.

"She just started shaking, violently shaking and her teeth were clattering," said Tiffini Williams, Wilson's roommate.

That's when Tiffini called 911and paramedics responded.

"I just remember being strapped down, feeling like I was in a straitjacket, and I just kept taking off the strap, like 'please no, please no', not really understanding everything that was going on," Kourtney said.

But Tiffini repeatedly confronted the paramedics about what she saw as heavy-handed tactics, telling them, "'I called you all to help her but you're being too rough with her. It's almost like you're assaulting her.' As soon as I said that, one of the EMT guys pointed to Kourtney and says, 'you're going to jail.'"

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WTF, there aren't even words for how messed up it is to charge someone having a seizure with assault. Let alone how fucked up it is they didn't even give her treatment until nine hours later. I don't blame her at all for not wanting to call 911 again.
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Limbaugh has been denied

Limbaugh dropped from group seeking to buy Rams

ST. LOUIS — Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from a group seeking to buy the St. Louis Rams.

Limbaugh was to be a limited partner in a bid led by St. Louis Blues chairman Dave Checketts, but Checketts said in a statement Wednesday that Limbaugh's participation had complicated the effort. The group will move forward without him.

Checketts said he will have no further comment on the bid process. Limbaugh did not immediately respond to an e-mail sent late Wednesday seeking comment on Checketts' decision.

Limbaugh said on his radio show earlier Wednesday that he had been inundated with e-mails from listeners who supported him in the bid.

"This is not about the NFL, it's not about the St. Louis Rams, it's not about me," Limbaugh said. "This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democrat Party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative.

"Therefore, this is about the future of the United States of America and what kind of country we're going to have."

Limbaugh's bid ran into opposition from within the image-conscious NFL on Tuesday when Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would vote against the radio personality. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the commentator's "divisive" comments would not be tolerated from any NFL insider.

The league tries to avoid getting snared in controversial issues outside sports, which has caused Limbaugh trouble in the past. In 2003, he was forced to resign from ESPN's Sunday night football broadcast after saying of Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb: "I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well."

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Color me unsurprised at Rush using this to take potshots at liberals. Personally, I think most of the decision to drop Rush from the group is less "the left" trying to destroy conservatism and more "a number of Black NFL players saying they will not play for Rush Limbaugh."
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Levi Johnston and the Middle-American Minstrel Show

Levi Johnston’s shameless exploitation by the liberal media is more than just a convenient cudgel for bashing Sarah Palin. It’s a modern minstrel show, with “Middle American” substituted for “African-American” as Levi capers for his condescending media “friends” wearing figurative blackface. And just as the minstrel shows of the past were tools to reinforce prejudice, the Levi Johnston show is meant to reinforce the prejudices and smug sense of superiority of its elitist liberal audience.

Levi is the Kevin Federline of American politics, a good-looking, not-too-bright guy catching a break by impregnating a rising star, or at least one’s daughter, then basking in the reflected glow. When things went south with Bristol Palin, he found, in a mainstream media eager for anything that might derail the Sarah Palin express, an opportunity to go farther than he ever thought he could. Movies, modeling, memoirs – anything was possible, they assured him. Just tell us what we want to hear, Levi – the good stuff, the juicy stuff, the stuff too good to fact check. Oh, and hand over your dignity while you’re at it.

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When the author limits himself to comparing Levi to K-Fed, and to taking Levi to task for putting a higher priority on his own fleeting fame than on his responsibilities as a parent, he actually hits his marks pretty well (indeed, it's pretty goddamn sad to imagine how fucked up Levi and Bristol's kid is gonna be, not only with those two winners as parents, but also with Sarah Palin and Mama Johnston as grandmas).

Too bad that the author shoots himself in the fucking foot straight out of the starting gate, then, by indulging in the already well-overplayed meme of OMG WHITE MIDDLE-AMERICA IS JUST AS OPPRESSED NOW AS BLACK PEOPLE WERE UNDER SLAVERY AND JIM CROW, because, you know, yeah, but no, you're really fucking not, so shut the fuck up.

That being said? At the risk of being entirely too predictable, I laughed at the line about "lonely cougars" lusting after Levi. :)

Senator Richard Burr Protecting The Rights of Industry To Deny Health Coverage to Battered Women

Sensitivity Training: GOP Senator Batters Witness Over Domestic Violence Report

After the Huffington Post reported that eight states still allow insurance companies to treat domestic violence as a precondition, leaders from three of those declared that they would put an end to the practice.

North Carolina Republican Senator Richard Burr took a different approach and instead challenged the head of the organization, the National Women's Law Center, that issued the original report at a Senate hearing Thursday.

Burr's reaction was the polar opposite of Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who told the Jackson Free Press after the story broke that he was ashamed that his state was on the list.

"Would I do something about it? Hell, yeah, I'd do something about it, but I'm a regulator, not a legislator. I have to come to terms with that every week," he said, calling on the legislature to take action.

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm, a former violent-crimes prosecutor, told the Huffington Post that he and Gov. John Hoeven (R) are working to change the standing policy in their state. "Quite frankly, I was stunned and I couldn't believe it," he said of North Dakota's inclusion on the list, vowing to change the law when the legislature comes back in session.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin similarly said that he would encourage the state legislature to clarify the law. The state does ban insurers from using domestic violence as a pre-existing condition within group plans, but is silent when it comes to individual and non-group plans. Following the story, Goodwin said that he would implement new rules and encourage the legislature to rectify the situation so that individual and non-group women were specifically protected, too. He also said that he had not found an example of any insurance company denying a woman coverage and citing domestic violence as the reason.

Advocates for survivors and victims of domestic abuse note that it's more complicated than that: insurers rarely specifically cite "domestic violence" as the reason to deny coverage, but instead cite the physical manifestations of it.

It was a distinction lost on Burr, who seized on Goodwin's statement that the commissioner didn't know of a case of insurance companies using domestic violence as a reason to deny coverage. On Thursday, when the group's founder and co-president, Marcia Greenberger, came to testify before the full Senate health committee, Burr used the bulk of his allotted time to question the accuracy of her report.
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SEC Said to Hire Goldman’s Storch for Enforcement Job (Fox Guarding Henhouse)


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hired Adam Storch, a 29-year-old former employee in Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s business intelligence unit, as the enforcement division’s first chief operating officer, according to people familiar with the decision.

The COO, who started Oct. 13, has “a great deal of background” in technology and managing processes and the pace of work, Robert Khuzami, head of enforcement, said yesterday in Washington. Storch, who worked since 2004 in a unit at Goldman Sachs that reviewed contracts and transactions for signs of fraud, will be charged with making the unit more efficient. Storch, reached by telephone at the SEC, declined to comment.

Khuzami announced the position in August as part of the unit’s biggest overhaul in three decades. He is taking steps to add front-line investigators, speed inquiries and create specialized units after the agency was faulted for missing Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion fraud.

Storch holds degrees in accounting and finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo and studied at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He has certifications in accounting, fraud examination and auditing.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Storch was a senior analyst at accounting firm Deloitte & Touche and an intern at Neuberger Berman LLC, a New York-based asset management firm.

Khuzami has created specialty units of investigators and is giving people more incentive to cooperate with investigations. The five groups will investigate cases in asset management, structured products, municipal securities and public pensions, foreign corrupt practices and market abuse, Khuzami said in an Aug. 5 a speech in New York.
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Secret ACTA treaty can't be shown to public, just 42 lawyers

As the secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement rolls forward, it's clear that some kind of Internet "enforcement" will end up in the text; but what kind? Thirty-eight corporate lawyers and 4 public interest lawyers are the only ones with a say.

Turns out that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will include a section on Internet "enforcement procedures" after all. And how many people have had input on these procedures? Forty-two.

ACTA has worried outside observers for some time by threatening to delve into issues not normally covered by "trade agreements." Topping the list are concerns about ACTA's possible use as a Trojan horse to shove tough Internet controls onto countries like the US at the behest of Big Content. It's been hard to tell exactly what ACTA will include, though, because the process has taken place in such secrecy and even when information has been released, the section relating to the Internet has been empty.

But the secrecy wasn't total. Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) found out in September that the US Trade Representative's office had actually been secretly canvassing opinions on the Internet section of the agreement from 42 people, all of whom had signed a nondisclosure agreement before being shown the ACTA draft text.

After filing a Freedom of Information Act request (the names of the 42 people were considered a matter of "national security" and were not released voluntarily), KEI yesterday revealed the list of people who have had access to the ACTA Internet provisions. Here are the first 32 names, all of them people outside of USTR:

List of names and more here:


Geert Wilders has Arrived....

A far-right Dutch politician who was turned away from Britain after criticising the Koran as a 'fascist book' was finally allowed into the country today.

Geert Wilders was turned away in February over fears that his presence could spark inter-faith violence. He landed at Heathrow Airport this morning after winning a court battle to enter the country and is holding a press conference in London this lunchtime.

Mr Wilders, head of the Freedom Party, is not planning to show Fitna while he is in the UK.

A Home Office spokesman said the original ban was the “right decision” at the time. He added: “Any European visitor’s right to enter the UK will be considered on its merits by an immigration officer.

“On this occasion the Home Secretary is not minded to recommend that Mr Wilders is denied admission to the UK. Clearly Mr Wilders’ statements and behaviour during a visit will inevitably impact on any future decisions to admit him.”

An Asylum and Immigration Tribunal found there was no evidence to suggest the politician represented a serious threat, and if trouble erupted the police could remove him.

“It was more important to allow free speech than to take restrictive action speculatively,” they said.

Mr Wilders, 46, said on Wednesday: “I am really very pleased that the UK court overturned the decision of the UK Government It’s not only a victory for me, it is a victory for freedom of speech.”

Mohammed Shafiq, from the Ramadhan Foundation, said it was right that Mr Wilders had been allowed into the UK, but he should be closely monitored while in the country.

He said: “The right decision was made to let him in because we believe in freedom of speech in this country, no matter how abhorrent someone’s views are. But he has got to be monitored so that he doesn’t say anything to incite religious violence.

“If you start attacking somebody’s faith in the way that he has, they could react violently. Islam is not above criticism, and criticism based on a mutual respect and tolerance is fine. But his hatred is no different to the intolerance that the BNP and the far right are preaching.”

A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) branded Mr Wilders “a relentless preacher of hate” and objected to “the rapturous welcome he is receiving in the name of free speech”.

MCB secretary general Muhammad Abdul Bari said: “At a time of heightened tension, with the unprecedented rise of the far right, we must all pull together and focus on points of unity and cohesion. Our unhealthy obsession with divisive figures only bolsters their objective to sow discord on the streets of Britain.”


I have a big problem with Wilders in the sense that I don't feel he 'criticises' Islam at all; rather, he spews hate.  His use of 'us' and 'them' in reference to Muslims versus the rest of the world particularly adds to my aversion of him.  Watching Lord Pearson (UKIP) defend Wilders' ideologies on Sky News this morning, I noticed him using the same 'They hate us, they're threatening us...' rhetoric and there was enough ambiguity there that he could have been referring to the Muslim population in general rather than the fascist Islamists. 
However, I don't think 'banning' him from any country would have been the right way to go about things.  If anything, it has just publicised his radical views even more so and painted him as a victim whose civil rights are being infringed.  He should be welcome in England and should not have to worry about anyone (Muslim or otherwise) threatening his safety but at the same time; I don't think the likes of the UKIP should be catering to him and giving him a national platform on which to stand and voice his hate speech.  In my opinion; it IS hate speech.  Wilders does not differentiate between moderate, hard-working, sociable Muslims and the extreme Muslims: they are all one and the same to him and it is hatred that he spews out against them. 


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Lesbian student not allowed to wear tux in yearbook picture

 Gay teen's photo snub challenged

Veronica Rodriguez describes her daughter, 17-year-old Ceara Sturgis, as a perfect child: a straight-A student, goalie on the soccer team, a trumpet player in the band and active in Students Against Drunk Driving.

She also is gay and feels more comfortable in boy's clothes. So, Rodriguez said she supported her daughter's decision to wear a tuxedo, rather than the drape customary for girls, when she had her senior portrait made in July.

But Rodriguez said school officials at Wesson Attendance Center, a K-12 school in the Copiah County School District, were not as supportive and have refused to include the picture in the school yearbook.


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Obama Barred Constitutionally From Accepting Nobel?

People can, and undoubtedly will, argue for some time about whether President Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Meanwhile, though, there's a simpler and more immediate question: Does the Constitution allow him to accept the award?

Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution, the emolument clause, clearly stipulates: "And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State."

The award of the peace prize to a sitting president is not unprecedented. But Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson received the honor for their past actions: Roosevelt's efforts to end the Russo-Japanese War, and Wilson's work in establishing the League of Nations. Obama's award is different. It is intended to affect future action. As a member of the Nobel Committee explained, the prize should encourage Obama to meet his goal of nuclear disarmament. It raises important legal questions for the second time in less than 10 months -- questions not discussed, much less adequately addressed anywhere else.

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SOURCE isn't full of butthurt Republicans

What do you guys think about it?

Around 600 children died from hunger while I had lunch.

Mixed messages in hunger report

Brazil and China have been praised for their efforts to tackle hunger, in a development charity's report released to coincide with UN World Food Day.

But the ActionAid report criticises India and others countries for not doing enough to alleviate the problem.

The agency also ranked rich countries, saying Luxembourg is trying hardest to end global hunger, while the US and New Zealand rank bottom.

Studies estimate that one billion people are malnourished globally.

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No simple solution or single enemy for this, but I'm happy that some small farmers are getting more chances and developing local economies. Biofuel is a bit of a controversy though, just look at Brazil, malnutrition dropped 73% under Lula and biofuels keeps booming, it can be good for some places. But I do think we can all agree governments and businessmen should sort out their priorities. And organizational problems like they have in India are just unacceptable and ridiculously frustrating indeed.

*Edit because the LJ cut is stoopid.

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Republican endorses Republican, proving he's a Democrat.

Conservatives revolt over congressional candidate

Breaking news: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the man who gave the country the Contract with America and led the Republican Revolution of 1994, is actually a liberal.

This, at least, is the conclusion at least one conservative blogger is drawing from Gingrich's endorsement of Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate in a special election to fill an open congressional seat in upstate New York.

The special election has seen an odd sort of blurring of the political lines: The right believes Scozzafava is too liberal, and many people are backing a more conservative third-party candidate, Doug Hoffman. Meanwhile, the left believes the Democratic candidate, Bill Owens, is too conservative, that even Scozzafava is more liberal. And the race is in a dead heat.

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* Gardasil cleared for males aged 9 to 26

* Shot already sold for women to fight cervical cancer

* Merck shares down 5 cents

LOS ANGELES, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Merck & Co (MRK.N) won U.S. approval to sell its cervical cancer vaccine for prevention of genital warts in boys and young men, the company said on Friday.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the Gardasil vaccine for males ages 9 through 26, Merck said in a statement. Gardasil fights infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer and genital warts.

Gardasil already is sold for girls and women to prevent cervical cancer.

Merck shares fell 5 cents to $33.25 on the New York Stock Exchange at mid-afternoon.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/governmentFilingsNews/idUSN1627412420091016
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Fox News fires Marc Lamont Hill

THR reports that Fox News liberal commentator Marc Lamont Hill has been fired from Fox News. At an annual News Corp. meeting today, chairman Rupert Murdoch is said to have "revealed the move after a shareholder had raised the question of how Hill was hired, citing his 'reputation of defending cop killers and racists.'" Hill's firing has been confirmed. THR's Georg Szalai:

Hill, a frequent guest on "The O'Reilly Factor" and other Fox News shows, has been the target of increasing criticism on the blogosphere for alleged sympathies to controversial figures including Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu-Jamal. Though Hill bills himself as an expert on hip-hop culture, he also drew fire for serving as a liberal foil for various Fox News personalities on subjects far from his stated area of expertise.

Think Progress points out that Hill was on Fox Business Network as recently as yesterday.

Hill's twitter

Hill tweets about being fired?

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Why there was nothing 'human' about Jan Moir's column on the death of Stephen Gately

The funeral of Stephen Gately has not yet taken place. The man hasn't been buried yet. Nevertheless, Jan Moir of the Daily Mail has already managed to dance on his grave. For money.

It has been 20 minutes since I've read her now-notorious column, and I'm still struggling to absorb the sheer scope of its hateful idiocy. It's like gazing through a horrid little window into an awesome universe of pure blockheaded spite. Spiralling galaxies of ignorance roll majestically against a backdrop of what looks like dark prejudice, dotted hither and thither with winking stars of snide innuendo.

On the Mail website, it was headlined: "Why there was nothing 'natural' about Stephen Gately's death." Since the official postmortem clearly ascribed the singer's death to natural causes, that headline contains a fairly bold claim. Still, who am I to judge? I'm no expert when it comes to interpreting autopsy findings, unlike Moir. Presumably she's a leading expert in forensic science, paid huge sums of money to fly around the world lecturing coroners on her latest findings. Or maybe she just wants to gay-bash a dead man? Tragically, the only way to find out is to read the rest of her article.

She begins by jabbering a bit about untimely celebrity deaths, especially those whose lives are "shadowed by dark appetites or fractured by private vice". Not just Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson. No: she's eagerly looking forward to other premature snuffings.

"Robbie, Amy, Kate, Whitney, Britney; we all know who they are. And we are not being ghoulish to anticipate, or to be mentally braced for, their bad end: a long night, a mysterious stranger, an odd set of circumstances that herald a sudden death."

Fair enough. I'm sure we all agree there's nothing "ghoulish" whatsoever about eagerly imagining the hypothetical death of someone you've marked out as a potential cadaver on account of your ill-informed presumptions about their lifestyle. All she's doing is running a detailed celebrity-death sweepstake in her head. That's not ghoulish, that's fun. For my part, I've just put a tenner on Moir choking to death on her own bile by the year 2012. See? Fun!

Having casually prophesied the death of Robbie Williams and co, Moir moves on to her main point: that Gately's death strikes her as a bit fishy . . . "All the official reports point to a natural death, with no suspicious circumstances . . . But, hang on a minute. Something is terribly wrong with the way this incident has been shaped and spun into nothing more than an unfortunate mishap on a holiday weekend, like a broken teacup in the rented cottage."

That's odd. I don't recall anyone equating the death with "an unfortunate mishap on a holiday weekend". I was only aware of shocked expressions of grief from those who knew or admired him, people who'd probably be moved to tears by Moir likening the tragedy to "a broken teacup in the rented cottage". But never mind that – "shaped and spun" by whom, precisely? The coroner?

Incredibly, yes. Moir genuinely believes the coroner got it wrong: "Healthy and fit 33-year-old men do not just climb into their pyjamas and go to sleep on the sofa, never to wake up again. Whatever the cause of death is, it is not, by any yardstick, a natural one."

At this point, I dare to challenge the renowned international forensic pathologist Jan Moir, because I personally know of two other men (one in his 20s, one in his early 30s), who died in precisely this way. According to the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (c-r-y.org.uk), "Twelve apparently fit and healthy young people die in the UK from undiagnosed heart conditions" every single week. That's a lot of broken teacups, eh Jan?

Still, if his death wasn't natural "by any yardstick", what did kill him? Moir knows: it was his lifestyle. Because Gately was, y'know . . . homosexual. Having lanced this boil, Moir lets the pus drip out all over her fingers as she continues to type: "The circumstances surrounding his death are more than a little sleazy," she declares. "Cowles and Gately took a young Bulgarian man back to their apartment. It is not disrespectful to assume that a game of canasta . . . was not what was on the cards . . . What happened afterwards is anyone's guess."

Don't hold back, Jan. Have a guess. Draw us a picture. You specialise in celebrity death fantasies, after all.

"His mother is still insisting that her son died from a previously undetected heart condition that has plagued the family." Yes. That poor, blinkered woman, "insisting" in the face of official medical evidence that absolutely agrees with her.

Anyway, having cast aspersions over a tragic death, doubted a coroner and insulted a grieving mother, Moir's piece builds to its climax: "Another real sadness about Gately's death is that it strikes another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships. . . Gay activists are always calling for tolerance and understanding about same-sex relationships, arguing that they are just the same as heterosexual marriages . . . in many cases this may be true. Yet the recent death of Kevin McGee, the former husband of Little Britain star Matt Lucas, and now the dubious events of Gately's last night raise troubling questions about what happened."

Way to spread the pain around, Jan. Way to link two unrelated tragedies, Jan. Way to gay-bash, Jan.

Jan's paper, the Daily Mail, absolutely adores it when people flock to Ofcom to complain about something offensive, especially when it's something they've only learned about second-hand via an inflammatory article in a newspaper. So it would undoubtedly be delighted if, having read this, you paid a visit to the Press Complaints Commission website (www.pcc.org.uk) to lodge a complaint about Moir's article on the basis that it breaches sections 1, 5 and 12 of its code of practice.

Source: Charlie Brooker @ The Guardian

Texan Power Company Haz Teh Death Panel! Wants toTurn Off Patient's Oxygen Machine so She Can Die!

Power Company Trying To Switch Off Cancer Patient's Oxygen Machine

Mable Randon is suffering from the late stages of cancer. She's bound by a wheel chair and only breathing with the help of an electrically-powered oxygen machine. Rucks Russell of KHOU in Houston reports that the local power company sent her a disconnection notice because of late bills. She applied to the Critical Customer Program, a payment plan seemingly tailor-made for people in Randon's condition who depend on electric life support -- but she was denied.

Her provider, Freedom Power, already had the most complaints of any energy company in Texas. The Texas Public Utilities Commission launched an investigation into Randon's case on Wednesday, which will keep the power on for the time being. Texas-based Amegy Bank has set up a charity fund to help her keep her lights on.

KHOU also has a video.


Sen. Mary Landrieu to Keith "I-am-Protecting-teh-Children" Bardwell: "Is 2009 you Jackass!"

Landrieu: Keith Bardwell Should Be Dismissed For Denying Marriage Licenses To Interracial Couples

Two civil and constitutional rights organizations called on a Louisiana justice of the peace to resign Friday after he refused to marry an interracial couple, saying any children the couple might have would suffer.

The leaders of the American Civil Liberties Union in Louisiana and the Center for Constitutional Rights and Justice in New York said Keith Bardwell, a white justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish in the southeastern part of the state, should quit immediately. Earlier this month, Bardwell refused to issue a marriage license to Beth Humphrey, who is white, and Terence McKay, who is black.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) also called for Bardwell's dismissal. "I am deeply disturbed by Justice Bardwell's practices and comments concerning interracial marriages," she said. "Not only does his decision directly contradict Supreme Court rulings, it is an example of the ugly bigotry that divided our country for too long. I call upon the Louisiana Judiciary Committee to use its authority to have Justice Bardwell dismissed from his position. He clearly has no intention of administering the law or upholding justice for interracial couples."

"Perhaps he's worried the kids will grow up and be president," said Bill Quigley, director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Justice, referring to President Barack Obama, the son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas.

Obama's deputy press secretary Bill Burton echoed those sentiments.

"I've found that actually the children of biracial couples can do pretty good," Burton told reporters aboard Air Force One as it flew to Texas.

Marjorie Esman of the ACLU said the group was calling on Bardwell to resign "before he infringes on the constitutional rights of another person."

Bardwell did not return calls left on his answering machine Friday. He has said he always asks if a couple is interracial and, if they are, refers them to another justice of the peace.

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