November 6th, 2009

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Military personel were warned that neglect of mental health would lead to what happened at Fort Hood

If you are angry now. You will be furious after reading this. This is not an isolated incident it is a growing trend of murders/suicides taking place by Iraq Vets.

'One of our own' Nidal Malik Hasan creates carnage at Fort Hood (November 06, 2009 - The Guardian - Ben Quinn and David Batty)

Killings at Texas army base happened as veterans in Washington warned of mental health fears

America's military was last night struggling to come to terms with how and why one of its own could wreak such carnage in the heart of the largest US military base in the world, Fort Hood in Texas.

It has long been the case that numerous killings and suicides at home by soldiers, many suffering from post-traumatic stress, have never received the sort of attention given to deaths by troops overseas.

However, an irony of yesterday's rampage, in which 12 people died and dozens were injured, was that it unfolded as officials from a veterans' group based in Austin were meeting in Washington with the staff of the Senate armed services committee to plead for more mental health counsellors for troops coming home from war.

Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, said that he and others had warned that an incident such as the one which unfolded yesterday had been on the cards for a long time.

"I'm very upset. I'm at the point of tears," he said. "We warned the military about this. We warned the military about the need to increase the number of mental health care providers," he added.

"We warned the military about lowering recruiting standards, about the medical exams for soldiers coming back from the war and needing mental health care and brain injury exams.

"We have been working tirelessly to try to prevent this from happening," he said. "This is so horrible. This is a tragedy."
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Allen West, GOP Candidate: Ft. Hood Shows "Terrorists Are Infiltrating Military"

And the Muslim bashing begins:


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Hours after 13 soldiers were shot to death in a massacre at Fort Hood, a Republican candidate for Congress (and former Fort Hood commander) is warning that terrorists are infiltrating the military and brainwashing U.S. soldiers.

Lt. Col. Allen West (Ret), who is running for Congress in Florida's 22nd District, released a statement on Friday morning that heavily insinuated that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan -- the soldier responsible for the Fort Hood killings -- was a Muslim extremist.

"This enemy preys on downtrodden soldiers and teaches them extremism will lift them up," West said, in a statement titled "Terrorists Are infiltrating Military". "Our soldiers are being brainwashed."

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While admitting that more information was needed about Thursday's tragedy, West nevertheless called for a renewed effort on the part of the military to prevent Islamic extremism from penetrating its ranks.

"The most importantly thing right now is that we objectively assess this situation," West said. "But it is imperative that we take steps to make sure this does not happen again."

In releasing his statement, West appears to be the first politician to claim a link between Malik Hasan's shooting rampage and Islamic extremism or terrorism. Reports on the incident aren't 100 percent clear. But they generally suggest that Malik Hasan was acting out of intense stress over a pending deployment to Iraq. That said, authorities have not ruled out that Hasan was acting on the behest of an unidentified radical group. Hasan was a lifelong Muslim who worked at a psychiatric hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, West ran and lost a race for the 22nd Districts House seat in 2008. In 2003, he was forced to resign from the army, just shy of 20 years of service, after soldiers under his supervision (and he himself) were accused of assaulting an Iraqi detainee. West claimed his actions (which included firing a 9mm pistol close to the man's head) helped prevent a planned ambush by Iraqi insurgents.


 

I guess waiting 24 hours to launch a racist attack wasn't possible.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/06/allen-west-gop-candidate_n_348248.html

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18-year-old Elected Mayor



Colton Morman, 18, won the election with 29 votes or 53.7 percent. He defeated Jeffrey Anspaugh, who had 21 votes or 38.8 percent. There were four write-in votes.

The incumbent mayor decided not to run for reelection.


The newly elected mayor of Dawson, Iowa, is getting attention because of his age.

Voters elected Colton Morman, 18, to the office on Tuesday.

"I feel an 18-year-old kid can be mayor," Morman said.

Until his election, the most exciting thing in the Dallas County town has been the farmers bringing their corn to the elevator (rude), but Morman's election has given people something new to talk about.

Morman is a high school senior and barely eligible to vote.

"I've always had an interest in government," he said. "That's my favorite class."

The population of Dawson is 155 people. The vote total sounds a lot like a football score.

"I won 29-21," Morman said.

He said that meant 29 voters like the idea of a new, young mayor. The rest don't seem to care too much.

"I had no clue there was an 18-year-old mayor running. I heard nothing about it,"said Dawson resident Teresa Gibson. "I think it's a good idea."

"There are very good people here. I like them, whether they like me or not," Morman said. "I like them and that's something I want to express to them."

Morman's grandfather is stepping down as Dawson's mayor. Morman said he figures that being the next mayor might be good experience for a future career in law. Mostly, he said, he just wants to help people.

"I just want to do something to give back,"he said. "I've been here all my life."

Morman will be sworn in as Mayor in January. His grandfather, the former mayor, will now serve as a member of the Dawson City Council.

Dawson is located about 8 miles west of Perry in Dallas County and has a population of more than 155 people.

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I have family in Dawson and used to live in Redfield, about 15 miles south of Dawson.
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Murder of Census Worker To Be Ruled Suicide Because No Real American Would Do This...

Bill Sparkman, Kentucky Census Worker, May Have Committed Suicide

Investigators probing the death of a Kentucky census worker found hanging from a tree with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest increasingly doubt he was killed because of his government job and are pursuing the possibility he committed suicide, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

Two officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, said no final conclusions have been made in the case. In recent weeks, however, investigators have grown more skeptical that 51-year-old Bill Sparkman died at the hands of someone angry at the federal government.

The officials said investigators continue to look closely at suicide as a possible cause of Sparkman's death for a number of reasons. There were no defensive wounds on Sparkman's body, and while his hands were bound with duct-tape, they were still somewhat mobile, suggesting he could have manipulated the rope, the officials said.


Sparkman's naked body was found Sept. 12 hanging from a tree yet in contact with the ground in a remote patch of the Daniel Boone National Forest near Manchester, Ky.

The strange case attracted national attention when it first came to light, prompting worries that it may be a sign of increased anger toward the federal government in the first year of Barack Obama's presidency.

Authorities say Sparkman died of asphyxiation where his body was found.

A spokesman for the FBI's Louisville field office declined to discuss any aspects of the case.
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Obama Makes US Brand Cool and Super

U.S. becomes top country brand under Obama: survey

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Barack Obama has done it again. The president's starpower has made the United States the place most people want to visit and do business with, according to an annual survey that ranks nations like retail brands.

The Country Brand Index, compiled by brand consultancy FutureBrand, found the United States had unseated Australia, which held the top spot for the past three years. Australia came in third this year with Canada rising to second place.

New Zealand and France rounded up the top five country brands in this year's index that included 102 countries.

"The Obama effect has seen the United States earn the coveted top spot for the first time in the fifth annual index," FutureBrand, which is part of Interpublic Group of Companies, said in a statement.

"The revitalization of Brand USA, and other factors, have resulted in the effect on Australia's ranking. It highlights the importance of keeping a country brand fresh, relevant and engaging in a highly competitive international marketplace," added Tim Riches, CEO FutureBrand Singapore.

The index is based on a survey of about 3,000 business and leisure travelers from nine countries.

In addition to branding countries, it also identifies global trends in travel and tourism, which the statement said was the world's fastest growing economic sector.

The United States was seen as the ideal place for business, one of the top places for families, shopping and quality products, as well as one of the countries people wanted to visit whether for the first time or again.

The FutureBrand survey echoes a similar poll which showed that the United States was the most admired country globally, largely thanks to Obama's global popularity [nL578086].

Looking ahead, the index identified the United Arab Emirates -- which includes the Gulf cities Dubai and Abu Dhabi -- China, and Vietnam as the top three nations likely to become major tourist destinations in the next five years.

Croatia, South Africa and India also made the list.

With the global economic crisis tightening purse-strings across the world, the survey showed that bargain-driven travel would remain a major trend, with consumers "thinking like financial analysts in choosing destinations and properties that are undervalued and booking trips that allow them to maintain the style they were accustomed to in boom times."

This year's index was conducted in conjunction with public relations firm Weber Shandwick.

"The days of countries marketing themselves with travel posters are over," said Rene A. Mack, president of Weber Shandwick's Travel & Lifestyle Practice.

2009 CBI Top Country Brands

1. United States

2. Canada

3. Australia

4. New Zealand

5. France

6. Italy

7. Japan

8. Britain

9. Germany

10. Spain
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Hamas adopting more moderate stance?

Hamas adopting more moderate stance?

Editor's note: Fawaz A. Gerges is a professor of international relations of the Middle East at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His most recent book is "Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy."

London, England (CNN) -- Something is stirring within the Hamas body politic, a moderating trend that, if nourished and engaged, could transform Palestinian politics and the Arab-Israeli peace process. There are unmistakable signs that the religiously based radical movement has subtly changed its uncompromising posture on Israel.

For example, in the last few months top Hamas officials have publicly stressed that they want to be part of the solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, not part of the problem. What is happening inside Hamas' mosques and social base shows a concerted effort on the part of its leadership to re-educate its rank and file about co-existence with the Jewish state and in so doing mentally prepare them for a permanent settlement in the future.

In Gazan mosques, pro-Hamas clerics have begun to cite the example of Salah al-Din al-Ayubi, a famed Muslim military commander and statesman, who, after liberating Jerusalem from the Western Crusaders, allowed them to retain a coastal state of their own. The moral lesson of the story is that if the famed leader could tolerate the warring, bloodthirsty Crusaders, then today's Palestinians should be willing to live peacefully with a Jewish state in their midst.

This story is important because it provides Hamas with religious legitimacy and allows it to justify and explain its change of direction to followers. As an Islamic-based movement, Hamas' very raison d'etre rests on religious legitimization, and its leaders understand that they neglect that at their peril.

Hamas' recent narrative marks a pronounced departure from the past in which Hamas moderates called for a minor or long-term truce.

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What the hell is going on here?!

1 Killed, at Least 7 Injured in Orlando Shootings

ORLANDO, Fla. - One person was killed and at least seven others were wounded in a shooting incident inside a downtown Orlando high-rise building Friday morning, authorities said.

Quoting emergency dispatchers, NBC station WESH-TV of Orlando reported that the incident began about 11:30 a.m. ET on the fourth floor of the Gateway Center at 1000 Legion Place near Lake Ivanhoe.

All patients were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. At least four of the eight patients were reported to be seriously wounded.

The Orlando Fire Department said no suspects had not been taken into custody, but it told NBC News said the situation was under control. It was not immediately clear whether that meant the shooter was among dead or wounded.

Gateway Center is a 16-story office building that was built in 1999.
Interstate 4 eastbound has been shut down while police converge on the area.

This is a breaking news story. Check back frequently for further developments.

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Yikes. Shootings two days in a row?!


Update Suspect has been identified as 40-year-old Jason Rodriguez, not yet apprehended, and Charlie Crist is on his way to Orlando.

Update #2 SUSPECT HAS BEEN ARRESTED
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Shenanigans Friday: November 6, 2009.

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Inactive HIV may be the cure to the "Lorenzo's Oil" disease

New gene therapy halts 2 boys' rare brain disease (November 05, 2009 - AP - LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer)

WASHINGTON – French scientists mixed gene therapy and bone marrow transplants in two boys to seemingly halt a brain disease that can kill by adolescence. The surprise ingredient: They disabled the HIV virus so it couldn't cause AIDS, and then used it to carry in the healthy new gene.

The experiment marks the first time researchers have tried that long-contemplated step in people — and the first effective gene therapy against a severe brain disease, said lead researcher Dr. Patrick Aubourg of the University Paris-Descartes.
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Somali adulterer stoned to death ...

-Islamists in southern Somalia have stoned a man to death for adultery but spared his pregnant girlfriend until she gives birth (now THAT'S comparison)



Abas Hussein Abdirahman, 33, was killed in front of a crowd of some 300 people in the port town of Merka.

An official from the al-Shabab group said the woman would be killed after she has had her baby.

(warning for triggering and all sorts of nasty stuff)

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Shoes, the Recession's Not-So-Guilty Pleasure

Shoes, the Recession's Not-So-Guilty Pleasure



For months now, consumers have been hunkering down in an economic storm, buying only what they need to survive, like groceries, diapers, medicine — and shoes.
Shoes?
The American public, it would seem, cannot carry on without new shoes. Boots, booties, sneakers, pumps — for the last few months they have all been selling well as the broader economy struggles toward recovery.

Retailing executives and analysts offer varying, occasionally wacky, explanations. The one favored by many of them is that consumers consider shoes more of a necessity than, say, dresses, cuff links or handbags, so people feel less guilt about buying them.

“I would argue you wear out shoes more than you wear out handbags,” said Marie Driscoll, an analyst with Standard & Poor’s Equity Research who is adept at rationalizing her own shoe purchases. Living in New York, she walks everywhere. “I use the argument, ‘If I spend $150 to $300 on shoes, this is my car.’ ”

Many shoes, of course, can be had for a lot less than that, which makes them a recession-friendly indulgence. Most of the shoes being bought today are moderately priced, according to retailers and market researchers. Executives at Macy’s said women’s shoes typically cost half as much as a handbag of similar quality.

Also, the cost-per-wear of a pair of shoes is far lower than that of a dress or suit, which can only be donned so many times a week before colleagues snicker. And new shoes spruce up old outfits, a cheaper alternative to buying more clothes.

Another popular theory is that as the economy has inspired a back-to-basics mentality, with families dining and vacationing at home, people are focusing on free outdoor activities that require comfortable or rugged shoes.

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My Conversation with Goldman

By Senator Jan Schakowsky

This week I had an opportunity most Americans would relish, just as I did. I was able to unload on two top executives of Goldman Sachs who descended from on high to my office because I clearly needed some educating. One was a Vice President and the other their Chief Risk Officer.

I had authored a letter on October 28, along with Congressman Peter Welch, that read, "We understand Goldman Sachs is expected to award its employees $21 billion in bonuses this year...Goldman Sachs is good at what it does, but its profits this year...were supplemented by the generous financial support of American taxpayers. In particular, Goldman Sachs benefited from a taxpayer payment of $12.9 billion from AIG on credit default swaps, insurance lending, and other contractual obligations between the two firms. AIG's payment to Goldman Sachs was, in fact, a taxpayer payment...Should taxpayers be repaid the $12.9 billion before bonuses are distributed to Goldman employees? We believe they should. We therefore urge Goldman Sachs to repay taxpayers the $12.9 billion it received from them through AIG."

The letter was signed "Sincerely" and I let them know just how sincerely I felt about it.

Amazingly, these visitors from another planet told me with very straight faces that I must realize that the $21 billion in bonuses were "accrued" bonuses. "Aaaaah," I nodded. "That will make all the difference in the world to my constituents who are losing their homes as well as their jobs." That's when I asked them exactly which planet they were in fact from.

 

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House vote TOMORROW.

This is it -- the House of Representatives will vote on health insurance reform tomorrow. All signs point to it being incredibly close, possibly even coming down to a single vote.

With the clock ticking, insurance company lobbyists are going all out to stop reform. It'll be the first time in more than 60 years that the full body votes on comprehensive reform, and we expect it to be very close.

Today, the insurance industry and their allies are putting extraordinary pressure on every representative to defeat it. We know that their expensive lobbyists will be dashing to each congressional office, attempting to twist arms. The only question is whether the phones will be ringing off the hook with constituents supporting reform while that happens.


This is what I'm doing today.
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Changing the sexist language of the Bible

It’s considered sacred by many but sexist by some. The Bible is at the center of a debate over whether certain words that refer only to men should be changed. Some Christians believe it’s long overdue, while traditionalists say the Word of God should not be tampered with.

"At the heart of sexism is the objectification of women,” said Reverend Gary Blaine with the University Congregational Church.

And Rev. Blaine says you don’t have to look far to find sexism in the Bible.

"The 10th Commandment says, “you shall not covet your neighbor's house, you shall not covet your neighbor's wife,” Rev. Blaine said. “All of the items in this list are pieces of property, and such assumptions flow throughout the entire Bible.”

Reflecting the male-dominated society in which the Bible was written thousands of years ago, but whose language today is not considered politically correct. That’s why University Congregational Church chooses its words carefully, beginning with how it refers to God.

"’Mother’ and ‘father’, ‘she’ sometimes, ‘he’ other times,” said Rev. Dr. Meredyth Bellows with the University Congregational Church.

"I think we put God in a box when we think of God as just male, just female,” said Karen Robu with the University Congregational Church.

Likewise, followers of God are not just “sons” or “brethren”, so the pastor uses inclusive language like ‘children of God’.

While many Christians may agree with that in theory, actually changing Scripture is a touchy subject. Just two months ago, the publishers of this Bible -- Today's New International Version -- announced it would be discontinued. There was such a public outcry over the many masculine references that were changed or eliminated; many conservative churches would not use it, including First Missionary Church in Newton.

"I don't quibble with the intent of the translators, but it is more of an interpretation that what I'm comfortable with,” said Dan Quinlin with First Missionary Church.

Quinlin is not only associate pastor, but a professor of language at Bethel College. He believes that because the Old Testament was written in Hebrew and the New Testament was written in Greek, translations to English must use modern words to be understood. For example, saying Mary was “pregnant’ instead of “great with child”. But Quinlin contends that adding words like ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ could shade the original meaning.

"To actually change what the text says, I'm hesitant to do that,” he said.

"It starts a slippery slope that we're changing the Word that's been handed down to us for centuries,” said Mike Bartless with St. Mary Catholic Church.

Many in the Catholic Church share that concern, including women who say they’ve always understood that words in the Bible like ‘man’ or ‘mankind’ also apply to them.

"The traditional grammatical gender of the persons of the Trinity should be maintained,” said Nancy Huffman with St. Mary Catholic Church.

So the war of words continues with women caught in the middle.

The Bible that’s been discontinued will go back to the drawing board and its publishers are promising a more traditional version in 2011.

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Fraternity Accused of Stealing 10,000 Student Newspapers to Cover Up Date Rape Story

As it turns out, I’m not the only one hoping that the widespread media coverage of date rape drugging will die down a bit. A fraternity on the University of Arizona campus has been accused of sabotaging 10,000 campus newspapers in order to cover up a small item in which a woman alleged having been drugged and possibly sexually assaulted at one of the frat’s parties.

The copies of the Arizona Daily Wildcat containing the offending “Police Beat” item were apparently removed from their racks and strewn on the outskirts of campus shortly after publication on Oct. 8. The Daily Wildcat pinned the sabotage on the fraternity named in the piece, Phi Kappa Psi, after the Spanish homework of members Alex Cornell and Nick Kovaleski surfaced at the site of the discarded newspapers—a revelation the Phoenix New Times astutely notes mirrors a plot point from the 1998 film The Big Lebowski. The New Times phoned Phi Kappa Psi President Keith Peters “to find out if two ‘pledges’ were really dumb enough to steal 10,000 free newspapers and then leave their homework with the stolen stash.” Peters declined to comment.

The student paper later received less hilarious evidence linking Phi Kappa Psi to the crime—e-mails from friends and relatives of fraternity members confirming that the theft was engineered “under the orders of fraternity leadership.” Despite the paper’s leads, the University of Arizona Police Department closed the case “without questioning any Phi Psi members.”

Nevertheless, the prank has directed significant campus attention to the original item, a modest 250-word crime brief. It’s clear that Phi Kappa Psi severely miscalculated their damage control over the drugging accusations. Even on a college campus, a straight item on an attempted date rape will hardly cause a stir. An item on a fraternity’s elaborate—and absurdly botched—plan to keep that attempted date rape item hush-hush, on the other hand? People actually care about that.

But let’s get back to the reason this 10,000 paper cover-up is so offensive in the first place: Apparently, the fraternity really, really, really didn’t want people to know that its parties may feature date rape drugs. Below is the original crime report that Phi Kappa Psi was so afraid of getting out there. (Heads up for the future, boys: Newspapers are on the Internet these days). According to the alleged victim’s testimony, she experienced symptoms of GHB after attending a Phi Kappa Psi party in September:
The woman claimed that on arrival, a fraternity member she knew gave her a drink. Later, an unidentified man gave her another drink. The woman told police she had assumed both drinks contained vodka, as they were both colorless. The woman reported that at approximately 11:30 p.m., she had begun feeling “overly flirtatious.” The woman also claimed to have experienced a loss of both hearing and bladder control. The woman told officers that her friend had walked her back to her residence at the Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall at approximately 1 a.m. on Sept. 27, at which point she vomited. The woman’s friends later told her that between the hours of 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 1 a.m. on Sept. 27, she had made out with three different men at the party. The next day, the woman looked up GHB online and believed she had experience its symptoms. She also told police that she had attempted to contact the fraternity president and had left several messages at the fraternity, but had received no replies. She told officers she was reporting the incident to document the event in the hopes of preventing any future sexual assaults.


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Obama's Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting

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A bad week for Democrats compounded by an awful moment for Barack Obama.
By ROBERT A. GEORGE
Updated 2:56 PM CST, Fri, Nov 6, 2009


President Obama didn't wait long after Tuesday's devastating elections to give critics another reason to question his leadership, but this time the subject matter was more grim than a pair of governorships.

After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. The White House was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.

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Female City bankers sue over sexism claims at Japanese bank Nomura

Two female City workers are suing Japanese bank Nomura for £3million after claiming they suffered sexism from male colleagues who said that women "belong at home cleaning the floors" and commented on another woman’s “honkers”.

Maureen Murphy, 30, and Anna Francis, 37, claim they were hounded out of work by sexist and racist attitudes at the leading investment bank. They are each seeking £1.5 million in compensation for loss of earnings and injury to feelings.

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A Young Champion of Women’s Colleges
By Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith is a senior at University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, La., who is currently applying to colleges.

My friend, Guy, looked at me like I had told him I’d eaten nails for breakfast. “You’re looking at all girls’ colleges, are you crazy?”

For most of my life I have considered myself a bit of a feminist. What sane girl wouldn’t? It was the feminists who were responsible for women’s suffrage, Title IX and the Equal Pay Act. So when it came time for me to decide what colleges I would apply to, I decided to do what so many girls now a days are forgetting. The majority of the schools I would apply to would be women’s colleges, specifically the seven sisters: the all-woman’s colleges that were a response to the once all-male Ivy League.

My dream has always been a career in politics, and never before in history have women held as many powerful positions as they do today. But because politics is still a predominantly male field, I know that coming from an all-women’s college, or even just a school where the female population is significantly higher than the male one, can give me an edge. At all-women’s colleges there is no fear of your intellect seeming unattractive. In fact, at these institutions women aren’t afraid that voicing their opinions may poorly represent their gender.
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I go to Mount Holyoke (hence the picture chosen haha) and while there are some things I can't stand, there are way more that I love. I especially agree with her saying that boys become a distraction and competition, because in high school it was like that and for college I'd rather learn for the sake of learning rather than be motivated by a cute boy.
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Conservatives Running Scared: "ALL MOOSLIMS ARE TERRORISTS!!! SEND THEM TO GUANTANAMO!!!"

"Fox And Friends" Hosts Worry That Military Needs "Special Debriefings" For Muslims

On this morning's Fox And Friends, hosts Brian Kilmeade and Gretchen Carlson were all a-whip with Salem Witch Trial panic over the thought that Nidal Hasan represented some sort of vanguard of deadly Islamist shootings to come.

Kilmeade began the nonsense thusly:

KILMEADE: Do you think it's time for the military to have special debriefings of Muslim Army officers -- anybody enlisted?...Because if I'm going to be deployed in a foxhole, if I'm going to be sticking in an outpost, I got to know the guy next to me is not going to want to kill me.

First of all, as someone who's been unfortunate enough to catch Brian "The Brown Haired One" Kilmeade revealing his personality on the air, my judgment on the matter is that the only foxhole in which Kilmeade is not likely to encounter someone who harbors the desire to do him harm is one in which he is the sole occupant. And even then, who knows? I give even odds!
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Right-wing media respond to Fort Hood shooting by attacking American Muslims

Right-wing media figures have used the shooting at Fort Hood as an excuse to attack Islam and American Muslims in particular
, with Debbie Schlussel, for example, urging readers to think of the alleged shooter "whenever you hear about how Muslims serve their country in the U.S. military." Additionally, commentators have blamed the shooting on "political correctness," with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade suggesting the implementation of "special debriefings" for Muslim American soldiers to prevent future attacks.


Right-wing media respond to attack by demonizing Muslims
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Great Idea, turn all American muslims into second class citizens, what could possibly go wrong?... Seriously... since when has Geraldo Rivera been making sense??...
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Secularism = Fewer Babies; Religion = BABIES!!!

Secularism 'means fall in births'

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Lord Sacks was knighted in 2005 for services to interfaith relations

Europe is facing a population crisis because of attacks on religion by secular writers, Britain's chief rabbi has said.

Lord Sacks blamed Europe's falling birth rate on a culture of "consumerism and instant gratification".

He said the continent was "dying" and accused its citizens of not being prepared for parenthood's "sacrifices".

He made his comments in a lecture for Christian think tank Theos in central London on Wednesday.

The 61-year-old, who took his seat in the Lords last week, said: "Wherever you turn today - Jewish, Christian or Muslim - the more religious the community, the larger on average are their families.

"The major assault on religion today comes from the neo-Darwinians."

'Massive sacrifices'

One of the leading "neo-Darwinians" is Richard Dawkins, whose bestseller The God Delusion argues the rise of religious fundamentalism has divided people around the world.

Lord Sacks said Europe was the most secular region in the world and the only continent seeing populations fall.

He said parenthood involved "massive sacrifices" of money, attention, time and emotional energy.

Lord Sacks asked: "In [modern Europe]... where will you find space for the concept of sacrifice for the sake of generations not born?"

He continued: "Europe is dying, exactly as Polybius said about ancient Greece in the third pre-Christian century.

"We are undergoing the moral equivalent of climate change and no-one is talking about it."

The chief rabbi was knighted in 2005 for services to the community and interfaith relations.

He has been chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonweath for 18 years.


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Did Cantor Grew Balls Or will He Suck Limbaugh's Balls?...

Cantor Pushes Back Against Limbaugh, Hitler-Obama Analogies

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) criticized conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, on Friday, for drawing comparisons between President Obama and Adolph Hitler. And, in a sequence that seems rare in modern Republican politics, the Virginia Republican seems eager to publicize his rebuke.

Cantor's office sent over a write-up of the congressman's interview with Bloomberg News, in which he praised Limbaugh as a voice of the conservative movement but condemned his use of Nazi imagery and analogies to chastise the president.

"Do I condone the mention of Hitler in any discussion about politics?" Cantor said. "No, I don't, because obviously that is something that conjures up images that frankly are not, I think, very helpful."
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Wall Street Bankers Solution To Stop Next Great Depression. Make Cheating and Stealing Legal

Civil War In Corporate America: Banks Battling The Chamber On Accounting Rules

Amid the ongoing financial regulation overhaul, the banking industry is hoping to pull off a quiet power grab that has eluded its grasp since the Great Depression, by stripping the independence of the board that sets financial accounting standards.

The move could effectively let banks set their own accounting standards in rough economic times.


Astonishingly, at a time when the public is crying out for greater regulation to limit excessive risk-taking by financial institutions, the banks are trying to get Congress to agree that the next time there's a big downturn, they should have the ability to alter their accounting standards -- essentially, fudge the numbers -- so that the public and investors won't be able to tell how insolvent they really are. By ignoring their declining asset values, they can avoid the standard requirement of raising more capital.

The mechanism is contained in an amendment set to be introduced in mid-November by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) that would move final authority over the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) from the Securities and Exchange Commission to a new body, a so-called "oversight" board, that would include the officials charged with managing systemic risks to the financial markets.
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GOP Chooses Tea Party Birther To Be Their Last Hope... GOP's Last Rites and Eulogy To Follow Soon.

Chuck DeVore: The New Conservative Darling, Birther Connections And All

One of the next great conservative hopes seems likely to be a California Republican who has already taken on Senate Republicans, has ties to birthers and tea-partiers and is virtually unknown by the mainstream media establishment.

Chuck DeVore, a Republican member of the California State Assembly, is positioning himself as the ideologically pure alternative to Republican Carly Fiorina in the party's effort to take Sen. Barbara Boxer's Senate seat in 2010. This past week, he got the seal of approval from the party base: an endorsement by the Senate Conservative Fund and the explicit backing of conservative darling Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). Among the right-wing netroots, his race against Fiorina has been elevated to top-tier importance: alongside Marco Rubio's primary bid against Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

But who, exactly, is he? Not many people beyond Republican devotees and California political watchers know the guy. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza -- who is more plugged into local politics than most D.C.-based reporters -- copped to not really having a clue about DeVore just last week.
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Tom Tancredo in 1969: "I am Too Sad To Serve on Nam... Can I Stay Home?"

Tom Tancredo Walks Off MSNBC Set Because Of Markos Moulitas (VIDEO)

On MSNBC Friday night, David Shuster (filling in for Ed Shultz) addressed hateful signs at Thursday's Capitol Hill "House call" against health care reform. But the discussion escalated into a fight that led a Republican guest to walk off the set.

Former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo refused to criticize Republican leaders for participating in the event, saying there were equally offensive signs at anti-Bush rallies in the past. He said they should talk about the policy, not the signs.

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitas defended health care reform, pointing out that the military uses government-run health care. Tancredo said veterans complained about their health care and would much rather have a private choice.

"Tom, I'm a veteran. Okay?" Moulitas responded. "I did not get a deferment because I was too depressed to fight a war I supported in Vietnam. I'm a veteran. They want a more effective V.A. ..."


"You're not going to do that. You're not going to try to insult me that way and then pretend like we're just going on and talk about that. You either apologize ..." When Moulitas did not apologize, Tancredo simply took out his earpiece and walked away.

As a Republican student activist, Tancredo spoke out in favor of the Vietnam War but did not serve.

After graduating from college in June 1969,
he became eligible to serve in Vietnam. Tancredo said he went for his physical, telling doctors he'd been treated for depression, and eventually got a deferment.

"I think he left a little early," Shuster joked. "The congressman is always welcome on this show. We always appreciate hearing his point of view. It's a feisty one. That's what we like around here."