November 11th, 2009

Woman shaves head to raise leukemia awareness and receives the ban hammer:

Mount Alvernia College bans girl for shaving head

November 09, 2009 07:05pm

A 15-YEAR-old Brisbane school girl has been suspended for shaving her head to raise money for vital cancer research.

Emily Pridham and her family told Channel Nine News her father is battling leukemia.

He underwent a bone marrow transplant a few weeks ago but has been given only a few months to live.

Ms Pridham decided to shave her head as part of a fundraiser for cancer research.

"Basically my way of coping is to try and help other people going through the same thing," she said.

Ms Pridham said she has been banned from Mount Alvernia College until her hair grows back.

Barbara Pridham said she supports her daughter's fundraising decision.

"I am just appalled that she could be suspended by a Catholic school that promotes joy, respect and community spirit," she said.

Mount Alvernia College released a statement to Channel Nine News that said Ms Pridham had breached the college's uniform guidelines and had been suspended because of "ongoing issues".

By Tuesday morning, Ms Pridham had established a Facebook group to support her and was quickly gathering members.

She said on the page: "My inbox and Facebook wall are overflowing with messages of support. I Love my MAC girls, and thanks for standing behind me, It realy shows that in times of need the girls will always stick together .."

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Pants off to impropriety!

After yet another week in which women's bodies have been used as bargaining chips to trade liberal reforms with the American centre-right, our choices denigrated and our self-expression questioned, politicised and ridiculed, I want to shout out for an unsung hero of improper, joyful, self-actualising women everywhere: Knickers Girl.

When a Sun photographer snapped Knickers Girl - aka 20 year old teaching assistant Sarah Lyons -cavorting in Cardiff centre with a pair of pants around her ankles, she instantly became the face of female reprobation up and down the country. Never mind that she wasn't exposing any naughty bits; never mind that dancing with a pair of knickers around your ankles is perfectly legal behaviour; never mind that the pants in question weren't the ones she'd been wearing, but a comedy pair of David Hasselhof knickers a mate had picked up in a bar. Never mind that poor Ms Lyons was on a course of antibiotics and hence was actually stone-cold sober at the time: the new postergirl of binge-drinking ladettes everywhere has been suspended from her job pending a disciplinary inquiry, for the dubious crime of having fun in public. And they say sexism in the workplace is dead.

A reminder: this is The Sun we're talking about. The Sun, whose page three 'news in briefs' section features topless glamour models every single day. The Sun, whose problem with women dancing in their pants in public only extends to those of us who aren't getting paid to perform for the male gaze like good little tarts.

Knickers girl also has a starring role to play in the latest rotten misogynist egg Quentin Letts has laid in the Mail, although Letts has to satisfy himself with a slavering description of the picture, as the Sun is damned if it's going to share the rights to such a juicy piece of moral propaganda. In his article, Letts blames feminism - and Germaine Greer in particular - for spawning 'an entire generation of loose-knickered lady louts'.

"British girls have become fat-faced 'ladettes', goose pimples rising on the skin of their exposed thighs as they clack-clack-clack along the pavement en route to the weekend disco, destination bonk...Older generations would call these women 'slappers' - and they would be right."

Not satisfied with fat-shaming, mocking women's bodies and clothes and branding us slags for any attempt to own our own sexual desire, Quentin goes on to tell eager readers that today's ladettes "have lost the centuries-old idea of being demure in public. The sort of slender-lipped, self-questioning, hesitant lover played by Celia Johnson in David Lean's 1945 film Brief Encounter is now found only in recently arrived immigrant families."

Yes, this is the same Quentin Letts, writing for the same newspaper that regularly shames Muslim women for choosing to wear the veil. Clearly, signifiers of female modesty and social repression are fine and dandy as long as they're not foreign.


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Navajo Code Talkers break silence for Veterans Day


NEW YORK – The famed Navajo Code Talkers, the elite Marine unit whose unbreakable code stymied the Japanese in World War II, fear their legacy will die with them.

Only about 50 of the 400 Code Talkers are believed to be still alive, most living in the Navajo Nation reservation that spans Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Many are frail or ill, with little time left to tell the world about their wartime contribution.

But on Tuesday, 13 of the Code Talkers, some using canes, a few in wheelchairs, arrived in New York City to participate for the first time in the nation's largest Veterans Day parade, set for Wednesday.


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Keith Olbermann Goes After Carrie Prejean (and Sex Tape)

</lj-embed>Olbermann picks apart three of Prejean's interviews where she claims that she is "targeted" and "being silenced".

Why she wrote the book? Solely to reveal the librul media's attack on conservative women! Poor Sean Hannity!

"If Sean Hannity went out there and said some of the things that Keith Olbermann has said about me, you know, if he said anything about Sonia Sotomayor or Michelle Obama, he would be off the air!  Why is there this double-standard? And that's the reason why I wrote this book!"

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American Spectator: Hutchison as Governor Would Be Very Similar to Perry



The American Spectator, one of the stalwart conservative publications in this country, gives us reason from the other side of the aisle to believe that Kay Bailey Hutchison would be an equally disappointing Governor in comparison to Rick Perry.

Just in case you still prefer Ms. Hutchison due to her "moderate" views, here is William Murchison (emphasis mine):

It all seems to me part and parcel of an argument going on around the country among Republicans: can we "play to the base" and succeed, or should we tweak a few things, rethink matters of policy and emphasis and tone? Kay says, to the latter question, you bet.

"I...want to build a Republican majority," the senator says. It's an unexceptionable objective from the Republican standpoint. So what policies get the job done? She enumerates them: better education, better transportation, healthier respect for property rights, opportunities for health care. We get there...how? Not through regulation. She isn't for that. Not through higher taxes. She wouldn't go there even if she wanted to, and I don't think she does, actually. A Hutchison administration, at the end of the day, probably wouldn't do things very differently than the Perry administration has been doing them. Maybe with kinder, gentler voice -- that's all I can think of, and it isn't a lot for purposes of differentiation from the man she would unseat. Nor am I sure by any means how many brownie points that would earn her with voters.


This being from a Republican. You want Kay Bailey Hutchison as the alternative to Perry? She's just a milder version. Rick Perry with less of a kick.

The Burnt Orange Report has been saying this for a while now, but a Conservative with no particular stake in this primary agrees with us. If Rick Perry loses in the primary, we get rid of a fire-breathing Conservative. But in Kay Bailey Hutchison, we have no moderate; we definitely still have a Conservative with a capital C.

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Food for thought for those of you in Texas who vote Dem and are considering voting for her in the Republican primaries. Please consider saving your primary vote and casting it for a viable Democrat candidate who has the potential beat either of them.
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Kenyan girl tells her struggles and the struggles of other street teenagers

Kenya's street teens struggle to survive

By David McKenzie, CNN
November 6, 2009 3:46 p.m. EST



Nairobi, Kenya (CNN)
-- On a wet dawn in Nairobi, Kenya, Joan stands on a grubby patch of concrete she calls home.

As shopkeepers tear open their iron shutters to start their day, she gingerly touches her bruised face with her fingertips. Even for a hardened street teenager like Joan it's been a rough night.

"Living in the streets, especially if you are a girl, is very risky," says Joan, age 19. "You can be raped any day, any time, by anyone who wants to do it."

Joan became the target of one of those predators just one night earlier when she says an older street kid tried to rape her. In a monotone voice she describes how he mercilessly beat her with his fists and heavy boots when she resisted. Joan spent the rainy night in pain lying on her flattened cardboard box.

This is Joan's reality. It is a reality she shares with thousands of others. More than 60,000 children and youth live on Nairobi's streets, according to various charity groups. Tens of thousands are at risk of ending up there. Unlike some other cities in Africa, Nairobi's street people aren't always visible. They are banished to the gray industrial parts of the city, often harassed by police, business owners and ordinary citizens.

The way Joan's homelife became the street life is, in many ways, the story of how a generation of African youth end up without homes. At 15, Joan worked as a maid in a town a few hours from Nairobi. But she says the owner abused her and got her pregnant. In a fit of jealousy, Joan says the owner's wife threw her out of the house and she ran away to the capital out of shame and desperation.

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Video at Source summarizes article for the tl;dr crowd.

I hope the cut doesn't mess up. Anyway, I thought this article was interesting enough to share. I went back until the 6th and I didn't see it posted.

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Polygamist gets 10 years for marrying teen

The first dissident Mormon to be convicted of sexually assaulting a child at a Texas compound was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday.

Raymond Jessop, 38, was also ordered to pay an $8,000 fine, KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City, reported. A jury in Eldorado, Texas, sentenced him after deliberating five hours.

Jessup and 11 other men were charged after a raid last year on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, operated by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. More than 400 children were seized in the raid, although courts later ordered them returned to their mothers.

Investigators determined some men had married under-age girls. Jessup's wife was 15 when they married and 16 when she had a child.

"This is a case about the flesh and blood of a victim," Assistant Texas Attorney General Eric Nichols told the jury as he showed a picture of Jessop and his wife.

Defense lawyers used photographs of children and families to suggest those involved in polygamous relationships at the ranch are happy with it.

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Exclusive: Rape in America: Justice Denied

Nearly 90,000 women reported they were raped in the United States last year. It's estimated another 75,000 rapes went unreported. But while rape convictions are up - a five month CBS News investigation raises questions about just how many rapists are actually being brought to justice.

Valerie Neumann says she didn't expect her 21st birthday to end in rape.

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Salt Lake OKs gay rights laws with Mormon backing (November 11, 2009 - HuffPo - JENNIFER DOBNER)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church for the first time has announced its support of gay rights legislation, an endorsement that helped gain unanimous approval for Salt Lake city laws banning discrimination against gays in housing and employment.

The Utah-based church's support ahead of Tuesday night's vote came despite its steadfast opposition to gay marriage, reflected in the high-profile role it played last year in California's Proposition 8 ballot measure that barred such unions.

"The church supports these ordinances because they are fair and reasonable and do not do violence to the institution of marriage," Michael Otterson, the director of public affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said.
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So...as long as you remain celibate and don't try to get married then you are welcome and will be treated 'equally'. That's the gist of things, right?
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DADT repeal within months?

DADT Likely to Be Part of Defense Bill



Repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” will likely be included as part of next year’s Department of Defense authorization bill in both chambers of Congress, Congressman Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, said Wednesday.

“Military issues are always done as part of the overall authorization bill,” Frank said, insisting that this has been the strategy for overturning the policy all along. “'Don’t ask, don’t tell' was always going to be part of the military authorization.”

Frank said he has been in direct communication with the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, and other congressional leaders about the strategy for ending the 1993 ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Though some moderate Democrats have recently expressed concern about repealing the policy during a midterm election year, Frank said resolve at the White House has never wavered. “The Administration is totally committed to this and has been from the beginning,” he said.

Anecdotally, Frank recalled an incident earlier this year when Defense secretary Robert Gates made a statement to reporters suggesting that repeal was still an open question.

“There was a point where Gates said, ‘If we repeal don’t ask, don’t tell,’ and the next day he said, 'When we repeal don’t ask, don’t tell,’” said Frank. “That’s because Rahm called him up. The White House has been consistently committed.”

The Defense Department reauthorization bill would be voted on next spring and summer and would take effect October 1, 2010, according to Frank. But he added that discharges could potentially be stopped by executive order before the law goes into effect.

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Fox Propaganda: Ur doin it wrong.

(Oops- ETA: the rest of the article and Hannity's insanity.)
Citing no evidence, Hannity estimates that 20,000 attended Fox-promoted GOP health care protest 
on Capitol Hill -- a claim he later walked back drastically -- while MSNBC reported that Capitol police estimated the crowd at only 4,000; prior to the rally, Hannity said crowds at the event -- which he and other Fox News figures heavily promoted -- would be "massive." Conservative media previously inflated crowd estimates for the 9-12 March on Washington.



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Taking the Fall for Health Care Reform?

Taking the Fall for Health Care Reform?

By Peggy Simpson

The price for health care reform in the House is women’s right to choose—and, adding insult to injury, the deal was negotiated by the first woman to serve as House speaker.

November 9, 2009

Well, now it’s known: it was reproductive rights that were thrown under the train.

 

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60 million people + blackout = the press stopping itself

The night the lights went out


The lights flickered on and off and the popular soap opera showing on a TV screen in the corner suddenly vanished.

I was in a restaurant near my home in the heart of Sao Paulo when the power failure happened and along with dozens of other customers I suddenly found myself sitting almost in the dark.

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Of course people are trying to make it about politics (elections in 2010), of course the press didn't care about anything else today, of course nobody talks about Paraguay, of course people are talking about Rio 2016 and Brazil 2014, of course everybody is acting as if they know and understand what happened and of course my PC was ruined 5 hours after I finally got my internet back =). Itaipu is the world's biggest power plant in activity.


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Bisphenol-A toxicity: not just for babies

High BPA levels linked to male sexual problems
Study in China is likely to bring further scrutiny of the common chemical

By Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post Staff Writer

Exposure to high levels of a controversial chemical found in thousands of everyday plastic products appears to cause erectile dysfunction and other sexual problems in men, according to a new study published Wednesday.

The study, funded by the federal government and published in the journal Human Reproduction, is the first to examine the impact of bisphenol A, or BPA, on the reproductive systems of human males. Previous studies have involved mice or rats.

The research comes as government agencies debate the safety of BPA, a compound that is found in thousands of consumer products ranging from dental sealants to canned food linings and that is so ubiquitous it has been detected in the urine of 93 percent of the U.S. population.

Researchers focused on 634 male workers at four factories in China who were exposed to elevated levels of BPA. They followed the men over five years and compared their sexual health with that of male workers in other Chinese factories where BPA was not present.

The men handling BPA were four times as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and seven times as likely to have difficulty with ejaculation, said De-Kun Li, a scientist at the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, which conducted the study with funds from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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Maybe this will get some action out of the old men at the FDA. This was a study of adult men - not mice, not infants.
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Don't Ask Don't Tell On The WAY?!

DADT Likely to Be Part of Defense Bill

By Kerry Eleveld

Repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” will likely be included as part of next year’s Department of Defense authorization bill in both chambers of Congress, Congressman Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, said Wednesday.

“Military issues are always done as part of the overall authorization bill,” Frank said, insisting that this has been the strategy for overturning the policy all along. “'Don’t ask, don’t tell' was always going to be part of the military authorization.”

Frank said he has been in direct communication with the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, and other congressional leaders about the strategy for ending the 1993 ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Though some moderate Democrats have recently expressed concern about repealing the policy during a midterm election year, Frank said resolve at the White House has never wavered. “The Administration is totally committed to this and has been from the beginning,” he said.

Anecdotally, Frank recalled an incident earlier this year when Defense secretary Robert Gates made a statement to reporters suggesting that repeal was still an open question.

“There was a point where Gates said, ‘If we repeal don’t ask, don’t tell,’ and the next day he said, 'When we repeal don’t ask, don’t tell,’” said Frank. “That’s because Rahm called him up. The White House has been consistently committed.”

The Defense Department reauthorization bill would be voted on next spring and summer and would take effect October 1, 2010, according to Frank. But he added that discharges could potentially be stopped by executive order before the law goes into effect.

“Once the bill is passed, even if it hasn’t yet taken effect at that point, the president could justify a stop-loss order because it would no longer be the law -- it’s just a matter of time,” Frank explained.

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Teen jailed after second child rape


A teenager who raped a five-year-old boy days after being spared custody for a sex assault on another youngster has been locked up.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked the child just eight days after escaping a custodial sentence for the rape of a seven-year-old boy, Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester was told.

Judge Smith heard the first victim's family were committed Christians, had forgiven the boy and called for a "corrective" rather than punitive sentence.

But the original sentence handed down by Judge Adrian Smith prompted a legal challenge that it was unduly lenient.

Days later the teenager, described by police as acting like a "sexual predator", carried out the second attack. And it emerged on Wednesday that the defendant had already been through the courts accused of sex offences against another youngster.

In 2006 the defendant, then aged just 13, had carried out a sex attack on a boy of six, inciting him to sexual activity. He was acquitted of the offence in 2007 - but later admitted he had carried out the attack, the court heard.

On Wednesday he was branded a danger to the public and jailed indefinitely with Judge Peter Lakin ordering he must serve a minimum of two years, 359 days before he can be considered for parole and released only when he is no longer considered a danger to the public.

Passing sentence, Judge Lakin said: "The offences you have committed are deeply disturbing and very serious. You are a devious and manipulative young man with an unhealthy and completely unacceptable sexual interest in young boys. It is likely you will not be released for some very considerable period of time.

"On June 26 of this year you were made subject to a community rehabilitation order for a period of three years for sexual offences against a boy aged only seven. Eight days later you committed this appalling offence against a boy aged only five. You lured him to your home and once inside, in a planned and calculated way, you cynically took advantage of this young boy. You took away his innocence. What you did has had a devastating effect upon the boy and his family."

The youngster was sentenced to three years four months but with time already spent in custody taken into consideration he will serve two years, 359 days before it is decided whether he is safe enough to release back into the community.

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Lou Dobbs Leaving CNN

Lou Dobbs to Depart CNN
By BRIAN STELTER AND BILL CARTER
Lou Dobbs at the anchor desk at CNN's New York studio in 2006. Robert Caplin for The New York Times Lou Dobbs at the anchor desk at CNN’s New York studio in 2006.

Lou Dobbs, the longtime CNN anchor whose anti-immigration views made him a TV lightning rod, plans to announce Wednesday that he is leaving the network, two network employees said.

A CNN executive confirmed that Mr. Dobbs will announce his plans on his 7 p.m. program.

Mr. Dobbs informed his staff members of his intentions in a meeting Wednesday afternoon. He did not immediately respond to a telephone call seeking comment.

Well known for his political positions, Mr. Dobbs is an outlier at CNN, which has sought to position itself as a middle ground of sorts in the fractious cable news arena. Perhaps hinting at plans for an exit from CNN, Mr. Dobbs met with Roger Ailes, the chairman of the Fox News Channel, last month. At the time Mr. Dobbs was viewed as a potential hire for the Fox Business Network.

Last month the New Jersey State Police were called to Mr. Dobbs home to investigate a report of gunfire. Mr. Dobbs suggested that his family had been singled out because of his views on illegal immigration and border security.



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New warning on 'perfect vaginas'

New warning on 'perfect vaginas'

Women are undergoing surgery to create perfect genitalia amid a "shocking" lack of information on the potential risks of the procedure, a report says.

Research published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology also questions the very notion of aesthetically pleasing genitals.

Operations to improve the appearance of the sex organs for both psychological and physical reasons are on the rise.

But surgeons said the report overplayed the risks of an established procedure.

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I honestly had no idea this was around as a type of cosmetic surgery, though sadly it doesn't surprise me. Thoughts?

Also, note to mods: I wasn't allowed to tag this.
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Oxford names scholarship after Neda; Iran irked

The Iranian Embassy has accused Oxford University of a "politically motivated move" in the creation of a Queen's College scholarship made in memory of Neda Agha-Soltan, an Iranian student killed in Tehran in post-election protests earlier this year.

In a letter sent to The Provost of Queen's College, Paul Madden, Iranian authorities condemned the creation of the Graduate Scholarship in Philosophy because, they argue, in using Agha-Soltan's name the University appears to be making a political statement.

Neda Agha-Soltan, a 27-year-old Iranian philosophy student, was killed in Tehran on 20 June during the protests over the outcome of the 2009 Iranian presidential election. Queen's College set up a scholarship in her name after two donations which would provide the amount of money required to pay the graduate fee. Currently a student studying the Philosophy of Physics has the scholarship.

The name "Agha-Soltan" has become a political symbol since the summer's election violence. Her death was caught on camera and spread amongst the world's media. It has become an important example amongst those who accuse the current Iranian regime of repression during the post-election rioting. Many Iranian bloggers refer to Agha-Soltan as the "angel of freedom".

The Iranian authorities insist the student's death took place far from the scene of the protests and are angry that the University might be seen to be endorsing protest against their regime.

In a press release with the scholarship's announcement, college authorities did not refer to any political dimension in its creation saying, "Oxford is increasingly losing out to its competitors in the race to recruit top graduate students. Donations such as those that have enabled us to create the Neda Agha-Soltan Scholarship are absolutely vital for us to continue to attract and retain the best young minds."

The Provost of Queen's College, Professor Paul Madden added, "The college is keen to support graduate students, and this scholarship will help Iranian students to study at Oxford, regardless of their financial background. Donors make their own decisions, within reason, on how to name scholarships that they fund. In this case, the donor who was instrumental in establishing the scholarship is a British citizen and is well known to the college."

The letter sent by Iran to the College is reported to have further said, "The involvement of the university in Iran's internal affairs, particularly in the country's post-election events of which the British media played a leading role, would lead to the loss of the university's scientific prestige and academic goals."

The University of Oxford has stated, "The Chancellor of the University has not received a letter from the Iranian Embassy. This is a college matter and, since Oxford colleges are autonomous, did not involve the University at any stage."

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Republican Newcomer to Challenge Alan Grayson. Why is GOP Concerned?

Republicans concerned with ascent of young Florida candidate

A brash, young political newcomer is causing a fuss in GOP circles in the race against Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.).

And what else would you expect in a district that has produced the most colorful member of Congress?

Armando Gutierrez has made a name for himself as a 28-year-old with a supremely ambitious campaign that features an aggressive endorsement-seeking effort.

The businessman has used his family ties and connections to garner an impressive list of endorsements from elected and party officials, including Reps. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.). And, so far, he is the only major candidate to challenge the top-targeted Grayson.

But GOP operatives in Washington and the district say he is running a destructive primary campaign, and national and local leaders are doing just about anything they can to avoid having him as their nominee.


“He’s offending a lot of people,” said attorney Will McBride, who opted out of the race last week. “He’s rubbing people the wrong way. He needs to be a little more professional in his approach to reaching out to local leaders in our party.”

Numerous others confirmed the widespread bristling at Gutierrez’s early maneuvers.
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Scott Roeder: "I Regret Nothing, I Did Nothing Wrong, and My Lawyer Is a Jerk"

Scott Roeder: No Regrets About Killing George Tiller -- Lawyer Rejects His Defense

An anti-abortion activist says he's the one who killed a Kansas abortion provider – and did it because it was necessary to save lives. But one of his attorneys says there's no such thing as a "necessity defense" in state law, and that is not the strategy the defense team plans to present at his trial.

Scott Roeder told The Associated Press in a telephone call from jail on Monday that he plans to argue at his trial that he was justified in shooting Dr. George Tiller to protect unborn children.

"We have explored that possibility," public defender Steve Osburn said a day after his client's confession. "That does not seem to be the approach that is viable, nor is it the approach we intend to use."

Roeder, 51, of Kansas City, Mo., is charged with one count of first-degree murder in Tiller's death and two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly threatening two ushers who tried to stop him during the May 31 melee in the foyer of the doctor's Wichita church. Roeder has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go to trial in January.

He told the AP he has no regrets about killing Tiller.

His calls to the AP and the Kansas City Star came on the same day several strident abortion opponents released their "Defensive Action Statement 3rd Edition" that proclaims any force that can be used to defend the life of a "born child is legitimate to defend the life of an unborn child."

Osburn said he has discussed with Roeder "on numerous occasions" that a necessity defense was not viable, despite what his client was hearing from others. Roeder has said he is looking for an attorney who will present such a defense but cannot afford to hire one.

His former wife said Tuesday that she was in another room when she heard a television news report play an audio clip of his confession to the AP. Lindsey Roeder said she found it surreal to hear her ex-husband's voice.
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h1n1 4k deaths attributed to it; how fast it is attacking and killing

CDC now says 4,000 swine flu deaths in US

ATLANTA – Federal health officials now say that 4,000 or more Americans likely have died from swine flu — about four times the estimate they've been using.

The new, higher figure was first reported by The New York Times. It includes deaths caused by complications related to swine flu, including pneumonia and bacterial infections. Until now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had conservatively put the U.S. swine flu death count at more than 1,000. Officials said this week they're working on an even more accurate calculation.

The CDC says "many millions" of Americans have caught the pandemic flu virus since it first appeared in April.

On World News they talked about this. It is not that the death toll is higher. It is that they adding death by complications due to the flu to the list.

Also it seems the flu is killing more people by blood clots and shutting down mulitple organs such as kindeys, causing strokes and heart attacks as well. Nightline is doing a short report on it right now.


H1N1 Cases: Healthy to Death's Door in One Week
In 1 Percent of Swine Flu Cases, Doctors Say Virus Attacks Lungs So Viciously That Other Organs Can Fail
By CHRIS BURY and TALESHA REYNOLDS
Nov. 11, 2009

On one floor of the University Hospital Case Medical Center in Cleveland, the H1N1 virus is showing just how random, powerful and destructive it can be, even for healthy adults in the prime of their lives.

Walter Savitts, 44, depends on a machine for every breath. His wife, Margaret, is constantly at his side. Nearly three weeks ago, he came down with what seemed an ordinary case of the flu.
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New defeat over homophobia laws


The government has suffered another defeat in the Lords over a so-called "free speech" defence to a new law on homophobic hatred.

Peers voted by 179 to 135 to keep the defence - despite justice minister Lord Bach pointing out MPs had voted to overturn it on four occasions.

It is one of several government defeats in the Lords on its wide-ranging Coroner's and Justice Bill.

It will go back to MPs on Thursday, the last day of this Parliamentary session.

The defence was inserted by the Conservative peer, and former Home Secretary Lord Waddington last year when the government ran out of parliamentary time to try to overturn it. Ministers fear the same will happen again.

'Great virtues'

For the government, Lord Bach said MPs had voted to overturn the defence on four occasions, by majorities of more than 150.

"There must come a point where this House, with all its great virtues, gives way to the House that has been elected by the people of this country," he told peers.

The defence provides protection for "discussion or criticism of sexual conduct or practice" to the law on incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

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