November 12th, 2009

Mr. T the Patriot

Baltimore Mayor Faces Trial On Corruption Charge

"You know, I don't buy that often, but when I buy, I buy quality."

Opening statements are slated to begin Thursday in the first of two corruption trials for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, the first African-American woman to lead the city.

Across the city of Baltimore, the corruption trial of Dixon has residents like Stephanie Williams talking.

"I don't think anyone in the city hasn't heard about it," Williams said.

Public opinion here hasn't focused on the mayor's race or gender, but whether she can run the city while she stands trial. That said, residents like John Cheatham, who's African-American, sense racial overtones.

"If you ask an African-American out on the street, they tell you right away that Sheila Dixon is innocent," said Cheatham. "But if you ask a white person out on the street, they say she's guilty."
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Lindsey Graham: Too Liberal for America

US Sen. Lindsey Graham censured by SC county GOP

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Republicans in Charleston County censured their own U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, saying he puts bipartisanship before the party on issues like climate change.

"U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in the name of bipartisanship continues to weaken the Republican brand and tarnish the ideals of freedom, rule of law, and fiscal conservatism," according to a resolution passed Monday.

Graham has often reached across the aisle on various issues.

The resolution notes Graham supported the bank bailout and "has shown a condescending attitude toward his constituents" opposing his stance on amnesty for illegal aliens.

"There have been a lot of things over the years that people have been dissatisfied with the senator for doing but I think the cap-and-trade issue is the straw that broke the camel's back," said Lin Bennett, the county GOP chairwoman.

"We have a state platform that if you want to run as a Republican in our state part of that platform includes ideals and goals we would like to see and one of them is smaller, and less government intrusion into people's lives," she said.

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Yep. It pretty much means diddly squat but I'm wondering what'll go down at the convention or if they'll actually challenge his seat.

Racist, Sexist Douchenozzle Bo Dietl Continues To Keep Classy

Fox News Regular Bo Dietl: ‘Ten Years Ago, [Katie Couric] Looked American. Today, She Looks Oriental’

On Monday during an appearance on Don Imus’ radio show, which is simulcast on the Fox Business Network, former George H.W. Bush appointee and Fox News regular Bo Dietl used sexist and racist language to attack CBS News anchor Katie Couric. “Katie Couric, the cougar,” said Dietl. “If she gets her eyes done anymore, she’s going to look like a split face.” As Imus meekly attempted to defend Couric, saying “she’s fine,” Dietl unleashed a derogatory rant about Couric:

DIETL: She looks like a Halloween cartoon. She’s got her eyes pulled so far, she’s starting to look Chinese herself. Enough with these face lifts, alright Kate. And enough with the young guys Katie. You’re over the top baby. You’re over fifty. Start going out with guys your own age. This cougar stuff don’t work.

After some cross talk, Imus tried to get Dietl to “leave Katie Couric alone.” But as Dietl approached the end of his rant, Imus offhandedly called Couric “a rodent” as he tried to end the conversation:

IMUS: I’m just saying that if she wants — leave Katie Couric alone. She’s fine.

DIETL: Oh no no no. You like her eyes the way they look?

IMUS: She looks fine to me.

DIETL: They’re getting smaller and smaller.

IMUS: She looks fine.

DIETL: Ten years ago, she looked American. Today she is an oriental.

IMUS: She is a rodent. Leave her alone.

DIETL: She doesn’t like you either pal. She never stuck up for you.

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Also: OMG GAIZ! Fox News completely supports a sexist, racist, asshole? THIS IS NEWS. (Requesting water wet, bears shit in the woods newspaper macro.)
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Balloon boy parents get slap on the wrist for wasting your tax dollars

DENVER – The Colorado parents who reported their 6-year-old son floated away aboard a helium balloon will plead guilty to some charges in an attempt to keep the family together, the attorney for the boy's father said Thursday.

Richard Heene will plead guilty to attempting to influence a public servant, a felony, his attorney David Lane said. Mayumi Heene — a Japanese citizen who could have been deported if convicted of more serious charges — will plead guilty to false reporting to authorities, a misdemeanor, he said.

Prosecutors have agreed to allow both to serve probation sentences, Lane said. The Oct. 15 event raised questions about whether the couple were fit parents, and social workers were contacted. Lane didn't address whether the pleas would include monitoring of the couple, and prosecutors did not immediately return a phone message Thursday morning. Mayumi Heene's attorney, Lee Christian, also did not return a call.

The most serious of the charges recommended
by Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden would have carried a maximum sentence of six years in prison.

Keeping the family together was a main factor in reaching the deal, Lane said.

"Upon reviewing the evidence, arguably, Mayumi could have possibly ended up being deported and Richard could have proceeded to trial and had a good chance at an acquittal," Lane said. "This, however, would have put the family at grave risk of seeing a loving, caring, compassionate wife and mother ripped from the family and deported. That was not an acceptable risk, thus these pleas."

Richard and Mayumi Heene's frantic calls to authorities, saying they feared their son Falcon might be aboard a homemade balloon that had escaped from their suburban Fort Collins back yard, triggered a frenzied response before the balloon landed in a dusty farm field without the boy inside. The Heenes said they found Falcon at home — hiding, they said.

Relief soon turned to suspicion. During a live interview on CNN hours after the balloon chase, Falcon looked to his father and said, "You had said that we did this for a show."

The Heenes had twice appeared on the ABC reality show "Wife Swap," and former business partners said Richard Heene wanted a show of his own called "The Science Detectives" or "The Psyience Detectives."

On Oct. 17, deputies questioned both parents separately. Richard Heene, 48, adamantly denied the saga was a publicity stunt. But Mayumi Heene, 45, admitted the incident was a hoax, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Lane said Mayumi Heene's statements likely couldn't have been used against her husband because of marital privilege, which can keep a person's spouse from testifying against him or her.

"Unfortunately, the prosecutors insisted upon a package deal where Richard would have to fall on his sword and take a felony plea despite the fact that he made no incriminating statements to law enforcement and Mayumi's statements could not be used against him," Lane said in a statement.


Associated Press Writer Colleen Slevin in Denver contributed to this report.


Personally I think the two should have been given prison time and those kids taken away from them. A few years down the road when this is all forgotten I'm sure we'll be seeing these idiots trying something like this again.

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Obama Refuses To Commit To Afghan Plans Without Exit Strategy, Handover Details

President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing instead for revisions to clarify how and when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

That stance comes in the midst of forceful reservations about a possible troop buildup from the U.S. ambassador in Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, according to a second top administration official.

In strongly worded classified cables to Washington, Eikenberry said he had misgivings about sending in new troops while there are still so many questions about the leadership of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Obama is still close to announcing his revamped war strategy – most likely shortly after he returns from a trip to Asia that ends on Nov. 19.

But the president raised questions at a war council meeting Wednesday that could alter the dynamic of both how many additional troops are sent to Afghanistan and what the timeline would be for their presence in the war zone, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Obama's thinking.

Military officials said Obama has asked for a rewrite before and resisted what one official called a one-way highway toward war commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal's recommendations for more troops. The sense that he was being rushed and railroaded has stiffened Obama's resolve to seek information and options beyond military planning, officials said, though a substantial troop increase is still likely.

The president was considering options that include adding 30,000 or more U.S. forces to take on the Taliban in key areas of Afghanistan and to buy time for the Afghan government's small and ill-equipped fighting forces to take over. The other three options on the table Wednesday were ranges of troop increases, from a relatively small addition of forces to the roughly 40,000 that the top U.S. general in Afghanistan prefers, according to military and other officials.

The key sticking points appear to be timelines and mounting questions about the credibility of the Afghan government.

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Teen Set on Fire by 'Friends', Jumps in Pool

Dive in pool saved burned teen's life, paramedic saysBy Rich Phillips, CNN
November 12, 2009 9:42 a.m. EST

Deerfield Beach, Florida (CNN) -- It's a call that no firefighter ever wants to have to answer.

For firefighter-paramedic Bobby Goss, it was the worst call of his four-year career. And when you hear the screams of 15-year-old Michael Brewer on the 911 calls, you know why this was such a horrific call for help. Michael Brewer had been set on fire.

"We saw the bushes on fire ... and we could hear the patient screaming at the pool," Goss said Tuesday.

Goss and five other firefighters with Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue were the first on the scene October 12 after Brewer was allegedly attacked by five of his friends, who poured alcohol over him and set him ablaze.

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Source is wondering WTF is wrong with people.

Adios, Ricky.

Speaking at a luncheon for a Midland County Republican Women's group, Perry said that "this is an administration hell-bent toward taking American towards a socialist country. And we all don't need to be afraid to say that because that's what it is."

Gov. Rick Perry has been campaigning against Washington, and Washington is returning the favor — no endorsements here.

In the back and forth between Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Perry over gubernatorial endorsements, it’s no contest when it comes to the Texas congressional delegation: It’s Hutchison 10 and Perry 0.

Ten of the 20 U.S. House Republicans have publicly endorsed Hutchison, and insiders say it is unlikely that any of the remaining 10 will endorse Perry, preferring to remain neutral.


Governor "Good Hair" Perry retreated to isolated Midland, the bastion of right-wing Texas to grasp at his only remaining vestige of support. I guess framing DC Republicans as tools of the Democrats didn't win him many friends.

Pack your bags, Perry.
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because we all need some happy news

MIA dog found in Afghanistan after 14 months

SYDNEY – A bomb-sniffing dog that disappeared during a fierce battle in Afghanistan between Australian troops and militant fighters has been found and returned to its unit after more than a year.

And Sabi the black labrador is getting a celebrity welcome home.

Sabi was with a joint Australian-Afghan army patrol ambushed in restive Uruzgan province in September 2008, triggering a gunfight that wounded nine troops and earned one Australian soldier the country's highest bravery medal.

But there was no sign of Sabi after the battle, and months of searching failed to find any sign of the retriever — until now.

Defense officials said Thursday that a U.S. soldier recovered Sabi at an isolated patrol base elsewhere in Uruzgan. Further details about the base were not given.

The dog was returned to the Australians' base in the province just in time for a visit by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who was photographed Wednesday along with the U.S. commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal petting Sabi.

"Sabi is back home in one piece and is a genuinely nice pooch as well," Rudd told reporters.

Exactly where Sabi has been or what happened to her during the past 14 months will probably never be known, though that she was in good condition when she was found indicated somebody had been looking after her, military spokesman Brig. Brian Dawson told reporters in Canberra.

The dog was being tested for diseases before a decision was made on whether she can return to Australia.

More than 1,500 Australian troops are in Afghanistan and most of them are involved in training Afghan security forces. Among them are units that use dogs to sniff out roadside bombs and other explosive booby traps.



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Why am I not surprised...

Catholic Church gives D.C. ultimatum
Same-sex marriage bill, as written, called a threat to social service contracts

By Tim Craig and Michelle Boorstein
Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health care.

Under the bill, headed for a D.C. Council vote next month, religious organizations would not be required to perform or make space available for same-sex weddings. But they would have to obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians. Gee, can't have that now, can we?
Fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, church officials said they would have no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city.

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Birther lawyer denies perjury scheme

SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- California lawyer Orly Taitz, who contends Barack Obama wasn't U.S. born and so can't be president, denies she asked people to lie in court to support her case.

The Orange County Register reported Wednesday two people -- one man claiming to have a certified copy of Obama's Kenyan birth certificate and the other claiming to have been his homosexual lover -- provided U.S. District Court with affidavits saying Taitz asked them to lie in court to bolster her case. One said she asked him to lie about the alleged birth certificate, reportedly determined to be a fake, and the other said she wanted him to testify that members of Obama's church had been murdered.

Taitz's case was dismissed Oct. 29 by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, the Register said.

"The court has received several sworn affidavits that Taitz asked potential witnesses that she planned to call before this court to perjure themselves," Carter wrote. "This court is deeply concerned that Taitz may have suborned perjury through witnesses she intended to bring before this court."

While the judge did not make the affidavits public, Taitz named two men in a motion Monday criticizing Carter's dismissal of the case.

She denies the accusations and told the Register she thinks they filed the affidavits in response to pressure put on them by unknown individuals.


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The Democrats’ Dilemma: Their Own Trojan Horse Kicks Free

The Democrats’ Dilemma: Their Own Trojan Horse Kicks Free

By Gloria Feldt

November 12, 2009

Democratic leaders have said that the turn-around on abortion contained in the House health-reform bill will not appear in the final version. The author, a Women’s Media Center board member and former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, explains here why voters who value women’s health cannot sit back and accept such assurances.

House Democrats broke into a paroxysm of self-congratulation for passing a health reform bill. By embracing the Stupak-Pitts amendment, however, they entered the women’s hall of shame. They had promised no more limitations based on preexisting conditions. But House leadership allowed a codicil: Except if you are a woman.


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"I resent having to prove that I'm not a retard."

We aren't the only ones pondering Megan Fox's appeal (or lack thereof) to women — it's also stressing out her reps, says a forthcoming New York Times Magazine cover story.

In her story, which just went online, longtime Times magazine entertainment reporter Lynn Hirschberg writes,

In the last month, Fox and her team - her agent, Chuck James, and her publicists, Leslie Sloane Zelnick and Dominique Appel - have grown increasingly nervous about her media image. The lack of success of ‘‘Jennifer's Body'' highlighted their concern: the outrageousness that made Fox an instant star was not attracting a paying audience, especially among females. They were hoping that hosting ‘‘S.N.L.'' and some recent appearances on talk shows on which she seemed demure might help to change the dialogue about Fox from the out-of-control sex bomb to the Fox they know, who is a homebody with a longtime boyfriend (the actor Brian Austin Green, who is 36) and a fondness for spending Saturday nights at Red Lobster, where she likes the cheese biscuits. That, they maintain, is the girl that girls should see. But Fox is less certain. ‘‘Women tear each other apart,'' she told me now. ‘‘Girls think I'm a slut, and I've been in the same relationship since I was 18. The problem is, if they think you're attractive, you're either stupid or a whore or a dumb whore. The instinct among girls is to attack the jugular.''

This isn't the first time Fox has (implicitly, at least) blamed jealousy for her apparent unpopularity among women. In June, she told Entertainment Weekly, "I come across as confident and [women] assume that means that I think I'm hot shit. And that makes them feel bad about themselves and so they hate me."

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Source. Thoughts, folks? Just to note, are we not allowed to tag entries anymore? Or it may be bugging out for me.

Death of the Overdraft Fee

New Fed rule will bar banks from charging overdraft fees without customer consent

o Bank Of America Corporation
o Jpmorgan Chase Co.
o Wells Fargo Company

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Banks will have to secure their customers' consent before charging large overdraft fees on ATM and debit card transactions, according to a new rule announced Thursday by the Federal Reserve.

The rule responds to complaints from consumer groups, members of Congress and other regulators that the overdraft fees are unfair because many people assume they can't spend more on a debit card than is available in their account. Instead, many banks allow the transactions to go through, then charge fees of up to $25 to $35.
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You couldn't make this up - David Dimbleby to miss Question Time because he was "injured by bullock"

David Dimbleby injured by bullock

David Dimbleby is to miss chairing BBC One's Question Time for the first time in more than 15 years after being injured in a "minor farming accident".

The 71-year-old was loading a bullock onto a trailer at his farm in Sussex when it reared, resulting in the presenter being briefly knocked out.

He also received a cut to the head that required stitches at a local hospital.

John Humphrys will replace Dimbleby in the chair on Thursday, while he remains in hospital for observation.

"I haven't missed a Question Time in over 15 years," Dimbleby said.

"Trust my wife's bullock to take me out. I'll be giving bullocks a wide berth in future," he added.

The BBC stressed the presenter's stay in hospital was just a precaution, and is not unusual for a patient suffering concussion.

He is recovering well and should return home shortly.

Dimbleby has chaired Question Time since January 1994. He is expected to be back hosting the show next week.


Glad he'll be ok and back next week. Can't imagine Question Time without him. Will be watching tonight to see how Humphrys does. <3 David Dimbleby.

Mods, I'm resubmitting this as it was rejected first time. David Dimbleby presents and moderates Question Time, which is a serious political panel show here in the UK. Sorry for assuming you'd know who he was or about the program he presents, but after all the QT stuff in the last month or so because of Nick Griffin I assumed :)
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Charla Nash, Chimp Attack Victim, Shows Face On "Oprah"

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Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman mauled by a 200 pound chimpanzee in February, appeared on "Oprah" Wednesday to reveal her face and share heartbreaking details on her life since the attack.

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Nash who turned 56 Tuesday revealed "the remnants of her missing eyes, nose and lips," as ABC News described it.

Nash told Oprah that she feels no pain but that she tries not to touch her face so as to avoid knowing the full extent of her injuries.

"I don't ask a whole lot about my injuries... I know that I have my forehead," she said. She now drinks her meals "with a straw through a small hole where her mouth used to be," ABC added.

Nash lost both her hands in the attack, as well as her nose, an eyelid, and lips. Doctors removed her eyes due to an infection, and only recently did she learn she'll no longer be able to see.

"Only . . . in the past couple of weeks did she realize that she no longer had eyes, because she had been saying that she was hoping to be able to see at some point," Oprah said, according to the New York Post.

Nash now walks around her Cleveland hospital — from which she might be released soon — in a veil.


Partial video: A Day in the Life of Charla Nash

Does anyone know where we can find the full interview? It keeps getting yanked from YouTube.
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Medical marijuana user dies without transplant

SEATTLE (AP) - A musician who was denied a liver transplant because he used marijuana with medical approval under Washington state law to ease the symptoms of advanced hepatitis C died Thursday.

The death of Timothy Garon, 56, at Bailey-Boushay House, an intensive care nursing center was confirmed to The Associated Press by his lawyer, Douglas Hiatt, and Alisha Mark, a spokeswoman for Virginia Mason Medical Center, which operates Bailey-Boushay.

Dr. Brad Roter, the physician who authorized Garon to smoke pot to alleviate for nausea and abdominal pain and to stimulate his appetite, said he did not know it would be such a hurdle if Garon were to need a transplant.

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German Sentenced to Life for Killing in Court

BERLIN — The German man who stabbed a pregnant Egyptian woman to death in a Dresden courtroom was found guilty on Wednesday and given a life sentence.

The killing of the woman, Marwa al-Sherbini, a 31-year-old pharmacist, attracted worldwide attention and led to demonstrations in Egypt. The man, Alexander Wiens, 28, was convicted of killing Ms. Sherbini on July 1 in front of her 3-year-old son and her husband, whom the killer also stabbed as he tried to defend her.
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Feds move to seize 4 mosques, tower linked to Iran

NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors took steps Thursday to seize four U.S. mosques and a Fifth Avenue skyscraper owned by a nonprofit Muslim organization long suspected of being secretly controlled by the Iranian government.

In what could prove to be one of the biggest counterterrorism seizures in U.S. history, prosecutors filed a civil complaint in federal court against the Alavi Foundation, seeking the forfeiture of more than $500 million in assets.

The assets include bank accounts; Islamic centers consisting of schools and mosques in New York City, Maryland, California and Houston; more than 100 acres in Virginia; and a 36-story glass office tower in New York.

Confiscating the properties would be a sharp blow against Iran, which has been accused by the U.S. government of bankrolling terrorism and trying to build a nuclear bomb.

A telephone call and e-mail to Iran's U.N. Mission seeking comment were not immediately answered. Nor was a call to the Alavi Foundation.

It is extremely rare for U.S. law enforcement authorities to seize a house of worship, a step fraught with questions about the First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

The action against the Shiite Muslim mosques is sure to inflame relations between the U.S. government and American Muslims, many of whom are fearful of a backlash after last week's Fort Hood shooting rampage, blamed on a Muslim American major.

"Whatever the details of the government's case against the owners of the mosques, as a civil rights organization we are concerned that the seizure of American houses of worship could have a chilling effect on the religious freedom of citizens of all faiths and may send a negative message to Muslims worldwide," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


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Officers Todd and Munley, and the confrontation at Fort Hood

Sgt. Todd and Sgt. Munley on The Oprah Winfrey Show

On November 5th, in Killeen, Texas, there was a massacre inside the military base of Fort Hood which resulted in the death of 13 people and the injuries of dozens. It was Thursday evening and there were such chaos and shock that initially, the news were confused about the number and state of the shooter(s) and the people who responded. NBC News reported that 'One gunman was reportedly in custody and another was on the loose'.

By Thursday night, civilian police officer Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who had confronted the singular gunman and was wounded, but survived, was hailed by sources such as the Houston & Texas News, Chron, as the lone hero of the hour: she stood ground, even as the bullets hit her.

One week after the Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik, had killed and wounded his colleagues using two handguns, what is certain now was that Officer Munley was not the lone hero who brought down the assailant. On Wednesday, James C.McKinley Jr. of The New York Times, reports At Fort Hood, Witness Credits Second Officer, that 1. "Major Hasan wheeled on Sergeant Munley as she rounded the corner of a building and shot her, putting her on the ground.", and 2. "Senior Sgt. Mark Todd, a veteran police officer, rounded another corner of the building, found Major Hasan fumbling with his weapon and shot him."

On Wednesday, police partners Sgt. Munley and Sgt. Todd appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show (The Heroes of Fort Hood). Daniel Nasaw of, noted in New account of Fort Hood shooting... that "Munley insisted that she fired at Hasan, but did not say whether she had hit him. Todd talked of firing the shots that brought down Hasan - the first time he had ever fired at a human being in his 25-year career - but could not say whether Hasan had already been shot."

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RNC insurance plan covers abortion; Committee says "LOL HOW'D THAT GET IN THERE"

The Republican National Committee’s health insurance plan covers elective abortion – a procedure the party’s own platform calls “a fundamental assault on innocent human life.”

Federal Election Commission Records show the RNC purchases its insurance from Cigna. Two sales agents for the company said that the RNC’s policy covers elective abortion.

Informed of the coverage, RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told POLITICO that the policy pre-dates the tenure of current RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

“The current policy has been in effect since 1991, and we are taking steps to address the issue,” Gitcho said.

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Taking it out cause it made the news, RNC?

Something to take our minds off Carrie Prejean

Soldier given beauty queen duties

A soldier has been given leave from her duties to represent England in the Miss World competition.

L/Cpl Katrina Hodge, 21, from Tunbridge Wells, will take over from the previous Miss England who stepped down after her arrest over an alleged nightclub brawl.

Organisers of Miss England said 21-year-old Rachel Christie wanted to concentrate on clearing her name.

Miss Hodge, nicknamed Combat Barbie after being commended for bravery in Iraq, will take on beauty queen duties.

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Wow!!! A soldier and a potential Olympic athlete? Now these are beauty queens I can totally get behind. Katrina Hodge doesn't talk about world peace. SHE FUCKING FIGHTS FOR IT.

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Phoenix Judge Tells Church To Stop Feeding Homeless: "Bootstraps"

The homeless in Phoenix, Ariz. will have to find a new place for a pancake breakfast after a court ruling forced a neighborhood church to shut down its charity dining hall.

The ruling sets a precedent for all churches zoned in residential areas of Phoenix, which will force church volunteers to relocate their homeless food services to commercial parts of the city or end their meal services entirely, reports

The controversy surrounding the Crossroads United Methodist Church's weekly pancake breakfast began last spring when neighbors complained about an increase in the number of homeless people in the neighborhood. With the increase in homeless individuals in the area came an uptick in their undesirable behaviors, including "panhandling, burglary, public intoxication and vandalism, among other things," according to AZ Family.

Judge Orders Phoenix Church To Stop Feeding Homeless (VIDEO)

What do you think about this ruling? Should the church have the right to serve the homeless or should this service be sacrificed to keep neighbors feeling safe?
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Sidwell Friends deals with dark side of limelight

High-profile parents make private school a target for protesters
By Michael Birnbaum
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Its parent-teacher conferences made the evening news. So did cases of swine flu. And Sidwell Friends School has recently been the target of a few small protests that seem aimed at prominent parents, not students.

Demonstrators from Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas protest across the street from Sidwell Friends; students hold a counter-protest. (Carol Guzy/the Washington Post)

The school, long a favorite of Washington's leading families, is no stranger to presidential children. But in the months since Barack and Michelle Obama decided to send their daughters there, Sidwell has been pulled into the spotlight of a distinctly 21st-century culture -- one that is increasingly celebrity-obsessed and often shockingly unmannered.
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It Begings: Rightwing Extremist Underdogs To Challege GOP's Choice.

Underdogs' Senate Bids Put Pressure on GOP
Challengers Attack Rivals Recruited by National Republican Party, in Some Cases Pushing Candidates Rightward

Underdogs trying to ride a wave of anti-establishment fervor are mounting challenges to the Republican Party's hand-picked Senate candidates in several states.

The trend suggests that conservative surges in a New York House race and a Senate primary in Florida were not isolated incidents and pose a dilemma for the GOP. Party leaders have stopped endorsing candidates, and in some cases establishment candidates have shifted to the right.

Challengers are seizing on the fact that their rivals were recruited by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the party organization that finds and vets candidates.
They are presenting such links as evidence of coziness with party leaders unpopular with conservatives for supporting Wall Street bailouts and other spending programs.
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Jury chooses life sentence in TV anchor death

(Little Rock, AR 11/12/09) A jury convicted Curtis Vance, 29, for the October 2008 murder of Little Rock television anchor Anne Pressly and now he's been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Under state law, jurors had to select either the death penalty or a life sentence.
There was no reaction in the courtroom when the sentence was announced.

Earlier, handcuffed and dressed in a bulletproof vest, Vance was led from the Pulaski County Courthouse by an army of sheriff's deputies. Once outside, he told reporters, "It's a corrupt system, that's what it is."

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