November 22nd, 2009


Republicans Begged... I Mean Demand a Do Over.

Sealed With A Kiss: Dems Unite To Beat GOP Filibuster

Harry Reid sealed the biggest legislative victory of his career Saturday night with a kiss. And then a hug.

Emotionally reserved doesn't begin to describe the Senate majority leader, a Democrat facing reelection in Nevada. Yet the man was beaming as the members of his caucus left the Senate floor, each one of them having given him their support, leaving him with exactly the 60 VOTES he needed to overcome a filibuster and move to an official floor debate on landmark health care reform legislation.

Three of those votes had been uncertain up until the last two days, until Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) said in floor speeches Saturday that they'd back the motion to proceed, which allows the bill to move a major step forward. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) broke what little suspense there was about his vote on Friday.

Reid approached Landrieu after the vote, smiling ear to ear and locked arms with her, gripping her right elbow as she locked his right arm in return. After the two spoke, he grasped her hand with both of his, leaned over and laid a kiss on it.

From there, he trod up the floor's risers to find Lincoln in the back row where she'd been sitting with Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.). Reid smiled broadly and put his two hands on her shoulders, which is typically what counts as a hug from Harry Reid. Then he went all in, wrapping her in a full embrace.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) followed Reid's lead, smothering Lincoln with both arms. Lincoln blushed as she emerged from his embrace.

Reid left the floor to speak on the phone to Ted Kennedy's widow Vickie in the Democratic cloak room; she was crying and deeply moved, he later said. As Reid returned to the floor and headed for the exit, where he'd speak to reporters, he spied Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who had shepherded the reform bill through the health committee in Kennedy's absence. Reid laid a hug on him.

Nelson was not gifted with such affection, though he had only himself to blame: as soon as the vote ended, he headed for the GOP side to chat up arch-conservative Sen. Jim DeMint (D-S.C.).
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Food Network and First Lady, can't get much more Fierce than that!

Michelle Obama is taking control of Iron Chef America

The First Lady is going to do her best impression of Iron Chef America's Chairman soon: Michelle Obama will be revealing the (classified) secret ingredient to Iron Chef's in an upcoming two hour tag-team Super Chef Battle. Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse will pair up to square off against Bobby Flay and the White House chef Criseta Comerford, whose experience cooking for powerful world leaders should give her a leg up when facing the intimidating judges' panel. See it all go down on January 3 at 8 pm.

Source: Food Network Magazine, Dec 2009 issue

I have to say when I read this today after getting my monthy copy of FN magazine in the mail, I had to post it here and share it w/y'all.

Obama "Pals" With Hippie Foreign Agents (Aka The Lama Man)

Dalai Lama: Obama Not Soft On China

The Dalai Lama defended President Barack Obama from criticism that he has been too soft on China, saying Sunday that the U.S. leader just has a different approach to dealing with the Asian giant.

Obama made his first trip to China as president last week and has faced criticism that he didn't do enough to press Beijing on Tibet during his meetings with senior Chinese officials.

"Obama is not soft on China; just has a different style,"
the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said in an interview aired on Indian television.
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Afghan's Political Satire Show Haz The Balls.

Political satire show has Afghans glued to their TVs
'Alarm Bell' creator has been threatened and beaten but jokes about Karzai go on
By Julius Cavendish in Kabul

Today, President Hamid Karzai will be inaugurated in front of an audience of foreign dignitaries. But appearing on Afghan television, he is a little less statesmanlike. The incessant bickering, it seems, has grown too much, and Mr Karzai snaps: instead of calmly swearing an oath to his country, he is trying to strangle the US ambassador, jowl quivering next to spit-flecked jowl. A UN official gazes placidly at the unfolding chaos but luckily there's someone here with a little more nerve. "Shut up," screams a cross-dressing interpreter. It's not exactly The Daily Show, but this is political satire, Afghan style.

Zang-e-Khatar ("Alarm Bell"), is a popular TV show in Afghanistan that has been thriving on the country's political tribulations. It receives primetime billing – 9pm every Wednesday – and almost everyone with a TV seems to have seen an episode.

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New I-70 billboard replaces famed OBAMANATION sign.

Missouri’s Lafayette County Republican Central Committee has put up a billboard proudly advising citizens to get prepared for the violent overthrow of the US government. This new billboard on I-70 replaces the nationally-and-highly publicized "Obamanation" billboard that quickly rose, in recent weeks, to statewide and national fame. (Sign is located east bound on the north side just before the Grain Valley exit).


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Walt Disney -- prince or toad?


Even before it opens later this week, Disney's new animated feature, "The Princess and the Frog," is already considered something of a cultural and animation landmark. After centering cartoons on a Middle Easterner ("Aladdin"), a Native American (" Pocahontas"), an Asian ("Mulan"), and a Hawaiian ("Lilo & Stitch"), Disney animation has entered the post-racial era. The new film features a black protagonist alongside the green one.

It has been a long time coming, but it is an event that, if you believe Disney detractors, would have old Walt spinning in his grave (or his cryogenic chamber).

That's because there is a long-standing belief among those detractors that Walt Disney was anything but the amiable, avuncular, kind-hearted figure he appeared to be on his television program and in his promotions. The real Disney, so this version goes, was a rabid reactionary who was intemperate, crabbed and mean -- racially and ethnically insensitive at best, a racist and anti-Semite at worst. Under his supervision, the Disney studio was inhospitable to minorities, few of whom were said to have worked there and they were virtually verboten on the screen, except to be ridiculed. Disney's was a white, Protestant, middle-class studio and fantasy. Minorities need not apply.

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"Protestors gather at billboard comparing Obama to terrorists".

Just a follow-up to this post:

Phil Wolf, owner of Wolf Automotive used car dealership, stands in front of a billboard on his auto lot on November 21, 2009 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Wolf paid $2,500 to have the billboard painted, and it has sparked controversy since it was put up the day before. Wolf, 57, said the dealership received more than a thousand calls from throughout the U.S. and Canada in a single day, both in support and against the sign.'We've had death threats. We had people call and say they were going to firebomb the place last night,' he said, adding that local police provided overnight security outside the dealership because of the threats. Wolf, a supporter of the 'birther' movement, questions President Obama's citizenship.'We've got to recall our country, the election,' he said. This guy (Obama), is illegal.' He also blamed the President for the massacre at Ft. Hood.'The cavalier attitude taken by Mr. Obama towards the enemy within us is absolutely horrible. If I had a snake in the house, I would kill it,' Wolf said. Several left-leaning advocacy groups have called on the public to boycott the auto dealership.

Video coverage:

Video source + article.

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It appears Mr. Wolf bit off more than he could chew with his little Soshul Experiment, huh? Also, gotta love the last picture, and the selective reverence of "free speech" that it depicts among crazy birther-types.
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And so it begins...Anti-Gay activist sends out fliers opposing Parker for mayor

Anti-gay activist sends out fliers opposing Parker (November 18, 2009 - Houston Chronicle - MIKE TOLSON)

Longtime anti-gay activist Dave Wilson, who once led a successful effort to amend the city charter to deny benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian city employees, has sent out 35,000 fliers opposing the mayoral candidacy of Annise Parker in part because of her sexual orientation.

The front of the flier has a 2004 photo of Parker being sworn into office as city controller while her partner, Kathy Hubbard, looks on, accompanied by the headline: “Is this the image Houston wants to portray?” On the back is written, “Just because Annise Parker is a lesbian doesn't make her qualified to be mayor of Houston.”

Wilson also challenges Parker's record as controller, saying she failed to alert the city to a $1.5 billion operational deficit.

Wilson, a 62-year-old sign company owner and unsuccessful candidate in several local political races, has been a foe of gays and lesbians for years. He formed a political action committee in 2001 that spearheaded the effort to ban benefits for same-sex or unmarried partners. The proposition received 52 percent of the vote.

“Your city government and your tax dollars should promote — not undermine — traditional marriage and the traditional family,” he wrote in a Houston Chronicle op-ed piece in support of the measure.

Wilson's latest flier states that he has “nothing but compassion, respect and sensitivity” for homosexuals, but decried “behavior that will stifle religious freedom and trap millions of more people in its deadly grip.”

Parker's campaign declined to comment about the flier, which Wilson said was sent to households which voted in both the 2008 GOP primary and recent city election.

In a brief interview, Wilson said he tried to word his flier as a compassionate Christian, albeit one who believes homosexuality is a sin. He said it was not intended to be a personal attack on Parker, and that he has great sympathy for homosexuals because two of his uncles were gay and died of AIDS and a brother-in-law is gay.

“There's a cultural war going on in our society today,” Wilson said. “I feel that homosexual behavior is an affront to the family values of one man-one woman, and homosexual behavior, to any society that's embraced it, has led to the extinction of that society.”

Wilson also said he is concerned that Parker, if elected, would become a gay and lesbian cultural icon and an inspiration to others to enter politics.

“I think she is kind of a poster child for that movement,” he said.
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anonymous no more if you piss off the mods & you might lose your job

School Employee Loses Job Over Vulgar Comment Online

(November 18, 2009 - HuffPo)

A school employee lost his job after he posted a one-word vulgarity in the comments section of an online article at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran an article asking readers what was the "craziest thing you've ever eaten" and invited them to submit the oddest foods they've consumed, saying,

How about you? Have you gone out on a limb for a meal? What'd you try? Did you like it? Have you had friends or family who have tried stuff on a dare?

The school employee, who later lost his job, posted an anonymous, one-word comment that referred, in vulgar terms, to a woman's anatomy.

The comment was deleted by administrators, then reposted by the reader.

After it was posted a second time, the administrators didn't just delete the comment, but took it one step further: Kurt Greenbaum, the director of social media at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, found the commenter's IP address and traced it to a local school.

ReadWriteWeb reports,

Greenbaum contacted the school and made them aware of the situation. In his defense, he probably thought he was simply tattle-telling on a naughty student who would learn a valuable lesson about internet anonymity and would have to sit through a week's detention or something of the like. Instead, he cost a school employee his job.

Using the information provided by Greenbaum -- including the IP address, the time at which the comments were posted, and the Post-Dispatch website's location -- the school was able to identify the computer used to make the post, as well as the commenter who posted the obscene word.

The school employee resigned immediately when confronted by the school's headmaster.

Greenbaum wrote a post about the incident titled, "Post a vulgar comment while you're at work, lose your job."

Numerous readers commented on Greenbaum's post.

The editor quipped to one user (who told Greenbaum, "you guys don't like moderating so you call his work and get him fired"),

@Ghetto: Yeah, you caught me! I made him log on to his computer at work, visit's Talk of the Day, read the item, type a vulgarity and hit the "submit" key.

Interesting perspective. Thanks for your contribution.

What do you think? Was the commenter in the wrong or did Greenbaum cross the line?

School Paper Shut Down for Being Too Honest

Kids were writing stories about teen pregnancy, shoplifting and honor students who drink and do drugs. So did the school call an intervention? No, they shut down the student newspaper. The Stevenson High School paper has long been regarded as one of the most hard hitting in terms of high school journalism. Earlier this year, an issue on “hooking up” disappeared. All three thousand four hundred copies.
The school then called for the communication arts program director to review all articles before they were printed, setting off a barrage of complaints against the district for violating kids’ right to free speech.
Now there will be no speech at all.

more of the story at source

The Horror: Charities Indoctrinates Socialism to The Uninsured. GOP Tells Them To Get Bootstraps.

While Senators Denounce Medicaid, The Uninsured Turn To Charity

The debate over health care reform often takes place in a haze of numbers, cost curves and acronyms. Lamar Alexander lifted the fog for a moment on the Senate floor Saturday evening as the third-ranking Republican lambasted the health care bill for opening up Medicaid to millions more Americans.

The plan, said the Senator from Tennessee, is "arrogant in its dumping of 15 million low-income Americans into a medical ghetto called Medicaid that none of us or any of our families would ever want to be a part of for our health care."

Of course, anybody would take the type of insurance available to a senator and his family over Medicaid. But Medicaid is still better than what's available to millions of Americans: nothing -- except the occasional charity treatment.

A few hours before Alexander's remarks, thousands of Arkansans convened at the Statehouse Convention Center for a mass free health clinic, the first of its kind in Little Rock. The clinic, organized by the National Association of Free Clinics, aimed to serve more than 1,225 Arkansans. As of 5:30 p.m. more than 800 people had been seen by nurses and doctors, according to Nicole Lamoreaux, executive director of the Association.

A majority of those that attended the clinic suffered from chronic conditions, said Kimberly Garner, a family medicine physician in North Little Rock who served as the event's medical director. The most striking thing to Dr. Garner was that many of the people who showed up at the clinic were working steady jobs -- they just couldn't afford health insurance.

"These are people with jobs and with families. They're in that tight squeeze between being unable to afford health insurance while not being eligible for government support."
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Cyber Stalker on Twitter

I'm not sure if this is news (especially since the source is twitter and a blog) or not but I got a warning on my twitter account today about someone I was following and had rt'd once or twice and considering the science buffs on here I thought it relevant.
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Anyone else get messages of twitter stalkers?


Larry Whitfield Found Guilty: Man Blamed For Scaring Grandmother To Death After Running From Bank Robbery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A man will spend the rest of his life in prison after he was found guilty in what prosecutors said was a case of scaring a 79-year-old North Carolina grandmother to death.

Multiple media outlets reported a federal jury found 21-year-old Larry Whitfield not guilty of murder Friday in the death of Mary Parnell last year. But they did find him guilty of causing her death by kidnapping her, and that carries an automatic life sentence.

Prosecutors say Whitfield was looking for somewhere to hide after a failed bank robbery attempt in Gastonia in September 2008 when he broke into Parnell's home. Authorities say Whitfield never touched the grandmother, but she suffered a heart attack when she saw him, and he didn't call for help. According to WCNC, Parnell's husband found her four hours later.

Parnell's son-in-law David Hains spoke to WCNC, "He committed this crime with callous indifference. My mother-in-law had a heart attack right in front of this guy, and he didn't even have the decency to call an ambulance...All he cared about was himself, and he can think about that for the rest of his life in jail."

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Politics meets "2012"

"Saturday Night Live" combined Sarah Palin and the disaster movie "2012" last night to imagine a world in which Palin had won the presidency. They used footage from the '08 race and Palin's recent publicity blitz along with the trailer for the John Cusack post-apocalyptic action film to create a harrowing end-times scenario in which Glenn Beck is one step away from the presidency.


What do you guys think? Btw, was it just me or did the sound cut out towards the end? Exchanged out the embedd vid