November 30th, 2009

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Suspect may be caught or dead

Suspect believed to be in Seattle house, wounded

Published: 11/30/09 2:37 am | Updated: 11/30/09 4:39 am

SEATTLE – Maurice Clemmons is believed to be the person responsible for the shooting deaths of four Lakewood police officers. Police say he is wounded, holed up in a Seattle house and possibly dead.

Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer told reporters that Clemmons has officially been ruled the suspect in the coffee-shop slayings and that several people who led officers to him are in custody.

Troyer said that Clemmons is believed to have been wounded by one of the officers he gunned down and that the wound might be fatal.

Authorities surrounded a house in Seattle early Monday morning and a long standoff has ensued.

Officers tried to negotiate over loud speakers before 10 to 12 gunshots were heard around 2 a.m.

Troyer said that Seattle Police have taken over the search for Clemmons and that there are multiple operations ongoing throughout Pierce and King counties.

Update: Standoff is still taking place and when Troyer talked to GMA he mentioned this:
Suspect told friends to watch the news the night before the shooting because he was going to kill a bunch of cops.

Friends told cops about it after the shooting took place.

Update: Search of house shows no one inside. Cops searching neighboorhood for suspect.

Patrick Stewart: the legacy of domestic violence

My father was, in many ways, a man of discipline, organisation and charisma - a regimental sergeant major no less. One of the very last men to be evacuated from Dunkirk, his third stripe was chalked on to his uniform by an officer when no more senior NCOs were left alive. Parachuted into Crete and Italy, both times under fire, he fought at Monte Casino and was twice mentioned in dispatches. A fellow soldier once told me, "When your father marches on to the parade ground, the birds in the trees stop singing."

In civilian life it was a different story. He was an angry, unhappy and frustrated man who was not able to control his emotions or his hands. As a child I witnessed his repeated violence against my mother, and the terror and misery he caused was such that, if I felt I could have succeeded, I would have killed him. If my mother had attempted it, I would have held him down. For those who struggle to comprehend these feelings in a child, imagine living in an environment of emotional unpredictability, danger and humiliation week after week, year after year, from the age of seven. My childish instinct was to protect my mother, but the man hurting her was my father, whom I respected, admired and feared.

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Chelsea Clinton engaged to marry

Chelsea Clinton has become engaged to marry her long-term boyfriend, a spokesman has confirmed.

Matt McKenna, spokesman for former President Bill Clinton, said Ms Clinton got engaged over last week's Thanksgiving holiday.

She is marrying investment banker Marc Mezvinsky. The engagement was announced in an e-mail to friends.

Ms Clinton, 29, is the only daughter of former President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


That's intriguing. It wasn't too long ago that she was a gangly teenager in the White House and now she's marrying. Time surely does go by quickly Best of luck to the couple.

This one Foreign Policy Expert is, like, totally freaking mad at Obama!

That's right Meghan, give him hell! We all know that you're perfectly qualified to have any opinion on this.

With her brother home from deployment, Meghan McCain on the horrors soldiers face there and her frustration at the president should he—as expected—send fewer than the 40,000 troops General Stanley McChrystal has requested.

Let me be frank—I am angry. I am angry and frustrated, in a way I haven’t been in a long time. During the election, I remember the biggest fear I had about an Obama presidency was his lack of experience in foreign policy and specifically with the military. (Even as recently as two weeks ago, he showed astonishing insensitivity and naïveté when he joked with soldiers in Korea, “you guys make a pretty good photo-op”).

As the fighting in Afghanistan continues to escalate, I can’t help but believe that soldiers are being left behind both by this administration and the media. The media has seemingly lost interest in these wars and doesn’t give them the proper coverage they deserve. On the same day CNN was producing news breaks about my cleavage in a Twitter picture, 14 soldiers had just died in Afghanistan. As Obama stalls and hesitates to make decisions, these soldiers in Afghanistan are not being given the support they need. General Stanley McChrystal and other military leaders have asked for an additional 40,000 troops to expand the fighting in Afghanistan. And this Tuesday, President Obama will lay out his plans for the region.

I am asking the American public to put the pressure on the president and this administration to provide the troops General McChrystal is asking for, because if the intelligence is denied, the consequences will be insurmountable. This country needs to send a message to both our own military and the rest of the world that we will complete the mission we started.

In the meantime, soldiers are being done a great disservice by not receiving the support they need. I don’t know what it is going to take to make the administration and the media wake up, but I hope President Obama fully supports our troops in his speech on Tuesday. Because in the meantime people continue to die, or have their legs blown off, or their bodies burned in a war in which they aren’t being given the opportunity to fight with all the required manpower.
As my father used to say during the election, “let them win.” President Obama, I am asking you to give this military full support and the troop numbers they are asking for. And anything less than 40,000 is a failure.

Let them win, Mr. President.

the source of this stupid ass rant

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Washington Times Runs Anti-Obama Birther Ad Featuring Racial Undertones

This latest national edition of the Washington Times features a full-page ad that claims that President Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States. The ad was purchased by the anti-Obama website While the group has placed several birther ads in the Washington Times in recent months, the version that ran this morning contains far more inflammatory imagery — three monkeys, apparently intended to represent the U.S. Congress, courts, and the media:

The hardly intelligible ad copy claims that under a 60-year-old British law, President Obama is a citizen of Britain and “is currently also a British protected person and/or a British citizen to this day.” The Center for American Progress’ Ian Millhiser points out that if this rule were actually applied to the presidency, every foreign nation would have the power to remove the President of the United States simply by granting the president citizenship.

The website promoted by the ad is run by Charles F. Kerchner, Jr., a plaintiff in a birther lawsuit filed against President Obama in New Jersey.

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Usual Suspects: On Completing the Washington Post’s Next Great American Pundit Contest

By Courtney E. Martin

The writer made it to the final stages as a contender for coveted space in the pages of one of the nation’s premier newspapers—and learned just how far we are from gaining equal access in public discourse.

November 25, 2009

The three of us—Zeba Khan, Kevin Huffman, and me—sat side-by-side on tall chairs, poised to tape the video segment of the Washington Post’s (WaPo) Next Great American Pundit Contest. The shoot was set up on a large vacant floor of the WaPo’s Arlington office, a dusty ping-pong table and cluster of empty cubicles nearby, symbolizing the slow death of newspapers. The contest itself was the most obvious symbol: adapt a reality TV show model—complete with competition, immunity, and callous judging—to the op-ed pages and hope you boost readership among a public more likely to watch has-been Hollywood try to fox trot than they are to subscribe to a newspaper.

But perhaps the most interesting symbol could be found in the body language of the three remaining contestants (winnowed down from 4,800 submissions, then 10 final competitors). Watching the tape of the segment, I saw both Zeba and me perched on the tall chairs, our long legs crossed and hands in our laps. Kevin, in contrast, sat legs wide, hands touching in a presidential gesture, spouting off his recommendations for the GOP in 2012 in his boxy, navy suit.

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Cultists behind anti-homosexual Ugandan law

Edit: I was poking around CultInsider again and it turns out they issued a retraction and revised the article. There's a "The Family International" aka the Children of God that does the Flirty Fishing crap, and a "The Family" aka The Fellowship that has terrifying amounts of political influence. The latter has been linked to the proposed law in Uganda; the former has not. Apologies to the mods and to the community -- I should have looked into this more carefully before I submitted it.


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LOL Activism done right

Chris Pesto, a junior drama major at Syracuse University, felt uncomfortable when he saw Open-Air Campaigner evangelist Michelle Deferio standing on campus with her anti-gay sign, so he decided to create a bit of his own drama:

Writes Pesto: "This woman was wearing a ankle-length corduroy skirt, which, as we all know, is a fashion nono. So, in order to make her feel uncomfortable, I stood next to her and held a sign that said Corduroy skirts are a sin! I don’t think I have ever drawn so much attention in my life. SO many people asked to take a picture with me, I got laughs, high fives and there were the few that even cursed off the woman standing behind me. As I drew interest to what was going on with myself and the woman with the hateful sign, I started to draw a crowd that stood with me in support. Before I knew it I had 100+ people holding signs for gay rights asking people to honk their horns to support. I was interviewed by a news station, and more than 5 student organization papers, and the post standard of syracuse."


LOL, you go glenn coco
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What have you done, Huckleberry, what have you done.

Huckabee: Justice system 'failed miserably' with Clemmons

Mike Huckabee took to the radio airwaves Monday to explain why, as governor of Arkansas in 2000, he commuted the nearly 100-year prison sentence of Maurice Clemmons, the man suspected of murdering four police officers in Washington state.

Clemmons was sentenced to 95 years in prison in 1989 for a host of charges, including robberies, burglaries, thefts and bringing a gun to school. Huckabee cited Clemmons' young age - 17 at the time of his sentencing - when he announced his decision to commute the sentence, according to newspaper articles. Clemmons was paroled in August 2000, after 11 years in prison.

On the Monday morning episode of "The Huckabee Report" - the Republican's daily radio commentary - he pointed to "a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington state" as the reason Clemmons was allowed to re-enter society. Repeating what he said in a statement released Sunday night, Huckabee noted that the Arkansas parole board granted Clemmons' parole after he received the commutation.

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This is an ONTP_P news item right here - GOOGLE WAVE being used to track down killer!

Another Google Wave Use: Manhunt
by MG Siegler on November 30, 2009

Apparently, like everyone else, the Seattle Times is very interested in trying to figure out what to actually use Google Wave for. But while most are trying to use it for either fun, realtime chats, movie reenactments, or inner-business workings, the Seattle Times have tasked Wave with a larger goal: Catching a killer.
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I find this interesting because I just got my google wave. I wonder when Congress will try their hand at it. Might be interesting to see what their waves would look like.

For those not in the know about what GOOGLE WAVE is,

P.S. word to the wise don't hit the playback button.

Honduras, chapter 56665

Honduras president must convince world of legitimate vote

TEGUCIGALPA — Newly elected Honduran president Porfirio Lobo faced the challenge Monday of convincing backers of ousted president Manuel Zelaya, and the world, that his election was legitimate.

Lobo became the third leader at play in the deep turmoil set off by the June 28 coup after claiming victory in Sunday's elections, which took place under a de facto regime criticized for its heavy-handed control of dissent.

Zelaya, who has been holed up in the Brazilian embassy since secretly returning in September, had called for a boycott of the polls which he said would legitimize the coup.

His rival, de facto leader Roberto Micheletti, hailed the elections, in which neither Zelaya nor Micheletti took part, and officials were quick to claim the vote a success.

The international community, which was once united in condemnation of the coup, was deeply split over how to react to the poll result.

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If anybody is wondering why so many leaders are not recognizing the results, this could be helpful. The turnout is really important for this discussion but it won't be known for a while.

Gay marriage in Buenos Aires, capítulo dos

Argentine judge stops gay marriage

A judge in Argentina has overturned a ruling that would have allowed the first gay marriage in Latin America.

Judge Marta Gomez Alsina, in the capital Buenos Aires, ordered Tuesday's planned wedding of Alejandro Freyre and Jose Maria Di Bello suspended.

The court website said she had ordered the wedding blocked until the issue could be resolved by the Supreme Court.

The couple were granted permission to marry after successfully appealing against an earlier ruling.

But despite the last minute setback, their lawyer said they would still try to go ahead with the ceremony, AP news agency reported.

Maria Rachid said that the new ruling should not overturn the decision to let them marry.

The marriage had been scheduled at the Beruti registry office in the Palermo district of Buenos Aires.

The Argentine capital became the first city in Latin America to approve civil unions for gay couples in 2002.

However, the move has led to much legal and religious wrangling in Argentina.


For those of you who don't remember the story, here it is.

Rightwingers Actually Supporting Ban on Divorces!

California Divorce Ban Movement Underway, Led By John Marcotte

Til death do us part? The vow would really hold true in California if a Sacramento Web designer gets his way.

In a movement that seems ripped from the pages of Comedy Channel writers, John Marcotte wants to put a measure on the ballot next year to ban divorce in California.

The effort is meant to be a satirical statement after California voters outlawed gay marriage in 2008, largely on the argument that a ban is needed to protect the sanctity of traditional marriage. If that's the case, then Marcotte reasons voters should have no problem banning divorce.

"Since California has decided to protect traditional marriage, I think it would be hypocritical of us not to sacrifice some of our own rights to protect traditional marriage even more," the 38-year-old married father of two said.

Marcotte said he has collected dozens of signatures, including one from his wife of seven years. The initiative's Facebook fans have swelled to more than 11,000. Volunteers that include gay activists and members of a local comedy troupe have signed on to help.

Marcotte is looking into whether he can gather signatures online, as proponents are doing for another proposed 2010 initiative to repeal the gay marriage ban. But the odds are stacked against a campaign funded primarily by the sale of $12 T-shirts featuring bride and groom stick figures chained at the wrists.

Marcotte needs 694,354 valid signatures by March 22, a high hurdle in a state where the typical petition drive costs millions of dollars. Even if his proposed constitutional amendment made next year's ballot, it's not clear how voters would react.

Nationwide, about half of all marriages end in divorce.

Not surprisingly, Marcotte's campaign to make divorce in California illegal has divided those involved in last year's campaign for and against Proposition 8.
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Did Bush Let Bin Laden Get Away So He Could Wage War With Iraq?

Rep. Hinchey: Bush Administration 'Intentionally Let bin Laden Get Away' In Order To Justify Iraq War

On Monday afternoon, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-New York) told MSNBC host David Shuster that the Bush administration "intentionally let bin Laden get away" in order to justify the Iraq war.

Hinchey is from a historically Republican district (though it includes Democrat-heavy in places like Woodstock and Ithaca) and his statement seemed to shock Shuster.

"Look what happened. Look what happened with regard to our invasion into Afghanistan. How we apparently intentionally let bin Laden get away. How we intentionally did not follow the Taliban and al Qaeda."

Hinchey alleged that bin Laden was let go because "the previous administration... knew very well that if they would capture al Qaeda there would be no justification for an invasion in Iraq."

Shuster, incredulous, pushed back: "You really believe that?"

"Oh, there's no question about that because the leader of the military operation in the United States called back our military, called them back from going after the head of al Qaeda because there was a sense that they didn't want to capture him."

Shuster began talking over Hinchey: "You can accuse them of malfeasance, you can accuse them of dropping the ball, of having an awful plan, and all of them would be justified, but to suggest that they would deliberately let, deliberately let Osama bin Laden get away so they could justify the war in Iraq... That will strike a lot of people as crazy."

Hinchey leaned back and smiled wrily. "I don't think it'll strike a lot of people as crazy. I think it'll strike a lot of people as very accurate."


O'Reilly Declares Huckabee Blameless. Scapegoats to Be Rounded Up.

O'Reilly To Huckabee For Commuting Suspected Cop Killer's Sentence: "It's Not Your Fault, Governor" (VIDEO)

On Monday night, former Governor Mike Huckabee went on BIll O'Reilly's show to discuss the clemency he granted nearly a decade ago to Maurice Clemmons -- now a suspect in the fatal shooting of four police officers.

Although many conservative bloggers hammered Huckabee for commuting Clemmons, O'Reilly was forgiving. After thanking Huckabee for "being a stand-up guy," O'Reilly went on to offer Huckabee a pardon: the cop killings were "not your fault, governor."

Transcript and video below:

O'REILLY: Thanks for being a stand-up guy, Governor. A lot of people want an explanation. This is a bad hombre, and you let him out. Why?

HUCKABEE: Well, Bill, first of all -- the tragedy of this -- if I could have known 9 years ago this guy was capable of something of this magnitude, obviously I would have never granted the commutation.

It's sickening. The two people I value most in this country are soldiers and police officers, because they're the only things standing between our freedom and total anarchy. And in the case of this particular individual -- he was sentenced to 108 years for two crimes when he was 16. The post-prison transfer board -- I'll be very brief about this, but to understand -- they recommended to me as governor for his commutation, which didn't release him. It simply cut his sentence to 47 years. That would give him parole eligibility.

That was the commutation. I'm responsible for that. And it's not something I'm happy about, at this particular moment.

O'REILLY: Now did you study it...

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