January 10th, 2010
Life is hard for men, now. Their masculinity has been taken away, apparently, since women got equal rights and all. Women are - *gasp* - equal! Can decide what they want to do! The horror!
Dockers introduces new campaign: Real Men Wear the Pants.
And if that doesn't make you angry enough, check out some of the comments on the facebook page.
I'm sorry, I missed the memo where we went back to the 1950s. I thought this was 2010.
Lottery officials said Rob Anderson and his wife, Tuesday, were winners of the largest jackpot in the state's history.
On Wednesday the couple was introduced at the state lottery headquarters in Louisville. The Andersons said they didn't initially believe they had won the $128.6 million jackpot after buying lottery tickets together for 12 years.
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Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid apologized on Saturday for saying Barack Obama should seek — and could win — the White House because Obama was a "light skinned" African-American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
Obama quickly accepted, saying "As far as I am concerned, the book is closed."
Reid made the comments in private during the long 2008 campaign, according to a new book about that election, which elevated Obama from first-term Illinois senator to the first black president.
After excerpts from the book appeared on the Web site of The Atlantic, Reid released a statement expressing regret for "using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments."
Obama issued a statement saying he had spoken with Reid, who faces a difficult re-election amid frustration from both liberals and conservatives with his leadership in the Senate and his agenda. For Reid, trailing in polls, the comments can't help, even as Obama relies heavily on him to try to pass a health care overhaul.
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So we're "African Americans" in public, but "negros" in private, eh?
Yeah, I got nothin', other than it's time for you to go, Mr. Reid, and for many, many reasons.
In fact, if Thomas Jefferson were around today, the chairman of the Cato Institute says that he'd likely be in favor of gay marriage. Why? Because the principles behind legal gay marriage are on full display in the Declaration of Independence.
"Thomas Jefferson set the stage in the Declaration of Independence: '[T]o secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men,'" writes Robert Levy, who has chaired the Cato Institute for the past two years. "The primary purpose of government is to safeguard individual rights and prevent some persons from harming others. Heterosexuals should not be treated preferentially when the state carries out that role. And no one is harmed by the union of two consenting gay people."
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Michael Steele called on Sunday for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to step down for racially insensitive comments, even as the RNC Chairman brushed aside talk that he should resign for using an epithet of his own.
Appearing on "Fox News Sunday", Steele condemned Reid for calling then-presidential candidate Barack Obama "light-skinned" and "with no Negro dialect" in private conversations during the campaign. The remarks, Steele stressed, were just as contemptuous as those made by former Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who once praised Strom Thurmond's segregationist presidential candidacy. And, as such, Reid (like Lott) should be forced to resign from his leadership post.
"I think he should," said Steele. "There is a standard where Democrats think they can say these things and apologize when it comes from the mouth of their own. But if it comes from anyone else, it's racism. It's either racist or it's not. And it's inappropriate, absolutely. So if the standard is the one we saw with Trent Lott as leader at the time, then I think this absolutely falls in that category here. ... Remember, this is the same leader who just a few weeks ago was talking about health care in the context of slavery. Clearly he is out of touch."
The follow-up question to Steele's statement was obvious from the onset. The RNC Chairman, this past week, had been chastised by members of both parties for using the phrase "Honest Injun" to tout the Republican party's platform. Combined with other gaffes, was this too grounds for resignation?
"No, absolutely not," he said. "Why should I Chris [Wallace]? I'm pushing the ball. I'm raising the money. I'm winning elections. I have got the base fired up."
"If [the comment] is [offensive] I apologize for it," he added. "I wasn't intending to say a racial slur at all. The reality is that's not the same as what we were talking about before."
Steele, of course, has had more flare-ups this past week then just the "Honest Injun" remark. And Wallace pressed him to address several others, including news that he was doing a book tour with the knowledge of his own staff and predictions that the GOP wasn't ready to win or govern the House of Representatives.
"There is too much focus on me because that's what Washington wants to focus on," Steele confessed. "I'm very passionate about what I do. I'm very passionate about winning. ... So I bring that to the table. And yeah, I get a little bit hot headed."
Less than a week after proclaiming that the Republican Party not only wasn't ready to take back power in Congress but wasn't really in a position to govern, RNC Chairman Michael Steele has fully reversed course.
"Absolutely, absolutely," we will take back power, Steele proclaimed on NBC's "Meet the Press." "The rate we are going now, the ground game we are putting in place, we absolutely can take the Congress back this year. There will not be a 60-seat majority for the Democrats come January next year. There is parity that is going to be created, and Republicans are going to create that parity."
The optimism, of course, is the line Steele should have struck from the beginning, even if the RNC Chair (in his earlier remarks to Fox News' Sean Hannity) was simply offering an honest reading of the tea leaves. Steele's initial statement that the GOP wasn't ready to lead put other party officials and committees in a defensive, if not awkward position -- forced to convey to perspective donors and candidates that they actually didn't share the sentiments of the chairman of the RNC.
In the following days, Steele declined to back away from the remark, telling talk show host Dennis Miller: "I'm sorry if Washington hates my pragmatism." Now, it seems, he's simply moving to a new script.
This past week, Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC) announced his intention to update and reintroduce the Stop Terrorists Entry Program Act (STEP) that would prohibit “the admission of aliens from countries designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism as well as Yemen to the United States.” Barrett originally introduced the legislation back in 2003 and believes recent events have created an even greater need to “secure America” by amending the Immigration and Nationality Act to ban immigrants from Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Yemen and Syria from ever stepping foot in the U.S.:
While President Obama may have declared an end to the War on Terror, it is clear our enemies did not get the message. Twice in the past two months, radical Islamic terrorists have attacked our nation and the Administration has failed to adapt its national security and immigration policies to counter the renewed resolve of those who seek to harm our citizens…In light of these unfortunate facts, I intend to introduce legislation that will enhance our national security through common sense changes to our current immigration laws. The STEP Act of 2010 bars the admission of aliens from countries designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism [...]However, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) points out that neither alleged Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan nor Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who has been charged with trying to detonate a bomb on a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day, would’ve been “affected in the slightest” by Barrett’s proposed bill. NIAC has launched a national campaign against the bill, which it describes as “offensive to American principles, harmful to US interests,” and discriminatory. Barrett is currently running for governor of South Carolina and was recently criticized for missing more than one-third of all votes taken in 2009, “by far the highest number among all members.”
John Pérez became California's first openly gay Assembly speaker the other day, but it happened without the usual unanimous voice acclamation of the house that past speakers have enjoyed.
Apparently, conservative bloggers raised such a ruckus over voting for "one of them" that Republicans declined to participate in the ceremonial, bipartisan "best of luck" voice vote.
Whether "one of them" meant voting for a Democrat or someone gay was never stated, but from the looks of things, the message was received.
The Republican Assembly members, however, had no problem joining in a standing ovation for Pérez.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican Party chief called on Senator Harry Reid on Sunday to step down as Senate majority leader over racial comments about President Barack Obama, while Democrats tried to put the issue behind them.
Reid, a key figure in pushing Obama's agenda through Congress, apologized to the president on Saturday over remarks published in a new book calling Obama a "light-skinned" black man "with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one."
Both Obama and Reid are Democrats.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Reid should step aside as Senate majority leader, saying if a Republican made the same remarks Democrats would be "screaming for his head."
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday ordered to construct a fence at a cost of NIS 1.5 billion along two segments of Israel's border with Egypt, in an attempt to stem the infiltration of migrant workers as well as of terrorist elements into Israel.
"I took the decision to close Israel's southern border to infiltrators and terrorists. This is a strategic decision to secure Israel's Jewish and democratic character," Netanyahu said in a statement.
Thousands of African and other migrants have come to Israel through its porous border with Egypt over the last few years.
Netanyahu said Israel would "remain open to refugees" from conflict zones but added, "we cannot let tens of thousands of illegal workers infiltrate into Israel through the southern border and inundate our country with illegal aliens."
The barrier will not be erected along the whole border, and advanced surveillance equipment will help border control officers to spot infiltrators.
Two segments will be built in the plan's first phase, one near the southern city of Eilat and the other near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.
The Defense Ministry's NIS 1.5 billion plan was favored over a NIS 2.2 billion plan to erect the fence presented by the National Roads Company of Israel.
Egyptian police have stepped up efforts in recent months to control the frontier with Israel following an increase in human trafficking through Egypt. At least 17 migrants have been killed by Egyptian police since May.
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by Joshua Holland
The other day I made fun of a very unserious Ed Koch calling for racial profiling based on the "hundreds of millions" of Islamic terrorists that apparently inhabit his feverish mind.
Today, there's some serious analysis of Islamic terrorism in the Washington Post. And with it comes a clear conclusion: racial profiling is a direct threat to our national security -- it can get Americans killed in terror attacks. Let's not be equivocal about it.
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"A date which will live in infamy."
That's how President Franklin Roosevelt immortalized Dec. 7, 1941, the day Japanese forces stunned the U.S. with a sudden attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, prompting the U.S. to jump into the Second World War.
Just don't expect to find any mention of that on your calendar this year.
Nearly seven decades after the onslaught, many U.S. calendars produced by American companies are ignoring Pearl Harbor Day, and are displaying instead the Islamic New Year on Dec. 7.
Even calendars promoting the Holy Bible take note of the Muslim observance, while completely omitting the day on which more than 2,000 Americans lost their lives in the surprise attack.
"I have a Psalms calendar, which has a Bible verse on each month's picture, made by BrownTrout Publishers, Inc., and it also has Dec. 7 as the Islamic New Year. No mention of Pearl Harbor Day," said Donna Brandt of Marshalltown, Iowa. "I am incensed and will be giving the BrownTrout Publishers a piece of my mind! Thank you for calling my attention to this blasphemy."
There they go again, trying to remake America! Put Ronald Reagan on your car or in your office and fight the socialist nightmare before it kills the American dream!
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ROME (Reuters) - Hundreds of African immigrants have been evacuated from a southern Italian town, authorities said on Sunday, following some of the worst racial violence in Italy since World War Two.
The evacuation followed three days of clashes in the southern Calabrian town of Rosarno, which began when some local residents began attacking immigrants who responded by rioting.
At least 53 people, including 18 policeman, were injured in the unrest in the town, located in Italy's southwestern toe.
Authorities moved more than 1,000 people, mostly illegal temporary workers from sub-Saharan Africa to immigrant centres around Italy in an operation that lasted from Saturday through to the early hours of Sunday.
Even workers with regular residence permits left the town to escape a climate that one political commentator compared to the 1960s Ku Klux Klan racial violence in the United States.
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By Penny McLintock and Elizabeth Byrne
The Bureau of Meteorology says figures showing Australia has experienced its hottest decade since records began in 1910 are clear evidence of climate change.
The Bureau's annual report has found the average temperature over the past 10 years was 0.48 degrees Celsius above average.
Climatologist David Jones says each decade since the 1940s has been warmer than the previous one.
And he has warned that this year is set to be even hotter, with temperatures likely to be between 0.5 and 1 degrees above average.
"There's no doubt about global warming, the planet's been warming now for most of the last century," he said.
"Occasionally it takes a breather, during La Nina events for example.
"But we're getting these increasingly warm temperatures - not just for Australia but globally - and climate change, global warming is clearly continuing.
"We're in the latter stages of an El Nino event in the Pacific Ocean and what that means for Australian and global temperatures is that 2010 is likely to be another very warm year - perhaps even the warmest on record."
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Something to mention to people who say "But it's so cold! Global warming can't be real!!" It's currently 43C (109F) here in Adelaide, and it's not getting cooler any time soon. The past two years we've had record breaking heatwaves in March; in 2009 it was 16 consecutive days over 35C (95F). Ugh.
Rep. Christine Johnson is not embarrassed to say it: She is moving a lounging sofa into her office for needed breaks this legislative session, and she will be carrying snacks with her around the Capitol.
The lesbian lawmaker, a Salt Lake City Democrat, is 16 weeks pregnant, carrying a baby for two gay men (a first, no doubt, for a Utah legislator).
In April, Johnson offered to be a surrogate for the Salt Lake County couple, her close friends, after they expressed frustration with the difficulty of adopting a child in Utah. State law forbids cohabiting, unmarried couples from adopting. But some gay couples venture to other states or try to adopt in Utah as single parents.
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It all began with an accident between a motorcycle and a truck carrying bulls on a highway outside of Belo Horizonte, northwest of Rio de Janeiro. Many bulls were released onto the road after the incident, according to a report from Globo.
When police arrived to the scene, they soon found the "situation with the roaming cattle had became uncontrollable," and opted to use their firearms on at least one unlucky bull. A spokesman for the Federal Highway Police claims the use of lethal force was justified, believing that "the animals loose on the road would cause more accidents."
Prior to opening fire, the officer received permission to shoot from the owner of the livestock.
UIPA's lawyer, Vanice Orlandi, believes the officer's killing of the animal was unjustified, reiterating the non-lethal options available for removing the bulls from the highway. "He had other means to prevent accidents. Could stop traffic and start the Center for Zoonosis Control, which is also able to rescue goats, horses and cattle," said Orlandi.
It was a lack of preparation, a total lack of sensitivity and respect for animals, because the police had other means to clear the roadway. This animal was slaughtered in cold blood, so cruel. There is a law that guarantees a quick death to an animal whose elimination is necessary, but not how the police know to do. The animal was a victim twice. What's more cruel? Transport, which requires the animal to travel for weeks? He ended up dead under those conditions.
Livestock in the roadway is the fifth leading cause of vehicle accidents in Brazil, and even surpasses the number of alcohol related incidents. Still, according to the report, there is no training or a specific determination on how cattle should be cleared from the roadway, and that police should try to remove the animals as quickly as possible to prevent major accidents. But could that really mean shooting them in the face with a pistol?
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Glenn Beck was on The O'reilly Factor this week, and had a talk with Bill about the so called 'patterns' (?) involving people who wanted destroy him, while also revealing that he wanted to "discredit the discreditors" as an important distraction for... Something. Bill then declared that it was 'over' for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and that they had 'no outlets', whatever that meant. It looked like some sort of ego-boost trip for them both. Just watch it here on Fox News homepage: http://www.foxnews.com/search-results/m/28270584/beck-fights-back.htm#q=jon+stewart (Don't know how to embed).
If this has already been posted, sorry.
The Rev Ian Paisley is "beyond fury" following revelations about the behaviour of Peter and Iris Robinson, sources have told the Sunday Tribune.
The former DUP leader is deeply saddened by fears that the party he founded, and led for 37 years, could face heavy electoral losses if urgent action isn't taken.
It is understood that Paisley, as a family man, is appalled that Iris Robinson had an affair with a teenager she had known from the age of nine and who was in an emotionally vulnerable position following his father's death.
Meanwhile, it emerged this weekend that Iris Robinson also had an affair with 19-year-old Kirk McCambley's father, a butcher who died from cancer. She had another affair with a fellow DUP member in the 1980s which was witnessed by the security forces.
Paisley is understood to share the feelings of many people across Northern Ireland that the DUP vote could collapse in May's Westminster election. While the majority of DUP MPs still publicly support Peter Robinson, a growing number of senior colleagues have grave doubts about his future.
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Source: Sunday Tribune
This just gets better and better... C:
ETA (ty, benjersthefish): Apparently she's been sectioned now (or is "receiving acute psychiatric treatment" according to the Beeb).
This seemed to be a national pissing contest, and those who lose out because of these games will be EVERYONE.
CHINA has no regrets over its abrasive negotiating tactics at Copenhagen, saying the ''key lesson'' rich countries should take from the conference is that China cannot be pushed around.
In the first detailed, post-Copenhagen interview with the Western media by a Chinese official, climate change ambassador Yu Qingtai told The Age that the summit was ''a step in the right direction''.
But he repeatedly accused rich countries of ganging up on China.
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Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he's "blacker than Barack Obama" and tells Esquire magazine that he was a real person in a political arena dominated by phonies.
Blagojevich, referring to the president as "this guy," says Obama was elected based simply on hope.
"What the (expletive)? Everything he's saying's on the teleprompter," Blagojevich told the magazine for a story in its February issue, which hits newsstands Jan. 19.
"I'm blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived," Blagojevich said. "I saw it all growing up."
The White House refused to comment.
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