January 19th, 2010

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Fox adds a brunette to blonde weaponry against the President


Fox adds a brunette to blonde weaponry against the President
January 18, 2010

There are so many blonde women on the Fox News Channel that I ploughed through the channel's website to get the exact number. Thirty-five. It means that of the 53 women who appear regularly on air for Fox, an unnaturally large proportion - two-thirds - are blonde or near-blonde. Even the non-blondes on Fox News are unmistakably Fox News, because almost all come with the same chiselled chin-lines, big hair, radioactive lip gloss and glowing conservatism.

Fox News, the most profitable, most copied, most opinionated major news network in the world, has reinvented TV news by becoming Foxy News.

But this column is not about blondes, lip gloss or even glamour. It begins with the superficial because the superficial is important in this story, which is about the exercise of power. It is about the obliteration of the old lines - you could say the Botoxing - between news and opinion, objectivity and partisanship, celebrity and journalism, honesty and horse manure.

The narrative begins a year ago, January 20, 2009, the day Senator Barack Obama was inaugurated as President of the United States. On Wednesday, he celebrates his first anniversary as President. It will be a hard day. Fox News will attempt to make it harder.

Obama's arrival in the White House coincided with disasters beyond his control. Even though his first year has been spent in a state of ambitious hyperactivity and crisis-management, the glittering charisma that swept him to power has become increasingly pale and irrelevant. His approval poll ratings have sunk from euphoric to sceptical.

The US debt mountain, to which the Obama Administration is greatly adding, is ominous. The interest burden alone, almost 13 per cent of federal revenues, is bigger than most government programs. By next year national public debt will have almost doubled in three years, approaching 100 per cent of gross national product. This has never happened in peacetime. The debt mountain is casting a shadow as dark as the 10 per cent unemployment rate, which itself is understated.

Obama's anniversary will thus be marked by a furious political struggle in Massachusetts, where the President is making a last-minute dash. He is trying to save the special election tomorrow (US time) to fill the Senate seat of the late Ted Kennedy. Massachusetts is bedrock blue-ribbon Democratic. But even here the Democrats are in trouble.

Defeat in Massachusetts, after defeat and large swings against the Democrats in the two recent governor races, in Virginia and New Jersey, would foreshadow an electoral disaster for the Democrats if the economy does not turn around. In the November mid-term elections, they could lose their comfortable majorities in the House of Reps and even the Senate. This was inconceivable a year ago, when Obamamania gripped Washington.

Fox News will do everything in its power to ensure this is exactly what happens.

Since Obama became President, the network has become even more fervently pro-Republican. It got rid of its single Democrat anchor, Alan Colmes.

It hired Glenn Beck, the closest thing US politics has to a TV evangelist, who preaches into the camera about America's descent into debt and socialism. It hired one of last year's Republican presidential contenders, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, as an anchor and commentator.

Every day, in every way, before an ever-growing audience, Fox News beats the drum of ''socialism''. It is portraying Obama as a two-faced ideologue who is doing dirty deals to get his sweeping left-wing, big-government agenda through Congress, bankrupting the nation in the process.

In this context, last week's announcement that Fox News had hired the former governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, was significant. She is the most glamorous, high-profile Republican woman in America.

Did I mention chiselled chin-lines, big hair, radioactive lip gloss and glowing conservatism?

It also means Palin has a new patron: Rupert Murdoch. The publishing arm of Murdoch's News Corp media conglomerate, HarperCollins, is her publisher. The Fox News Channel, another arm of News Corp, is her employer.

Palin is using her perch on Fox to campaign rather than analyse, which merely accelerates the network's obliteration of the divisions between news, entertainment and partisanship.

In the process, Murdoch has also become the greatest patron of the Republican Party. Fox News, not the Republicans, is the leader of the opposition in America. Its most prominent and combative anchors, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck, fomented the grassroots upswelling against the Obama Administration. The Republicans have been following Fox News, not the other way round.

Palin was hired by Roger Ailes, the president of Fox News Channel, and the brilliant media impresario who created the network. He would not be thrilled by Palin's first week at Fox. She was vacuous, saying nothing, at length.

She can only get better, and she has an adoring following among blue-collar white voters. Her memoir, Going Rogue, about her sudden emergence as the Republican candidate for vice-president last year, sold 300,000 copies on its first day in November. The print run has been extended to 2.5 million copies. Going Rogue was the biggest selling non-fiction book in America last year.

And Palin is a brunette. Since I first checked the blonde quota on Foxy News in 2008, it has declined modestly from 73 per cent to 66 per cent. Perhaps this is Fox News Channel's idea of becoming more ''fair and balanced'', the phrase the network uses to define itself, without irony, despite the patent and increasing absurdity of the claim.

Nothing about Fox News that I haven't heard before, but the blonde quota idea interests me. No sinister secret that Murdoch should own Fox and HarperCollins, since he owns everything. Also, I'm now attuned to the radioactive lipgloss on the lips of every female news anchor I see. It's the new frozen hairdo.

Daily Show: "Democrats Are Their Own Worst Enemy"

Jon Stewart Gets Fed Up: Dems Set The Bar So Low They're Tripping Over It (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart took on the race for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat last night, taking jabs at the Democrats in the process. Upon hearing that Republican candidate Scott Brown was leading the polls, Stewart was dumbfounded that the Kennedy legacy could be lost to "a naked guy who owns a truck."

Confounding him even more were the actions of Democratic candidate Martha Coakley, who has made a series of gaffs in her campaign and few attempts to be likable. After running the down the series of insults she's made to Boston, Stewart jokingly added: "Coakley went into the bar in 'Cheers,' and didn't know anybody's name."

But what irked Stewart the most was the mindset among Democrats that if they lose this seat, they'll lose their chance of passing health care reform. Reaching his breaking point, Stewart detailed the ridiculous logic:

"If this lady loses, the health care reform bill that the beloved late senator considered his legacy, will die. And the reason it will die... is because if Coakley loses, Democrats will only have an 18 vote majority in the Senate, which is more than George W. Bush ever had in the Senate when did whatever the fuck he wanted to."

After explaining more of the Democrats inability to defeat the Republicans' strategies, he closed, saying:

"It's not that the Democrats are playing checkers and the Republicans are playing chess. It's that the Republicans are playing chess and the Democrats are in the nurse's office because once again they glued their balls to their thighs."


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UN General Assembly President calls homosexuality "unnacceptable"

The newly-installed president of the United Nations General Assembly, Ali Abdussalam Treki, has said that homosexuality is "not really acceptable".

Treki, who is the Libyan secretary of African Union Affairs, opened the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly Friday with a press conference.

One question concerned the UN resolution which calls for the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.

In reply, Treki said: "That matter is very sensitive, very touchy. As a Muslim, I am not in favour of it . . . it is not accepted by the majority of countries. My opinion is not in favour of this matter at all. I think it's not really acceptable by our religion, our tradition.

“It is not acceptable in the majority of the world. And there are some countries that allow that, thinking it is a kind of democracy . . . I think it is not,” he added.

The ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs committee, Florida's Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, told On Top Magazine: "The anti-gay bigotry spewed by this Qaddafi shill demonstrates once again that the UN has been hijacked by advocates of hate and intolerance."


GOP Cant Still Figure Out The Tea Party

'Tea party' activists feel slighted by GOP

Just when the Republican Party appears poised for big pickups in the 2010 midterm elections, a ragtag band of grass-roots conservatives millions strong and fiercely motivated, but with no national leader, threatens to split the Grand Old Party in two.

Leading figures in the burgeoning "tea party" movement complain they are being ignored by the Republican National Committee, despite having already shown their clout in taking down moderate Republicans in a New York special House race and the Florida Republican Party hierarchy.

"I have called into the RNC many times, and they still haven't called me back," said Dale Robertson, head of TeaParty.org, which he claims has upwards of 7 million members. "I've called them, lots of times. I called them this morning. I called them yesterday. It's like they ignore you as they try to figure out a strategy on how to defeat you."

Several other tea party activists talked of a similar lack of communication, despite an NBC-Wall Street Journal survey last month that just 28 percent of voters had a positive view of Republicans, compared with 35 percent for Democrats and 41 percent who report positive feelings about the tea party movement.

"It's important for Republicans to recognize they can only be a majority if they find a way to absorb the tea party movement and absorb the anger against Washington and against big government," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told The Washington Times. "That's the only way the Republicans can prosper in the next few years."
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Cao Could Kill Senate Version of Health Care

The Lone Republican: Cao Likely to Oppose Health Care on Final Vote

If Democrat Martha Coakley loses today’s special Senate election in Massachusetts, some White House and Senate aides have determined that getting the House to pass the Senate health care bill unchanged is their last best hope for victory on President Barack Obama’s signature issue.

If so, the president is likely to lose the one vestige of bipartisanship on the health care issue. Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao of Louisiana, the lone Republican vote for the health care overhaul on either end of the Capitol, will not vote for the Senate bill, Cao spokeswoman Princella Smith said this morning. The language roping federal funds away from abortion services is not sufficient.

“It’s a complete deal breaker with him if there’s not sufficient language to protect the lives of the unborn,” said Smith, citing her boss’s beliefs, his training as a Catholic priest and his role as adviser to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “The Senate version does not have that sufficient language."
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Court: Palestinian persecuted for homosexuality can stay in Israel

In an unusual ruling, the High Court of Justice ordered the state late last week to evaluate the degree to which the life of a young Palestinian is at risk, in part because of his sexual orientation. The Palestinian is asking for permission to remain in Israel because he fears for his life if he is expelled to the Palestinian Authority.

Speaking to Haaretz, he said that "in other times, when they brought me to the roadblock the entire village chased me and beat me, and nearly killed me. I prefer to sit in prison than to go back."

The official position of the state, which was also presented to the court, is that the committee on persons at risk operates in accordance with the office coordinating operations in the territories, and is authorized to address requests of Palestinians claiming to be under threat for their collaboration with security forces.

On the other hand, according to the state attorney, the committee is not authorized to discuss the cases of those whose behavior is seen by Palestinian society as being "morally degenerate," including prostitutes, criminals and drug addicts.

The Palestinian, in his 20s, maintains that his life is threatened because of his sexual orientation and because he has been marked by Palestinians as having cooperated with Israel.

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Prop 8 Trial Tues: Mayor of SD, 'Yo, convert this!' (or somethign along this line)

The trial has started for the day And I will update this post as I can (while keeping my job.) Today we get to hear from the Mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders, who supported Same-sex marriage. Also the issue of "conversion therapy" will be brought to trial (and it's about damned time.)  Please refer to these sources and tell your friends / family about them: http://prop8trialtracker.com/   &    http://www.firedoglake.com

Prop 8 Trial: Tuesday 1/19 Witness Preview

This from Teddy Partridge  @ firedoglake.com (source)

Monday January 18, 2010 9:35 pm
These witnesses will testify for the Plaintiffs’ side Tuesday January 19th. They are San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, Dr. M.V. Lee Badgett, and Ryan Kendall. For more information on these witnesses, please see the Witness section of the FDL Prop 8 Trial Hub.
Tuesday, I will be live-blogging here at The Seminal; David Dayen will be live-blogging at the FDL News Desk. We’ll try to link up one another’s posts as we move between them; check both places as needed for up-to-the-minute liveblogging.
And please support our liveblogging efforts with your contributions!
Jerry Sanders is the current Mayor and former Police Chief of the City of San Diego, California. He is also the father of two daughters, one of whom is a lesbian. He will testify about his decision, as Mayor of San Diego, to support and not veto the City of San Diego’s participation in an amicus brief advocating against the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and why he concluded supporting marriage equality was and is in the best interest of the local government and community. He will also testify about his experience as the father of a lesbian daughter who cannot legally marry under California law.
M.V. Lee Badgett, PhD is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She will testify about the private harms and public costs caused by Prop. 8, differences between marriage and domestic partnership, and the impact of same-sex marriage on the marriages of different-sex couples.
Ryan Kendall is a gay man who was subjected to “conversion therapy” in his youth. He will testify about how sexual orientation discrimination and “conversion therapy” affected him. 
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This sounds like good news so far. 
On a final note, I am hoping someone will pick up the torch tomorrow, I've been called for jury duty (ironic, no?) and wont' be able to keep up on all of this. So if anyone feels like posting some transcriptions tomorrow, follow the links provided here and in previous posts and have at it! 

Whitewash me once, shame on you. Whitewash me twice...

Last year, Bloomsbury chose a white cover model for a YA novel about a black girl. They fixed it — but now they've done it again.

Outcry over the white-washing of Justine Larbalestier's Liar prompted Bloomsbury to issue a new cover featuring a black girl, and to apologize (kind of). But now Bloomsbury is publishing Jaclyn Dolamore's Magic Under Glass, a book about a "dark-skinned" girl from the "far East" — with the cover pictured above. As Book Smugglers points out, "the girl in the US covers is definitely white." Aja Romano of Bookshop speculates that while Larbalestier was able to get her cover changed, debut novelist Dolamore has less clout:

[I]t was a debut novel whose author didn't have a foothold in the publishing world that would allow her to protest, as Larbalestier did. Also, the reviewing blogosphere generally doesn't review books before they're published. So without the author to spearhead a call to action, there has been none over the whitewashing of Magic Under Glass, and Bloomsbury? Well, obviously, they weren't concerned.

Romano and others are calling for a boycott of Bloomsbury to punish them for their racist cover design practices. And indeed, the cover of Magic Under Glass looks like proof that the whitewashing of Liar wasn't a one-time mistake, but, as Larbalestier said at the time, evidence of a systemic problem: publishers and sales departments buying into the self-fulfilling prophecy that "black covers don't sell." But boycotting books hurts the writers as well as the publisher, and, as Reading In Color notes, Magic Under Glass's cover isn't Dolamore's fault. RIC continues:

I do not think a boycott of Magic Under Glass is the best way to go as the author has worked really hard on her book and she wrote about a person of color and we should be grateful for that especially since the book has gotten good reviews. In fact, I'll probably review it (so at least this issue promoted some good discussion and hopefully change as well as introducing me to a new book I may have otherwise missed). We should keep blogging, emailing, writing about this issue.

I agree that calling out Bloomsbury — and complaining to them directly — is a better response than punishing authors for their publishers' prejudices. If you'd like to do so, Bookshop provides contact info for Bloomsbury: tell them what you think.


*Proud to be from Pittsburgh*

Haitian Orphans Arrive in Pittsburgh

A charity relief mission carrying dozens of young children from an orphanage in earthquake-ravaged Haiti has arrived in Pittsburgh.

Fifty-three children, along with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, were on the Air Force flight, which landed at Pittsburgh International Airport about 9:30 a.m. ET.

"I'm so proud to bring these kids back to Pittsburgh. It's awesome!" said Alison McMutrie, who with her sister had been caring for approximately 150 children at the orphanage they run in Port-au-Prince. "I think I'm dreaming. I don't know when I'm going to wake up."

Workers, some carrying children, disembarked the plane and boarded waiting buses. Other children walked by themselves and waved to onlookers.

Some children were wrapped in blankets as they adjusted to the Pittsburgh weather - 32°F and overcast, compared to the sun and 82° temperatures they had left behind.

Medical workers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and, in some cases, adoptive families are waiting for them.

The children were taken to UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to be examined by pediatricians, hospital spokesman Marc Lukasiak said.

About 100 other children from their orphanage are being cared for by Dutch and French agencies.

"When we found out everyone was okay and everyone was alive and we knew we had to take action, I never imagined that this is how it would turn out," McMutrie said at a press conference.
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Poll: Most Don't Want Sarah Palin to Run for President

A new CBS News poll finds that a large majority of Americans say they do not want former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to run for president.

Specifically, 71 percent say they do not want the former Republican vice presidential nominee to run for president, while 21 percent say they do want her to run.

When the results are split out by party, 56 percent of Republicans say they do not want her to seek the office and 30 percent do. Meanwhile, 88 percent of Democrats do not want her to run. Among independents, 65 percent do not want her to run and 25 percent do.

The poll also finds that more people view Palin negatively than positively and that her book tour did not improve overall views of her. However, she is a little better-known now than she was last fall, and both favorable and unfavorable ratings of her have increased slightly.

Now, 26 percent of people view Palin favorably, compared with 23 percent in November and July of last year. Forty-one percent now view her unfavorably, compared with 38 percent in November and 37 percent in July (both in CBS News polls). Nineteen percent of people in the current poll are undecided about Palin.

Forty-three percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of her. Independents are divided, with 30 percent holding favorable views and 35 percent unfavorable.

Conservatives are the only ideological group that holds net positive views of her -- just under half do, while a quarter are unfavorable and a quarter of conservatives are undecided.

But while favorable toward her, most conservatives say they do not want to see Palin run in 2012 – 58 percent of conservatives say she should not run.

Palin is expected to make her next big public appearance at a Tea Party convention early next month in Nashville. The CBS News poll also asked Americans about their views of the new movement, but found it appears to be still be too nascent a movement to have registered yet with most Americans.

Sixty-nine percent of Americans are either undecided about the movement or haven't heard enough so far to have an opinion about it. Among those who have heard of it, 18 percent have a favorable opinion of it and 12 percent have an unfavorable opinion.

Among those who have heard of the movement (many of whom are conservatives), 46 percent say it reflects the views of all Americans while 40 percent say it does not.

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How David Cameron could 'recognise' marriage for £600m

A Tory thinktank has come up with a way for Cameron to implement his pledge to recognise marriage in the tax system without having to fork out £4.9bn a year

Link to Original Article

David Cameron is committed to recognising marriage in the tax system but he has not told us how he intends to achieve this. The most obvious thing to do would be to allow transferable tax allowances for married couples.

But, according to Treasury figures, this would cost £4.9bn a year – an impossible sum in today's climate – which is why Cameron appears to have ruled out this option. He needs to find a cheaper way of implementing his pledge. And today a Tory thinktank has provided him with an option.

The Centre of Social Justice, which is run by former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, is urging Cameron to limit the transferable tax allowance to married couples with children under the age of three.

The CSJ originally proposed transferable tax allowances in its landmark 2006 report Breakdown Britain, but today, in a green paper on the family, it says that it would be unrealistic to expect a Conservative government to implement the policy immediately.

In the long term we recommend the implementation of a transferable tax allowance for all married couples, but in the current financial climate we recommend a staggered implementation. We believe that as a priority, a transferable tax allowance should be introduced for married couples with children aged 0-3, the formative years of a child's life.

The CSJ says limiting the tax break to families with children under three would cost just £600m. That's still quite pricey, but it's a lot cheaper than £4.9bn. The CSJ says it would be worth an extra £20 a week to some couples.

"We do not believe that this will incentivise marriage, nor should it, but it may encourage more couples to make the transition from cohabitation to marriage and thereby increase the stability of their relationship," it claims.

The "Marriage Tax" has now become a staple pleadge of the Conversative Parties election campaign. To their credit, they did make it clear that it was to cover Civil Partnerships as well as Marriages as reported here but this still does not explain why they are determined to push through such a massively expensive tax break when the country is on it's knees with debt.

Do people really need to be paid to get or stay married? Is marriage even that great a thing int he grand scheme? The Tories think so.
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'DJ played 'Jump' as woman threatened to leap from bridge'

A radio DJ in the Northwest of England has been criticized for playing the Van Halen hit 'Jump' for a motorist stuck in a traffic jam, as police attempted to talk a suicidal woman down from a bridge.

It is not entirely clear from reports when in recent days Steve Penk played the 1984 hit by the U.S. rock band on his 96.2FM The Revolution's breakfast show; he is the actual owner of the station on which the show is broadcast, but what is known is that the 30-year-old woman at whom the song was seemingly directed did indeed jump from the bridge close to or over the M60, a motorway (highway/freeway) which circles Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county in Northwestern England. Four of its lanes were closed due to the incident. Fortunately the unnamed woman only sustained minor injuries.

Responding to criticism of his decision to grant his listener's request and play the Van Halen song, Mr Penk, host of shows on national TV in the U.K., in addition to his involvement in local radio, is quoted by The Sun as saying:
The entire area had been thrown into total chaos by a single, troubled woman. I was, of course, very sorry to hear that the lady had subsequently jumped from the bridge but relieved that her injuries were minor. If, as has been suggested, the woman jumped because she heard the song from a passing car radio that's unfortunate. But I don't regret playing it for a minute
Mental health charities have dismissed Mr Penk's argument that by playing the song he was "empathizing" with motorists, with the Daily Mail reporting that Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, explained:
Given the distressing circumstances, the decision to play "Jump" was highly insensitive and in very poor taste. Media have a responsibility for their audience and jovialising such a situation could be fatal. People that experience mental distress should be encouraged to speak out and seek help. Yet the huge stigma that surrounds mental health means that many feel they have to cope on their own, with potentially tragic consequences
One of Mr Penk's listeners, Lorna Guinn, offered an opinion also. She said:
It's irresponsible - this woman could have overheard it on someone's car stereo. I found it pathetic and nasty
Mr Penk - according to Digital Spy a critic of the BBC's promotion of a new radio show being presented by his former colleague and "old friend" Chris Evans - assisted by impressionist Jon Culshaw, once convinced the switchboard at 10 Downing Street, home of the British Prime Minister, that he was then leader of the opposition William Hague. The switchboard duly connected Mr Penk to Tony Blair, Prime Minister at the time.


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My entire response to this is just, what?

TWiB! Season 3 - Ep#4 - "Obama's USA...Still Can't have a Reasonable Conversation on Race..."

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The Brooklyn Comedy Company Proudly Presents Season 3, Episode 4 of "This Week in Blackness." On MLK Day, MSNBC had a discussion on race and host Elon James White did not want to miss it. He might have wished he missed it AFTERWARDS, but before hand? Really didn't want to miss it...

Faculties Are Liberal Because Conservatives Don't Seek Academic Careers, Study Finds

The oft-noted dominance of liberals on American faculties has spawned a host of research about the source and effect of the pattern, but according to an unpublished study described in today's New York Times, the past research has been focused on the symptoms, not the cause. Rather than ask why most professors are liberals, the study finds a more fruitful line of inquiry is to ask why liberals seek to become academics, and conservatives do not. The new research -- "Why Are Professors Liberal?," by Neil Gross, of the University of British Columbia, and Ethan Fosse, a doctoral student at Harvard, both sociologists -- says that faculty positions are "typecast" just like any other jobs that are also overwhelmingly held by one gender, such as nursing (women), or one political outlook, such as law enforcement (conservative). "Occupational reputations affect people's career aspirations," said Mr. Gross. The research, which echoes similar findings in a paper published two years ago by Matthew and Kellie Woessner, found that intentional discrimination against conservatives in hiring was an insignificant factor in the pattern; rather, conservatives were simply choosing not to enter the field.

What do you think, ONTD? Have you had mostly liberal professors? What was the atmosphere at your campus like regarding professors' leanings?



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Ballot Tampering Questioned In Senate Race

Coakley Campaign Says Voters Given Pre-Marked Ballots

BOSTON -- Democrat Martha Coakley's campaign raised issues of ballot tampering in at least three jurisdictions and urged Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin to further look into the matter as millions of Bay State residents went to the polls to elect a successor to Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Attorney Mark Elias said the campaign received reports of ballots being given to voters pre-marked for Coakley's opponent Republican Scott Brown.

"We have received reports of five ballots -- spanning three jurisdictions," Elias said.

Elias said the voters caught the errors and brought the ballots to back to the poll workers.

"This is obviously a serious violation, and our legal team is taking immediate steps to protect the integrity of this election," campaign manager Kevin Conroy said. "We do not yet know why this is happening, but you and everyone you know needs to be aware of the situation so that you can carefully inspect your ballot."

Earlier Tuesday, Galvin was investigating reports that two ballots had been pre-marked for Brown, one in Cambridge and one in Boston's Brighton neighborhood. He said the ballots had been located and voided.

In addition to the incidents in Brighton and Cambridge, voters at the Centerville Elementary School in Beverly said they also received ballots that were already marked for Brown. The city clerk's office said a poll worker inadvertently handed out ballots that were already cast.

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If this is true- and from some of the harassment I got from the Scott Brown criers, I suspect it is- how many of these got through without people noticing? Brighton has a large immigrant population with ballot issues before, so I worry.

Meghan McCain is Redefining Republican

Teabaggers are definitely getting all the attention these days when it comes to the Republican Party. Look no further than Massachusetts, where Republicans have graciously told their candidate, Scott Brown, to shove a curling iron up Democratic nominee Martha Coakley's butt, or to Oklahoma, where teabaggers have prayed for Senate Democrats to die.

Talk about a civility FAIL. Is there any hope left for the Republican Party? Maybe some sort of superwoman? Or, well, at least a super Tweeter and/or blogger?


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The downside of the teabaggers: Explaining what teabagging really is to your step-mother XD
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Mission of Hope Haiti

Mission Group Brings Hope to Haiti Quake Victims

OKLAHOMA CITY -- While hundreds of organizations are pledging help to quake victims in Haiti, one group has been committed to helping the people of Haiti for years, and now the group is working harder than ever.

Mission of Hope Haiti has such a foot hold in Haiti that the State Department has already been in contact with them so they can utilize their resources on the ground.

However, one of the mission's leaders said their resources will likely run dry by next week if help doesn't come and soon.
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These people have been feeding, educating, providing hope to Haitians for years. They are continuing to provide medical aid, food, and shelter to the people of Port-au-Prince. Pictures and video can be found at the source.

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H-E-B Grocery joins the Haiti Relief Movement

H-E-B joins Haiti relief effort

San Antonio - H-E-B is joining the Haiti relief effort and making it easy for customers to make donations. Donation tear pads are now available at H-E-B checkstands across San Antonio and the state.

One hundred percent of the donations will support American Red Cross emergency relief efforts in Haiti. Donations of $1, $3, or $5 can be added to a grocery bill.

H-E-B also made a $100,000 donation. "We are deeply saddened by this tragedy, and our prayers are with the millions of people affected by this natural disaster. It is our hope that H-E-B's donation, along with our loyal customers' support, will aid Haitians during their recovery," said Winell Herron, group vice president of public affairs and diversity for H-E-B.

H-E-B typically has these little tear off coupons that you give to your checkout cashier that adds on an additional $1, $3, or $5 to your bill. The coupons are typically for your local food bank but in circumstances like this or for breast cancer month they change it up. H-E-B is on the up and up and they make generous contributions to charities every year. I also believe the grocery store chain is still family owned which considering there is thousands of them spread throughout Texas says a lot.

This will raise a LOT of money for the Red Cross for Haiti. Btw, the Red Cross has raised over $100 Million for Haiti of which $22 Million was raised by text messages. The phone companies in response have freed up the donations made by text messaging and are NOT waiting for your phone bills to be paid to make the payments to Red Cross.

So fellow ONTD_P's what have your local areas done or have planned to do in support of Haiti? Got any special charities that you want to give a shout-out to?

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Piñera cuts short an interview after being asked about selling his companies

The president-elect of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, Monday starred in his first brush with the press after a reporter from Chilevisión, the channel he owns, questioned him about the sale of his shares of LAN Airlines, according to El Mercurio Digital '.

The news director of TV channel, Fernando Paulsen, cleared, via Twitter, that the incident occurred after the journalist Ivan Nunez asked to Piñera on the sale of shares of the Chilean airline despite the prohibition of questioning the president elect on business issues.

"What I was told is that the reporter agreed to interview Sebastian Pinera, asking no questions about his companies. All agreed. Chilevisión was informed of this restriction and Ivan was doing the interview. Before that I reminded him of the limitation, but Ivan criticized it. This resulted in cancellation," Paulsen writes.
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The article is translated roughly (really roughly. If I failed on an epic level or otherwise, tell me so. Por favor) from Spanish, because I couldn't find any English sources that reported this (cause all the English sources are probably too busy jizzing over the fact that ~Free market paradise Chile has turned to the right again yayayayay~). You can still read it here in the original Spanish.

Bachelet >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> THIS STRANGER BITCH.


Wall Street Celebrates Brown's Victory. Raise Premiums for Everyone!!

Health Stocks Up As Investors Sense GOP Victory in Mass.

Wall Street is already betting that a Republican win in Massachusetts will complicate efforts to get a strong health care reform package through Congress.

Six major health insurance company stocks went up Tuesday as pundits and reporters began writing off the candidacy of the state Attorney General Martha Coakley. Republican State Senator Scott Brown appears to have won before the votes have even been counted.

Investors are counting on it.

Health insurance companies would presumably benefit financially if the current legislation is further watered down or even killed. Without a 60-vote super-majority, so goes the thinking, Democrats would have to start negotiating away hard-won concessions or face defeat.

As of Tuesday's market close:

* Coventry Health Care, Inc. was up 6.0 percent;
* CIGNA Corp. was up 2.9 percent;
* Aetna Inc. was up 4.2 percent;
* WellPoint, Inc. was up 2.1 percent;
* UnitedHealth Group Inc. was up 4.1 percent;
* And Humana Inc. was up 7.1 percent.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, by comparison, was up just 1.1 percent.


Health Care Comes To Screeching Halt - Sen. Webb: No HCR Votes Until Brown Seated

Health Care Comes To Screeching Halt - Sen. Webb: No HCR Votes Until Brown Seated

Less than 15 minutes after the race was called for Republican Scott Brown, the first of what could be many conservative Democrats asks for leadership to put the brakes on health care reform.

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) congratulated Brown on his win and delivered a zinger:

"In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process. It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated."


All-white basketball league planned

A new professional basketball league boasting rosters made up exclusively of white Americans has its eyes set on Augusta, but the team isn't receiving a warm welcome.

The All-American Basketball Alliance announced in a news release Sunday evening that it intends to start its inaugural season in June and hopes Augusta will be one of 12 cities with a team.

"Only players that are natural born United States citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league," the statement said.

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, who has publicly expressed his support for minor league teams in the past, said he would not do the same for this team.

"As a sports enthusiast, I have always supported bringing more sporting activities to Augusta," he said. "However, in this instance I could not support in good conscience bringing in a team that did not fit with the spirit of inclusiveness that I, along with many others, have worked so hard to foster in our city."

Clint Bryant, athletic director at Augusta State University, laughed when he heard the news.

"It's so absurd, it's funny, but it gives you an idea of the sickness of our society" he said. "It shows you what lengths people will go to just to be mean-spirited. I think at any basketball level, no matter if it's all black, all white, all Hispanic, all Asian or anyone else, the players should just be a basketball team."

Don "Moose" Lewis, the commissioner of the AABA, said the reasoning behind the league's roster restrictions is not racism.

"There's nothing hatred about what we're doing," he said. "I don't hate anyone of color. But people of white, American-born citizens are in the minority now. Here's a league for white players to play fundamental basketball, which they like."

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