January 29th, 2010
AN international pilot tried to settle a debate with his wife about circumcision by taking photos of naked boys at a popular Brisbane park on Australia Day, a court has been told.
Glenn Anthony Armstrong, 47, was arrested at South Bank Parklands yesterday after he was allegedly spotted taking a photo of a naked three-year-old boy being changed by his parents, the Brisbane Magistrates Court was told today.
When police located Mr Armstrong, a Perth-based pilot for V Australia, they allegedly found about 50 photos of naked boys on his camera.
He allegedly told police he was "obsessed with circumcision" and had taken the photos to demonstrate to his wife that more boys were uncircumcised than circumcised.
Mr Armstrong was charged with one count of indecent treatment of a child under 12.
The father-of-two appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today where he was granted bail upon providing a $5000 surety.
The matter will next be mentioned in February.
I'm going to Hell, because literally all I can think is "WTF, MATE?!"
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Nearly 1 in 10 seven- to eight-year-olds hears voices that aren't really there, according to a new study.
But most children who hear voices don't find them troubling or disruptive to their thinking, the study team found. "These voices in general have a limited impact in daily life," Agna A. Bartels-Velthuis of University Medical Center Groningen in The Netherlands wrote in an email to Reuters Health.
And parents whose children hear voices should not be overly concerned, she added. "In most cases the voices will just disappear. I would advise them to reassure their child and to watch him or her closely."
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I've heard voices. Mainly it's when I'm alone or the room is quiet and I think I hear people in the house. People talking slightly above that of a whisper, loud enough to hear but not loud enough to understand what is being said. It's been this way all my life. Mom and other people in my family have had this happen to them as well.
How many of you had heard things when no one else is around?
update: Should I appologize for causing/creating...ghost wank?
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina's president recommended pork as an alternative to Viagra Wednesday, saying she spent a satisfying weekend with her husband after eating barbecued pork.
"I've just been told something I didn't know; that eating pork improves your sex life ... I'd say it's a lot nicer to eat a bit of grilled pork than take Viagra," President Cristina Fernandez said to leaders of the pig farming industry.
She said she recently ate pork and "things went very well that weekend, so it could well be true."
Argentines are the world's biggest per capita consumers of beef, but the government has sought to promote pork as an alternative in recent years due to rising steak prices and as a way to diversify the meat industry.
"Trying it doesn't cost anything, so let's give it a go," Fernandez said in the televised speech.
(Reporting by Karina Grazina; Writing by Helen Popper)
THURSDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the warnings that being overweight will kill you, a new Australian study finds that overweight adults over the age of 70 are less likely to die over a 10-year period than their normal-weight peers.
The study, published Jan. 28 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, conflicts with research that suggests that being overweight contributes to a long list of health problems, including heart disease.
"Our study suggests that those people who survive to age 70 in reasonable health have a different set of risks and benefits associated with the amount of body fat to younger people," lead researcher Leon Flicker, of the University of Western Australia, said in a news release from the journal's publisher.
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By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer Yuri Kageyama, Ap Business Writer – 2 hrs 9 mins ago
TOKYO – Nintendo's president shrugged off the just unveiled iPad tablet computer from Apple as delivering "no surprises," and displayed as little enthusiasm for 3-D technology and high-definition upgrades for games.
"It was a bigger iPod Touch," Satoru Iwata said of the much anticipated device shown Wednesday by Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs.
Iwata denied speculation in Japanese media that what Nintendo Co. has in the works in new gadgets may be a DS equipped with a motion-sensor similar to the wand for Nintendo's hit Wii home console, or a Wii upgraded for high-definition TVs.
"I question whether those features would be enough to get people to buy new machines," he said of the DS. Nintendo engineers are developing new machines, he said, without giving details.
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"The Crazy That Is J.D. Hayworth"
A reader writes:
I was watching the J.D. Hayworth interview on "Hardball" last night too, and while that is a great quote, I think you missed an even better one. I don't remember the exact phrasing (I'm sure your crack research team can look it up), but Hayworth was attacking McCain for opposing torture - enhanced interrogation tactics, excuse me - when Matthews asked him if waterboarding was torture. Hayworth attempted to defend himself by saying that we waterboard our own soldiers, so therefore waterboarding is not torture. Matthews came back at him with the all-too-logical point that we waterboard our own soldiers to train them about what torture might be like at the hands of the enemy. Hayworth proceeded to ask Matthews something along the lines of "how come we don't behead our own soldiers to train them to withstand it at the hands of Islamo-fascists?" You really need to listen to that part of the segment to fully understand the crazy that is J.D. Hayworth.
The relevant segment begins at the 3:00 mark, after the jump:
The quote that Andrew had used to point out the cray cray was this:
"Well, gosh, we all had to bring our birth certificates to show we were who we said we were, and we were the age we said we were, to play football in youth sports. Shouldn't we know exactly that anyone who wants to run for public office is a natural born citizen of the United States, and is who they say they are?" - J.D. Hayworth, a Republican running to replace McCain.
I think the reader's one is better.
So ontd_p what do you think? Better than the scary ghost post?
I forgot to mention, J.D. Hayworth is McCain's opponent for his Senate seat.
Preschools Add Brush-and-Spit to Day
Four-year-olds practice brushing their teeth at the Basic Beginnings center in Haverhill, Mass.
HAVERHILL, Mass. — The twelve 4-year-olds sat in a corner, small hands clasping toothbrushes. Isaac and Aaron brandished them like swords, stabbing each other in the side. Jacky rubbed his into the carpet. Abigail squirmed, and Chayleece jumped up and down.
“You ready? Start brushing!” said Massiel Diaz, their teacher at the Basic Beginnings day care center. “Brush, brush your teeth — at least two times a day. Clean, clean, clean — fighting tooth decay,” Ms. Diaz sang out, as the children moved the brushes up, down and around, connecting with teeth occasionally but also with their face and nose.
And then they swallowed the pea-size dots of toothpaste — bubblegum-flavored “Dora the Explorer” Colgate.
Massachusetts is the first state to add toothbrush time to the color-nap-snack-and-play routine of preschools, requiring that all children who eat a meal at day care, or attend for more than four hours, brush their teeth during class and be educated about oral health.
The regulations, which went into effect last week, are being praised by some parents and caregivers while causing a tempest in a toothbrush for others, according to schools and chat rooms.
“I don’t want someone’s hand in my child’s mouth,” said Sarah Brodsky, a teacher at First Path Day Care in Watertown and mother of 4-month-old Noah. “It’s a little too much” government intervention, Ms. Brodsky added.
“JG,” posting on Boston.com’s blog Moms Nation, agreed that the government might have overstepped its bounds: “We don’t need the state mandating every little thing in our lives. Let parents be parents,” adding, “The kids can’t even reach a sink.”
Parents who feel strongly about the regulation can opt out, said Sherri Killins, commissioner of the Department of Early Education and Care, which oversees day care centers and established the regulations to help stem dental disease. According to a 2003 state study, one in four Massachusetts kindergartners have dental disease.
“Poor dental care is the most common, chronic childhood ailment, and if untreated can result in pain, infection and other devastating impacts on a child’s health,” Ms. Killins said.
At the Basic Beginnings Learning and Development Center here, about 40 miles north of Boston, the director, Deborah Ramos, started training her charges in early January, so glitches would be worked out by the time the regulations went into effect.
Staff members use a soft bristle to swab the gums of infants. Like other day care centers statewide, Basic Beginnings is choosing to apply so little toothpaste that it is safe for children to swallow, a practice used in Head Start programs, which mandated tooth brushing in 2006.
Ms. Ramos said there was some apprehension, but teachers quickly worked brushing into the postlunch routine.
Dr. David S. Samuels, a periodontist in Andover and president of the Massachusetts Dental Society, which supports the rule, said in order for the program to be effective, teachers need to help children without the motor skills do it correctly. He is also worried about the spread of germs through toothbrushes and spitting.
Alexandra Picus, director of the First Path Day Care in Watertown, said she was still working out the details of how they will herd 60 preschoolers into position. “We need to start early,” Ms. Picus said. “We’re supposed to have rest time, and now we have to eat a little earlier so there’s enough time for the children to brush their teeth. It’s not the happiest moment.”www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/education/29b
I didn't think it was possible for people to get upset over BRUSHING YOUR TEETH!!!!!
The Treasury Department on Thursday morning invited selected individuals to “a series of conference calls with senior Obama administration officials to discuss key aspects of the State of the Union address.”
The invitation, which went to a variety of stakeholders, was sent by Fred Baldassaro, a senior adviser at the Treasury Department’s Office of Business Affairs and Public Liaison.
The invitation stated, “The White House is encouraging you to participate in these calls and will have a question and answer session at the end of each call. As a reminder, these calls are not intended for press purposes.”
The calls are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, with the first topic being job creation and economic growth.
Another call, at 1 p.m., is on government reform and transparency. Republicans have criticized the Obama White House for not being more transparent in its discussions with Congress on healthcare reform. Obama recently acknowledged that the legislative process has not been as open as he promised on the campaign trail.
Other issues that will be addressed on Thursday include education, climate change and healthcare reform.
A handful of lobbyists told The Hill on Thursday morning that they received the invitations and were planning to call in.
Some lobbyists say they are extremely frustrated with the White House for criticizing them and then seeking their feedback. Others note that Democrats on Capitol Hill constantly urge them to make political donations.
One lobbyist said, “Bash lobbyists, then reach out to us. Bash lobbyists [while] I have received four Democratic invitations for fundraisers.”
In his State of the Union on Wednesday, Obama once again targeted K Street: “We face a deficit of trust — deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years. To close that credibility gap, we have to take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue — to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; to give our people the government they deserve.”
The Treasury Department referred The Hill’s request for comment to the White House, which at press time had not responded to questions on this issue.
On Thursday afternoon, White House spokesman Josh Earnest stated in an e-mail, "As part of our effort to reach out and engage with the public and policymakers, it is standard for our outreach team to organize a conference call, so that we can include people who are not in Washington, after a major speech or announcement through the president's priorities. These calls are targeted at a diverse group of community and government leaders including mayors, governors, faith groups, women's organizations, representatives from the African American and Latino communities to share as much information about the administration's agenda as possible. The calls, which include question-and-answer sessions, typically include hundreds of people from across the country..."
Lobbyists say the Obama White House has held many off-the-record teleconferences over the past year.
For example, lobbyists and others were invited to a teleconference with “senior Obama administration officials” on Monday to discuss the administration’s plan to improve the lives of middle-class families.
The invitation, which is addressed to “Friends,” emphasizes in bold and italics that “this call is for background information only and not intended for press purposes.” It advises callers to tell the operator “you’re joining the ‘White House Briefing Call.’ ”
Another lobbyist said these types of teleconferences occur “all the time.”
And that is why many on K Street are exasperated with Obama’s use of lobbyists as a punching bag. Some have said they understood why he used strong rhetoric on the campaign trail but are irritated the White House solicits their opinions while Obama’s friends in Congress badger them for political donations.
Cross-dressing seen as a ‘serious menace to society’
A leading academic has sounded an alarm against the growing trend of cross-dressers among boys and girls, saying that it is a “serious menace to society”.
Speaking in the monthly Lakom Al Karar TV programme, telecast on Friday night by Qatar TV, Dr Saif al-Hajari, the deputy chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, described the emerging trend of “manly women” and “womanly men” as a “foreign trend” which, he said, had invaded the Qatari and Gulf communities as part of the “globalization winds”.
“This is an issue which can harm all our social and religious values. It needs some sort of bravery to address it. I have never imagined that one day I can see such behavioral deviations in our streets, schools or universities,” Dr al-Hajari said.
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A debate about fashion in Qatar
CROSS-DRESSING is on the rise among young Qataris. The local press says that more tradition-minded locals are upset by the growing number of young women affecting a masculine style of dress, baggy trousers, short hair and deep voices. These women, who call themselves boyat, which translates as both tomboy and transsexual (and is derived from the English word boy), are being seen in schools and on university campuses where some are said to harass their straighter-laced sisters.
In an episode of a talk show on Qatari television, called Lakom al Karar (The Decision is Yours), a leading academic said that the “manly women” phenomenon was part of a “foreign trend” brought into Qatar and the Gulf by globalization. Foreign teachers, the internet and satellite television have been blamed. So have foreign housemaids, for badly influencing children in their care.
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Howard Zinn , best known for " A people's history of the United States" also created a graphic novel about America in the 20th century as it expanded into the world as a great power called "A people's history of Empire" It cover expansions into Cuba, the Philippines, Haiti, Japan, etc. The reason for this project can best be summed up in this one panel.
A more realistic history than the average person is taught in middle school. What follows is the story of the Ludlow massacre in 1913 ( a bitter strike against the Colorado fuel and iron company). Zinn shows this to be the first time the US tried using the same tactics and military action it used in other countries here in Colorado against it's own citizens.
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While some of the nation's most conservative lawmakers have made last-minute decisions to back out of next week's National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, the headliner is still planning to pick up her check.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told Fox News on Thursday evening that, unlike Reps. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), she still intends to speak at the convention, despite the growing controversy over the obscure for-profit entity running the event.
"Oh, you betcha I'm going to be there," Palin told Greta Van Susteren. "I'm going to speak there because there are people traveling from many miles away to hear what that tea party movement is all about and what that message is that should be received by our politicians in Washington. I'm honored to get to be there."
Palin is getting $100,000 to deliver the keynote address at the conference. The 2008 vice presidential candidate insisted that her fee will "go right back into the cause" in the form of donations "to people and to events, those things that I believe in that will help perpetuate the message, the message being, Government, you have constitutional limits. You better start abiding by them."
Asked by Van Susteren whether she thinks the Republican Party would be best served by merging with the tea party movement, Palin replied with an enthusiastic endorsement of the idea.
"They need to merge," she said. "Definitely, they need to merge. I think those who are wanting the divisions and the divisiveness and the controversy -- those are the ones who don't believe in the message. And they're the ones, I think, stirring it up. We need to ignore that and we need to forge ahead with a cohesive message. It's a common sense message. It, again, is, Government, limit yourself so that the private sector, our families, free individuals can grow and thrive and prosper and enjoy America's freedom!"
A conservative activist accused of trying to tamper with a Louisiana senator's phones says he wanted to investigate criticisms that constituents calling her office couldn't get through.
James O'Keefe posted a statement Friday on the Web site biggovernment.com.
He says he learned about problems with calls to Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office and wanted to investigate. He says nobody tried to wiretap or bug her office in a New Orleans federal building.
Federal officials say he appeared to record with a cell phone as two others dressed as phone repairmen went into Landrieu's office and said they needed to work on her phones.
O'Keefe says on reflection he could have used a different approach to the investigation, especially since people are sensitive about security in a federal building.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Investigators pressed ahead with their probe of four men accused of trying to tamper with a senator's phones after a lawyer said the conservative activists were just trying to capture embarrassing video of her staff ignoring constituent calls.
For her part, Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu wasn't impressed with the lawyer's explanation Thursday that the men hoped to document claims that callers couldn't get through with complaints about her support for health care reform.
"Attorneys are hired to spin for their clients," she said Thursday in an interview in Washington. "Good luck."
J. Garrison Jordan, an attorney for one of the men, denied they were trying to disable or wiretap the phones in Landrieu's office. The four, including activist James O'Keefe, known for posing as a pimp and using a hidden camera to target the community-organizing group ACORN, were arrested Monday.
"You're dealing with kids," Jordan said. "I don't think they thought it through that far."
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A face for politics: New study shows we can tell Democrats from Republicans in head shotsYou can tell a lot about a person by their face—even their political affiliation, new research claims.
In a study published in the January 18 issue of PLoS One, subjects were able to accurately identify candidates from the 2004 and 2006 U.S. Senate elections as either Democrats or Republicans based on black-and-white photos of their faces. And subjects were even able to correctly identify college students as belonging to Democratic or Republican clubs based on their yearbook photos.
To investigate the basis of these judgments, subjects were asked to rate photos of faces on a seven-point scale assessing personality traits such as assertiveness, maturity, likeability and trustworthiness. Subjects consistently associated Democrats with warmth (likeable and trustworthy) and Republicans with power (dominant and mature). These findings were independent of the gender of the person in the photo.
The authors concluded that people possess "a general and imperfect" ability to infer political affiliation based on facial appearance, which is related to stereotypes about Democrat and Republican personalities. The ability to surmise other perceptually ambiguous traits, such as sexual orientation and religious group membership, has been reported in similar studies.
The consequences of this general and imperfect ability are worrisome, with career opportunities, court rulings and financial success potentially falling subject to prejudicial judgments, according to the authors.
But surely these judgments don’t interfere with election results, do they?
In a study published in Science in February 2009, subjects were able to predict from a pair of photos of faces alone which political figure would win an election. Even children could pick the winner when asked who they would prefer to be captain of their boat. And in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in November 2007, researchers linked competence perceived from a candidate’s face to his or her electoral success.
The latest study adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that certain traits once thought to be indistinguishable based on looks alone are in fact written all over our faces.
Oh, physiognomy! I wish I had the numbers to this study.
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CNN) -- A Kansas jury deliberated just minutes before convicting a man who said he killed to stop abortions guilty of first-degree murder.
The jury found Scott Roeder, 51, guilty of gunning down Dr. George Tiller, who operated a clinic in Wichita where late-term abortions were performed. Roeder, 51, faces life in prison.
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BALTIMORE - In a remarkably frank encounter, President Barack Obama chastised Republican lawmakers on Friday for opposing him on taxes, health care and economic stimulus, while they accused him of ignoring their ideas and driving up the national debt.
The president and GOP House members took turns questioning and sometimes lecturing each other face to face for more than hour at the Republican gathering.
Obama warned that their sharp criticisms of him over the past year make it almost politically impossible for them to agree with him even if an accord would help the American people. They said he was misleading the American people in saying they had offered no serious alternatives to his proposals.
While both parties were conciliatory at times, the televised exchange featured pointed complaints and accusations that went well beyond the terse sound bites that dominate much of the nation's political debate.
Obama said Republican lawmakers have attacked his health care overhaul so fiercely, "you'd think that this thing was some Bolshevik plot." The plan's components are mainstream, common-sense items, he said, and deserving of some bipartisan support.
"I am not an ideologue," the president said.
The Republicans sat attentively throughout Obama's speech and the discussion. There was some grumbling when he remarked — after being pressed about closed-door health care negotiations — that most of the legislation was developed in congressional committees in front of television cameras.
"That was a messy process," he acknowledged.
Several Republicans challenged Obama with lengthy complaints and sharp questions.
"What should we tell our constituents who know that Republicans have offered positive solutions" for health care, "and yet continue to hear out of the administration that we've offered nothing?" asked Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.
Obama showed little sympathy, disputing Price's claim that a Republican plan would cover nearly all Americans without raising taxes.
You can click on the source to see the video routine
Indigenous leaders have ruled out asking the Australian Olympic Committee to formally complain against Russian ice skaters who are set to perform a controversial ''Aboriginal dance'' at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next month.
The NSW Aboriginal Land Council held discussions with the AOC this week over the possibility of it approaching its counterpart in Moscow and demanding that Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin drop the routine.
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By Advocate.com Editors THE Source
Los Angeles filmmakers John Ireland and John Ainsworth have posted the first episode of their reenactment of the Proposition 8 trial, currently under way in San Francisco. The men announced last week that they’d use material gathered from live bloggers to re-create the proceedings, which the U.S. Supreme Court has blocked from being broadcast.
In this first episode, Ireland tells The Advocate, “we jump right into the plaintiffs' story. They tell firsthand why it is important for them to be married. That narrative is then propelled through the rest of the drama by the professionals — the litigators and the academics. There’s quite a drama that unfolds after the plaintiffs arrive, but really it’s about those people’s stories.”
You can watch the first episode below, and check Ireland’s and Ainsworth’s website, MarriageTrial.com, for more information and further episodes. You can read The Advocate’s interview with Ireland and Ainsworth here.
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Gay Dating Site Ad Denied By CBS
Update: CBS has rejected an ad from gay dating site ManCrunch, telling the site that the ad "is not within the Network's Broadcast Standards for Super Bowl Sunday.", James Hibberd reports at The Live Feed
CBS released the following statement:
"After reviewing the ad - which is entirely commercial in nature - our Standards and Practices department decided not to accept this particular spot. As always, we are open to working with the client on alternative submissions."
Hibberd reports that CBS believed ManCrunch was trying to generate free publicity by submitting an ad that was likely to be rejected.
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Video is at the source.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysian prosecutors charged three Muslim men Friday in the firebombing of a church — the first suspects in a string of assaults on places of worship amid a dispute over whether non-Muslims can refer to God as "Allah."
Arson attacks, vandalism and other incidents at 11 churches, a Sikh temple, three mosques and two Muslim prayer halls in recent weeks have been a blow to decades of multiracial harmony in this Muslim-majority country.
The attacks, which started on churches, followed anger among Muslims over a Dec. 31 court verdict that allowed non-Muslims to use "Allah" as a translation for "God" in the Malay language. Many Malaysian Muslims believe the word should be exclusive to their religion, and that its use by others could confuse some Muslims and even tempt them to convert.
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I genuinely do not get why it is so hard to leave other people and their beliefs alone. They don't believe in what you do? So what? Who cares!
And for people afraid that OMG! it might make people convert if they hear something...honestly, you think people are that weak-willed? If you have that little faith in other people's faith...maybe you need to bone up the reasons you think they should stay.
(CNN) - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is not backing down from her criticisms over the National Organization for Women's demand that CBS cease from airing a pro-life commercial during the Superbowl.
"For a pro-life, pro-woman, pro-family ad to be seen as offensive and not empowering women is puzzling," Palin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Thursday. "It makes you wonder what is NOW afraid of?"
The ad in question is paid for by the conservative political action group Focus on the Family and features Heisman-winning college quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam, discussing her decision not to have an abortion even though doctors recommended it at the time. Deciding against an abortion, she gave birth to Tim, who grew up to be an all-star quarterback at the University of Florida and perhaps one of the best college quarterbacks of all time.
Several abortion rights groups have taken issue with the ad, saying the Superbowl is not the correct forum for politically-charged messages. But Palin, who originally took issue with NOW's request on her Facebook page earlier this week, said the group is picking the wrong battle.
"It certainly isn't an offensive message," the former Alaska governor said on Fox. "For NOW to have chosen this, [they are] picking a wrong battle I think, to come across sounding quite offended by hearing that a pro-life commercial will air on the Superbowl, it's baffling."
Meanwhile NOW President Terry O'Neill said Palin is "missing our point."
"The goal of the Focus on the Family ad is not to empower women. It's to create a climate in which Roe v. Wade can be overturned," O'Neill said in a statement obtained by CNN. "There are always going to be women who need abortions. In this country, one in three women will have an abortion."
While CBS used to adhere to a policy of not airing advocacy commercials during sporting events, a spokesman for the network told the Associated Press they have changed their stance to reflect "industry norms."
In what will surely go down in history as a second Norman Conquest, French scientists have trounced British claims that the g-spot doesn't exist.
Researchers at King's College London found that identical twins were no more likely to both report having a g-spot than fraternal twins, suggesting that the spot may not have a genetic basis. But the French spit all over their silly English twin study. Says Sylvain Mimoun, France's most famous gynecologist (and thus a man ripe for comedic parody), "The English study is barking up the wrong tree. [...] It is not a question of genetics but of use."
Convening at a "G-Day" conference yesterday, many French scientists dismissed British dismissal of the g-spot as evidence of Britain's overly clinical attitude to sex. According to Lizzy Davies of The Guardian, the French love docs said reports of the g-spot's death were due to "an Anglo-Saxon tendency to reduce the mysteries of sexuality to absolutes." Surgeon Pierre Foldès said, "The King's College study ... shows a lack of respect for what women say. The conclusions were completely erroneous because they were based solely on genetic observations and it is clear that in female sexuality there is a variability ... It cannot be reduced to a 'yes' or 'no', or an 'on' or an 'off'."
Indeed, coverage of the British study did seem to downplay the fact that half of the women surveyed did report having a g-spot, and that these women also reported being more satisfied with their sex partners. The researchers also didn't give the women a definition of the g-spot, and, perhaps most annoyingly, they were only concerned with whether the area could be stimulated by penile-vaginal intercoures. Asks Scicurious, "if the G-spot anatomically exists, who's to say it can only be stimulated by a penis? Who's to say the penis is even the most effective instrument for this?"
Gynecologist Odile Buisson basically accused the British of thinking with their dicks: "I don't want to stigmatise at all but I think the Protestant, liberal, Anglo-Saxon character means you are very pragmatic. There has to be a cause for everything, a gene for everything. I think it's totalitarian." I don't want to stigmatise at all is apparently French for no offense. And Mimoun reminded the conference that there's more to female sexuality than P in the V: "In discovering the sensitive parts of her own body, this sensitive zone [the G-spot] will become more and more functional. But if she has never touched it and no one else has ever touched it ... it won't exist for her as a consequence." "I wave my private parts at your aunties," he added.
By R.G. RATCLIFFE
Jan. 29, 2010, 12:56AM
AUSTIN — As the Republican candidates for governor prepare for what likely is their last debate tonight on statewide television, the first debate between Democrats Bill White and Farouk Shami has been set for Feb. 8 in Fort Worth.
Public broadcasting station KERA in Dallas announced Thursday it will host the debate between White and Shami before an audience at the studio of Fort Worth CBS station KTVT, with journalists and members of the public asking questions and other questions coming in from social networking sites.
White, the former Houston mayor, is favored in the race because of his established political credentials, but businessman Shami is spending millions of his own money in a bid to secure the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
KERA was the lead host of the Jan. 14 debate between the GOP candidates for governor, incumbent Rick Perry and challengers U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and activist Debra Medina.
Hutchison and Medina both benefited from the first debate, the former because of her energetic assault on Perry's record. Medina, as an unknown candidate, gained credibility through her knowledge of the issues.
Perry again will be the target in tonight's debate, hosted by Belo Corp., its affiliated newspapers and TV stations. Perry said he felt confident.
“I've been preparing for this debate for about 25 years. So nothing's different,” the incumbent said Thursday.
“The economy is the No. 1 issue that is out there and I'm going to argue that Texas is in better shape than just about any other state,” Perry said. “Texans want a leader who is confident. Texans want a leader who knows exactly where he wants to take this state and has the record to back it up.”
Hutchison spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said the senator, who was in Washington on Thursday, plans to focus her debate on Texas' future and challenge Perry to explain how he would use another term in office.
Early voting begins Feb. 16.
You can also watch it online at Texas Debates WFAA CBS Station.
So who plans on watching tonight? And who are you rooting for? Me, I want to see if this is going to be as lulzy as the last one. That was pretty awesome.
Some senior Republican strategists and party veterans are beginning to fret that the party's refusal to work with President Obama, even when he crosses onto their own philosophical turf, could ultimately erode some of the political gains they've made this past year.
Over the past two weeks, Republicans in Congress have united in nearly unanimous opposition to a series of ideologically conservative policy suggestions, starting with a commission to reduce the deficit, a pay-go provision that would limit new expenditures, and a spending freeze on non-military programs.
Opposition has usually been based on specific policy concerns or complaints that the measures aren't going far enough. But the message being sent is that the GOP's sole mission is presidential destruction.
Now, some in the party are beginning to worry.
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by Leena Rao on January 29, 2010
This has not been the greatest start to the year for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Days after news of the latest security flaw in Internet Explorer, Google is adding fuel to the fire by phasing out support for IE6 for two of its Google Apps products, Docs and Sites (which recently got an aesthetic upgrade).
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There's too many to pick through to put a list here, but I must say I AM DISAPPOINT that Peyton Manning gave money to Bush. :-/ Didn't look for anyone related to the Saints...
Thought this might be fun on a Friday night!
By MARK NIESSE Associated Press Writer © 2010 The Associated Press
Jan. 29, 2010, 9:01PM
HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers declined to vote Friday on a bill that would have allowed same-sex civil unions, effectively killing the measure.
State House leaders said a narrow majority of representatives would have voted for civil unions, but they decided to indefinitely postpone a decision on whether to grant gay and lesbian couples the same rights and benefits the state provides to married couples.
Civil union supporters in the crowded House gallery on Friday shouted, "Shame on you!" while opponents cheered.
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By FREDERIC J. FROMMER
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
Jan. 29, 2010, 6:52PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering several steps that would review the legality of the controversial Bowl Championship Series, the Justice Department said in a letter Friday to a senator who had asked for an antitrust review.
In the letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch, obtained by The Associated Press, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote that the Justice Department is reviewing Hatch’s request and other materials to determine whether to open an investigation into whether the BCS violates antitrust laws.
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Super Bowl Sunday is a little more a week away, and the most exciting matchup so far is on the advertising field. CBS, which used to observe a proscription against "issue" advertising during the big game, recently dropped its objection, to accept an ad from pro-life evangelical group Focus on the Family, featuring star quarterback Tim Tebow. Now it's reportedly in the midst of considering a spot from a gay dating service, Mancrunch—which is simultaneously perhaps the gayest and most football-appropriate name I have ever heard.
[Update: CBS just confirmed that it's rejecting the Mancrunch ad, which showed two male football fans kissing, though it says it's "open to working with the client on alternative submissions." Yeah—like heterosexual ones.]
I say let them both air. The idea of a TV network acting as the gatekeeper for appropriate and inappropriate idea has always been ridiculous. But if you're going to allow controversial themes into the game, then let everyone's in.
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