February 10th, 2010

Palin Talks About Snake Oil Science!

During a rare Northern California appearance on Monday, the increasingly bizarre and camera-whorish Sarah Palin opened her mouth, with self-consciously controversial results. It all happened at a media-banned logging conference in Redding, a town of 90,000 north of Sacramento, the former VP candidate "called studies supporting global climate change a 'bunch of snake oil science,'" reported Associated Press, who forked over $74 to attend the spectacle.

Palin's comment stemmed from something or other about protection for polar bears under the Endangered Species Act, which she sued to overturn in Alaska, because protecting the bears, it seems, impeded the state from "examining offshore drilling for oil and natural gas reserves."

Palin did, however, mention that "California's heavy regulatory environment makes it difficult for businesses to succeed," which, fine, sure. She has a point; an idiotic one, but a point. Still, Palin speaking out on science is just frightening. Behold:

"We knew the bottom line ... was ultimately to shut down a lot of our development ... And it didn't make any sense because it was based on these global warming studies that now we're seeing (is) a bunch of snake oil science."

She also went on to wonder if California was "just a little behind the times."

Oh, Sarah.

But fear not, Palin fans, for we have some love for your teabagging leader. How could we hate a woman who writes crib notes on her hand, calls her developmentally-disabled baby "retarded," and cracks the occasional bit of actual humor? While proclaiming to the audience that she was, in fact, a conservationist, she quipped, "We [the state of Alaska] really do love our trees," Palin said. "I named my daughter Willow. Isn't that granola enough for them?"

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Bienvenidos a Chile, S.A. :(

Chile: Piñera Names New Cabinet

Conservative businessmen, academics and technocrats debut on national stage

President-elect Sebastian Piñera on Tuesday named a cabinet of mostly conservative businessmen, academics and technocrats, many of whom cut their professional teeth as supporters of the 17-year military regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. (NO NO NO WTF NOOOO)

The 22 new cabinet ministers were announced at an event held at the National History Museum late in the afternoon and included economist Felipe Larrain as Finance Minister, Juan Andres Fontaine as Economy Minister, Alfredo Moreno as Foreign Minister and Rodrigo Hinzpeter as Interior Minister. Other important new cabinet members are Ena Von Baer, Secretary General to the Government; Cristian Larroulet, Secretary General to the President; Jaime Mañalich, Health Minister.

True to his word, Piñera did not offer cabinet positions to higher-profile, elected rightist leaders such as Senators Pablo Longueira and Jovino Novoa, both of the ultra-conservative Independent Democratic Union UDI party, nor to Sen. Andres Allamand of Piñera’s own center-right Renovacion Nacional (RN) party.

Still, an exception was made for Joaquìn Lavin (UDI), the former hard-right, religiously conservative (Opus Dei) presidential contender who for years carried the political banner for Chile’s rightist political parties – narrowly losing the presidency to Ricardo Lagos in 2000.  Lavin was appointed Education Minister.

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Mhmm...I sure love all them upper class Chilean surnames up in there. Also, Lavin as Education Minister scares the shit out of me. But on a more positive note, I'm sort of glad Pinera didn't do the "spoils" type system with the right, cause then we'd be seeing wayyyy more Pinochetistas than just Lavin. D:

Nobody Move! Teh Gay, it is calling from within the hou— er- courtroom.

I loooooooooove the irony of it, (or is it the opposite of irony?) Anyway, the prop 8 people argued in court under this judge that gay people could not consititute a minority status because we have people in powerful positions. And they argued that Teh Gays were out to get them. You see,  a congresswoman here a mayor there and Will & Grace and Ellen on the t.v. — *cue music*  ... they're even in this very ROOM.  So yeah, the GAY JUDGE  is staring down the gavel at your dumbasses while you tell him that Teh GAys are going to harm your children.

And here we go... Prop8trialtracker tells us that NOM NOM NOM NOM is now on the march.  NOM is harping after the Youtube issue as a sign of the Judge's clearly GAY bias. Their real heros - witnesses -were scared, you see. The Evil Gay judge tried to expose them. Threatening their lives with the threat of ... um... being seen by.. people and stuff.  It couldn't possibly be that the FACTS of the case DESTROYED THEIR TINY NON  LOGICAL ARGUMENTS WITH A HEATED FIREY TRUTH OF A THOUSAND SUNS. Oh and those witnesses they say were afraid to be seen- none of these people were afraid to attend rallies or make their own Youtube videos of their own. ~~~

Part the Second: This Isn’t About YouTube

February 9, 2010

Over the weekend, the Matier and Ross column in the San Francisco Chronicle “outed” Judge Vaughn Walker.  As I pointed out then here at the Prop 8 Trial Tracker, Andy Pugno’s response was muted. A mere suggestions of bias without a full accusation.
We are not going to say anything about that,” Pugno said. … “In many ways, the sponsors of Prop. 8 have been put at significant disadvantage throughout the case. Regardless of the reason for it.”(SF Chronicle) {facts are a bitch, hu?}
But, Andy Pugno had no reason to make the full-throated accusation. After all, his audience now is a more subdued one made up of judges. And, he doesn’t need to rile up the base, after all, that’s what the National Organization for Against Marriage (NOM) is for. And boy, do they have a doozy on their hands here.  They hit all the points in a letter they sent out to their email list:
The letter, from NOM’s Executive Director Brian Brown, reads pretty much the way you’d expect from NOM. There’s Pugno’s “we don’t know if it’s true, but he’s really mean” line, but they quickly get to the red meat “activist” line:
We have no idea whether the report is true or not. But we do know one really big important fact about Judge Walker: He’s been an amazingly biased and one-sided force throughout this trial, far more akin to an activist than a neutral referee. That’s no secret at all.
I’ll forgive Mr. Brown for missing my earlier post on what being a judge really means. While it sounds cute to say “neutral referee” or that they are “calling the balls and strikes,” being a judge does require some judgment. It requires analysis that will vary from judge to judge. But don’t worry, there’s more to be horrified over:
But the most egregious, and damaging, of all of Judge Walker’s rulings was his determination to violate federal rules to broadcast his show trial worldwide. The US Supreme Court eventually blocked Walker’s efforts (and rapped his biased knuckles sharply!) {LOL @ the image of Judge Walker as a petulant child}  finding that he improperly changed the rules “at the eleventh hour” in violation of federal law. (Unfortunately, however, but by the time the Supreme Court issued a permanent stay two days into trial, the supporters of Prop 8 had already lost two-thirds of their expert witnesses who feared retaliation from the publicity).{bullshit,bullshit,bullshit,bullshit,bullshit,bullshit,bullshit,bullshit,bullshit,bullshit,bullshit,}
This is really the heart of where the pro-Prop 8 people are going with this. It’s all about the YouTube. Their witnesses were so scared of appearing on YouTube that they couldn’t possibly testify. Terrified, I tell you! But, when it comes down to it, what they were scared of was cross-examination. After seeing David Boies destroy both witnesses who did agree to hop on the stand, you can’t blame them. Take LSU Professor Loren Marks. He doesn’t seem so shy to appear on YouTube. Here’s one of his appearances on the video sharing site.
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Study Links Religion and Racism

In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus warned religious listeners against what today would be called “ingroup prejudice”: the tendency to think less of outsiders, especially those of another race.

The Samaritan, a member of a group despised by Israelites of that time, proves himself more charitable to an injured traveler than two members of the Jewish clergy.

Devout listeners startled by the Samaritan’s charity would have had to confront a difficult message: Piety and prejudice keep close company.

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First Americans Need Help in South Dakota

This actually made me smile. I watched last night's second airing of Keith Olbermann's Countdown and he had a special comment regarding the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe:

The need for assistance on the Cheyenne River Reservation grows each day as the temperature continues to drop well below freezing. After suffering devastating ice-related storms over the weekend of January 22, 2010, electricity and water have been non-existent or scarce. Over 2,500 utility poles are currently on the ground in this remote, rural area. Power has been out in several communities and for thousands of residents for several days. Below zero temperatures and no electricity, heat, water or gasoline has created devastating results.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

When he did that segment, the total showed as something like $7,000. So I moseyed over there to do my meager bit, and lo, the funds raised now total $122,664. :D

Go, Keith. Use that television box for good.



EDIT: Most recent total: $175,379

EDIT 2: matching funds from the Ruth Bush Foundation and the Northwest Area Foundation for the Cheyenne River ice storm relief efforts have been raised from $25,000 to $35,000

As of last site refresh, donations have topped $180,000


more from Australia's favourite conservative politician

Australia's Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

Casually sexist and not ashamed of it, and it's doing well in the popularity polls, and suggestion because he's old-fashioned the voters love it, and apparently some women love it. Why I don't know, there is no accounting for taste.

Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has dismissed criticism of his remark about housewives and ironing.

During a visit to a Queanbeyan dry cleaning business yesterday, Mr Abbott said that the cost of an emissions trading scheme would hit "housewives" who used electricity to iron.

The government seized upon his comments, saying they showed Mr Abbott was old-fashioned and stuck in the past.

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Blizzard warning issued for several states

(CNN) -- Blizzard warnings on the East Coast stretched from New York to the Carolinas on Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Areas under the warning include metro Washington; Baltimore, Maryland; Newark and Atlantic City, New Jersey; Dover, Delaware; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York City; and Long Island, New York.

A blizzard warning was in effect as far south as the southern Appalachian Mountains, including Asheville, North Carolina, the weather service said.

Under such a warning, the following conditions are expected to be seen for three hours or longer: wind speeds of 35 mph or more and considerable falling and/or blowing of snow with visibility near zero (less than ¼ mile), the weather service said.
In Washington, the snow was falling at a rate of 2 inches per hour, said CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras.

The snowfall is affecting people farther north than last weekend's storm, Jeras said.

And other states are sharing in the travails: Jeras said the weather service reports that 47 states have snow on the ground.

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For Richer, For Poorer

For Richer, For Poorer
Paul Romer
27th January 2010 — Issue 167

Forget aid—people in the poorest countries like Haiti need new cities with different rules. And developed countries should be the ones that build them

Lacking electricity at home, students work under the dim lights of a parking lot at G’bessi Airport in Conakry, Guinea

On the first day of TEDGlobal, a conference for technology enthusiasts in Oxford in July 2009, a surprise guest was unveiled: Gordon Brown. He began his presentation with a striking photograph of a vulture watching over a starving Sudanese girl. The internet, he said, meant such shocking images circulated quickly around the world, helping to mobilise a new global community of aid donors. Brown’s talk ended with a call to action: developed countries should give more aid to fight poverty.

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Obama Doesn’t ‘Begrudge’ CEO Bonuses

President Barack Obama said he doesn’t “begrudge” the $17 million bonus awarded to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon or the $9 million issued to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO Lloyd Blankfein, noting that some athletes take home more pay.

The president, speaking in an interview, said in response to a question that while $17 million is “an extraordinary amount of money” for Main Street, “there are some baseball players who are making more than that and don’t get to the World Series either, so I’m shocked by that as well.”

“I know both those guys; they are very savvy businessmen,” Obama said in the interview yesterday in the Oval Office with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which will appear on newsstands Friday. “I, like most of the American people, don’t begrudge people's success or wealth. That is part of the free-market system.”

Obama sought to combat perceptions that his administration is anti-business and trumpeted the influence corporate leaders have had on his economic policies. He plans to reiterate that message when he speaks to the Business Roundtable, which represents the heads of many of the biggest U.S. companies, on Feb. 24 in Washington.

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Tea Bagging Overlords Bringing Fear Across the Land of Arizona

Afraid Of Tea Partiers, Armey Withholds Support From McCain In Race Against ‘Undistinguished’ J.D. Hayworth

John McCain is locked in a tough battle to retain Republican support for his U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, facing a challenge from far-right former congressman J.D. Hayworth. Conservative talk show host Mark Levin, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and numerous conservative websites have backed Hayworth over McCain, who has generally been rejected by the Tea Party movement.

But on Monday, the New York Times broke the news that FreedomWorks Chairman and Tea Party profiteer Dick Armey has bucked his beloved movement and endorsed McCain. Buried near the bottom of the New York Times’ story:
Even within the fractured Tea Party movement, Mr. McCain is not without support. He is endorsed by Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, the populist movement’s darling, and Sarah Palin, his running mate in the 2008 presidential campaign. And Dick Armey, whose FreedomWorks organization has become front and center in the movement, says he is throwing his support behind Mr. McCain.
Yesterday in a blog post, however, FreedomWorks shot back at the New York Times, disputing the paper’s story:
The New York Times reported recently that FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey has endorsed Sen. John McCain in the GOP primary in Arizona. This is not the case, although this story has been picked up and repeated by countless media personalities and reporters around the country.

This seems to be a good case study in how false information can make its way around the internet and the airwaves before it can be corrected. But we wanted to post a quick statement for all of you who have asked us about this.
Armey’s refusal to endorse McCain seems like pandering to the Tea Party movement. After all, Armey — formerly the Republican House Majority Leader — told the Arizona Republic recently that McCain has had a distinguished career, unlike Hayworth:
“We’re a small organization with a limited budget. There’s an awful lot of places where our presence would be needed and can really make a difference. We don’t see this Arizona race as one where we need to be actively involved. It’s hard for us to believe that J.D. Hayworth could mount a credible challenge to John McCain. Obviously, we’ll watch the race. But J.D. had a fairly short, undistinguished congressional career with virtually no initiative on his part. I just don’t see any reason why we should be concerned about that race.” [...]

“There’s nobody who can match McCain’s record on fiscal responsibility,” he said.

As I recall, J.D. was on the Ways and Means Committee and I didn’t really see him make any distinguished effort, for example, like people like (Arizona GOP Reps.) Jeff Flake and John Shadegg in terms of creative ideas and legislative initiative,” Armey said. “Certainly nothing on the cost-control front. But John McCain was the first guy to understand the need to get earmarks under control. He took a real leadership role, as did Jeff Flake.
Armey may be trying to avoid the backlash that Palin received when she announced her support for her former running mate. Fox News host Glenn Beck said, “This Sarah Palin thing really bothers me,” and conservative blogger Michelle Malkin wrote that Tea Party activists were “rightly outraged by Sarah Palin’s decision to campaign for McCain.” Even Paul Streitz, co-founder of the 2012 Draft Sarah Committee, lamented, “What should this be called, the Rinoization of Sarah Palin.”
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If they get away with this...

Haiti parents testify they gave kids to Americans

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Parents of some of the children who 10 U.S. missionaries tried to take out of Haiti after its catastrophic earthquake told a judge Tuesday that they freely handed over their kids, the Americans' lawyer said.

The parents' testimony means no law was broken and "we can't talk any more about trafficking of human beings," attorney Aviol Fleurant told reporters.

He said he was confident the judge will dismiss the case.

Nine of the Americans, most from an Idaho church group, have now been interviewed by the judge, who is to decide whether they will stand trial. The judge did not speak with reporters.

Flaurent said the Americans would be back in court Wednesday. One of them, Jim Allen of Amarillo, Texas, was represented by a separate lawyer Tuesday.

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Newt Gingrich Now Granting Free Citizenship to British Terrorists.

Attempting To Justify His Double Standard, Gingrich Falsely Claims Richard Reid Was An American Citizen

Newt Gingrich has helped lead the conservative effort to politicize the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas day. Since the failed attack, he has called for “profiling” and asserted that Republican political campaigns should get a “boost” from the incident.

Last night, in an interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, Gingrich tried to skewer the Obama administration for reading Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged Christmas day terrorist, his Miranda rights. Stewart noted that the Bush administration had also informed the shoe bomber Richard Reid of his Miranda rights. Gingrich justified his double standard by claiming that the circumstance was different because Reid was “an American citizen.” Stewart took the extra step of returning after commercial break to correct Gingrich — Reid was a British citizen:

GINGRICH: The American people doesn’t understand reading Miranda rights to terrorists in Detroit when its fairly obvious they’re terrorists. […]

STEWART: Didn’t they [the Bush administration] do the same with Richard Reid, the shoe bomber.

GINGRICH: Richard Reid was an American citizen.
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NYS Senate Votes To Immediately Expel Monserrate

The New York Senate voted Tuesday night to expel a senator convicted of a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his girlfriend, a resolution the lawmaker assailed as an injustice to the people who elected him.

The Senate voted 53-8 to oust Sen. Hiram Monserrate, a Queens Democrat who at trial last year was convicted of dragging girlfriend Karla Giraldo through his apartment lobby in December 2008 but acquitted of felony assault. A felony conviction would have automatically cost him his job.

Monserrate apologized for any discredit his conduct brought to the Senate, but he said Tuesday's vote was depriving voters of their right to choose a representative.

"We look forward to the court's intervening to protect the constitutional rights of the people that I represent," he said.

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Utah Legislature Shows Scientific Ignorance. Again.

The Utah legislature has once again demonstrated its utter ignorance of science by passing a bill allowing women to view the heartbeat of their fetus before an abortion -- at three weeks. Here comes the stupid:

Before HB200 cleared the chamber in a 53-15 vote, Minority Leader David Litvack, D-Salt Lake City, unsuccessfully attempted to amend the bill to delete language he believed to be flat-out false, referring to viewing the heartbeat of a fetus at three weeks.

"It is not medically accurate," Litvack said. "It's not possible. It does not exist."

Litvack read from a physician's e-mail that said you could expect to see embryonic cardiac activity at about six weeks from the woman's last period.

Rep. Carl Wimmer, the bill's sponsor, disputed Litvack's claim.

"There are arguments on both sides of the issue," Wimmer, R-Herriman, said.

Uh, no. There's not. A fetus does not have a heart at three weeks, much less a heartbeat. A human embryo at three weeks is about a millimeter long. Good luck detecting a heartbeat.

Source is ashamed by her stupid, stupid home state.
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FCC Professor Accused of Teaching Anti-Gay Views

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Students say Instructor Brad Lopez's beginning health class, relies on the bible to teach biology.

"He started out asking was Jesus haploid or diploid, a biological term and he directed us to go to the bible for proof and write a paper on it," said student David Chenoit.

Trying to figure out Christ's chromosomes may have been unusual, but student Jacqueline Maheffy said Lopez offended her and others when he said homosexuality was a disease. "I was very upset about the homosexuality part to think that this man would be telling me that my gay and lesbian friends which I have quite a few of are ruining the world, are degrading society."

Students said Lopez also equates abortion with murder, and uses the bible as proof. Lopez admitted as much in a recent address he made at Fresno's People's Church and posted online.

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How a "Knuckle-dragging Neanderthanl Hunter" Saved Florida's High-Speed Rail.

How Florida Cashed In On High-Speed Rail

The awarding of high-speed rail money by the federal government in February turned into a test of which state officials could transcend partisan bickering and agree to pony up a bit of their precious local resources -- and which couldn't. States along the Northeast corridor failed to get much funding, despite their overwhelming objective need. But among the big winners was Florida, which owes its success in large part to outspoken liberal Congressman Alan Grayson, who showed he does know how to make nice with knuckle-dragging Neanderthals when it means getting something done for his Orlando district.

For Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, evidence of bipartisan local commitment was his highest priority in determining where to dole the dough. That's because for stimulus-funded programs like this, getting projects up and moving fast is essential -- and backyard battles over turf and partisan posture can delay a project for decades. (How's that Purple Line coming along, Maryland?)

When LaHood was done, Florida was getting $1.25 billion, the Midwest was getting $2.6 billion and the entire Northeast Corridor -- Washington to Baltimore to Philadelphia to New York to Boston - was getting less than half a billion.

That's because the primary qualification wasn't need -- or even partisan politics. "If you look at where money went, it went to districts all over the country where members of Congress voted against the economic recovery," LaHood, a former House Republican, said last week at a breakfast with reporters. "Now we've seen them show up at the ribbon cuttings, by the way, elbowing their way to the front of the line."

Florida's victory can be traced to the support of its well-placed congressional delegation and a GOP legislature that pulled itself together in time to persuade the White House that the state was serious about getting into the rail business.

Vital to that effort was Grayson, who Washington Republicans routinely portray as more interested in his national popularity with the Democratic base than with Central Florida issues.

In order to find out what Florida needed to do, Grayson asked White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel about the decision-making process, Grayson told HuffPost. Emanuel told him that there was real concern in the White House that Florida was not fully ready for high-speed rail, and that it might not be willing to spend any of its own money toward that end. Florida voters had previously backed rail in a statewide vote, but then repealed their own law.
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Tea Party Jab to Be Zapped From Captain America Comic, Writer Says

By Joshua Rhett Miller - FOXNews.com

A "tea bag" reference in a recent Captain America comic book that has angered the Tea Party movement will be removed by Marvel Comics in future editions, the story's writer told FoxNews.com.

In issue No. 602 of Captain America, "Two Americas, Part One," the title hero and The Falcon, a black superhero from New York City, stumble upon a protest rally in Boise, Idaho. They see scores of protesters carrying signs that say "Stop the Socialists!" and "Tea Bag The Libs Before They Tea Bag YOU!"

Captain America says the protest appears to be an "anti-tax thing," and The Falcon jokes that he likely would not be welcomed into the crowd of "angry white folks."

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MPs back referendum on voting system

MPs have backed government plans to hold a UK-wide referendum on changing the voting system next year.

Voters would be asked if they wanted to keep "first past the post" or switch to the "alternative vote", which ranks candidates in order of preference.

But it is not certain the bill will become law before Parliament is dissolved ahead of the election.

The government says change is needed to restore trust in politics, but the Tories say it is a waste of £80m.

MPs backed the referendum plan by 365 votes to 187 - a majority of 178 for the government.

A Liberal Democrat amendment to hold a referendum earlier and on a different voting system - the single transferable vote - was defeated by 476 votes to 69.

Trust 'damaged'

The government put forward its plan for a referendum to be held by the end of October 2011 in an amendment to the Constitutional Reform Bill.

But the wide-ranging bill has to go through various parliamentary stages before becoming law and is expected to face opposition in the House of Lords. Downing Street has also admitted "time is tight" to change the law ahead of a general election, widely expected in May.
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I'd love to get excited about this, but at the end of the day it's a deathbed cry for help, and AV's still a majoritarian system. Even if the referendum is held, and everyone votes yes, all it'll do is slow further reform.
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We've broken the record for snow in the DC area.

It's official. This has been the most snow for any winter in DC since
records began. And we still have another month or so of winter left.

According to


as of 2pm today, there was National airport had 9.8 inches of snow from
this storm (almost certainly more now), bringing the total snow for this
winter to 54.9 inches, breaking the previous record of 54.4 from 1898-99.

So, if you are sick of winter, like I am, there is good reason.

Okay snow gods, you break the record. You can stop now! Please?!?
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Former congressman Charlie Wilson dead at 76

(CNN) -- Former congressman Charlie Wilson of Texas died Wednesday at age 76, a Texas hospital said.

The 12-term Democratic representative, who served Texas' 2nd Congressional District and inspired the book and movie "Charlie Wilson's War," had been in a meeting with a friend Wednesday morning when he complained of difficulty breathing, said Yana Ogletree, a spokeswoman for Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas.

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John Mayer: “My dick is sort of like a white supremacist” and other musings on life.

If there were ever to be an award for douche of the year, I am most certain John Mayer would win hands down. He recently did an interview with playboy that had me wanting to wash my eyeballs out and rip something. The following is just a short snippet of the horror that is John Mayer:

MAYER: Someone asked me the other day, “What does it feel like now to have a hood pass?” And by the way, it’s sort of a contradiction in terms, because if you really had a hood pass, you could call it a nigger pass. Why are you pulling a punch and calling it a hood pass if you really have a hood pass? But I said, “I can’t really have a hood pass. I’ve never walked into a restaurant, asked for a table and been told, ‘We’re full.’"
PLAYBOY: It is true; a lot of rappers love you. You recorded with Common and Kanye West, played live with Jay-Z.
MAYER: What is being black? It’s making the most of your life, not taking a single moment for granted. Taking something that’s seen as a struggle and making it work for you, or you’ll die inside. Not to say that my struggle is like the collective struggle of black America. But maybe my struggle is similar to one black dude’s.
PLAYBOY: Do black women throw themselves at you?
MAYER: I don’t think I open myself to it. My dick is sort of like a white supremacist. I’ve got a Benetton heart and a fuckin’ David Duke cock. I’m going to start dating separately from my dick.
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A Tour of North Korea

Brooklyn, New York (VBS.TV)

Getting into North Korea was one of the weirdest processes VBS has ever dealt with. After we went back and forth with their representatives for months, they finally said they were going to allow 16 journalists to come and cover the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang. Just before our departure, they suddenly said, "No, nobody can come." Then they said, "OK, OK, you can come. But only as tourists." But they already knew we were journalists, and over there if you get caught being a journalist when you're supposed to be a tourist you go to jail. We don't like jail. And we're willing to bet we'd hate jail in North Korea.

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I felt this was a really interesting glimpse of North Korea, a country we hardly, if ever, get to see very much of. I especially found it to be as the reporter said...it's like going back in time to Soviet Russia or Maoist China. And they're all waiting for the reunification of the Koreas.


Scott Brown plans memoir

Source: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32778.html#ixzz0f9Abjg69

The man with the truck will soon be the man with a book.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), the party's hottest elected official, has decided to write a book that combines memoir and inspiration.

Gail Gitcho, his new Senate communications director, tells POLITICO, “Senator Brown is honored and humbled to be approached by many people who want him to tell his inspirational personal story about his life leading up to his election as a United States senator from Massachusetts. He will tell his story in a book in hopes of providing insight and encouragement to others and also to ensure that the record is complete and accurate.

"Part of the book proceeds will be donated to charity," Gitcho continued. "Senator Brown will work with a collaborator so he can continue to focus fully on his service to the people of Massachusetts, which is, and always will be, his first priority.”

Brown has hired Williams & Connolly's Bob Barnett, the city's leading counsel to politician-authors, to help him through the process.

The book is permitted under Senate rules. Aides say anything Brown does regarding the book will be reviewed and approved by the Senate Ethics Committee.

No decision has been made on the timing or a publisher.

Sounds like a CYA technique, if you know what I mean.

Why Superbowl Ads Are So Sexist, Racist, and Homophobic

Why is the Superbowl commercial line-up, hailed as an achievement in advertising industry creativity, often so casually sexist, racist, and homophobic? Credit the watchful eye of the CBS Standards and Practices department, which ensures that Superbowl ads bring in millions of viewers looking to be shocked—without offending the delicate sensibilities of the American people.

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For once Glenn Beck says something I can agree with:

"Tomorrow could be an important day, it's the day that the Iranian leadership has promised it would punch the west. i dont know what that means, they say this every year, it could be bad, i dont know. I do know this, Iran is a serious threat to us and Israel and to the rest of the world. The threat that has been ignored for far too long. Unfortunately I have been warning about this for 5 years now, it's too late to do anything. Time for tough action, it's gone. When will Barack Obama stand up for and with the people of Iran? Mr. President, please, put on a green tie, step to the microphone and announce to the world that you are wearing the tie in solidarity with the people of Iran. Give a speech that would enable the Iranian people to stand up and stand up strong against tyranny and oppression of their own government. Military attacks, America, blockades, everything... really bad. We can't do it, the Israeli's if they do it, it's a disaster. Sanctions wont work, the Chinese and the Russians are not going to cooperate. The UN, please, it's a joke. The policy of cosying up to Iran has never worked and never will. Bush let it go, Obama let it go. Our only move now, and we MUST do it now, is PLEASE Mr. President show your unwavering support for freedom for the people of Iran."

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Australian Government Gets Free Porn (and Not The Good Kind)

Hackers Slam Australia Government With A 'S**t Storm' Of Porn

Hackers shut down several Australian government Web sites Wednesday in a coordinated attack against a proposed Internet filter that targets pornography and criminal sites.

The Australian Parliament House Web site was down for almost an hour and the Department of Communications site also experienced difficulties, the Attorney-General's Department said in a statement.

It said the distributed denial-of-service attack, which blocked access to the sites, was launched by a group calling itself only "Anonymous."

The attack mirrored a similar one last November, also attributed to Anonymous.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported that a statement from Anonymous said the attack was intended to protest the government's mandatory filter, particularly its blocking of certain pornography sites.

"More importantly, Anonymous does not approve of the steps already undertaken by the Australian Government to control what their populous sees," said the statement quoted by ABC.

According to Ars Technica, the hackers' denial of service attack, which targeted Parliament's website and the main Australian government site, was followed by a "'s***storm' of porn-related e-mails, faxes, and prank cell phone calls to government officials, with a special focus on three types of content that has fallen under the ban: small-breasted porn, cartoon porn, and female ejaculation.'

Ars Technica reports that an email sent to the media by Anonymous included the message: "The Australian government will learn that one does not mess with our porn [...] No one messes with our access to perfectly legal (or illegal) content for any reason."

The federal government _ which is up for re-election this year _ plans to introduce a mandatory Internet filtering system by early 2011 that will block obscene and crime-linked Web sites. The system would make Australia one of the strictest Internet regulators among the world's democracies.

Critics say the filter will not prevent determined users from sharing such content, and it could lead to unwarranted censorship by overzealous officials.

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Third time's the...something.

Remarkable third trial coming for RIAA's first P2P defendant

When Jammie Thomas (now Thomas-Rasset) became the first alleged P2P file-swapper to take her case all the way to trial and verdict, no one suspected that she would actually have three trials and verdicts, but that's the case today, as the RIAA rejected a federal judge's decision to slash Thomas-Rasset's damage award. Instead, we're headed to a truncated third trial on the issue of damages.

The recording industry also made it clear this week that both Thomas-Rasset and Joel Tenenbaum (the second P2P defendant to go to trial and verdict) are, in its view, quite terrible people: lying, deceiving, irresponsible, and unreasonable. And the industry can't understand why they're both fighting on.

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It never ends, ever.

Pimp who 'bought' young woman for $2,000 and advertised her on Craigslist is sentenced to 25 years

A Queens pimp who "bought" a young woman for $2,000 - and advertised her sex services on Craigslist - was sentenced to 25 years to life.

David Brown, 32, paid $2,000 to an ex-girlfriend for the 19-year-old victim, who was described as homeless and vulnerable.

He took nude pictures of the victim and then posted them online, advertising the woman as a sex slave.

Over 12 days in August 2008 she was forced into sex with 30 men, and Brown collected payments ranging from $60 to $200, prosecutors said.

Brown was convicted on sex trafficking, kidnapping and other charges. He was the first to be charged under a new harsh sex-trafficking law signed by disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer in June 2007.

Ironically, Spitzer was forced from office less than a year later after being identified as "Client 9" - the patron of a $5,500-an-hour call-girl ring.

"You are a con man of the first order," Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise told Brown. "I'm going to do my best to insure that you never see the light of day again."

Brown blamed his troubles on a spiteful ex - the woman prosecutors said sold him the woman.

"I did not do the crime," Brown said. "This was straight jealousy from an old girlfriend that I left. I never touched [the victim.] I never kidnapped her."