March 9th, 2010

10-year-old Colleton girl suspected of trying to poison teacher

Source: The Post and Courier

A 10-year-old Colleton County girl is accused of placing crushed prescription pills and possible poisons in her teacher's drink to get back at her for switching the girl to a different class, authorities said.

Laura Tew, a fourth grade teacher at Hendersonville Elementary School, told sheriff's deputies she began to feel ill on Feb. 24 but continued working until her symptoms grew worse, forcing her to call in sick two days later.

She was recovering at home when her principal called and explained that one of her students had been bragging that she had "taken care" of Tew, authorities said. The girl told other students that Tew wouldn't be coming back to school because of something the girl put in the teacher's drink, according to a police report.

When questioned, the student told the principal she had crushed different types of prescription medications and other possible poisons and placed them in her teacher's drink. The student said she was mad at Tew for switching her to a different class and was intentionally trying to harm her, a police report stated.

The girl has not been formally charged with a crime, but prosecutors are preparing a petition to take to a Family Court hearing on March 25, said Daniel Brownstein, spokesman for 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone. She will either be charged with administering or attempting to administer poison or tampering with human drug products or food items, he said. Both are felonies, and an adult would face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of these offenses, he said.

Brownstein said witnesses heard the girl brag about poisoning Tew and some apparently saw her place something in the teacher's drink.

The girl remains with her parents. State law prohibits authorities from incarcerating a child younger than 11.

School district officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the student's status or the condition of the teacher. Tew sought medical treatment after being alerted to the alleged poisoning and had her doctor run a screening for toxic substances, according to a police report.
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SC House of Representatives say Fuck You to HIV/AIDS patients

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina House voted Thursday to cut all HIV/AIDS funding from the budget, a funding issue that could affect thousands of South Carolinians.

The South Carolina HIV/AIDS Care Crisis Task Force reports there are more than 14,000 people living in the state who have tested positive for HIV or AIDS. About 3,000 people rely on government funds for medications.

For Brian Morgan, two pills carry a miracle.

"Life," he added, shaking pills out of a bottle.

"This helps me stay alive, this medication," said Ali Shabazz.

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Rubio mocking and almost-implicit Mean Girls references? this story... it was made for me. drr drr.

Crist suggests Rubio may have used money for back wax



Governor Charlie Crist took a stab at his opponent for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination. He was interviewed on Greta Van Susteren’s show, “On The Record,” Monday night.

Crist used the opportunity to go after Marco Rubio, saying Rubio may have used a Republican Party credit card for personal expenses.

“He charged a $130 haircut, or maybe it was a back wax. We’re not really sure what all he got at that place,” said Crist.

Van Susteren followed up the statement by asking if he was being “flip.”

“I don’t know what it was,” said Crist. “Initially we were told it was a haircut and then he said, ‘Well no, it wasn’t a haircut.’”

Rubio was quick to respond to Crist’s statements, saying the governor has been reduced to making up stories about his opponent’s grooming habits .

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Ground zero hotel wants to attract 9/11 tourists
Hotel’s proximity to the site of attacks being used as a marketing tool




NEW YORK - Looking down into the construction site covering the 16 acres where the World Trade Center once stood, some might see a place shadowed by death.

But Cheryl Palmer sees a rebirth — and a business opportunity. She's vice president of Club Quarters Inc., the company opening the World Center Hotel — and as far as she's concerned, the property's location on the edge of the site of the Sept. 11 attacks is a selling point.

"People choose to be here because they want to be close to it. They want to feel it, they want to celebrate. They want to remember," she said, standing by an open-air patio overlooking the site. "We have a very accessible view on it."
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What the Freedom to Marry in the Capital Means Nationwide

First Same-Sex Couple to Marry in DC

Today, surrounded by friends and family, the first same-sex couples in Washington D.C. to receive marriage licenses are celebrating their legal marriages. D.C. now officially joins the five states and eight countries that have ended exclusion from marriage. Marriage in our nation's capital marks a significant victory not only for D.C. couples who no longer need to leave home to secure the protections and responsibilities of marriage, but also for the national movement to win the freedom to marry.
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Kick Stupak in the Ass: Call Your Rep to Support Healthcare Reform

No, don’t call Bart Stupak unless you live in upper Michigan. If you do, give him some positive feedback for taking baby steps in the right direction.

Phone your own Rep instead. We need to know who might have promised Stupak to help kill health care without his medieval amendment. Even if you’re busy, even if you have never phoned before, please take the time if your Rep is on the TPM list of Stupak’s most likely recruits:

Solomon Ortiz (D-TX) (202) 225-7742
Jerry Costello (D-IL) (202) 225-5661
James Oberstar (D-MN) (202) 225-6211
Steve Driehaus (D-OH) (202) 225-2216
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) (202) 225-4146
Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) (202) 225-6511
Kathleen Dahlkemper (D-PA) (202) 225-5406
Joe Donnelly (D-IN) (202) 225-3915
Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) (202) 225-4636
Dan Lipinski (D-IL) (202) 225-5701
Charlie Wilson (D-OH) (202) 225-5705

Jason Altmire (D-PA) is also a critical target. (202) 225-2565

That doesn’t mean the rest of you should sit the day out. Ask every Congressperson where he or she stands on the current Senate bill. Encourage him or her to vote YES, and tell them that you also phoned your Senators to keep pressure up for reconciliation (also, do that). Tell Progressives like Raul Grijalva to stop playing John Boehner’s chump. We can improve health care if it gets passed today, or we can let Republicans win and their Congressional majority will find ways to make a bad system worse.

Regarding abortion, ask your Representative whether it bothers them that young women in their district can’t afford health care. Pregnancy complications go especially badly when a mother delays medical attention, like uninsured people do all the time. Does your Representative want those unborn deaths on his or her conscience? Let their staffers know you and your church group cannot wait to write local papers to make that point.

Congress will probably vote this week or next week at the latest. Whether your Rep supports reform or not, pick up the phone and give a shot of confidence.

Switchboard: (202) 224-3121.

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Federal pay ahead of private industry

By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY
Federal employees earn higher average salaries than private-sector workers in more than eight out of 10 occupations, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data finds.

Accountants, nurses, chemists, surveyors, cooks, clerks and janitors are among the wide range of jobs that get paid more on average in the federal government than in the private sector.

Overall, federal workers earned an average salary of $67,691 in 2008 for occupations that exist both in government and the private sector, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The average pay for the same mix of jobs in the private sector was $60,046 in 2008, the most recent data available.

These salary figures do not include the value of health, pension and other benefits, which averaged $40,785 per federal employee in 2008 vs. $9,882 per private worker, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Federal pay has become a hot political issue in recent months because of concerns over the federal budget deficit and recession-battered wages in the private sector.

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., made federal pay an issue in his successful campaign to fill Edward Kennedy's seat and is fighting for a pay freeze.

The federal government spent about $224 billion in 2008 on compensation for about 2 million civilian employees.

"The data flip the conventional wisdom on its head," says Cato Institute budget analyst Chris Edwards, a critic of federal pay policy. "Federal workers make substantially more than private workers, not less, in addition to having a large advantage in benefits."

More info: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-04-federal-pay_N.htm
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Right Wing Census Advice: Write American As Your Race!

I've seen this shit on 6 different blogs, so I guess it's time to post it here:



Mark Krikorian from National Review has this to say about the Census:

I haven't gotten my letter from the Census Bureau yet asking me to make sure I fill out the questionnaire. But when I do fill it out, I'll use it to send a message.

Fully one-quarter of the space on this year's form is taken up with questions of race and ethnicity, which are clearly illegitimate and none of the government's business (despite the New York Times' assurances to the contrary on today's editorial page). So until we succeed in building the needed wall of separation between race and state, I have a proposal. Question 9 on the census form asks "What is Person 1's race?" (and so on, for other members of the household). My initial impulse was simply to misidentify my race so as to throw a monkey wrench into the statistics; I had fun doing this on the personal-information form my college required every semester, where I was a Puerto Rican Muslim one semester, and a Samoan Buddhist the next. But lying in this constitutionally mandated process is wrong. Really — don't do it.

Instead, we should answer Question 9 by checking the last option — "Some other race" — and writing in "American." It's a truthful answer but at the same time is a way for ordinary citizens to express their rejection of unconstitutional racial classification schemes. In fact, "American" was the plurality ancestry selection for respondents to the 2000 census in four states and several hundred counties.

So remember: Question 9 — "Some other race" — "American". Pass it on.


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Gendercide: The War on Baby Girls

Killed, aborted or neglected, at least 100m girls have disappeared — and the number is rising.

IMAGINE you are one half of a young couple expecting your first child in a fast-growing, poor country. You are part of the new middle class; your income is rising; you want a small family. But traditional mores hold sway around you, most important in the preference for sons over daughters. Perhaps hard physical labour is still needed for the family to make its living. Perhaps only sons may inherit land. Perhaps a daughter is deemed to join another family on marriage and you want someone to care for you when you are old. Perhaps she needs a dowry.

Now imagine that you have had an ultrasound scan; it costs $12, but you can afford that. The scan says the unborn child is a girl. You yourself would prefer a boy; the rest of your family clamours for one. You would never dream of killing a baby daughter, as they do out in the villages. But an abortion seems different. What do you do?

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Hundreds slaughtered in Nigeria religious violence

Hundreds slaughtered in Nigeria religious violence

DOGO NAHAWA, Nigeria – The killers showed no mercy: They didn't spare women and children, or even a 4-day-old baby, from their machetes. On Monday, Nigerian women wailed in the streets as a dump truck carried dozens of bodies past burned-out homes toward a mass grave.

Rubber-gloved workers pulled ever-smaller bodies from the dump truck and tossed them into the mass grave. A crowd began singing a hymn with the refrain, "Jesus said I am the way to heaven." As the grave filled, the grieving crowd sang: "Jesus, show me the way."

At least 200 people, most of them Christians, were slaughtered on Sunday, according to residents, aid groups and journalists. The local government gave a figure more than twice that amount, but offered no casualty list or other information to substantiate it.

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Swamp Monster To Invade Costa Rica!! Terror Alert Red!

Swamp Monster To Be Killed With Free Health Care From Costa Rica's Socialized Medicine!!

Limbaugh vows to flee the country if health care passes.

Hate radio host Rush Limbaugh has been one of health care reform’s most vociferous opponents, warning that “[h]uman beings will die earlier than normal” under the “freedom killing” and “life threatening” plan, and calling for it to be “aborted.” Yesterday, Limbaugh put his money where his mouth is, saying that if health care passes and all his fears are realized, he’ll leave the country:

CALLER: If the health care bill passes, where would you go for health care yourself? And the second part of that is, what would happen to the doctors, do they have to participate in the federal program, or could they opt out of it? [...]

LIMBAUGH: My guess in even in Canada and even in the UK, doctors have opted out. And once they’ve opted, they can’t see anybody Medicare, Medicaid, or what will become the exchanges. They have to have a clientele of private patients that will pay them a retainer and it’ll be a very small practice. I don’t know if that’s been outlawed in the Senate bill. I don’t know. I’ll just tell you this, if this passes and it’s five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented — I am leaving the country. I’ll go to Costa Rica.

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Limbaugh’s self-imposed exile should be all the incentive needed to pass health care reform.

Public Health Care – Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)

The Costa Rican healthcare system is rated very highly on an international level, and the country’s citizens enjoy the health and life expectancy equal to that of more developed nations. These accolades come courtesy of strong, universal health insurance and excellent public and private hospitals.

Costa Rica’s public health insurance system, commonly known as the Caja, is available country-wide to all citizens and legal residents. There are ten major public hospitals – four in San Jose, including the Children’s Hospital – affiliated with the Caja. For non-emergencies and everyday medical care, small clinics, known as EBAIS (pronounced ay-vy-ice), are located in almost every community.
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GOP Sends a Strong Message To Welfare Queens: "F#ck The Poor! Get a Jub!"

Hunger, Bankruptcy and Desperation Are Good Motivators To Force Poor People To Riot Get Jubs!

Senate Drops Funding For Summer Jobs Program And Enhanced Subsidies For Poor Families With Children

Just a week after Senate Republican Jim Bunning's infamous obstruction of an unemployment benefits extension, the GOP is taking another stand that pits deficit reduction against aid to the poor and jobless.

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans -- along with some Democrats -- defeated a measure to provide $1.3 billion for summer jobs for young people this year and a $1.3 billion extension of enhanced subsidies for poor families with children.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who introduced the amendment along with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), pleaded with her colleagues not to object.

"I have personally heard the stories of these young men and women whose summer jobs changed their lives across the country," she said. "This amendment will provide $1.3 billion to create up to 500,000 temporary jobs this coming summer. It will invest in critical employment and learning programs that will help not only these young people but the businesses who hire them."

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) was not moved. "Why do we keep doing this?" said Gregg, arguing that the amendment was not paid for. "Why do we keep passing on to our children these debts?" His stance recalled Bunning's defense of his controversial decision last week to single-handedly block an extension of unemployment benefits -- he finally caved and allowed passage of the bill.

Murray unsuccessfully argued that the amendment was paid for over a 10-year period. But Democrats could muster only 55 votes against Gregg's budgetary point of order, five short of the supermajority needed to overcome it. Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jim Webb (Va.), Mark Warner (Va.), and Ben Nelson (Neb.) joined the Republicans in voting no.

The Kerry-Murray amendment would extend stimulus bill provisions creating a summer jobs program and subsidies for vulnerable families with children via the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The stimulus bill created the TANF Emergency Fund, which provided $5 billion to reimburse states for 80 percent of increased state spending on cash assistance, subsidized jobs and other short-term benefits for families. The amendment provides $1.3 billion to extend the program, which expires in September, until March 2011.

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Gathering Storm Part 2!

Gathering Storm Part 2!

Stop ENDA or, uhm, God will steal the sun. Or something.

Southern Poverty Law Center hate group The Traditional Values Coalition has a new website designed solely for the purpose of stopping the Employment NonDiscrimination Act. So considering this is the far-right we're talking about, all of the text and imagery on said new site are of course thoroughly high brow and fair, with the group presenting a rich and nuanced examination of this potential civil law and using nothing but carefully fleshed out logic to state resistance to it.

Nah, just kidding: Storms and kids and transphobia are once again the order of the day:

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*Bonus! Here's the stock photo that TVC used/altered

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Because apparently under ENDA, Mother Nature would be replaced with a militant lesbian weathergoverness who harnesses her strength from thunder. That should be exciting.

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Mitt Romney Supports The Tea Party, As Long As They Dont Run as A Third Party

Mitt Romney To Tea Party: No Third Party Candidacies

Once -- and possibly future -- presidential candidate Mitt Romney is urging Tea Party members not to run as third party candidates.


Romney told Newsmax that running as a third party candidate would split the Republican Party -- a "divide and fall" strategy -- and would "hand over the country to Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and that would be very sad indeed."


Romney is not the first prominent Republican to try to dissuade Tea Party members from seeking office under a third-party mantle. Earlier this year, Sarah Palin called for the GOP and Tea Party to merge:

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.

Romney also said that the Tea Party will greatly impact the 2010 midter elections. "I'm really pleased that the silent majority is silent no longer," he told Newsmax.
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NYC slave burial ground gets new visitor center

By Verena Dobnik, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — About 15,000 African slaves and their descendants were once unceremoniously buried under what is today Manhattan— and forgotten.

On Saturday, a new visitor center opened near the rediscovered cemetery from the 17th and 18th centuries to celebrate the ethnic Africans who had toiled, many unpaid, to help make New York the nation's commercial capital.

"It's shocking — the number of people today who are still unaware that this history exists in New York," said Tara Morrison, superintendent of the African Burial Ground National Memorial.

It's located a short walk from Wall Street, where African slaves once were traded.

Some of their remains were exhumed after 1991 and reburied on a third of an acre surrounded by high-rises amid bustling lower Manhattan.
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I heard about this via YA writer Laurie Halse Anderson. Her post is here if you'd like her reaction as well as links to more info about the memorial and the history of slavery in New York.
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Detroit wants to save itself by shrinking



DETROIT – Detroit, the very symbol of American industrial might for most of the 20th century, is drawing up a radical renewal plan that calls for turning large swaths of this now-blighted, rusted-out city back into the fields and farmland that existed before the automobile.

Operating on a scale never before attempted in this country, the city would demolish houses in some of the most desolate sections of Detroit and move residents into stronger neighborhoods. Roughly a quarter of the 139-square-mile city could go from urban to semi-rural.

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Part of me says "Yay, more agriculture!" while the other thinks this is one big gentrification plan that'll turn ugly quick.

Top home-school texts dismiss Darwin, evolution

Home-school mom Susan Mule wishes she hadn't taken a friend's advice and tried a textbook from a popular Christian publisher for her 10-year-old's biology lessons.

Mule's precocious daughter Elizabeth excels at science and has been studying tarantulas since she was 5. But she watched Elizabeth's excitement turn to confusion when they reached the evolution section of the book from Apologia Educational Ministries, which disputed Charles Darwin's theory.

"I thought she was going to have a coronary," Mule said of her daughter, who is now 16 and taking college courses in Houston. "She's like, 'This is not true!'"

Christian-based materials dominate a growing home-school education market that encompasses more than 1.5 million students in the U.S. And for most home-school parents, a Bible-based version of the Earth's creation is exactly what they want. Federal statistics from 2007 show 83 percent of home-schooling parents want to give their children "religious or moral instruction."

"The majority of home-schoolers self-identify as evangelical Christians," said Ian Slatter, a spokesman for the Home School Legal Defense Association. "Most home-schoolers will definitely have a sort of creationist component to their home-school program."

Those who don't, however, often feel isolated and frustrated from trying to find a textbook that fits their beliefs.

Two of the best-selling biology textbooks stack the deck against evolution, said some science educators who reviewed sections of the books at the request of The Associated Press.

"I feel fairly strongly about this. These books are promulgating lies to kids," said Jerry Coyne, an ecology and evolution professor at the University of Chicago.

The textbook publishers defend their books as well-rounded lessons on evolution and its shortcomings. One of the books doesn't attempt to mask disdain for Darwin and evolutionary science.

"Those who do not believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God will find many points in this book puzzling," says the introduction to "Biology: Third Edition" from Bob Jones University Press. "This book was not written for them."

The textbook delivers a religious ultimatum to young readers and parents, warning in its "History of Life" chapter that a "Christian worldview ... is the only correct view of reality; anyone who rejects it will not only fail to reach heaven but also fail to see the world as it truly is."

When the AP asked about that passage, university spokesman Brian Scoles said the sentence made it into the book because of an editing error and will be removed from future editions.

The size of the business of home-school texts isn't clear because the textbook industry is fragmented and privately held publishers don't give out sales numbers. Slatter said home-school material sales reach about $1 billion annually in the U.S.

Publishers are well aware of the market, said Jay Wile, a former chemistry professor in Indianapolis who helped launch the Apologia curriculum in the early 1990s.

"If I'm planning to write a curriculum, and I want to write it in a way that will appeal to home-schoolers, I'm going to at least find out what my demographic is," Wile said.

 

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: A Woman Making History

by Jehmu Greene

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I want to highlight a woman living an ocean away who’s already made history on a massive scale, including a profound impact on my extended family living in Liberia. When she was elected President of Liberia in 2005, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first woman to take leadership of an African country.  As the daughter of Liberian immigrants, President Sirleaf’s political rise resonates strongly with me. I had the honor of meeting her in August 2008, while traveling with a Clinton Foundation delegation to explore Liberia’s work on malaria and health services. (Read more about the Foundation’s work in Liberia here, and read a staff blog post on the trip – including a photo of Bill Clinton in Monrovia, Liberia – here.)

Now campaigning for re-election, Sirleaf’s platform relies not only on her raw intelligence and charisma, but also substantial distance she’s brought her nation in her short time as head of state.

As Ruthie Ackerman pointed out in her WMC Exclusive last month, Sirleaf not only symbolizes women’s progress but fights for it with policy that impacts the daily lives of Liberian women. In the last four years alone, Sirleaf established a special rape court for victims of gender-based violence, passed the 2006 Rape Amendment Act imposing stricter penalties and denying bail for the worst violations, and created women and children protection units within communities.

Sirleaf’s faith in women, and her passion to empower them, comes in part from her traumatizing experiences during Liberia’s civil war. Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a documentary by Gini Reticker and The Daphne Foundation’s Abigail Disney, chronicles the courage and determination of Liberian women who, throughout the nation’s devastation in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, staged peaceful protests and successfully forced a resolution during stalled peace talks. Watch a trailer of this powerful film– or better yet see the whole thing – to get a rich and striking portrait of women who quite literally risked their lives in the name of peace.

When Sirleaf faced rebel soldiers who vowed to bury her alive, she remembers defending herself by saying: “You can’t do this. Think of your mother.” Sirleaf also worked to ensure that women become embedded in Liberia’s political life, with six women holding top cabinet positions in Foreign, Commerce, Justice, Agriculture, Sports and Gender ministries. “Women have stronger commitment. They work harder,” she said. “They’re honest, and the experience justifies it.”

Sirleaf’s own experience is one of determination, pain, grit, and endurance. Her bid for re-election, she says, is grounded in a desire to maintain leadership during her nation’s long and difficult transition out of war – and into a peace that she has already helped to create not just for former combatants, but also for women. As we highlight her work, we also celebrate the women worldwide who are currently serving the highest office in their nations, and look forward to the historic day that a woman from the United States is included on this list:

Michelle Bachelet, Chile
Laura Chinchilla (president-elect), Costa Rica
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina
Dalia Grybauskaitė, Lithuania
Tarja Kaarina Halonen, Finland
Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh
Jadranka Kosor, Croatia
Doris Leuthard, Switzerland
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Philippines
Mary McAleese, Ireland
Angela Merkel, Germany
Pratibha Patil, India
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Iceland

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WaPo Offends the Delicate Sensibilities of Readership by Running Photo of Men Kissing

Readers react to photo of two men kissing

Powerful photographs can have lasting impact, and a Post photo of two men kissing is an image that many readers can neither forget nor accept.

The photo, which ran on the newspaper's front page and online last week, captured Jeremy Ames and Taka Ariga kissing outside D.C. Superior Court on the day that the District began accepting license applications for same-sex marriages.

Almost immediately, I began hearing from upset readers. That’s normal when controversial photos appear in The Post. The same thing happened recently when The Post published disturbing images of Haiti earthquake victims. Typically, the complaints quickly subside. With last Thursday’s photo, they continued into Friday, through the weekend and even today. Early this morning, before D.C. Superior Court began issuing licenses to same-sex couples who had applied, a caller phoned to warn that he would cancel his Post subscription “if I see another photo of men lip-locking.”

A few of the readers have engaged in rants, often with anti-gay slurs. One called me to complain about “promoting a faggot lifestyle.” Another complained about the photo in an e-mail to the two Post reporters who wrote Thursday’s story about the licenses: “That kind of stuff makes normal people want to throw up. People have kids who are being exposed to this crap. I will be glad when your rag goes out of business. Real men marry women.”

But most simply said The Post had offended their sensibilities by publishing the photo, especially on the front page.

Ann Witty of Woodbridge wrote to say she had canceled the Post subscription she has held since the 1960s.

“I am 65 years old and I realize that the world is changing rapidly – much more rapidly than I would like it to,” she e-mailed. “While I realize that the Post must report on these changes – even the ones with which I do not agree – I feel that the picture on Thursday morning was an affront to the majority of your readership. It is not something that I want coming into my home. I believe that even your editors know that it would have been better placed in the Metro section and that it would have mitigated its impact to do so.”

Wrote Lee Miller of Columbia: “I would appreciate it if your cover pictures would not be so disturbing where my kids can see it easily on the kitchen table... please don’t shove this “Gay” business in our face. This is something that should have shown up on an inside page or two (without the picture).”

In comments to the ombudsman’s call-in line (202.334.7582), one reader said, “the picture of two guys kissing makes me cringe.” Another called it “ridiculous,” adding: “Put it on page 10 or page four, put it in the paper, but I do not like it right there where I can’t avoid looking at it.”

Many threatened to cancel their Post subscriptions, and more than two dozen did. Post circulation vice president Gregg Fernandes said that late last week 27 subscribers canceled, specifically citing the photo. In contrast, The Post reported only two cancellations immediately after last July’s ethics uproar over its ill-advised plan to sell sponsorships to off-the-record “salon” dinners at the publisher’s residence.

Did the Post go too far? Of course not. The photo deserved to be in newspaper and on its Web site, and it warranted front-page display.

News photos capture reality. And the prominent display reflects the historic significance of what was occurring. The recent D.C. Council decision to approve same-sex marriage was the culmination of a decades-long gay rights fight for equality. Same-sex marriage is now legal in the District. The photo of Ames and Ariga kissing simply showed joy that would be exhibited by any couple planning to wed – especially a couple who previously had been denied the legal right to marry.

There was a time, after court-ordered integration, when readers complained about front-page photos of blacks mixing with whites. Today, photo images of same-sex couples capture the same reality of societal change.

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Actually, a lot of the comments on the site make me happy. Lots of people saying the photo is great, and a few offering to take new subscriptions to make up for the people who left.

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Rick Santorum, "pro-life fraud"?

Former senator gets hit with robocalls ahead of Iowa trip Video


Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., is generally thought of as someone who was pretty dependably conservative on social issues. But some anonymous person or group is working to try to change that perception.

Santorum's scheduled to speak to the Iowa Christian Alliance Tuesday night. That's part of a larger series of moves Santorum has undertaken as he considers a run for president in 2012. Apparently the idea of that has someone at least a little scared.

CNN reports that some Iowa households are getting robocalls that feature a recorded message in which a woman calls Santorum "a pro-life fraud" and suggests recipients "ask him to apologize for his longtime support of radical pro-abortion politicians." The politicians named are "the abortion-promoting governor of New Jersey, Christine Todd Whitman" and "radical abortionist Sen. Arlen Specter." The call also slams Specter as a "left-wing Democrat," not mentioning that when Santorum campaigned for him, he was still a Republican.

On Monday, I was one of a handful of reporters who received an e-mail from "Rick Santorum" that contained a link to YouTube, where the audio of the call has been posted. That clip is below.




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So how does it feel to be on the receiving end of pro-life harassment?
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Disney restyles Rapunzel to appeal to boys

Disney is wringing the pink out of its princess movies.

After the less-than-fairy-tale results for its most recent animated release, "The Princess and the Frog," executives at the Burbank studio believe they know why the acclaimed movie came up short at the box office.

Brace yourself: Boys didn't want to see a movie with "princess" in the title.

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Florida To Welcome Their New Overlord: Marco Rubio

Florida's Only Hope is If Charlie Crist is a Closeted Hippie Libural Democrat

Charlie Crist Trails Marco Rubio In Florida Republican Senate Race By Shocking 32 Points

New poll numbers from Florida's high-profile Republican Senate primary race add credence to the theory that the only way Gov. Charlie Crist will win the seat is by switching parties.


The firm Public Policy Polling released findings on Tuesday showing conservative darling Marco Rubio with a jaw-dropping 32-point lead (62 percent to 28 percent) among Florida Republican voters.


Rubio now leads Crist 71 to 17 among conservative voters. And while Crist enjoys a 49-36 advantage among party moderates, they only account for less than a third of likely primary voters, PPP notes.

Crist is suffering from poor perceptions of his tenure as governor, with 56 percent of Republican primary voters saying they disapprove of the job he has done and only 29 percent approving. Florida, like much of the nation, is suffering from a prolonged unemployment crisis in addition to a debilitating foreclosure problem. And yet, that Crist willingly accepted stimulus cash to help deal with these problems has only angered conservatives further.

Crist's defenders still insist that they don't see the governor switching party affiliations as a means for political survival, with the most die-hard backers continuing to insist that Crist could pull out a win.

"I think he will," Sen. George LeMieux, who was temporarily appointed by Crist to the Senate seat after Mel Martinez resigned, told MSNBC on Tuesday morning. "I mean I think it will be close race... As you know, in Florida it is hard to underestimate Charlie Crist."
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Prepare the high octane nightmare fuel.

A man apparently angry over a poor performance evaluation entered an Ohio State University maintenance building early Tuesday and opened fire, killing a manager before turning the gun on himself, police said.

Larry Wallington, 48, a building services manager at the OSU Maintenance Building, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 3:30 a.m. ET shooting, Ohio State University Police Chief Paul Denton said. Wallington was a 10-year university employee, he said.

Authorities found suspect Nathaniel Brown, 51, a custodial worker, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot at the scene, Denton said. He was transported to the Ohio State University Medical Center, where he was dead on arrival.

Police believe Brown -- a probational employee since October who had received a poor performance review -- entered the building dressed in dark clothing carrying two handguns and began firing into an office suite, Denton said. Officials would not say when Brown received the review, who gave it to him or provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

A third person, Henry Butler, 60, an operations shift leader, also was shot. He was in stable condition at the OSU Medical Center, Denton said.

Police earlier Tuesday had said that two people were wounded and one killed and that the alleged shooter was in custody.

About a half-dozen employees were at the building when the shooting occurred, and some witnessed it, authorities said.

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Here's hoping all other Columbus ontd_p residents are okay and don't have anyone involved! D: My roommate's uncle works in the SAME office but he wasn't there that day. Phew.
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women's history month with brecho: day nine

Burden of AIDS hits Zimbabwe's women hardest



HARARE — Since testing positive for HIV six years ago, Cecilia Chinhamo has endured a torrent of verbal abuse from her husband.

"My husband shouts at me and calls me a walking corpse," said the 30-year-old Zimbabwean vegetable vendor. "I can only cry when he says that. What else can I do?"

Like many Zimbabwean women with HIV, Chinhamo battles to convince her husband to get tested himself or to use a condom, raising fears for the future of their four-year-old daughter.

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Black Barbie Sold for Less Than White Barbie at Walmart Store



Walmart is raising eyebrows after cutting the price of a black Barbie doll to nearly half of that of the doll's white counterpart at one store and possibly others.

A photo first posted to the humor Web site FunnyJunk.com and later to the Latino Web site Guanabee.com shows packages of Mattel's Ballerina Barbie and Ballerina Theresa dolls hanging side by side at an unidentified store. The Theresa dolls, which feature brown skin and dark hair, are marked as being on sale at $3.00. The Barbies to the right of the Theresa dolls, meanwhile, retain their original price of $5.93. The dolls look identical aside from their color.

Editors at Guanabee.com said the person responsible for the photo told the Web site that it was taken at a Louisiana Walmart store. The person did not return e-mails from ABCNews.com. A Walmart spokeswoman, who could not verify the exact store shown in the photo, said that the price change on the Theresa doll was part of the chain's efforts to clear shelf space for its new spring inventory.

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Mod post: Name-calling



The bitchy, argumentative asshole you made mod is here to clarify for you good folks what we mean when we say NO NAME-CALLING, since this has been brought up several times recently. Let's get this straight:

1) We are not fourth-graders who get to use "you're a poopyhead" as a point of debate.
2) This community is not covered in a layer of protective fuzzy bubble wrap that will gently caress all of your special opinions.

What does this mean as far as the name-calling rule? You do not have to play ~*nice*~. You elected me to fight for you or some shit and I promise you right here and now that we will lose our right to be total jerks over my dead body. But if you want to insult someone, back it up.

Okay: "Wow, you sound pretty goddamn privileged right now (for such and such reason)."
Not okay: "You are a worthless sack of shit."

Okay: "You're really ignorant on this topic (because you said these demonstrably false things)."
Not okay: "Why you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder! Go kill yourself!"

You see the difference? Even if you think you can prove someone's a douchebag, you can't, so don't say it. If you can objectively prove your accusations, knock yourself out. This goes for everyone, across the board. It doesn't matter if you're popular or not; don't do it. If a mod doesn't catch it and issue a warning, it does not mean that it's okay. If I've done it in the past, which I probably have, it also does not mean it's okay. I'm trying to clean up my own act. You're not going to get banned; we haven't had issues with people running around doing this all the time, so if you get a warning, it's to remind you to not do it again.

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Bank of America builds snowpeople in hell Tries to "Rebuild Consumer Confidence"

Bank of America to End Overdraft Fees on Debit Purchases

In a move that could bring an end to the $40 cup of coffee, Bank of America said on Tuesday that it was doing away with overdraft fees on purchases made with debit cards, a decision that could cost the bank tens of millions a year in revenue and put pressure on other banks to do the same.

Bank officials said that effective this summer, customers who try to make purchases with their debit cards without enough money in their checking accounts will simply be declined. Debit purchases account for roughly 60 percent of overdrafts at Bank of America, the nation’s largest issuer of debit cards.

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In the case of overdraft, 93 percent of the fees are generated by just 14 percent of the customers who exceed their balances five times or more a year, according to a 2008 study by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Three-quarters of customers are not charged overdraft fees at all, the study found.

But the collapse in consumer credit, combined with new rules limiting banks’ ability to make money on credit cards and overdraft fees, has prompted banks to experiment with fees that reach a broader set of customers, like annual fees on credit cards and monthly fees on checking accounts.

OP: OIC--you're gonna be all slick and the "good guy" ten seconds before the government makes ridiculous overdraft fees illegal, while you bust ass at the other end trying to experiment with "fees" that drain money out of consumer accounts for, y'know, being credit-worthy.

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Toddler mistakes gun for Wii controller

Source: NineMSN (Australia)

A US toddler has been killed after accidentally shooting herself while apparently mistaking a gun for a Nintendo Wii video game controller.

Cheyenne McKeehan, 3, picked up the pistol from a living room coffee table and fired it into her abdomen while her mother sat a few feet away, the Tennessean reported.

The girl, from rural Tennessee, had learned to fire a gun from playing a Nintendo Wii game with a special gun-shaped controller, a statement from the Wilson County Sheriff's office said.

Sheriff Terry Ashe said parents need to make sure they keep guns out of reach of children, especially considering the similarity between the Wii controller and an actual handgun.

"If you have a live handgun and a toy that looks the same — for parents some bells and whistles need to go off," he said.

"You can see by the comparison of the toy weapon and the real weapon that there's little chance a three-year-old would differentiate between the two."

The semi-automatic handgun belonging to Cheyenne's father Douglas Cronberger was normally left in a cabinet but had been loaded and left out after he thought he heard a prowler.

When he came back inside, Mr Cronberger left the gun on the table and went to bed, reports said.

Cheyenne was pronounced dead soon after her arrival at hospital.

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ETA: Second story found, stating the mother was actually on the COMPUTER at the time, plus a pic of the gun and real-look gun controller types involved:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7407373/Girl-3-thought-loaded-gun-was-Wii-controller-in-fatal-accident.html

Link to show the real-look gun wasn't licensed by Nintendo:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/98988-Girls-Death-Linked-to-Realistic-Gun-Shaped-Wii-Controller
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Obama's Libural Census Is a Commie Plot To Bring Back Slavery! White People, Run!!!

Government Wont Recognize Real Amurikan As a Race!

Beck: The Census Is The Government’s Attempt To ‘Increase Slavery’

The Census is a popular topic of right-wing conspiracy theories and Fox News host Glenn Beck spent a good portion of radio show today fear-mongering about it. Going through the form, he determined that the government doesn’t have the right to ask any of the questions — except for the first one asking how many people live in your home.

He took particular issue with a question asking for the respondent’s race. But after Beck’s co-host pointed out that the question has been part of the Census since the Founding Fathers’ time, Beck twisted the three-fifths law to claim that the Census is now breeding slavery:

BECK: Why were they asking the race question, you said when, in 1790? … Right, they want to know, do you count as three-fifths? Do you count at all? So, you have to know how many slaves did you have? People find that offensive today because the idea was, if we’re going to count, we want to know how many are here for services etc. etc. and slaves would get less. Well that’s not right. One. One. ‘I’m not three-fifths, I’m one. Whites are not worth than me.’ Now reverse it, why are they asking this question today?

CO-HOST: Because minorities are worth more than whites.

BECK: Exactly right. So you will get more dollars if you are a minority. So you are worth more as a monitory. Well there is no difference. The reason you don’t answer the race question is because one, everyone counts as one. All men are created equal. If you were offended back in 1790 about slavery and that everyone should count the same, do not answer the race question. How dare you. How dare you. At least in 1790, they were doing it to slow the South down on slavery. To try to stop it as much as they can. Today they are asking the race question to try to increase slavery. Your dependence on the master in Washington. No way, don’t answer that question.
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ontd_political PotD: March 9, 2010.


FINAL FLIGHT: Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009, flew his final flight from Florida to Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C., [last] Wednesday. In his retirement, he plans to push for more flight safety.
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Oh No They Didnt It!

Eric Cartman Actually Signed For Those Weapons!?

Eric Cartman Channels Blackwater, Signs For 500 AK-47s In New South Park Promo (VIDEO)


News broke recently that a Blackwater subsidiary was arming violent drug users in Afghanistan. They took hundreds of weapons intended for the Afghan National Police and at least one of them (probably more) signed for the shipments with the name "Eric Cartman."

Well now the "South Park" guys are getting in on the fun. Just weeks after we asked them about the incident Trey Parker & Matt Stone put up a promo for their 14th season (premiering March 17th) that includes Cartman singing for unauthorized weapons. "Our first reaction to any story is 'How do we put this into the show?' and the second reaction is 'Did Cartman do that?' because he's so real to us it's like 'I bet Cartman did that,'" Parker told us.

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Lisa Miller's Supporters Praise Her Heroic "Civil Disobedience," Compare Her to Harriet Tubman



Lynchburg, VA - Friends of Lisa Miller say they don't know where she and her seven-year-old daughter are, but they say they support her decision to leave.

A Vermont court ordered Miller's ex-partner Janet Jenkins custody of their daughter in May, and now it's been six months since Miller's friends say they've had any contact with her.

The case has drawn national attention and has strong ties to Lynchburg. Liberty Counsel is working on filing an appeal to the latest court order, which included handing over Isabella.

Her friends say they understand why she decided to go into hiding. Miller's friends here may have had the last known contact with mother and daughter.

It was January 1 when Linda Wall said she knew for sure her friend Miller and her seven-year-old daughter Isabella had gone into hiding.

"Unbeknowing to any of us... she was doing something behind the scene," Wall said.

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