March 18th, 2010


Congresswoman Whose Parents Were Killed By Cancer Wants To Kill Americans With Cancer Death Panels!

Conservatives Suspect Foul Play. Cancer Was Hired To Kill Her Parents

AFP Refuses To Pull ‘Disgraceful’ Ad Attacking Congresswoman Whose Parents Recently Died Of Cancer

Conservative anti-reform front group Americans for Prosperity has been running vicious attack ads in Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper’s (D-PA) district, claiming that health care reform will lead to lower cancer survival rates. The ad — also running in 17 other key districts through tomorrow — features a breast cancer survivor named Tracy Walsh who claims, “If government takes over health care,” rationing recommendations by “a government panel” “could cost your life.” She adds that if she had followed a panel’s advice on mammograms, “my cancer would have spread undetected, and my chances of survival would have been reduced.”

The Dahlkemper ad has been taken off AFP’s YouTube channel, but this is a duplicate ad going after Chris Carney. Watch it:

Running the ad in Dahlkemper’s district is extremely insensitive considering both of her parents died from cancer within the past month. Dahlkemper released a blistering statement condemning AFP for the “false, tasteless, and shameful” ad:
These attacks from a Washington-based front group are false, tasteless, and shameful,” said Congresswoman Dahlkemper. “In the past month, I’ve lost both my parents to cancer. It’s truly disgraceful for outside groups to then attack me for not being tough enough on cancer.

“Like millions of Americans, my family and I have lost loved ones to this horrible disease. This is personal for me; I’ve been a strong proponent of the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation and the work they are doing to find a cure, and I’ve encouraged more cancer screenings, particularly for women. My record and dedication are clear.”
Despite this, AFP is refusing to pull the ad. “Obviously we’re very, very sorry for her personal tragedies, but it doesn’t change the broad implication for the American people of the health care bill,” AFP spokeswoman Amy Payne said. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported that the ad was pulled from AFP’s YouTube channel, and that a “Friday news release has also been scrubbed,” but Payne “denied” that.

The ad’s claims are flat out wrong. PolitiFact rated it “Pants On Fire” — a category reserved for only the most false and misleading statements — writing, “In short, this is a bogus issue.” “Nothing in the health care bill would change how [Walsh] (or the 4 out of five Americans like her) would have received care through employer insurance. More importantly, Americans for Prosperity seized on an issue — free mammograms for women between 40 and 50 — that was specifically taken care of with not one, but two, Senate amendments,” Politifact notes.

Tyrannical Stalinist Leader Executes Destroyer of Nation's Economy (Wait, This Isnt About Obama...)

Horrified? Yes. But Since We Are Now Under a Stalinist Fascist Nazi Tyrannical Socialist Government, We Should Be Able To Do This! Once Again, Why Are Not We Doing This To Our CEOs?

Pak Nam Gi, North Korea Finance Chief, Reportedly Executed Over Failed Currency Reform

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea executed a former senior official last week as punishment for the country's botched currency reform, a news report said Thursday.

In November, North Korea redenominated its currency as part of efforts to lower inflation and reassert control over the country's nascent market economy. However, the measure reportedly worsened the country's food situation by forcing the closure of markets and sparked anger among many North Koreans left with piles of worthless bills.

Pak Nam Gi, the ruling Workers' Party finance and planning department chief who spearheaded the currency reform, was executed by a firing squad in Pyongyang last week, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing unidentified sources.

Pak was accused of ruining the nation's economy in a blunder that also damaged public opinion and had a negative impact on leader Kim Jong Il's plan to hand power over to his youngest son, Yonhap said.

Citing its sources, Yonhap said many North Koreans believe the government used Pak as a scapegoat for the failed currency reform.
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China defends detention of lead poisoning victims who sought medical help

Chinese authorities have defended the six-month detention of lead poisoning victims who were seeking medical care, saying the punishment was necessary for "public education".

Police in Jiahe, Hunan province, blocked a bus carrying 53 villagers who were on their way to get health checks last September, according to Chinese media.

Mistakenly believing the villagers were planning to protest, the police have detained two of them for the six months since on the charge of "disrupting traffic". Though it has since been proved that they and their children were contaminated by illegal emissions of heavy metals from a smelting factory, the local government was unapologetic.

"We may have blocked the wrong visit, but they should not have been on that road," Li Ying, deputy secretary of Jiahe county political and legislative committee told the Beijing News, which today published an investigation into the incident.

Ou Shudong, the chairman of the local People's Congress, told the newspaper the police roadblock and detentions were justified. "The villagers' intentions were unclear. Even if they were going for a medical examination, they should have informed the government."

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Why Aren’t There More Men in Sex Ed?

The fabulous Greta Christina wrote an article the other day, in which she speculated on the reasons why there aren’t more men writing about sex. It’s a great piece and I highly recommend it. Actually, I recommend pretty much anything Greta writes.

My observations pretty much match hers. There are a lot more women who write about sex than men. She hits on some of the factors that contribute to that, and I think that there are some others that are worth delving into. I’m going to talk about sex educators and sex writers together because I see many of the same influences in both of these arenas. Anyway, I consider thoughtful sex writing to be one facet of sex education so it’s a somewhat unnecessary distinction, at least for the purposes of this piece.

Greta writes that one of the reasons that there are fewer men who talk, write or teach about sex is that “[w]hen men write about sex, on the other hand, they’re assumed to be drooling horndogs.” That certainly fits my observations. Men who want to talk thoughtfully about sex have to prove to their audience that they’re not creepy or just looking to get laid.

I certainly acknowledge that there are a lot of creepy guys in the world. There are a lot of predatory guys. There are a lot of manipulative guys. Most of them are looking to get laid, and many of them feel free to voice their opinions about sex and women. I really understand why many male sex educators & writers need to prove that they’re not one of these guys. However, one of the effects of that is that many men who write or talk about sex often avoid talking about their personal sexual experiences. It’s one way to make it clear that we’re talking about sexuality in general, not our sexualities in particular. That creates a distance that serves to insulate us in order to minimize the chance that someone is going to misinterpret what we write. Being able to do that is a skill that takes a fair amount of practice and a lot of people simply don’t want to bother or don’t know how to start.

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SC Budget update: abortions illegal under state health plan

A bid to ban abortions under the state health plan -- a move that was rejected a day earlier -- resurfaced and divided Democrats and Republicans over hours of emotional debate late Wednesday.

The majority proved fragile, however, as lawmakers voted Wednesday night to approve Rep. Greg Delleney's amendment 75-38 that the state would pay if an abortion was an "incidental" effect of a doctor trying to save a mother's life, provided the doctor attempted to save both.

"There are going to be a lot of unwanted children in the world," Cobb-Hunter said. "And, frankly, as a social worker I worry about what is going to happen to them."

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Madoff reportedly assaulted by another inmate

Convicted swindler treated for broken nose, fractured ribs, cuts after attack

NEW YORK - Bernard Madoff, the swindler who orchestrated a multibillion dollar fraud, was attacked by another inmate at the federal prison where he is serving a 150-year sentence, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing three people familiar with the matter.


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Basically, this article claims that December reports of Madoff being treated for blood pressure were false, and that he was in fact assaulted.
Pride & Prejudice

'I'm never going back to the job centre'

Ansel Wallace from Wolverhampton will no longer be signing on. He's 53 and has been unemployed for three months.

"They make you feel less than human at the job centre," he says. "It's too stressful. They make you feel like a burden. They put up barriers so that once you're over 50 you're made permanently redundant. I'm never going back."

Mr Wallace is among the growing numbers of jobless over 50s who feel they are being let down by the system.

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John Belewski, who's 57 and from Smethwick in the West Midlands, was working as a mechanical and electrical engineer when he was made redundant in June 2009.

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Señor Piñera Goes To Washington ~

Piñera’s International Debut To Be In Washington, DC

Chile`s new president Sebastián Piñera will make his first international visit next month when he attends the Nuclear Safety Summit in Washington, responding to an invitation from U.S. President Barack Obama.

Before the earthquake struck Chile on Feb. 27, Piñera had intended to visit Brazil and Argentina following his inauguration.

These trips, originally set for the end of March, have been postponed.

Even though Brazil had wanted to be the president’s first stop, high government sources say it has proved too difficult to prepare a state visit given Chile’s current earthquake emergency and Brazilian President Lula da Silva’s scheduled foreign travel. 

Piñera received an invitation to the Nuclear Safety Summit on Feb. 2 when he and President Obama spoke on the phone for the first time (ST Feb. 4, 2010). Piñera hopes to arrange a bilateral meeting with Obama at the summit.

To be sure, Brazil and Argentina remain among Chile’s most important foreign policy concerns in Latin America, and Piñera will travel to both countries in the near future.


I really want/am expecting a "Barack y yo amigos 4 vida" Flickr album out of this visit. Because this man like
chronicles his life on Flickr. Also for someone who is a ~conservative he seems to love Obama (he based his entire recent winning campaign off of the Obama 08 campaign) 
Is that so? [Bayonetta]
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Bill with reconciliation stronger than Senate OR House bills

CBO: Health-care reform bill cuts deficit by $1.3 trillion over 20 years, covers 95%

Washington has spent the past week or so waiting for the Congressional Budget Office to release its preliminary estimate of the Senate bill with the reconciliation fixes. Not only are those numbers important for the debate, but Democratic leaders refuse to release the actual text of their changes until CBO releases the specifics of its analysis.

According to a Democratic source, CBO has finished its work and will release the official preliminary score later today. But here are the basic numbers: The bill will cost $940 billion over the first 10 years and reduce the deficit by $130 billion during that period. In the second 10 years -- so, 2020 to 2029 -- it will reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion. The legislation will cover 32 million Americans, or 95 percent of the legal population.

To put this in context, that's more deficit reduction than either the House or Senate bill, and more coverage than the Senate bill.

How they got these numbers, and whether there are important qualifiers, will be easier to say once CBO releases its analysis. But the bottom line is that this is the exact sort of score that Democrats wanted, and is in fact considerably better than some had come to expect they would receive. Coverage is better than the Senate bill, which will reassure liberals, and deficit reduction is better than either bill, which will reassure conservatives.

I wonder what the changes are, but I like how this is sounding so far.



TAMPA, Fla., March 15, 2010

Florida Vampire to Run For President

Man Claiming to be a Vampire and a Direct Descendant of Vlad the Impaler Says He's Running on the GOP Ticket in 2012

(CBS) Not satisfied with living in Florida, Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey wants to move to Washington, D.C., to become the nation's first vampire president, reports CBS affiliate WTSP.

Sharkey, 45, spent Friday on a Greyhound bus with his new fiancee, Audrianna Foster, a 19-year-old girl from Ohio he met online. She too believes she is a vampire, or vampyre.

"I haven't dated a girl older than 19 since 2006," said the Tampa man as his 19-year-old daughter and his 2-year-old grandson met him at the Greyhound station. "It's good to be me."

"The Impaler" claims he's a direct descendent of Vlad II the Impaler, better known as Dracula.

He has scheduled a Monday press conference in Tampa to announce his plans to file paperwork to run for President of the United States in 2012. He recently switched his party affiliation from Independent to Republican so he can run with the G.O.P.

He ran for Governor of Minnesota in 2006 and also had short-lived bids for U.S. Senate in 2000, U.S. President in 2004, and U.S. President in 2008.

In an extended interview with WTSP, Sharkey shared well-thought-out opinions on capital punishment, the abortion issue, and veterans issues. However, he also bragged about having numerous teen-aged girlfriends in recent years.

The girls have also provided several skeletons in Sharkey's closet.

He's accused of "brainwashing" a 16-year-old in Minnesota. The two were engaged until last month. Her family now has a restraining order against Sharkey and claims his texts to her violate it.

He reportedly admitted to harassing another 16-year-old Minnesota girl online in 2009.

He was arrested in Tennessee several years ago and is currently on probation from Indiana after he was found guilty in 2009 of intimidating a judge. He served six months in a Marion Co. jail before his release. Sources confirm the Secret Service has had to keep him on its radar, since he moves around the country.

Sharkey was once on the Executive Committee of the Hillsborough Co. Republican Party (HCRP) in the 1990s, but A.J. Matthews, HCRP State Committeeman, says he didn't show any of the extreme behaviors he's exhibiting now.

"He does believe in Republican values," Matthews said. "Is he going to make a big splash with his current identification of being a vampire? That's up to the voters to decide."

Matthews said he'd help Sharkey with campaign basics, just like he would any Republican candidate. But he's been trying to advise him to focus on mainstream issues and away from the extreme behaviors.
Sharkey, meanwhile, continues to develop a movie on his campaign, "The True Impaler."

I Wow, wow, wow.
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Another Paul nettles GOP - Cheney goes after Rand Paul in Kentucky Race.

Senior Republicans in Kentucky and Washington D.C. are deeply concerned about Senate candidate Trey Grayson’s campaign as he struggles to narrow the gap against GOP primary rival Rand Paul.

Two months before the election, the libertarian-leaning Paul, son of the Texas congressman and quixotic presidential contender, has tapped into anti-Washington grass-roots fervor on the right and staked out an advantage over Grayson, Kentucky’s secretary of state and establishment favorite.

There have been few polls in the race, but an automated survey earlier this month showed Paul leading by double digits. Even Grayson backers acknowledge that their candidate is lagging, if not as badly as the public polls indicate.

A win by Paul, a Bowling Green ophthalmologist, would represent the first true electoral success of the tea party movement. Equally important, it would embarrass Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose political organization is running Grayson’s campaign, thrust onto the national stage a Republican with foreign policy views out of the conservative mainstream and, strategists in both parties believe, imperil the GOP’s hold on the seat now held by retiring Sen. Jim Bunning.

Recognizing the threat, a well-connected former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney convened a conference call last week between Grayson and a group of leading national security conservatives to sound the alarm about Paul.

“On foreign policy, [global war on terror], Gitmo, Afghanistan, Rand Paul is NOT one of us,” Cesar Conda wrote in an e-mail to figures such as Liz Cheney, William Kristol, Robert Kagan, Dan Senor and Marc Thiessen.

With an attached memo on Paul’s noninterventionist positions, Conda concluded: “It is our hope that you can help us get the word out about Rand Paul’s troubling and dangerous views on foreign policy.”

In an interview, Conda noted that Paul once advocated for closing down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and sending some suspected terrorists to the front lines in Afghanistan.

“This guy could become our Republican senator from Kentucky?” he exclaimed. “It’s very alarming.”

Paul’s lead has also caught the attention of the pro-Israel community, a group not known for paying close attention to Bluegrass State politics.

“Despite the hard financial times and plenty of incumbents who are asking for help, there is a lot of support for Trey Grayson, and it has definitely become a priority,” said one political operative who works on Israel issues.

Unlike his father, Paul is no ideological purist.

Even as he’s criticized for being outside the GOP mainstream, he’s moving swiftly to reposition himself and, in an interview with POLITICO, testily disputed the notion that he is a dove.

“I don’t believe in closing down Gitmo,” Paul said. “And I don’t want to try terrorists in civilian courts. I want to try them with military tribunals.”

Only those who are found innocent and can’t be convicted should be returned home, he said.

He noted that on such questions he does part company with his father.

“I have my own positions on a host of issues, and there will be times when we do disagree,” he said.

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"Grayson has launched a website,, that features a picture of a turtleneck-clad Paul against a quasi-psychedelic background and that details his positions on national security as well as cultural matters such as marriage, abortion and marijuana (as a libertarian-leaning Republican, Paul tends to want such matters decided on the state level).

A hung parliament could yet be the saving of Labour

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In our first leader of 2010 we argued that, at the coming general election, it may fall to Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats to resolve the historic "progressive dilemma" in British politics. This was to say that a hung parliament - the likelihood of which has increased, not receded, since the Conservatives' lead in the opinion polls began to narrow shortly before Christmas - offers the prospect of a realignment of progressive politics in this country and the establishment of a left-liberal coalition on a common programme of wide-ranging constitutional and economic reform.

That prospect remains tantalising for those of us who recognise that a new politics is required to deal with the convulsions of the past 18 months. Anthony Barnett, launching a series of essays on the future of progressive politics on page 22, argues that progressives need to "help Britain vote out New Labour". But, in truth, the New Labour "project" is already dead, fatal blows having been administered to it by the financial meltdown and the disgrace of MPs' expenses.

Gordon Brown seems to understand this - as is evidenced by his reconversion to something like Keynesianism following the crash of autumn 2008 (seemingly vindicated by new figures showing a drop in unemployment), and his belated recognition of the merits of electoral reform (albeit in the watered-down guise of the Alternative Vote system). Moreover, as David Marquand points out in his response to Mr Barnett on page 28, David Cameron, by contrast, grasps neither the role played by deficit finance in a recession nor the pressing need to overhaul Westminster institutions that are both discredited and dysfunctional. To suggest, as Mr Barnett comes close to doing, that Labour would benefit from the purgative effects of defeat - not something we endorse - is to underestimate the damage that would be wrought by an anti-Keynesian and Europhobic Conservative government.

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Black people must leave, NJ Walmart announcer says

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- A Walmart store announcement ordering black people to leave brought chagrin and apologies Wednesday from leaders of the company, which has built a fragile trust among minority communities.

A male voice came over the public-address system Sunday evening at a store in Washington Township, in southern New Jersey, and calmly announced: "Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now."

Shoppers in the store at the time said a manager quickly got on the public-address system and apologized for the remark. And while it was unclear whether a rogue patron or an employee was responsible for the comment, many customers expressed their anger to store management.

"I want to know why such statements are being made, because it flies in the face of what we teach our children about tolerance for all," said Sheila Ellington, who was in the store at the time with a friend. "If this was meant to be a prank, there's only one person laughing, and it's not either one of us."

Ellington, of Monroe, and her friend Patricia Covington said they plan to boycott the retailer until they're assured the issue has been addressed so it doesn't happen again.

The pair said they were stunned when they heard the announcement and initially believed they had misheard it. But once the words sank in, they grew angry.

"I depended on Walmart for all my needs, because the store has pretty much everything you could want," Covington said. "But until this issue is addressed in a way I'm comfortable with, I can't walk through those doors again."

Officials with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., said that the announcement was "unacceptable" and that they're trying to determine who made it and how it happened.

"We are just as appalled by this incident as our customers," the company said in a statement. "Whoever did this is just wrong and acted in an inappropriate manner. Clearly, this is completely unacceptable to us and to our customers."

This is not the first time the retailer has faced such problems.

There have been several past instances of black customers claiming they were treated unfairly at Walmart stores, and the company faced lawsuits alleging that women were passed over in favor of men for pay raises and promotions.

In February 2009, the retailer paid $17.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in its hiring of truck drivers.

And the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the company in May 2009, claiming some Hispanic employees at a Sam's Club subsidiary in California were subjected to a hostile work environment. That suit alleges managers failed to stop repeated verbal harassment, including the use of derogatory words, against employees of Mexican descent.

However, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has said the company has worked hard in recent years to show it cares about diversity.

Bill Mitchell, a former Walmart employee who was shopping Wednesday at the store, said that he was saddened to hear about the announcement but that "as a black man, I've heard worse things."

As customer Sharon Osbourne, of Williamstown, left the store Wednesday, she called the announcement "appalling, stupid and sad."

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Furry corruption - Councillor expensed chipmunk costume - fursuit.

... and a Dalmatian and a bear, too. Adrian Heaps defends $439 bill to taxpayers to rent animal suits

Two years after Sandra Bussin famously expensed a $205 Easter parade bunny suit, Toronto Councillor Adrian Heaps went two better.

He rented three costumes at taxpayers’ expense from a Scarborough theatrical supply company for a family skating party on Feb. 21 last year for $439.50: a chipmunk, a Dalmatian and a bear.

The public uproar over Bussin’s taxpayer-funded bunny suit rental never crossed his mind, Heaps said last night.

“My community loves it,” he said. “The kids love it. It’s a family event and the characters actually engage people to skate much more. We get a tremendous response.”

Heaps, who rented costumes again for his annual skating party at Don Montgomery Community Centre last month, said he did it the first time in 2009 because “we wanted to entice more kids to come out and learn how to skate and the best way to do that is to have some animated characters.”

A notice on Heaps’s website for this year’s event, held Feb. 13, invites the community to “Join Councillor Heaps and his mascot friends — Chipper the Chipmunk, Baby Billy the Brown Bear, and Peggy the Penguin — for an afternoon of family fun and entertainment!” (Peggy the Penguin replaced the Dalmatian this year.)

Three high school students are hired for $50 each to wear the costumes, he said, adding the students also get to log community service hours necessary for graduation

“I’m very proud of it.”

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Teacher at R.I. school where all faculty faced firing hung President Obama effigy

Central Falls, Rhode Island (CNN) -- Superintendent Frances Gallo combed the classrooms of embattled Central Falls High School. Teachers and students were gone for the day. Gallo was hunting for a particular item: an effigy of President Obama.

She hoped the rumor of its existence wasn't true.

Gallo had fired all the high school teachers just a month earlier, igniting an educational maelstrom in Rhode Island's smallest and poorest community while winning praise from the president.

The teachers union lampooned her; hate mail flooded her inbox. For weeks, she'd prayed every morning for the soul of the man who wrote: "I wish cancer on your children and their children and that you live long enough to see them die."

It was one thing to take barbs from opponents -- another thing altogether if the division was infecting classrooms. Teachers assured the superintendent that the school battle wasn't seeping into lesson plans. So, when CNN asked her about the rumor of the effigy, Gallo took it upon herself to get to the bottom of it.

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Bachmann Apologizes That Libural Treason Media Is Not Like Fox News: Needs More Fair and Balance

Bachmann: "The Libural Media Are a Bunch of Un-american America Haters Socialist Terrorist Gay Minority Lover Traitors Bastard children of Benedict Arnold. I Meant no Disrespect"

Bachmann: ‘I don’t mean any disrespect’ when I accuse the media of ‘treason.’

As ThinkProgress noted yesterday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) accused the media of “treason” on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Monday, claiming that they are “not telling this story” that Speaker Nancy Pelosi “would even consider having us pass a bill that no one votes on.” When Bill Bennett suggested on his radio show today that the media has shown “disgust” over the parliamentary procedures, Bachmann agreed, adding that she doesn’t “mean any disrespect” when she refers to the press as the “treason media”:

BENNETT: Are you kind of surprised with even the media’s disgust with the procedures?

BACHMANN: Well, I’m amazed that they actually were willing to be shocked. Because for most of the time they have been, and you know, I don’t mean any disrespect, but they’ve been treason media. They haven’t been telling the whole story. Unlike the shows like yours. You’re doing that.
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SEC Wants To Learn Jim Cramer's Amazing Sekret Money Making Machine

SEC Promises To Hunt Down The Real Ponzi Schemer as Soon As They are Done With Crybaby

Jim Cramer's Website Under Investigation For Fraud, the financial Web site founded by loudmouth stock picker and TV personality Jim Cramer, is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The publicly traded company attracted the attention of regulators because of accounting woes at a former subsidiary called, said yesterday. revealed the news in an SEC filing explaining why it will be late reporting its annual financial results.

Last summer, announced there were "issues" related to how it had been recording revenue at, the marketing company it acquired in 2007. An internal probe ensued and resulted in several quarters of delayed earnings results for the parent company, frustrating investors.

In recent months, seemed to be coming into the clear. In December, it announced that it had sold its "membership interest" in for $3.1 million in cash and notes. And in January, it filed its long-awaited second- and third-quarter results for 2009 after announcing it had finally concluded its review, which went back to 2008 earnings.

But just as things appeared to be getting back to normal, earlier this month the SEC asked to have a second look at the findings of's internal probe, said a person close to the company. "is cooperating fully with the investigation," CEO Daryl Otte told The Post.

Cramer, the host of "Mad Money" and a former hedge-fund manager, co-founded in 1996. He remains a commentator on the site as well as chairman of the company's board.

Gay disco 'could offend Christians'

A man was barred from holding a gay disco at a community hall because of fears it could upset Christians.

Jason Hudson, from St Agnes in Cornwall, planned to hold the event on April 2nd, which is Good Friday.

But he says that managers of the charity-run Miners' and Mechanics' Institute rejected his request because they thought a gay night would offend St Agnes' Christian population.

He said he was initially told he could hold the event but the committee chair Dawn Brown later decided it was "unsuitable" for the venue.

Mr Hudson told the West Briton: "I was told that it wasn't the right kind of event – but salsa and aerobics are, I suppose?

"The bar is empty most nights and I explained this would attract custom. She then said it was bad timing saying a gay event would upset people in the village celebrating Good Friday."

He added: "I feel this is discrimination – it's ridiculous in this day and age."

Ms Brown said that the hall did not have a late licence and was surrounded by residential properties.

But she added: "I admit I had personal reservations as the date is Good Friday. Although the strict licensing hours which applied on Good Friday have been relaxed in our increasingly secular society, the sensitivities remain, and St Agnes has a large and active Christian community whom I would not wish to upset."

She said she was not homophobic but the organisation needed to ensure that the venue was "family-centred".

Mr Hudson's event will now be staged in Truro.

Source: Pink News

"the organisation needed to ensure that the venue was "family-centred"." FUCKYOUFUCKYOUFUCKYOU

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Access, Access, Access

by Nicholas Kristof

First, a question: When in American history did life expectancy improve the most?
Was it the late 1800s, when anesthesia made surgery easier and far more common? Was it the 1930s, when antibacterial medicines became available? Or recent decades, when CAT scans and heart bypasses proliferated?

The correct answer is: none of the above. While data differ and the statistics aren’t fully reliable, a good bet is that the best answer is the 1940s. In that period, life expectancy increased about seven years.

Indeed, American life expectancy appears to have been longer in 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945 — even as hundreds of thousands of young Americans were being killed in World War II — than it had been when America was at peace in 1940.

A prime reason is that with the war mobilization, Americans got much better access to medical care. Farmers and workers who had rarely seen doctors now found themselves with medical coverage through the military, jobs in industry or New Deal programs.

In short, great health care is often less about breakthrough technologies than it is about access. And for all the disagreements about President Obama’s health care proposal, let’s focus on this: it unquestionably would increase access, while its defeat would diminish access.

Most of American history has seen a steady increase in access to first-rate health care. But we’re now seeing a reversal of this long trend. A new report has found that one-quarter of Californians are now uninsured.

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Personhood Colorado has enough signatures for "Zygotes are People Too 2.0: Electric Boogaloo"

A controversial ballot initiative that would define life as beginning at the moment of fertilization may be on the ballot in Colorado after all. Personhood USA, the organization behind the effort to put the initiative on the ballot, says they have cleared the 76,000-signature hurdle, and their amendment should be placed on the ballot. This comes after the Secretary of State's office rejected the organization's original submission a few weeks ago. On February 15, the Personhood USA submitted nearly 80,000 signatures--significantly fewer than the number submitted for a similar amendment in 2008. The Secretary of State's office later declared several thousand of the signatures invalid, and established a new deadline for the group to collect enough new valid signatures to clear the 76,000 benchmark.
On Thursday, Personhood USA announced they had collected the necessary signatures. If the measure makes the ballot and is approved by voters in November, it would effectively ban abortion in the state.
The 2008 'personhood' initiative was trounced at the polls.


FUCK. Amendment 48 was defeated THREE TO ONE in 2008. Welp, looks like the boyfriend and I are booked up through November working to defeat this regressive bullshit. Any fellow Coloradoans who oppose this idiocy, I urge you to volunteer to defeat this mess. Planned Parenthood of the Rockies will need a lot of help!

Also, there are not enough gifs in the world to express my disdain for this.


Greenspan Concedes that the Fed Failed to Gauge the Bubble

WASHINGTON — In his most detailed examination of the causes of the financial crisis, Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman, acknowledges that the Fed failed to grasp the magnitude of the housing bubble but argued that its policy of low interest rates from 2002 to 2005 did not cause the bubble.

In a 48-page paper that he is to present on Friday at the Brookings Institution, Mr. Greenspan, who stepped down as Fed chairman in January 2006, expressed some remorse but stood by his conviction that little can be done to identify a bubble before it bursts, much less pop it.

“We had been lulled into a sense of complacency by the only modestly negative economic aftermaths of the stock market crash of 1987 and the dot-com boom,” Mr. Greenspan wrote. “Given history, we believed that any declines in home prices would be gradual. Destabilizing debt problems were not perceived to arise under those conditions.”

Mr. Greenspan added that raising capital requirements and liquidity ratios was the most effective response to blunting the impact of future crises. He suggested that discussions underway in the United States to watch out for systemic risks to the financial system would be of limited use.

“Unless there is a societal choice to abandon dynamic markets and leverage for some form of central planning, I fear that preventing bubbles will in the end turn out to be infeasible,” Mr. Greenspan wrote. “Assuaging their aftermath seems the best we can hope for.”

Mr. Greenspan has defended his once-celebrated tenure as Fed chairman on previous occasions: notably in testimony before Congress in 2008, a new foreword to his 2007 autobiography that year and a speech to the Economic Club of New York last year. But the Brookings paper was his most extensive response yet.

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My take: Essentially, the free-market apologist who got us into this deregulation mess in the first place has responded with, "WELL, THAT'S THE FREE MARKET, NYAH NYAH." While he has some good points about why the mortgage crisis happened, he completely absolves himself of responsibility when it comes to regulation. Which is why the Fed should be the LAST place anyone should look to for consumer protection. 


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Say there's a political commentator out there who has called women's rights activists Nazis, called Michelle Obama a "Marxist harpy wife," said that President Obama only won his Nobel Peace Prize because of "affirmative action," and called the U.S. Department of Education's Safe Schools Czar "profoundly sick and immoral" because of his sexual orientation. Should this guy be rewarded with a promotion?

Well, if you're CNN, the answer is yes. They've just hired Erick Erickson, an editor over at, to be a political contributor on John King's new CNN show -- "John King, USA." Erickson is responsible for all of those comments above, and a whole host of other inflammatory comments that are bound to make John King's new show sound a lot more like Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck. Is this really what CNN wants?

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Goddess Christiane Amanpour to be the new host of 'This Week'

After days of speculation, ABC News announced on Thursday that CNN veteran Christiane Amanpour will be the new anchor of "This Week."

She will also serve as an foreign affairs analyst on other ABC News programs and will be anchoring primetime documentaries on international subjects.

"A highly respected journalist recognized around the world for her reporting, she brings to her new position a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a deep commitment to bringing news of the world to the American people," ABC News president David Westin said in an internal email.

"This Week" has been without a permanent anchor since George Stephanopoulos left in December to anchor "Good Morning America."

Amanpour will take over the anchor chair in August. Until then, Jake Tapper will serve as interim anchor. Ian Cameron will continue as executive producer.

With Amanpour on board, the Sunday political talk show is expected to shift its focus towards international matters that are Amanpour's domain.

Amanpour spent 27 years at CNN where she most recently served as chief international correspondent and anchor of "Amanpour."

She is the latest in a series of defections from the once venerable CNN. "Anderson Cooper 360's" Erica Hill left in January to join CBS' "Early Show," while Cooper himself is rumored as the possible new anchor of "CBS Evening News."
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US imposes sanctions on Hamas bank and TV station

Al-Aqsa Tv is accused of being the media wing of Hamas

The US Treasury has imposed sanctions against two companies it says are closely linked to the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

The US says it will freeze any assets held by the Gaza-based Islamic National Bank and broadcaster al-Aqsa Television in places under their jurisdiction.

INB provides banking to Hamas's military wing, and the broadcaster is financed by Hamas, the US say.

The US government has listed Hamas as a "terrorist organisation".

According to the US Treasury, the Hamas finance office in Gaza moved 1.1m euros ($1.5m) into the Islamic National Bank in May 2009 and used the funds to pay salaries of Hamas military wing members who held accounts at the bank.


The statement said INB was not operating under Palestinian Authority Banking regulations.

Al-Aqsa television has been accused of broadcasting programmes aimed at indoctrinating children to become armed fighters and suicide bombers.

They are Hamas' primary media outlet, the US treasury said.

"Treasury will continue to expose Hamas's efforts to create institutions with the trappings of legitimacy that are in fact controlled by and used to support a terrorist organisation," said Stuart Levey, Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

Although designated a terrorist organisation by Israel, the US and the EU, it is seen by its supporters as a legitimate fighting force defending Palestinians from a brutal military occupation.

Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, following elections in 2006, and chased out their rival for control of the Palestinian Territories - the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in control of the West Bank.

Hamas and their military wing have launched hundreds of rocket attacks and sent suicide bombers into Israel.

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Canada's Foreign Aid Plan Will Not Include Birth Control

Canadian government officials stated this week that their initiative to save the lives of women and children in developing nations will not include family planning supplies or services of any sort.

At a Foreign Affairs committee meeting Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said that Canada's plan "does not deal in any way, shape or form with family planning," reported The Globe and Mail. There is speculation that government leaders are avoiding the issue of family planning and abortion in an effort to appease those across the political spectrum.
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Shocking News: Legislating During Sunday Is an Affront To Gawd!

Democratic Un-American Congress Fails To Observe The Sabbath! More Evidence That They Are Attacking Christianity!!!

Iowa Congressman And Glenn Beck Agree: Sunday Health Care Vote Is 'An Affront To God'

Glenn Beck and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) expressed harmonized outrage on Beck's radio program Thursday about news that the House might vote on the health care reform package this Sunday. Voting on a Sunday, they said, was offensive and heretical.

"They intend to vote on the Sabbath, during Lent, to take away the liberty that we have right from God," King said.

"Faith has been perverted," Beck responded, then repeated. "They are going to vote for this damn thing on a Sunday, which is the Sabbath, during Lent."

Beck continued:

"Here is a group of people that have so perverted our faith and our hope and our charity, that is a -- this is an affront to God."

Though Beck conceded that he didn't believe that the Sunday vote was consciously chosen as a plot against God, he did find the timing apt.

"I think it's absolutely appropriate that these people are trying to put the nail in the coffin on our country on a Sunday -- something our founders would have never, ever, ever done. Out of respect for God."

As Think Progress points out, a Republican-controlled Senate convened on Palm Sunday in 2005 to pass a measure which granted a federal court the power to intervene in the religiously-charged Terri Schiavo case.

Beck himself recently irked various religious leaders when he told listeners earlier this month to "run as fast as you can" from churches and denominations that advocated "social or economic justice" because they were really pushing tenets of Communism and Nazism.

Listen to the interview:

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ontd_political PotD: March 18, 2010.

This is a general picspam chronicling the increasingly volatile atmosphere in Israel/the Palestinian occupied territories since the new year, first occurring in late-February and re-emerging just in the last couple of weeks.

It does not contain graphic images.

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Man gets married to a pillow

A Korean man has married his dakimaura, a.k.a. a body pillow with a Japanese anime girl drawn on it.

The girl depicted on the newlywed pillow is Fate Testarossa from the anime Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha.

A Korean news outlet covered the wedding day.

Footage shows the man bringing his body pillow to a theme park, where they ride roller coasters and a carousel. Later, they go out to dinner, where he orders two dishes of pasta.

Everywhere they go, passersby laugh, point and whisper.

Finally, he sports a tuxedo and stuffs Testarossa into a wedding dress for the marriage ceremony.

Anime body pillows have become an underground trend, especially in Japan, where men and young boys form relationships with them.

This isn't the first time someone has married an anime-inspired object. In November 2009, a Japanese man married his virtual girlfriend from a Nintendo DS romance simulator in Gwam.

An online petition, with over 500 signatures, calls on the Japanese government to officially recognize people's right to marry two-dimensional characters.

“We’ve no interest in the 3D. If we could, we’d like to live in a 2D world. However, with current technology, this is not possible. So at the very least, can we have marriage to 2D characters legally recognised?” wrote one poster.

“I’ve been married to Arcueid of Tsukihime for five years now. I’ve no doubt that I want to spend the rest of my life with her. As someone who lives in two dimensions, I’d very much like to support this measure!” wrote another.


Miss University Protest - Beauty is not skin deep

Feminists filled the street outside central London club Movida last night to protest against the Miss London University final.

Forty years since the Miss World pageants began in the US, the protesters marched from universities across London to challenge the narrow standards of beauty such contests uphold.

The demonstration remained energetic until late in the evening, prompting a bouncer to observe that the protest looked more fun than the pageant inside.

Unlike the contentious and prolonged university-based rounds last year, the contest this year went straight to the final event.

Clare Solomon, recently elected president of the University of London Union, said "They haven't been able to hold their rounds this year because we protested outside every event in 2009. We will demonstrate outside every event until they can't hold them any more."

The entertainment company 121 has been running the events since 2006.


The contests have enjoyed less campus publicity this year after successful campaigning by feminist groups to win motions in students' unions not to endorse the event.

Christian Emile, the founder of 121 claims that the events are 'empowering' for the women who take part.

But Laura Harvey, a student from London said "We're not attacking the women taking part in the event, but beauty pageants aren't just a bit of 'harmless fun' - they teach women to judge ourselves as a selection of 'assets' which are in need of constant improvement"

Echoing the chants of the first feminists who stormed the Miss World contests in the 1960s, blogger Laurie Penny said "We're not here because we're beautiful, we're not here because we're ugly, we're here because we're angry!"

Source: Counterfire
Laurie Penny (Penny Red)'s account of the protest

ANOTHER Paterson aide deserts administration: Governor's press secretary, Marissa Shorenstein, quits

Source: NY Daily News

It's getting awfully lonely in Gov. Paterson's inner circle.

Key press aide Marissa Shorenstein abruptly quit Wednesday - the fifth member of Team Paterson to bolt amid mushrooming scandals.

"Due to the circumstances that have led to my unwitting involvement in recent news stories, I can no longer do my job effectively," Shorenstein said in a statement.

Hardworking and well liked, Shorenstein, 30, was an aide in Al Gore's 2000 presidential bid and Carl McCall's 2002 gubernatorial campaign.

Pals close to Shorenstein say Paterson duped her into playing a role in covering up the explosive domestic case against another top aide, David Johnson.

Shorenstein contacted Johnson's old flame and accuser, Sherr-una Booker, to coach her on downplaying the incident - believing it was simply a messy breakup.

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