March 27th, 2010

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Andrew Breitbart: John Lewis is a liar and I demand a lie detector test

2010: A Race Odyssey — Disproving a Negative for Cash Prizes or, How the Civil Rights Movement Jumped the Shark

As I have said over and over and over, the left has one trick that it will use again and again when its back is in the corner: shout ‘racist’ in a crowded country.

On Saturday, during the peaceful and patriotic tea party protest at the Capitol, the Democrats staged a series of symbolic acts meant to manipulate the media to do its bidding. The Congressional Black Caucus pulled the Selma card and chose to walk through the crowd in the hopes of creating a YouTube incident. Collapse )

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I'd bold the offensive parts, but it would be redundant.

How Should Facebook and MySpace Handle Cyberbullying?

One 13-year-old kid's bad day started like this: He was called into the school office and questioned about insulting and R-rated comments about his classmates posted on his Facebook page. The boy told the administrators he wasn't even on Facebook. But the page had the boy's name and photos on it. Who else could it belong to?

A year later, the boy and his parents still don't know the answer to that question. His mother says that while at first she wasn't sure, she figured out that the Facebook account wasn't her son's from the date and time stamps on the posts, because she knew he hadn't been at a computer at those moments. (The photos, it turned out, came from a friend who thought the page was real.) "Our son is STILL upset and withdrew from social interaction outside school," his mother writes. "He doesn't know who to trust because he doesn't know who did it, and was probably most hurt that we and his teachers initially thought it was him."

 

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Watch Out New York: Hillsong is Coming

Hillsong is a Pentecostal megachurch based in Australia. They believe that abortions should be banned and Creationism should be taught in schools. They have strong ties to Gloria Jean's Coffee which they use to sponsor Mercy Ministries, a prolife charity which believes that prayer readings and exorcisms are great treatments for mental illness, drug addiction and eating disorders. They do not like questions or criticism.

THEY say that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere, and the founders of Sydney's Hillsong church are about to find out.

Hillsong has announced plans to establish a church in New York, under the ministry of a husband and wife team who worship at a Virginia church in which there is a Gloria Jean's cafe.

The Reverend Brian Houston, the founder and pastor of Hillsong in Sydney's north-west, believes God is calling him to establish a church in New York, just as He previously called him to set up churches in London, Cape Town, Paris, Stockholm, Moscow and Kiev.

''This is very much an unfolding story but one that I believe with all my heart that God is calling us to,'' he wrote in an update to his congregation.

Mr Houston named Carl and Laura Lentz as a ''key part'' of the church. Mr Lentz is from the non-denominational evangelical Wave Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He attended Hillsong's flagship church in Castle Hill for three years from 2001, where he met his wife.

The Virginian church has close links with Hillsong - its leaders, Steve and Sharon Kelly, are close friends of Mr Houston and his wife Bobbie, and its premises house a Gloria Jean's, the coffee store founded in Australia by Hillsong members.

Since it inception 26 years ago, the church has grown from 45 people in a school hall in Baulkham Hills to a global congregation of 15,000.

Its lead pastor, Joel A'Bell, said Hillsong did not receive money from its overseas branches. ''We can serve New Yorkers by loving them, by helping them in their everyday lives,'' he said.


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RNC: "Hate Speech Cash Cow Supersedes Civility"

RNC: "Civility" is just Another Code Word for "Trap"!

RNC rejects joint 'civility' statement

The Republican National Committee has rejected a proposal from its Democratic counterpart to sign a joint “civility” statement, POLITICO has learned.


Various members of the DNC — including Chairman Tim Kaine, Executive Director Jen O’Malley Dillon and Communications Director Brad Woodhouse — contacted their respective RNC counterparts this week in hopes of getting RNC Chairman Michael Steele to co-sign a document with Kaine that, in part, called for “elected officials of both parties to set an example of the civility we want to see in our citizenry.”

“We also call on all Americans to respect differences of opinion, to refrain from inappropriate forms of intimidation, to reject violence and vandalism, and to scale back rhetoric that might reasonably be misinterpreted by those prone to such behavior,” read the proposed joint statement, which came at the end of a week that saw acts of vandalism and threats of violence directed at members of Congress from both parties, but mostly aimed at Democrats who voted yes on the health care bill.

Republicans see the statement as an attempt to force them to either reject the statement — allowing Democrats to say the RNC finds the incidents acceptable — or to sign on to something that the DNC would later wield against them.

The proposed statement was faxed and hand-delivered to the RNC at midmorning Friday. POLITICO learned Friday afternoon that the RNC would not sign the DNC statement.

RNC Communications Director Doug Heye told POLITICO that Steele chose not to agree to the statement because “we don’t need to do anything on their schedule or on their timetable.”
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Nancy Pelosi: is this the most powerful woman in US history?

Hailed at first as an anachronism and a political gift to Republicans, the 'extreme liberal' is being seen as the best US Speaker for a century



Just a few years ago, Republicans greeted Nancy Pelosi's rise to the upper echelons of the Democratic party as a political gift.

She was, her rightwing foes asserted, an extreme liberal of the kind true Americans just don't like – vocal in her support of gay rights, feminist causes and policies frequently branded as socialism.


Worst of all in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, she was strongly against the invasion of Iraq, just as she had been opposed to the earlier war with Baghdad over Kuwait. Republicans smirked that the Democrats had doomed themselves to irrelevance when they chose Pelosi as the first woman to lead them in the House of Representatives in 2002, and later as Speaker.

Not a few in Pelosi's own party and beyond agreed. Among other things, she had a reputation for shooting her mouth off, once calling the elder President Bush a "jerk". She would come to say much worse about his son.

Joe Klein, author of the bestselling political novel Primary Colors, described the newly elected Democratic leader in the larger of the two houses of Congress as "the very sort of political anachronism the party should studiously avoid".

Eight years on, Pelosi is once again the favoured target for Republican attacks after rescuing President Obama's healthcare legislation as it teetered on the brink of oblivion. But there are not many who now call her an anachronism or accuse her of marginalising her party.

Through several elections and an unpopular war, Pelosi has been instrumental in leading the Democrats back to control of the House of Representatives and then on to a healthy majority. And now, after forging the consensus among deeply divided House Democrats that saw passage of the first significant, if compromised, social legislation in decades, Pelosi is being heralded as the most powerful woman in American history and the most powerful Speaker of the House of Representatives in a century.

It's not an accolade she rejects.

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Poor Big Banks Wont Be Able to Pay Taxes This Year. Government Says Is Ok. How Heartbreaking...

Banks and Corporations Continue to Struggle This Year. CEOs Will Have To Do Without That Billion Dollar Yacht This Year.

Bank of America, Wells Fargo probably won't pay income tax for 2009
Annual reports suggest BofA and Wells Fargo won't have to pay federal income taxes for 2009.

This tax season will be kind to Bank of America and Wells Fargo: It appears that neither bank will have to pay federal income taxes for 2009.

Bank of America probably won't pay federal taxes because it lost money in the U.S. for the year. Wells Fargo was profitable, but can write down its tax bill because of losses at Wachovia, which it rescued from a near collapse.

The idea of the country's No. 1 and No. 4 banks not paying federal income taxes may be anathema to millions of Americans who are grumbling as they fill out their own tax forms this month. But tax experts say the banks' situation is hardly unique.

"Oh, yeah, this happens all the time," said Robert Willens, an expert on tax accounting who runs a New York firm with the same name. "Especially now, with companies suffering such severe losses."

Bob McIntyre, at Citizens for Tax Justice, said he opposes the government giving corporations such a break.
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Alan Grayson, Please Stop Before ONTD_Political Decides to Have Your Baby

Graysonmania Sweeps The Nation. ONTD_Political to Build a Ten Foot Shrine for Grayson.

A Special Message From George W. Bush

You can tell a lot about a person by his friends. Howard Dean, Michael Moore, Dennis Kucinich and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz are my friends. And they've all joined our moneybomb at CongressmanWithGuts.com.

And you can tell a lot about a person by his enemies. Sarah Palin came to my district two weeks ago, and told her zombie minions to "take me out." The National Republican Party says that I'm their #1 target in 2010. And now, it's George W. Bush's turn. See for yourself:



But when it comes to George W. Bush, with enemies like that, who needs friends? What's he going to do, attackify me?

Still, if there's one thing that's clear, it's that the right-wing doesn't want me in Congress. They don't want to hear the truth. They don't want to see courage.

So I have to ask you: will you make sure that our moneybomb today is a success? Will you give what you can give, and tell all your friends to do the same. Will you make this George W. Bush video go virusful?

CongressmanWithGuts.com. Let's do it.


With No Job, Plenty of Time for Tea Party

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — When Tom Grimes lost his job as a financial consultant 15 months ago, he called his congressman, a Democrat, for help getting government health care.

Then he found a new full-time occupation: Tea Party activist.


In the last year, he has organized a local group and a statewide coalition, and even started a “bus czar” Web site to marshal protesters to Washington on short notice. This month, he mobilized 200 other Tea Party activists to go to the local office of the same congressman to protest what he sees as the government’s takeover of health care.

Mr. Grimes is one of many Tea Party members jolted into action by economic distress. At rallies, gatherings and training sessions in recent months, activists often tell a similar story in interviews: they had lost their jobs, or perhaps watched their homes plummet in value, and they found common cause in the Tea Party’s fight for lower taxes and smaller government.

The Great Depression, too, mobilized many middle-class people who had fallen on hard times. Though, as Michael Kazin, the author of “The Populist Persuasion,” notes, they tended to push for more government involvement. The Tea Party vehemently wants less — though a number of its members acknowledge that they are relying on government programs for help.

Mr. Grimes, who receives Social Security, has filled the back seat of his Mercury Grand Marquis with the literature of the movement, including Glenn Beck’s “Arguing With Idiots” and Frederic Bastiat’s “The Law,” which denounces public benefits as “false philanthropy.”

“If you quit giving people that stuff, they would figure out how to do it on their own,” Mr. Grimes said.


The fact that many of them joined the Tea Party after losing their jobs raises questions of whether the movement can survive an improvement in the economy, with people trading protest signs for paychecks.

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And in today's WTF news...

Man drunk, Opossum dead, CPR futile

(CNN) -- A Pennsylvania man attempted to resuscitate "a road-killed opossum," state police say.

But this was one possum who wasn't playing possum -- the ugly creature remained dead.

Troopers responding to the scene in Oliver Township on Thursday determined that Donald J. Wolfe, 55, of Brookville, was drunk, according to the police report.

Several witnesses observed Wolfe's failed resurrection of the flattened marsupial, police said. It was not immediately clear how he endeavored to restore the possum's life.

The arresting officer in the incident was unavailable for comment Friday. Attempts to reach Wolfe were also unsuccessful.

Wolfe will be charged with one charge of public drunkenness, police said.

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Uncle V wants you

Andrew Breitbart likes being hated more than he likes being liked.

Since Mr. Breitbart figured so prominently in this entry, I decided it was time to give the community an opportunity to examine him. He certain deserves an examination.

Time: Citizen Breitbart
By Steve Oney

Andrew Breitbart sits in an Aeron chair at an iMac computer gazing out the sliding glass door of his Los Angeles home office. On the patio, a hula hoop and a portable basketball rim await his children's return from school. Breitbart, 41, dressed on this late-winter day in his standard work uniform of a dirty oxford-cloth shirt and grungy khaki shorts, looks more like a surf bum than one of the most divisive figures in America's political and culture wars. Then his BlackBerry rings.

The woman at the other end of the line, conservative fulminator Ann Coulter, is among Breitbart's staunchest allies, and they soon are engaged in a spirited attack on liberals. "Their entire structure is writhing in diseased agony on the side of the road, and they don't even realize it," Breitbart says. But the left isn't the only object of disdain. "I'm sick of this effete GOP nothing sandwich," he adds, growing more animated. "As long as everyone is so pristine and socially registered, we're going to lose." Shortly before signing off, Breitbart says, "Collapse )

Two more pages at the source in the headline.
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Earth Hour!!!

Cities switch off for Earth Hour

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Major cities and global landmarks have been plunged into darkness as millions of people switch off lights for an hour to protest against climate change.

Homes and offices in major cities and landmarks turned their lights off for an hour on Saturday to promote energy-saving in response to the threat of climate change caused by global warming.

The symbolic one-hour switch-off has become an annual global event and organisers World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said they expect this year's to be the biggest so far.

Two of the first landmarks to switch off their lights were the iconic Habour Bridge and Opera House in Sydney, Australia's largest city.

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ETA official global video. I only posted the Canadian one before because it's pretty and I didn't know if people would have the patience to watch the longer one =).



OFFICIAL WEBSITE

There are some awesome pictures and videos around. Anyone with a brain knows one hour isn't gonna change anything but this is about a global protest, raising awareness and commotion, it's not about a feel-good hour. I just love knowing people all around the world were doing the exact same thing for a good cause.
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women's history month with brecho: day twenty-seven

This is one of the best articles I've read this month. It goes into details about important role women play in peacemaking and goes into some history of women - Indonesian and others - who have played and do play remarkable roles in creating peace. And it doesn't rely on the flawed idea that women are more natrually peaceful but talks about the role they play in society.

Anyway, I'm babbling. Read!


Indonesian women to the peace table



Indonesia is enjoying a period of relative peace and calm as the violent conflicts that wracked the country at the dawn of the country’s democratic transition have been resolved, for the most part peacefully.

It wasn’t just a question of bringing peace to Aceh, but also to Maluku, Poso and West Kalimantan, where thousands died and many thousands more were displaced in scenes of ugly ethnic and religious violent conflict after 1998.

For these considerable achievements in conflict management and peacemaking the government and civil society arguably deserves a jointly awarded peace prize. But if there is one area in which the country’s peacemaking efforts have been weak it is in the promotion of the role of women.
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Taxes For Alcohol to Raise From 6 cents to $6

Anyone in California feel like paying through the nose for their shots of vodka? Be at ease knowing the fact that when you are ridiculously taxed for that shot of vodka, all that money goes to programs that will warn you and other people of the potential harms of alcohol. Not to senior homes, not for programs that help the impoverished, no funds for cancer research, nor hospitals. Yeah, it's a bit of a contradiction but it's okay (just kidding about this, by the way)!

IMPOSES ADDITIONAL TAX ON ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Imposes an additional excise tax on alcoholic beverages, increasing the excise tax on each six-pack of beer from 11¢ to $6.08, on each 750 ml bottle of wine from 4¢ to $5.11, and on each 750 ml bottle of distilled spirits from 65¢ to $17.57. Requires additional excise tax revenues to be deposited into a special fund appropriated to the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs to finance programs to address alcohol-related harms as specified. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Additional state revenues of between $7 billion and $9 billion annually from an increase in state excise taxes on alcoholic beverages, with the proceeds going to support alcohol-related programs and services. A decrease in state and local revenues from existing excise and sales taxes on alcoholic beverages of several hundred million dollars annually due to a likely decline in consumption of alcoholic beverages. (10-0005.)


Article: Initiative to Tax Alcohol Could Bring California Billions — That's Because Your Vodka Will Cost $17 More
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A Critique of the Pill

The Dark Side of Birth Control: The Pill Still Has Many Adverse Affects Glossed Over By Big Pharma
by Laura Eldridge

March 17, 2010

As we get ready, in 2010, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hormonal contraception in the United States, women have every right to stand up and cheer for a birth control option that has revolutionized how effective a contraceptive can be. “The Pill” and its descendants have indeed provided women with a unique tool that has changed the terms in which women control their social and professional choices.

Amidst all the applause, though, let us not oversimplify the history of a drug that has often coupled danger with opportunity, and indeed reinforced some serious inequities even as it promised to enhance women’s rights.Collapse )

The pill has indeed helped women to write heroic chapters in their histories. It has provided a contraceptive efficacy that was only a dream before, and other health benefits such as some protection against ovarian cancer and relief for women with severe menstrual distress. But it is not a silver bullet.

And even today it poses serious health questions and comes with a host of side effects. As we stand on this important anniversary, perhaps we need to do the thing that seems to be the hardest: to appreciate this remarkable innovation while also being honest about its limitations. To give credit to this exceptional tool while also frankly acknowledging the sometimes difficult histories that have allowed to it take its current position of prominence in the contraceptive landscape. We need, once again, to broaden the conversation, educating women to make responsible decisions about birth control that would respect other birth control choices. And even as we enjoy and use this amazing product, we need to keep pushing and fighting for something better.

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I personally have not taken the pill or any hormonal birth control and the side-effects are part of the reason why. Also, just today, I read a journal post about how abortion is unnecessary in part because of the pill which only reinforced my belief that most people, especially men, don't realize the complexities of it. I'm interested in what ontd_p thinks of the questions of whether men would accept some of the negative consequences of hormonal birth control as readily as some men expect women to.
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NH State Rep. Nickolas Levasseur : "Anime is a prime example of why two nukes just wasn't enough"

New Hampshire State Rep. Nick Levasseur has apologized for saying, "Anime is a prime example of why two nukes just wasn't enough," on Facebook..

The Manchester Democrat quickly backpedaled. "I would like to deeply apologize for the insensitivity of this post. It was a poorly thought out comment, posted jest on my private Facebook page," Levasseur said in a statement.

"This, of course, does not excuse the comment. This type of statement has no place in public or private discourse. It does not represent any true opinion, political or personal."

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I wonder what 4 Chan has to say about this.
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Another Mexican Police Chief murdered by the Cartel

As a person who lives in South Texas (I'm still five hours away from the border but our area is a major hub for drug activity and gang shootings have GREATLY increased), I want to know why the fuck we are not doing something about this?

Last week (for spring break) there were warnings all up and down the state to NOT GO TO MEXICO. Days before spring break hit we had three americans murdered and decapitated outside El Passo. We have Mexican border politicans and businessmen who live stateside because it is safer (but there have been kidnappings and hits carried out stateside as well). This is getting ugly (failstate ugly) real fast and I think we are headed to a point of where the troops who are being sent home from the war in Iraq ending will be stationed outside our border with Mexico because the violence is so fucking bad.

As of last count about 18,000 people have been murdered since 2006.

Mexican Police Chief DECAPITATED By Drug Cartel
MARK WALSH | 03/27/10 04:29 AM

MONTERREY, Mexico — The decapitated body of the police chief of a northern Mexico town and the body of his brother were found inside the chief's patrol truck Friday, authorities said. Hours earlier, gunmen killed a deputy police chief and his bodyguard in another part of Mexico's north.

The body of Heriberto Cerda, the police chief in Agualeguas, was found on the bed of a patrol pickup truck, which was left on a dirt road in the nearby town of General Trevino. His head was on his lap, said a spokesman for Nuevo Leon state prosecutors who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.

The body of the chief's brother, Jesus Cerda, was found inside the truck, the official said. He didn't say how Jesus Cerda was killed.

Nuevo Leon state secretary general Javier Trevino told reporters that Cerda and his brother had been reported missing Thursday.

The windshield and driver's door of the patrol car had "C.D.G.," an acronym for the Gulf drug cartel, written in blood, photos showed.
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