April 2nd, 2010


MOD POST: The Fail Free Version Of The ONTD_Political Census 2010

Sorry for all the previous census fail, but LJ gave me hell on this April Fool's Day. If you filled out the last two posts, do it again. The mods will use your answers to determine how we can serve you better. Thanks everyone!

Poll #1546391 ONTD_Political Census Part 1
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Poll #1546392 ONTD_Political Census Part 2
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Poll #1546393 ONTD_Political Census Part 3
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Me in Hawaii.

Abortion doctor's killer uses sentencing as forum

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A man who murdered one of the few U.S. doctors who performed late-term abortions used his sentencing hearing as a forum to espouse his views in an effort to justify his crime, arguing that he had chosen to obey "God's law" to save babies.

Scott Roeder was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 50 years, the longest sentence possible under Kansas law for first-degree murder. The 52-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man killed George Tiller as he was serving as an usher last May in the foyer of the doctor's church in Wichita.

"I stopped him so he could not dismember another innocent baby," Roeder said. "Wichita is a far safer place for unborn babies without George Tiller."

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Nick Griffin to lose his CANTAB. Shame about the MEP bit, but hey...

Cambridge to strip BNP boss of degree

BNP leader Nick Griffin is set to be stripped of his degree by Cambridge.

It would be the first time EVER an ex-student's qualification has been revoked.

Bigot Griffin, 51, graduated from the university's Downing College in 1980 with a 2:2 honours in law.

But chiefs want to cut all ties with the extremist.

Cambridge's governing body passed a motion to annul Griffin's degree on Wednesday by 64 per cent. The proposal just needs to be ratified by the vice-chancellor to become official.

Spokesman Tim Holt said: "This is highly irregular, but well within the limits of the governing body.

"The university can't afford to be connected with such a widely-reviled figure."

History student Jessica Ratley, 20, said: "His degree should definitely be removed. He doesn't deserve it. It affects the uni's reputation."

Griffin, now an MEP, founded the Young National Front Students while at Cambridge.

In November, a student website voted him the university's worst graduate ever.

Sorry about the source...

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Barack Obama Site Profits Off Biden's F-Bomb

Joe Biden's recent "big f**king deal" gaffe on live television is raking in dough for the Democratic Party ... all in the form of an awesome, slightly inappropriate $25 t-shirt.

The shirt -- sold on BarackObama.com -- is real, we promise ... and the Democratic National Committee is behind it.

It even has the date March 23, 2010 on it -- the day Obama signed the health care reform bill and Joe Biden effed up on live television.

That's a change of clothes you can believe in.


BRB ordering.
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BREAKING NEWS: Your governor has been threatened


FBI Investigating Extremist Group Letters Telling Governors To Leave Office

WASHINGTON — The FBI is warning police across the country that an anti-government group's call to remove governors from office could provoke violence.

The group called the Guardians of the free Republics wants to "restore America" by peacefully dismantling parts of the government, according to its Web site.

Investigators do not see threats of violence in the group's message, but fear the broad call for removing top state officials could lead others to act out violently.

As of Wednesday, more than 30 governors had received letters saying if they don't leave office within three days they will be removed, according to an internal intelligence note by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The note was obtained by The Associated Press.

The FBI expects all 50 governors will eventually receive such letters.
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Because telling a Governor that he/she will be forced from office in 3 days is NOT a threat? Especially, in wake of Hutaree and Tea Party freaks? Yeah, I'm not buying that.

6 Enlightened Ideas Brought to You by Evil Empires

(alternate title: fuck it, it's Friday, time for a Cracked.com article)

If history teaches us anything, it's that it's way harder to pick out the good guys from the bad guys than the movies would lead us to believe.

In fact, some of history's most face-blastingly savage regimes came up with some shockingly progressive innovations in health, human rights and, well, everything else.

#6: The Nazis Get the Anti-Tobacco Ball Rolling

We put this on the list at great risk to our future political careers. You really can't say anything good about the Nazis without it getting taken out of context in a campaign ad, and obviously pointing out that, say, Hitler's soldiers were well-groomed doesn't excuse their many, many, many atrocities.

So nothing we're about to say about the Nazis makes us feel even the slightest bit bad about slaughtering them in one video game after another.

And Yet...

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Michele Bachmann Demands Nancy Pelosi to Apologize For Inciting Rightwing Extremism and Racism!

America's Racist and Domestic Terrorist Patriots Baffled as to Why Liburals Continue to Provoke Them: "Make Them Stop or Else!"

Michele Bachmann: Nancy Pelosi Was Trying To 'Incite Something' Before Health Care Vote (VIDEO)

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week of trying to "incite something" by choosing to walk through a Tea Party rally being held outside the U.S. Capitol on the day health care reform passed last month.

"Remember when Speaker Pelosi walked arm-in-arm in a civil rights march across Independence Avenue from the House buildings over to the Capitol," Bachmann told Sean Hannity in a Fox News appearance Thursday. "In three years I have never seen Nancy Pelosi cross the street the way that you saw in that picture. They deliberately went through that crowd perhaps to try and incite something,"

Despite this claim, Bachmann still isn't buying the contention that protesters hurled racial slurs hurled during the demonstration.

Bachmann continued: "There were so many cameras there Sean, no one recorded any racial motivation, and everything we've heard in the last week has had a racial tinge coming out of the Democrats' mouth and there hasn't been any racial activity."

Over the past few weeks, Bachmann has argued repeatedly that the Tea Party is being unjustly smeared by the media and Democrats.

In an interview with conservative radio host Scott Hennen last week Bachmann said: "The media wants you to believe that tea party patriots are toothless hillbillies...This is a very sophisticated crowd. And then these charges from Democrats that they were spit upon, that there were racial epithets -- there's no one who saw anything."

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Hey Guyz! Is Hunting Census Worker Season Again!

Ma! There is One of them Censhus Commies On The Yard Again! Get Me My Shotgun and Call That CNN Fellow, Not The Libural One! He Will Love To See My New Trophy on My Wall!

Erickson: I’ll ‘pull out my wife’s shotgun’ if someone comes to my door for the American Community Survey.

Yesterday, ThinkProgress noted that Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) took to the conservative blog RedState to call out “blatant misinformation coming from otherwise well-meaning conservatives” about this year’s Census. “There have been calls to only partially fill out Census forms – even though that would be a direct violation of federal law,” wrote McHenry. RedState editor Erick Erickson, who recently became a CNN contributor, has joined McHenry in urging conservatives to fill out the Census because “it’s a Constitutional obligation.” But on his radio show yesterday, Erickson railed against the American Community Survey (ACS), a more-detailed supplemental survey conducted by the Census Bureau, saying that he would “pull out” his “wife’s shotgun” if someone tried to get him to fill it out:

ERICKSON: This is crazy. What gives the Commerce Department the right to ask me how often I flush my toilet? Or about going to work? I’m not filling out this form. I dare them to try and come throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. They’re not going on my property. They can’t do that. They don’t have the legal right, and yet they’re trying.
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Logan quits BNP in 'racist' row

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A councillor has vowed to stand independently at the next election after walking away from the British National Party for being "a bunch of racists"

Cllr Mark Logan, who has represented Gooshays ward since winning a by-election in March 2008, said he would be "severing all links with the party and the political group of misfits" because he didn't agree with "the calibre of some people" being put forward as candidates for the forthcoming election.

He said: "There's been some really nasty rhetoric directed at coloured people. When I first of all moved in with the party I didn't see a racist element to start off with. But people change. I thought they were a group of patriots not racists."

Jason Douglas, BNP Havering organiser, rejected the racist claims and said: "There are certain people in the branch who didn't see eye-to-eye. Mark comes from a Conservative background and a lot of his influences run contrary to what the party believes in."

He said Cllr Logan had done "some sterling work for Gooshays" but his "presence is causing friction among other members in the branch".

In May, Cllr Logan had been due to stand in the local election for Gooshays again and as a Parliamentary candidate for Upminster in the general election. He announced he was cutting all ties with the BNP last Thursday following a series of disagreements. The BNP argued they had pushed Cllr Logan out by deselecting him as a candidate at both levels prior to his exit from the party due to "continuous squabbles" and concern for his health, but were unable to substantiate their argument.

The last straw for Cllr Logan was with Heaton ward candidate Mick Braun who Cllr Logan branded "an out-and-out complete and utter racist" and a "loose cannon". Cllr Logan, who has been receiving dialysis daily while waiting for a kidney transplant, highlighted a particular incident when he claimed Mr Braun made a foul personal verbal attack on him after a party meeting.

Cllr Logan said: "I am not willing to stay in a party whereupon I'm being threatened and his last tirade of verbal abuse was appalling."

When questioned about it Mr Braun said: "I can't remember what I said. I might remember saying Joe Hunt. It's another term; a bit of rhyming slang."

He called Cllr Logan "arrogant" and "hard to work with" and said: "My son goes out with a Turkish girl. I rent my home from a lovely woman who is a Hindu. I'm not racist at all."

Cllr Logan was also angry at the secret political handshake Mr Douglas made with Graham Williamson of the National Liberal Party to agree to remove BNP candidates from South Hornchurch to give the The National Liberal Party a better chance of election. Cllr Logan has promised to support his constituents till the end of term before continuing his political career as an independent.

A BNP spokesman added: "Mark Logan has issued a number of highly libellous lies about the party. If any of Mr Logan's new allegations were true he would not have tried to rejoin the party so recently. It's sad Mark Logan sees fit to reveal his personal problems in such a manner but the BNP is greater than any one individual and better off without such a disruptive and unstable hanger on."

Fellow BNP member Micky Joyce announced this week he would also no longer stand for election, as he had planned to in the Heaton ward, because he didn't want to get involved with all the rows.

Source: Lancaster Unity
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Republicans block on unemployment benefits also blocked NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM


Northeast Hit With Devastating Floods, As Federal Flood Insurance Expires Due To GOP Obstruction
By Pat Garofalo at 11:32 am

Last week, Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), blocked an extension of unemployment benefits, claiming that they objected to granting the extension without offsetting it with a spending cut elsewhere. Last month, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) and a handful of his Republican allies did the same thing, with Bunning telling Democrats who wanted to pass an extension by unanimous consent “tough sh*t.”

But it wasn’t only unemployment benefits that expired: the same package that the Republicans blocked also included extenders for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). And the critical nature of NFIP was brought into the spotlight this week, as many northeastern states have been battered with record amounts of rainfall, which has led to widespread flooding.

Flooding in Rhode Island was the worst it’s been in 100 years, with some rivers “several feet above all-time records.” Boston saw its wettest March since record keeping began in 1872, while “bridges and highways have washed out from Maine to Connecticut and sewage systems have been overwhelmed to the point that families were asked to stop flushing toilets.” National Guard troops have been mobilized to aid residents in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

According to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, there are 5.5 million flood insurance policy holders in flood plains, and as of this week, homeowners were rendered unable to renew their policies. If any of those homeowners were victims of the current flooding, they will “face complications” filing claims. As Blain Rethmeier, spokesman for the American Insurance Association, put it, “it’s unfortunate that the NFIP has fallen victim to the political process”:

Ultimately the people who will suffer the most are property owners who need new coverage or who need to renew their flood insurance policies. One can only hope that Mother Nature is kind until April 12. Otherwise, there’s not much people can do.

According to Roll Call, Republicans hope to blame the expiration on Democrats when they come back from the current recess, since House Democrats objected to the spending offsets that the Senate had agreed to. But Republicans have made it clear that they fully endorse obstructing these extension packages. After all, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said this week that “we didn’t give [Bunning] as much help as we probably should have.” “It took an act of courage like Sen. Bunning’s to perhaps jolt people,” Kyl said.

I've been in a natural disaster. We were told our hurricane insurance had expired because the mortgage company did pay the increases... We are still trying to recover from the hurricane that hit us in 2003.
So fuck you Republicans.
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Red Sports vs. Blue Sports

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This chart maps the party identification of sports fans along with their propensity to actually vote.

If you're a GOP strategist looking for key primary votes, spend your valuable advertising money on PGA Tour events. If you're a Dem trying to win over your base, focus on advertising during NBA games.

So says a new study among hundreds of thousands of Americans examining the correlation between viewers' favorite sports and their voting habits. And, the survey shows, most dedicated sports watchers are much more likely to vote with the GOP than they are to vote with Dems.

Researchers at National Media Inc., a GOP firm, analyzed survey results from a total of 218,000 surveys interviews between Aug. '08 and Sept. '09. The polling was conducted by Scarborough USA, a joint project of Nielsen and Arbitron, the 2 top ratings agencies in the country.

GOPers are most likely to watch the PGA Tour, college football and NASCAR, according to the study. But if GOP ad buyers want to reach more frequent voters, they should focus on the PGA; golf fans told researchers they were much more likely to vote than NASCAR fans say they are. Meanwhile, Dems hold the largest advantages among basketball fans, both those who watch the NBA and the WNBA. And fans of World Wrestling Entertainment are also much more likely to favor Dems -- if they vote. Wrestling fans are less likely to cast ballots than any other sports fans.

Overall, GOPers hold advantages among die-hard fans of most sports, albeit by slimmer margins than golf fans. Those who watch Major League Baseball and the NFL are only slightly more conservative than the average voter, while those who watch college basketball are about 5% more likely to vote with the GOP.

Among the major sports, college football fans say they are most likely to vote, followed closely by MLB aficionados. NFL fans rate with NASCAR fans as less likely voters. Fans of extreme sports, the WWE, monster trucks and soccer -- all of whom tend to be younger -- are the least likely to vote, according to the survey.

The data is fun to peruse, but it has practical implications as well. Ad buyers should focus on sports programming, according to the analysis. That's because sports fans are most likely to view events live instead of on a DVR machine, meaning they don't skip the ads.

Dems tend to watch more TV than GOPers, and they dominate most kinds of programming. That means GOP ad buyers have fewer choices, and sports offer the best opportunity to reach their voters.
From Gawker.com:

Wrestling fans: strongly Democratic-leaning, but none of them vote.

It is not actually that weird to think that wrestling and monster truck fans are all bleeding heart commies: their fanbases are primary young people. It looks like they're also young people that Democrats do a really shit job of appealing to and convincing to vote. (If the DNC was smart they would maybe be doing something about telling these slightly interested NBA fans about the upcoming midterms.)

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RNC's Filings Reveal Creative Definitions Of 'Office Supplies'

It's been a rough week for the Republican National Committee. When news broke that the RNC spent nearly two grand at a "bondage-themed" Los Angeles nightclub, a whole ton of resentment and disgruntlement bubbled up to the surface. RNC Chairman Michael Steele's leadership was called into question. Key GOP figures like Sarah Palin and Tony Perkins distanced themselves from the committee. And news broke of a new organization, American Crossroads, stepping in to re-attract the big donors that have shunned the RNC.
But, hey: a silver lining!Lindsay Beyerstein has taken a deeper dive into the RNC's filings with the Federal Election Commission, and based upon the organizations procurement habits, and the specific goods that are characterized as "office supplies," it's pretty clear that the RNC is still a fun place to work.
The RNC told the FEC that it spent $982 of its donors' money on "office supplies" from the Boyden Valley Winery last December. "We do not sell office supplies; we are a legal winery operating since 1991 in Cambridge, Vermont," co-owner Linda Boyden told AlterNet.

Between December and February, the RNC bought over $700 worth of so-called "office supplies" from Congressional Liquors, a booze and sandwich shop on Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill.

 Yeah, woo! It's like MAD MEN over at RNC headquarters and whatnot! Still, apparently some people have objections. Meredith McGehee, the "policy director at the Campaign Legal Center" for example, says, "Liquor is not what a reasonable person would understand an office supply." But what if you are, like me, a totally unreasonable person? See, then, all of this is perfectly legit. Surely the Democratic National Committee has some booze in their office supply cabinet -- how else do you explain the "Martha Coakley campaign?"
The RNC is apparently just as adept at stretching the definition of "meals" as they are with "office supplies":
In December, RNC reimbursed [RNC Deputy Finance Director Debbie] LeHardy for $453 worth of "meals" from Henri Bendel, a posh boutique on New York's Fifth Avenue. Bendel's is an upscale source for costume jewelery, handbags and make-up. The store bills itself as a "Girls' Playground for trendsetting young women from around the world."

"[W]e do not have a restaurant in the store so I don't know how she would have spent $450 on meals," spokesperson Jodi Mellman wrote in an e-mail.

Is Sarah Palin sure this is an organization she wants to distance herself from?

Remember that famous gathering in Boca Grande, Florida, where RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart unveiled his famous PowerPoint presentation, mocking donors for being easily manipulated by "access" and "tchochkes?" Well, here's what else they were getting up to at that meeting:
Records also show that LeHardy received reimbursement for $282 spent at Boca Grande Outfitters, which bills itself as "the area's most complete saltwater fly fishing and light tackle outfitter." The report designates the reimbursement for "meals." Aaron Sutcliffe, a clerk at BGO, said the store doesn't sell food.
Well, sure, they don't "sell food." I mean, if you give a man a fish, they become shiftless wards of the state. But if you give a man some high-end fishing gear, they can learn to procure their own food, thus pulling themselves up by their bootstraps, which they probably bought at Bergdorf Goodman on the RNC dime.


I'm not really shocked by this at all.  If you think about it, most of the folks in the RNC probably came from rather high-paying corporate jobs in the private sector at one point or another, where behavior like this is RAMPANT when it comes to creative expense report writing.
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More news about the Church, this time about Québec's second biggest shame.

The "Comité des orphelins de Duplessis" took advantage of Good Friday to implore the Catholic Church of Québec to present formal excuses to more than 3000 children who were committed between 1940 and 1960.

During a protest in front of the Notre-Damn Basilica in Montréal, dozens of Duplessis orphans denounced what they called the "inaction" of the Church in their cases.

Their spokesperson, Carlo Tarini, says it is deplorable that the Catholic Church of Québec has never asked forgiveness, nor paid indemnities to the children transfered to psychiatric asylums from 1940 to 1960. Mr Tarini stresses that these children were victims of abuse of all natures, including sexual, in institutions that were under the direction of the religious community.

The Duplessis Orphans are calling on the Cardinals Jean-Claude Turcotte and Marc Ouellet, especially, asking them to admit the wrongdoings of the Church. They deplore that only the government of Québec has paid indemnities to the victims.

Out of the 3000 children committed between 1940 and 1950, we estimate that only 300 to 400 are still alive.

Original French source, translated by yours truly.


For those who don't know, the Duplessis orphans were victims of a government scheme which falsely certified children, many of whom were the babies and infants of single/unwed mothers, as mentally ill and confined them to psychiatric hospitals. Many were abused, there are many accusations saying that some were experimented on, and according to an article on CBC, nuns sold the bodies of deceased children to medical schools for 10$. The same article also says that the number of orphans is actually some 20 000.

They're called the Duplessis orphans because this scheme arose during the 15 years (1944-1959, but he was also Premier from 1936-39) that Maurice Duplessis was the Premier of Québec, a time also known as "The Great Darkness," or La Grande Noirceur.

Drug advisor sees media-induced panic for what it is, quits

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Another government adviser has abruptly quit the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs over the criminalisation of mephedrone.

In his resignation letter Eric Carlin said the council’s decision taken earlier this week to ban mephedrone was “unduly based on media and political pressure”.

He is the latest member of the body to resign, following the sacking of former chairman Professor David Nutt.

But more damningly for the government, Eric Carlin also said: “we had little or no discussion about how our recommendation to classify this drug would be likely to impact on young people’s behaviour”.

In other words the decision was once again taken on the basis of media pressure than evidenced based policy.

Eric Carlin’s full resignation letter was also posted to his blog:
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A.C.L.U. can't accept gift for prom because people TREMBLE at the word "atheist"

Mississippi A.C.L.U. Rejects $20,000 for Alternate Prom

To avoid further controversy, the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi has rejected a $20,000 gift intended to underwrite an alternate prom replacing one canceled by a local school district after a lesbian student demanded that she be allowed to attend with her girlfriend.

The gift, to sponsor one of several privately sponsored alternate events, came from the American Humanist Association, an advocacy group whose mission is to promote “good without God.”

“Although we support and understand organizations like yours, the majority of Mississippians tremble in terror at the word ‘atheist,’ ” Jennifer Carr, the fund-raiser for the A.C.L.U of Mississippi, wrote in an e-mail message to Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the humanist group.

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It's me again, bringing you this year's ontd_political related Peep Dioramas from the Washington Post's contest. Easily my favorite thing about Easter these days. Not as many were politically-related this year, but plenty should star on the mothership (Balloon Boy, Zombie!Austen, Avatar, the Olympics).

So without further ado...

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GO, go, check out the full collection. They get more amazing every year and the ones above are no where near the best ones. I love The Washington Post.

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[animals] rat with balloons!

Victorian women perhaps not so victorian

The Sex Scholar

Decades before Kinsey, Stanford professor Clelia Mosher polled Victorian-era women on their bedroom behavior—then kept the startling results under wraps.

By Kara Platoni

DOING HER PART: Mosher served with the American Red Cross in France during World War I.
Courtesy Stanford University Archives
In 1973, historian Carl Degler was combing the University archives, gathering research for a book on the history of the family. Sifting through the papers of Dr. Clelia Duel Mosher, who taught in Stanford's hygiene department around the turn of the 20th century, he came across a mysteriously bound file. Degler nearly put it aside, figuring it was a manuscript for one of Mosher's published works, mostly statistical treatises on women's height, strength and menstruation. But instead, he recalls, "I opened it up and there were these questionnaires"— questionnaires upon which dozens of women, most born before 1870, had inscribed their most intimate thoughts.
In other words, it was a sex survey. A Victorian sex survey. It is the earliest known study of its type, long preceding, for example, the 1947 and 1953 Kinsey Reports, whose oldest female respondents were born in the 1890s. The Mosher Survey recorded not only women's sexual habits and appetites, but also their thinking about spousal relationships, children and contraception. Perhaps, it hinted, Victorian women weren't so Victorian after all.
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More Grocery Store Food Tamperings

Calgary police chief Rick Hanson said police now believe the rash of food tampering cases in Calgary are the work of copycats.

"We're frustrated because a few idiots who, for motives that are known only to them, are causing so much anxiety, putting so many people potentially at risk and forcing us to have to say because of these idiots, we have to devote a huge amount of resources, which we are, to investigate this. We will catch these guys," said Hanson on Friday after announcing that police are investigating two more cases, both involving Superstores in the south.

In the most recent incident, a mother bought fruit from a Superstore to make a smoothie for her 22-month-old child. Before drinking their smoothies, the mother noticed the metal fragments and alerted authorities. No one was hurt.

"You've got to be really sick to think that's a fun thing to put a 22-month-old kid at risk, for what?"

Hanson also said police will no longer do media interviews to discuss food tampering incidents but will notify when more cases arise.

"We firmly believe that at least some of these are copycat incidents and the constant attention given to each event is only fuelling this behaviour," said Hanson.

"We also want to make this very clear: These are serious incidents. It's not funny, it's not clever and it carries significant consequences in a court of law," said Hanson.

Calgary police said Friday that nine stores have been affected by 11 separate incidents since January.

The incidents, in which metal objects have been found in various food products, have police warning shoppers to double-check food before eating it.

The new total includes four incidents reported Thursday alone, police said in a news release, including two reported in the late evening.

The cases have frustrated grocery store owners in the city.

The Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors has offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who helps provide information to solve the case.

In one instance, metal was found in ground beef purchased at a Buy-Low Foods outlet on March 29. Two days later, a customer found a metal item in a pre-made sandwich purchased from a Safeway location.

The tampering started in January at a Co-op store in Calgary's Oakridge neighbourhood. Two months later, police arrested a woman who had been barred from the store after being accused of shoplifting.

Three Sobeys stores and one Safeway were later targeted, raising suspicions of copycats at the time.


Sarah Palin's New Show: The Greatest Show On The Universe!

...IF Rupert Murdoch Successfully Eliminates 257,753,531,826 Other Channels Around The Galaxy (And Yes I Did add The Weather Channel and Channels From Parallel Universes as well. And No, I Did Not Add Channels from The "Fox News Parallel Universe", That's Silly)

Sarah Palin Show Reviews: 'Canned,' 'Tame'

The reviews are in for Sarah Palin's "Real American Stories," which debuted -- minus LL Cool J -- Thursday night on Fox News. Widely expected to be terrible, it turned out to be merely boring.

"Sarah Palin didn't reload, she retreated into canned television formula," Alessandra Stanley wrote in the New York Times. "Fans who thought that having her own Fox News program would allow the former Alaska governor to be her true spontaneous and unfettered self had to feel let down by the debut of "Real American Stories" on Thursday night." Stanley's colleague Anahad O'Connor pronounced the show "relatively tame."

"Letdown" was also the word from the
Washington Post, whose Hank Stuever deemed the Palin special "infotainment" -- "like one of those shows that's on when nothing's on and yet there is air to fill." The show, slated to air 'periodically,' was "innocuous, flat and political in only the most coded of ways," Stuever wrote. "It's like a Barbara Walters special for that particular media consumer who always complains that they never report any good news." Barbara Walters was also the point of reference for Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker.

And those coded messages? Corporate charity and success without obvious government help are common themes, as Mary McNamara noted in the L.A. Times. "But taken as a whole, the show has no over-arching point beyond the one sketchily provided by Palin's intro -- that Americans are a courageous and ingenious bunch and this is a country where anything is possible," McNamara said. "As a host, Palin brings little besides her name and all that it has come to mean," she added, with an unfavorable nod to the former governor's "frozen smiles and rhetoric."

Richard Huff of the New York Daily News was typically bullish on the host. "For Palin, this is a key step in her ascension in the TV world," Huff wrote. "A better production would help, and so, too, would having her do the field interviews." We can only hope.

Sarah Palin Special Performs Modestly; Cable News Ratings for Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sarah Palin’s Real American Stories performed modestly for Fox News on Thursday night.  Its 2.073 million viewers and 472,000  adults 25-54 dwarfed the competition, but compared to On the Record with Greta last Thursday at 10pm, there was nothing special about Palin’s ratings.  Last Thursday Greta averaged 2.3 million viewers and 654,000 adults 25-54.

Whether it was the upcoming Good Friday and Easter holiday,  TV viewing was down a bit in general and all the broadcast networks took it on the chin.

Palin’s lead-in, Hannity had 2.256 million and 526,000 adults 25-54, and at 8pm O’Reilly averaged 2.98 million viewers and 653,000 adults 25-54.   Palin’s closest competition at 10pm was Anderson Cooper who averaged 820,000 viewers and 190,000 adults 25-54.

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Education now a Legally-Enforced Right in India

Indian children in school

Millions of Indian children remain out of school
A landmark law which makes education a fundamental right for children has come into effect in India.

It is now legally enforceable for every child to demand free and elementary education between the ages of six and 14 years.

Indian PM Manmohan Singh said enough funds would be made available to ensure that children had access to education.

An estimated eight million children aged between six and 14 do not currently attend school in India.

Mr Singh said that the government was committed "to ensuring that all children irrespective of gender and social category have access to education".

Recalling his own childhood, Mr Singh, a qualified economist, said: "I read under the dim light of a kerosene lamp. I am what I am totally because of education."

"So I want that the light of education should reach to all," Mr Singh added.

'Building block'
Analysts say the law marks a historic moment for India's children.

"It serves as a building block to ensure that every child has the right to guaranteed quality elementary education. The state, with the help of families and communities, has a legal obligation to fulfil this duty," said Karin Hulshof, India representative of UN children's fund Unicef.

Recently, the World Bank announced two education projects worth a total of $1.05bn for India - one of which is to boost the number of children enrolling in and completing elementary school.

The World Bank says the number of children reportedly enrolled in elementary education in India increased by 57 million to 192 million between 2003 and 2009.

More than two-thirds of this increase took place in government schools.

The number of children out of school declined from 25 million to 8.1 million during the same period, the World Bank says.

Still much work to be done, but this is some encouraging news and they have made huge leaps in the past years.