April 12th, 2010

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ONTD_Political's PotD: April 11, 2010.

A somber photo tribute to lives lost and rescued:

Moscow, Russia
Xinagning (Shanxi province), China
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
W. Virginia, USA

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Droopy Dog To Dry Hump His New Nucular Toys. Jealous Republicans Demand New Nukes For Christmas.

Starving Impoverish Nation Finds Free Moneys to Build New Nucular Toys. Is a Miracle!

Lieberman Gets A Chuckle Out Of Peddling Far-Right Nuke Myth

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), once a reliable vote in favor of nuclear arms reduction efforts, has now bought into the right-wing myth that our nuclear arsenal is deteriorating and that the U.S. needs to build new nuclear weapons. Lieberman on Fox News Sunday said he is “real hesitant” to vote for a New START treaty unless the US effectively builds new nuclear weapons:

LIEBERMAN: Anytime we are working on something with our old Cold War enemy, Russia, cooperatively, it’s a good sign. Anything we can do to reduce the number of nuclear warheads in the world is a positive development. But in my opinion as we reduce the number of nuclear warheads… we have to make darn sure that are nuclear warheads are capable and modern and a lot of them are decades old. So I feel very strongly that I am going to be real hesitant to vote for this treaty unless we have a commitment from the Administration that they are prepared to modernize our nuclear stockpile.

In a demonstration of just how seriously Lieberman is taking these issues, as Chris Wallace shifted the conversation — noting that the treaty would need 9 Republican votes instead of 8 since “Lieberman was gone” — Lieberman audibly chuckled. Watch it:
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Ohio Judge tells residents to "Arm themselves"

In the ongoing financial crisis in Ashtabula County, the Sheriff's Department has been cut from 112 to 49 deputies. With deputies assigned to transport prisoners, serve warrants and other duties, only one patrol car is assigned to patrol the entire county of 720 square miles.

"I did the best with what they (the county commissioners) gave me. If it wasn't enough, don't blame me, don't blame this department," said Sheriff Billy Johnson.

Johnson said he is suing the commissioners to get a determination of whether he should use his limited budget to carry out obligations defined by law or put more patrol cars on the streets.

"I just can't do it anymore," he said. "I have to have the court explain to the commissioners and to me what my statutory duties are."

The Ashtabula County Jail has confined as many as 140 prisoners. It now houses only 30 because of reductions in the staff of corrections officers.

All told, 700 accused criminals are on a waiting list to serve time in the jail.

Are there dangerous people free among the 700 who cannot be locked up?

"There probably are," Sheriff Johnson said, "but I'm telling you, any known violent criminal, we're housing them. We've got murderers in there."

Ashtabula County is the largest county in Ohio by land area.

Ashtabula County Common Pleas Judge Alfred Mackey was asked what residents should do to protect themselves and their families with the severe cutback in law enforcement.

"Arm themselves," the judge said. "Be very careful, be vigilant, get in touch with your neighbors, because we're going to have to look after each other."

Ashtabula County gun dealers and firearms instructors tell WKYC their business has really picked up since the Sheriff's Department cutbacks began some months ago.

"That's exactly why they are coming, so that they can protect themselves," says Tracy Williams, a certified firearms instructor in Jefferson. "They don't feel that they are protected. They want to be able to protect themselves."

Williams says interest in his classes has doubled recently, and many of those coming are people who he would not normally expect to have interest in obtaining a concealed carry permit.

"And as far as him (Judge Mackey) telling you to arm yourselves and protect yourselves, you don't have any other option," Williams told WKYC. "We don't have the law enforcement out here to handle it right now."

Ashtabula County, where unemployment is higher than the state average, is asking voters to approve a one half per cent sales tax increase in May.

The tax hike would raise the tax in the county to seven percent.

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Corporatist Obama gives key agriculture post to Monsanto Pesticide Lobbyist

Today, President Obama announced that he will recess appoint Islam A. Siddiqui to the position of Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Siddiqui is a pesticide lobbyist and Vice President for Science and Regulatory Affairs at CropLife America, an agribusiness lobbying group that represents Monsanto.

Following is a letter sent by 98 organizations to U.S. Senators in opposition to Siddiqui's appointment, and a fact sheet about him.

Dear Senator:

The following 98 organizations are writing you to express our opposition to the nomination of Islam Siddiqui as Chief Agriculture Negotiator at the office of the United States Trade Representative. Our organizations— representing family farmers, farmworkers, fishers and sustainable agriculture, environmental, consumer, anti-hunger and other advocacy groups—urge you to reject Dr. Siddiqui’s appointment when it comes up for a floor vote, despite the Senate Finance Committee's favorable report of his nomination on December 23, 2009.

Siddiqui’s record at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and his role as a former registered lobbyist for CropLife America (whose members include Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont and Dow), has revealed him to consistently favor agribusinesses’ interests over the interests of consumers, the environment and public health (see attached fact sheet). We believe Siddiqui’s nomination severely weakens the Obama Administration’s credibility in promoting healthier and more sustainable local food systems here at home. His appointment would also send an unfortunate signal to the rest of the world that the United States plans to continue down the failed path of high-input and energy-intensive industrial agriculture by promoting toxic pesticides, inappropriate seed biotechnologies and unfair trade agreements on nations that do not want and can least afford them.

The United States urgently needs a trade negotiator who understands that current trade agreements work neither for farmers nor the world’s hungry. With farmers here and abroad struggling to respond to water scarcity and increasingly volatile growing conditions, we need a resilient and restorative model of agriculture that adapts to and mitigates climate change and that moves us towards energy-efficient farming.

The most comprehensive analysis of global agriculture to date, the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) states unequivocally that “business as usual is not an option.” We need a new, sustainable model of biodiverse, ecologically-based agriculture that regenerates soil health, sequesters carbon, feeds communities, protects farmworkers and puts profits back in the hands of family farmers and rural communities. Siddiqui’s track record shows that he favors none of these solutions.

We call on the Senate to reject Islam Siddiqui’s nomination and reorient trade policy to serve the interests of family farmers, farmworkers, consumers and the planet.


[List of 98 organizations below.]

-very- comprehensive article on the guy here:

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Iraq slaughter not an aberration

Iraq slaughter not an aberration
By Glenn Greenwald

I was just on Democracy Now along with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange discussing the Iraq video they released yesterday, and there's one vital point I want to emphasize. Shining light on what our government and military do is so critical precisely because it forces people to see what is really being done and prevents myth and propaganda from distorting those realities. That's why the administration fights so hard to keep torture photos suppressed, why the military fought so hard here to keep this video concealed (and why they did the same with regard to the Afghan massacre), and why whistle-blowers, real journalists, and sites like WikiLeaks are the declared enemy of the government. The discussions many people are having today -- about the brutal reality of what the U.S. does when it engages in war, invasions and occupation -- is exactly the discussion which they most want to avoid.

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Full article with updates & links at source

source: here
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John McCain: DADT not a civil rights issue

The Star editorial board met with Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain on April 1. Excerpts of the conversation were published April 11 in the Star print edition, and we've collected segments, organized by topic, of the wide-ranging interview online:

STAR: I wanted to ask about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and your perspective on that. And I know what you said several years ago and what you have said since. But I'm wondering if you've been approached by gay service members because you said that it's been working effectively, it's been working well. So I'm curious how do you come to that conclusion? Have you sought out gay service members, have you been approached by gay service members? How do you make that determination?

McCAIN: I make that determination by retention and recruitment is at an all-time high, the highest in the history of the all-volunteer force. I get that opinion because I visit with the troops all the time. I go to Iraq, I go to Afghanistan, I run into them everywhere. And of course I don't seek out someone who is gay. Why should I? These are all men and women who are serving. Why should I, that would be nuts. I go up to men and women and I say thanks for serving. I say thank you for serving, you are great Americans, God bless you.

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The future's bright, the future's blue

Britain’s bright Tory future

Going to the Conservative Future Christmas party was not my idea of a good night out. But it did offer a sobering glimpse of this country's future leaders


“What annoys me,” says a toff, “is your perception that the Conservative party is full of toffs. I mean, do I look like a toff?” he asks, apparently rhetorically. He looks like a toff.

This isn’t how I normally spend my Saturday nights: deep in the trenches of class war, spilled champagne underfoot, the bloody theatre of conflict that is Piccadilly Circus raging heedlessly outside. In a fit of misguided journalistic curiosity, I went undercover to the Conservative Future Christmas party in early December. I wanted to see the next generation of Tory leaders do their pre-emptive general election victory dance. And I got to see it. Be careful what you wish for.

The toff in question wears a thick blond mane, an open-necked striped shirt and a ruddy burn-tan straight off the slopes. He is addressing his incredulity not to me, but a cheery young Asian guy—normally a Lib Dem, he said—who had joined the hooray of aspirant Conservative MPs smoking outside The Warwick to talk politics.

The group proceed to argue about whether Michael Howard or William Hague was the more tragic loss to the party leadership; both massively underrated, they say. “But don’t you like David Cameron as leader?” the rogue Lib Dem asks. “Don’t get me wrong, Cameron is… necessary. But George Osborne: now he’s the bloody man,” one of them replies, supported by a cascade of floppy-haired nods.

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SOURCE. Yes, this is obviously a few months old, but I think it gives a handy view inside 'Conservative Future', often deemed to be the progressive, youthful side of conservative politics in this country. I think it's pretty clear that it's not, from any number of incidents other than this report. One could make a case that these kinds of unvarnished views are the consequence of youth, but actually I think these views are at the heart of the Conservative party -- the assurance that they should be in power, that the old hierarchies are still in operation, merely that they have to learn to speak a new language of lipservice to equality and reform in order to get at the power that's so rightfully theirs.

Also, this deserves highlighting

-God… can you imagine what a Labour version of this would be like?
-Well, there’d be a lot more ethnic minorities for one thing.
-Oh really? I thought the Labour party was trying to make itself seem more respectable!
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Hungary's right-wing opposition claims election win

Hungary's conservative opposition party, Fidesz, has secured a convincing victory in parliamentary elections, ousting the Socialists.

Fidesz leader Viktor Orban said Hungarians had voted "to defeat hopelessness".

The far-right Jobbik party, which capitalised on anti-Semitism and anti-Roma sentiment, will enter parliament for the first time.

The final division of seats will only be decided after the second round. This will be held on 25 April.

Mr Orban, who is set to be the next prime minister, said: "Hungarians voted on Hungary and Hungary's future. Today Hungary's citizens have defeated hopelessness. I feel it with all my nerves and know it deep in my heart that I face the biggest task of my life. I will need all the Hungarian people to solve that."

Mr Orban, who was Hungary's prime minister from 1998-2002, promised to cut taxes to stimulate the economy. The country has been badly hit by the global financial crisis, and has had to be bailed out with 20bn euros (£18bn) from the IMF, the World Bank and the EU.

The Socialist government of Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai imposed a tough austerity programme to reclaim some of the money, but measures like tax rises and salary and pension cuts have made it very unpopular.

'Clear mandate'
Preliminary results indicated that Fidesz had won 206 seats in the 386-member parliament, the Socialists 28, and Jobbik 26. President Laszlo Solyom said the results had brought a "fundamental shift" in Hungarian politics.

"It is unprecedented... for a winning party to secure such a clear and broad-based mandate that we can see now from the numbers," he told reporters.

Conceding, Socialist party chairwoman Ildiko Lendvai said: "If results do not change materially, then one thing is clear: the Hungarian Socialist party has lost the opportunity to govern. But it has not lost, moreover it wants to grasp the opportunity to be the strongest opposition party."

The result was a stunning defeat for the Socialist party, which has governed Hungary for the past eight years, and a remarkable victory for Fidesz, says the BBC's Nick Thorpe in Budapest.

The results were announced by the Central Election Commission after several hours of confusion, during which polling stations were kept open later into the evening to allow those queuing outside them to vote.

The final division of the 386 seats in Parliament will only be decided after the second round of the election in two weeks' time, says our correspondent, but Fidesz looks close to achieving its goal of a two-thirds majority in the new Parliament. That would allow them to make deep structural reforms, including changes to the constitution, he adds.

Jobbik, known for its anti-Semitic and anti-Roma (Gypsy) rhetoric, has risen from nowhere in the last few years, gaining almost 15% of Hungarian votes in European elections last year.

Turnout was about 64%, slightly lower than the first round of general elections in 2006.

Source at BBC News

Tyler Perry’s Gay Problem

Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? shocked absolutely no one by placing a strong #2 in last weekend's box office battle with a $30 million dollar take, but what was shocking and surprising to me was one very blatantly homophobic scene in the movie, as well as the history of stereotypically homophobic elements to Perry's movies that haven’t yet been thoroughly examined.

If you haven’t seen the movie and plan to, be warned there are heavy spoilers ahead.

The last third of the movie finds Janet Jackson’s Dr. Particia Agnew and her husband Gavin (Malik Yoba) engaged in a bitter divorce that gets increasingly ugly due to his battle for half of the royalties from her book sales.

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McKinnon's mum stands against Straw at general election


Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Fights against 'Nazi style police state'

Gary McKinnon's mum is standing for Parliament against Jack Straw in the UK's upcoming general election.

Straw holds an 8,000 majority in his Blackburn constituency, which Labour has held since the 1950s. Sharp, standing as an independent candidate, is realistic enough to know she can't win but is nonetheless running because "it's important to stand against erosion of civil liberties".

Sharp cites the Justice Secretary's backing for trial without jury and his support for the extradition of her son to the US on hacking charges in her campaign.

Sharp also criticised Straw for opposing the extradition of former Chilian dictator Augusto Pinochet while supporting extradition without evidence in more recent cases, such as her son's.

Straw was foreign secretary at the time of negotiations with the US that resulted in the controversial Extradition Act in 2003, under which McKinnon's case has been processed. McKinnon, who was first arrested in 2002, has been fighting extradition since 2005.

"The fact that the Gary McKinnon extradition case has exceeded the lifetime of this current Parliament, is a scandal which belies any promises of swift or fair justice, made by this Labour government," the Free Gary support blog notes in a post on Sharp's run at Parliament.

A BBC interview with Sharp explaining her stand in greater depth can be found here.

Sharp, who lives in Hertfordshire, told The Register that she has a number of ties to the Blackburn area. "My sister lives in Manchester," she said. "A best friend musician James Litherland is from there. My aunt lived there for most of her life and ran a limousine hire company."

McKinnon faces the latest in a long series of court hearings on 25 and 26 May, three weeks after the general election. The next two months promise to be extremely busy and stressful for Sharp, a point she readily acknowledges. "It's something I feel I have to do. If we don't stand up we all might wake up in a Nazi style police state," she said. ®

 Source: El Reg

I think she's being a bit over-dramatic with the whole "Nazi police state" thing, but yeah - good on her. :)
Also, have Janis Sharp's Twitter.

Labour's manifesto cover or is it a communist poster?

Labour's art team turn to Chairman Mao for guidance.

Seeing the front cover of Labour's manifesto a few thoughts come to mind. First, no Gordon Brown (surprise, surprise). Even Blair didn't make it on to the front of the party's 2005 manifesto so poor Gordon didn't stand much of a chance this time round.

Second, isn't that rising sun rather communist-esque? Why, yes it is. Labour's design team clearly felt that Maoist iconography best summed up the anti-capitalist mood afoot in the country.

The policies inside may mark a reversion to Blairism but artistically at least, Labour has lurched to the left.

Source: New Statesman

Shitty Autotune "Rapper" BFF's With Sean Hannity?!!


Fox News host Sean Hannity appears to have been in New Orleans this weekend, ostensibly to attend and cover the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Who knew he’d also have the time to hang out with rapper T Pain, the musician best known for bringing his uniquely annoying auto-tuned sound to both Bud Light commercials and viral videos? If ever there were question that T Pain was a sell out were crossing over, this certainly answers it with a resounding yes!

Turns out that T Pain appears to be some sort of fan of the conservative movement, evidenced by his parroting of Hannity’s comment “conservative victory 2010!” at the of the video clip below. In other related news, T Pain’s career as a hip hop artist now appears to have officially ended, moving on to the slightly more controversial role of “cross-over” artist. Let’s hope that the royalties he’s earning from that Bud Light commercial will serve him well!

Note – upon further reflection (and serious questioning by commenters) calling T Pain a “sell-out” was harsh. Apologies to T Pain, and his legion of conservative fans who I might have offended.


I don't know what to think about this. On the one hand I absolutely hate his music. On the other hand, we need more black Republicans. Also, old lulzy icon is old and lulzy.

ETA: Bossip calls T Pain a "coon" for being a black Republican. BRB, starting a massive flame war!

MoD rejecting Gulf war syndrome pension claims, say veterans

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Hundreds of ailing Gulf war veterans are still going through drawn-out and distressing appeals to get war pensions, a charity said today.

Those left ill from the 1990-91 conflict must seek compensation for each individual symptom because the Ministry of Defence refuses to recognise Gulf war syndrome as a medical condition, according to the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association (NGVFA). Many give up after repeatedly having their disabilities challenged and their claims rejected, it said.

The Hull-based group says 9,700 British veterans have suffered from a cocktail of Gulf war-related health problems, typically including chronic headaches, cognitive difficulties, depression, unexplained fatigue, rashes and breathing problems. Nearly 20 years after the conflict to drive Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, many are still battling to receive war pensions.

Shaun Rusling, an NGVFA trustee, said the veterans had been treated in an "absolutely despicable manner" and accused the MoD of "putting up fences" to stop them getting their due. Describing the veterans as "forgotten heroes", he claimed they were not getting the medical care they needed because Gulf war syndrome was not recognised.

Rusling said: "Nine times out of 10, Gulf war veterans' applications for war pensions are rejected. The veterans obviously claim for Gulf war syndrome. They turn around and say, 'no such condition'. The veterans have to apply for every sign and symptom. We have asked them [the MoD] to accept Gulf war syndrome so the veterans don't have to go through further distress. What we have asked them to do is just pension them for Gulf war syndrome. They don't want to accept that."

He said he and other soldiers invariably broke down when they had to go through the "distressing" war pensions appeals process. "The veterans, ill as they are, just give up because of the stress that they're put through at the tribunals," he said.

Rusling, 51, a former Parachute Regiment medic who served in the Gulf, won a groundbreaking ruling in May 2002 when a pensions appeal tribunal officially recognised Gulf war syndrome as a disease. Last year, a landmark study for the US Congress concluded that troops' ill-health was caused by them being given nerve gas pills and exposed to pesticides during the conflict.

The MoD's official position remains that Gulf war syndrome is a useful "umbrella term" but comprises too many different symptoms to be characterised as a syndrome in medical terms.

Rusling said more Gulf veterans were coming forward to seek compensation now, as those who were young men in 1991 found themselves "hitting a wall".

"I've seen these young men absolutely mentally and physically shattered. They're now applying for war pensions," he said. "It adds insult to injury and further distress to an ill and confused soldier who has done nothing more than his duty. They deserve proper recognition and acceptance of what they have done to us."

An MoD spokesman said: "Any UK veteran who suffers from ill-health as a result of their service is compensated accordingly. Often veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf conflict have submitted claims for more than 20 different conditions or symptoms at a time, which means it can take time to consider all the evidence and conclude a claim or an appeal. All cases are dealt with as quickly as possible."

Source: The Guardian


Safety Regulations Biggest Libural Myth/Conspiracy Ever: Miners Killed By Silly Libural Myth!

Don Blankership Suggests Abolishing Spending on Safety and Use Those Savings to Buy a New Mansion Free-Market Fairy Dust to Keep Miners Safe from The Next Silly Libural Myth

Don Blankenship Called Safety Regulators ‘As Silly As Global Warming’

The death toll from Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine explosion last week has reached a total of 29 miners, the worst coal disaster in 40 years. When the disaster occurred, Massey was contesting millions of dollars in major safety violations levied against the mine. At his Labor Day anti-union rally last year, Massey CEO Don Blankenship attacked the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), claiming it “seeks power over coal miners.” He mocked both “Washington politicians” and local elected officials who attempt to ensure miner safety, calling their efforts “as silly as global warming”:

We also endure a Mine Safety and Health Administration that seeks power over coal miners versus improving their safety and their health. As someone who has overseen the mining of more coal than anyone else in the history of central Appalachia, I know that the safety and health of coal miners is my most important job. I don’t need Washington politicians to tell me that, and neither do you. But I also know — I also know Washington and state politicians have no idea how to improve miner safety. The very idea that they care more about coal miner safety than we do is as silly as global warming.

Watch it:

Don Blankenship — who uses his position on the boards of the National Mining Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to promote his conspiracy theories about global warming — said he spent one million dollars to put together the “Friends of America” right-wing rally and rock concert in Holden, WV on September 7, 2009, which starred Ted Nugent, Hank Williams, Jr., and Fox News host Sean Hannity. In 2009, Blankenship also complained that “politicians get emotional” about disasters and establish “nonsensical” safety rules.

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Brave Real American Feared Incursion from Socialist Gestapo Census Worker, Uses Patriotic Self-defense Measures against Marxist Threat.

Idaho man fired shotgun into air to intimidate Census worker.

For months, conservatives have spread unfounded fears and rumors about the Census. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) warned ominously that the Census could be used again to imprison Americans in internment camps, as was done to Japanese Americans during World War II. Far right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones posted a popular article on his website last year, claiming that Census workers are collecting data so the “New World Order” can “launch Predator Drone missile attacks, the aptly named HELLFIRE missileat dissident Americans. In small town Benewah County, Idaho, the Coeur d’ Alene Press reports that a man named Richard Powell fired his shotgun “near a U.S. Census worker who was trying to deliver a census form”:
The census worker alleges he was trying to deliver Powell the population-counting questionnaire on the afternoon of March 3, when Powell told the worker to get off his property at 396 Powell Road near St. Maries, according to the Benewah County Prosecutor’s Office. Powell then went into his residence and returned with a shotgun, and fired the gun in the air, the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office said. The census worker waited a few days before reporting the alleged crime to the sheriff’s office, and Powell was cited a week after the alleged incident.
The incident happened just a few weeks before CNN contributor and RedState editor Erick Erickson threatened on his radio show to “pull out my wife’s shotgun” if a Census worker approached his home. (HT: DailyKos)
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Pope finally forgives Beatles for drug-taking and satanic messages!

But now, in a move sanctioned by Pope Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church has forgiven the Fab Four for their various excesses and even gone so far as to laud them as a "precious jewel."

In a front-page article, L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official newspaper, offers a glowing assessment of The Beatles' achievements 40 years after they split up, heralding their "beautiful melodies" and asking "what would pop music have been like without the Beatles?"

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Source tastes like maple-braised beaver.

deflection? deflection.
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HOLY FUCK! Ukraine gives up it's nuclear materials!




Ukraine Nuclear Deal Reached As DC Summit Begins
First Posted: 04-12-10 04:42 PM | Updated: 04-12-10 06:10 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House announced Monday that Ukraine was giving up all its highly enriched uranium, marking success for a major U.S. arms control initiative shortly before President Barack Obama opens a conference on locking down nuclear materials.

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the Ukrainian stockpile, sufficient for several nuclear weapons, would be transferred to the United States for reprocessing by 2012.
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Sarasota doctor loses license after botched abortion

TAMPA — A Sarasota doctor has lost his license for mistakenly aborting a healthy twin during a procedure targeting a deformed fetus.

Immediately after the Florida Board of Medicine’s decision Saturday, Dr. Matthew Kachinas was involuntarily hospitalized because he said he planned to commit suicide.

Kachinas had blamed faulty ultrasound equipment for the 2006 mistake. He was targeting a fetus with Down syndrome and signs of a heart defect.

The 50-year-old doctor had never performed the procedure before, but said he didn’t like to tell patients “no.”

Kachinas represented himself before the board and in a previous hearing, Health News Florida reported. He spent most of his time arguing two less serious allegations, admitting in the twin case he “screwed up.”


Small group of blowhards fail to get the "this war is over" memo

The Real IRA has admitted it was behind a car bomb which exploded outside the army base which houses MI5's Northern Ireland headquarters.

The blast came on the day that David Ford was elected as NI's Justice Minister, the first local politician to hold the job in 38 years.

It happened at about 0020 BST outside Palace Barracks, in Holywood, County Down. Police said no warning was given.

The bomb went off as the surrounding area was being evacuated.

An elderly man walking near the barracks at the time was treated for minor injuries.

The bomb was placed in a taxi, which had been hijacked in the Ligoniel area of north Belfast, about seven miles from Holywood, at about 2150 BST.

The driver was held hostage by three men for about two hours before being told to drive his taxi to the barracks.


Yes, well done there. Kidnap some terrified taxi driver, injure an old guy and put dozens of lives at risk. Purely because a piece of genuine political progress has happened in Northern Ireland and you weren't invited to the party. Good work living-in-the-past blowhards.

In today's daily "WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK", we have Nebraska.

Nebraska lawmakers on Monday gave final approval to a first-of-its-kind measure requiring women to be screened for possible mental and physical problems before having abortions.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman said Thursday he supports the measure, meaning it is all but guaranteed to receive his signature and become law this summer. It's also likely be challenged in court. National abortion-rights supporters have called it a drastic shift in abortion policy that would block abortions by scaring doctors who might perform them.

Supporters say it simply puts abortions in line with other medical procedures in which patients are screened for possible problems.

"We're dealing with destruction of early, unborn life, so we ought to take extra care," said Greg Schleppenbach of the National Catholic Conference.

The measure is unusual, however, in spelling out what factors doctors must consider when doing the screenings. Schleppenbach said that's because doctors otherwise would turn to other abortion providers to set the standards for the medical community.

The bill requires a doctor or other health professional to screen women to determine whether they were pressured into having abortions. The screenings also would assess whether women have risk factors that could lead to mental or physical problems after an abortion.

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Definition of "terrorist": whoever Roland Martin calls a terrorist.

Were Confederate soldiers terrorists?
By Roland S. Martin, CNN Political Analyst

(CNN) -- Based on the hundreds of e-mails, Facebook comments and Tweets I've read in response to my denunciation of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to honor Confederates for their involvement in the Civil War -- which was based on the desire to continue slavery -- the one consistent thing that supporters of the proclamation offer up as a defense is that these individuals were fighting for what they believed in and defending their homeland.

In criticizing me for saying that celebrating the Confederates was akin to honoring Nazi soldiers for killing of Jews during the Holocaust, Rob Wagner said, "I am simply defending the honor and dignity of men who were given no choice other than to fight, some as young as thirteen."

Sherry Callahan said that supporting the Confederacy is "our history. Not hate; it's about heritage and history."

Realskirkland sent me a Tweet saying, "Slavery is appalling, but was not the only reason for the CW [Civil War]. Those men, while misguided on some fronts stood up for what they felt was right. They embodied that American ideal that the states have a right to govern themselves. THAT is what a confederate soldier stood for."
If you take all of these comments, don't they sound eerily similar to what we hear today from Muslim extremists who have pledged their lives to defend the honor of Allah and to defeat the infidels in the West?

Even if you're a relative of one of the 9/11 hijackers, that man was an out-and-out terrorist, and nothing you can say will change that. And if your great-great-great-granddaddy was a Confederate who stood up for Southern ideals, he too was a terrorist. They are the same.


Well, no, not really. Let me preface my remarks by saying I had a great-granddaddy on each side, so I'm in the middle on this one.

Point 1: The United States at the time of the Civil War were not 'united' like they are now - and no - it wasn't ALL about slavery. A large part of it was about 'state's rights' (which I was taught in grade school to think was SETTLED by said war).

Point 2: While the term 'terrorist' has a multitude of definitions, it does not include men who wear uniforms, and are members of an army duly constituted by a government. Traitors? Maybe. Terrorists? No. The same cannot be said for groups such as Quantrill's Raiders or northern Redlegs, both of which would qualify as terrorist organizations.

Point 3: Mr. Martin's comparing Confederate soldiers to Nazis trips Godwin's Law, and the comparison to the 9/11 highjackers is just absurd on the face of it.

Come on, gang, let 'er rip!

Un-American Traitors Successfully Infiltrated America's Army!!!

New Evidence Uncovers The Reason Why Republicans Hate "Support" Our Troops in Making Their Lives a Living Hell.

Military Political Affiliation Shifts: Fewer U.S. Troops Identify As Republicans (POLL)

A new Military Times survey finds that fewer American troops identify as Republicans.

According to the survey of 1,800 troops released on Monday, the number of active service members self-identifying as Republican has fallen by one-third since 2004, with 9 percent of that drop-off occurring in the last year.

Military Times reporter Brendan McGarry writes: "These career-oriented officers and mid-grade and senior enlisted members are still far more conservative than liberal, but they are less likely today to identify with the GOP, the survey shows."

The shift in party affiliation among active-duty troops comes on the heels of similar findings from a survey the publication released in 2008. Infantry officer Jason Dempsey writes on a comparable shift observed among troops between 2004 and 2006:

These Military Times survey results show that support for the Republican Party among senior members of the Army, the group most likely to identify as Republican, declined significantly between 2004 and 2006 before leveling off at about 49% in 2007. Also interesting is that the data show no corresponding change in support for the Democratic Party.

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Massey Energy Investors Are So Happy With Their CEO That They Are Organizing a Skydiving Party! Lucky Bastard, They Are Even Giving Him a Golden Parachute and They Are Even Insisting That His Canopy Be Made From 20 Tons Gold Bars!!

Don Blankenship: Investors, Politicians Begin Calling For Massey Head To Resign

The calls to oust Massey Energy Company Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship began in earnest Monday, with members of both the private and public sectors getting involved.

The CtW Investment Group sent a letter to Massey's board of directors Monday afternoon demanding Blankenship's resignation in the wake of the disastrous explosion at the company's Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia.

CtW had previously warned the board that its minimal oversight over Blankenship's regime exposed Massey and its shareholders to "unnecessary legal, regulatory, and reputational risks" -- apparently vindicated in that judgment, the investment group deems the Upper Big Branch disaster a "tragic consequence" of Blankenship's "confrontational approach to regulatory compliance."

He's not fond of investigative reporters, either. Check out his reaction to an ABC News camera crew at about the one-minute mark:

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US boy Jordan Romero, 13, in Mount Everest bid

A 13-year-old American boy is set to attempt to climb Mount Everest, in an effort to be the youngest person to scale the world's highest peak.

Jordan Romero has set off from Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, to the base camp on the Chinese side of the mountain.

He will begin his ascent there, along with his father and stepmother.

Jordan climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania aged 10 and wants to be the youngest person to climb the highest mountains on seven continents.

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A list of his previous summits and a video clip are at the source.

As the far-right rises, we must protect our members

March’s NUJ London Photographers Branch (LPB) meeting saw members vote to condemn the targeting of journalists by the English Defence League (EDL). The motion also agreed that the LPB would support the NUJ Expose The BNP campaign.

EDL street numbers have drastically increased in less than a year. They claim they are a multicultural, non-racist, non-violent organisation, protesting against “militant Islam”. Yet the published photographs and television news reports show a very different picture.

Racism, violence, criminal damage and clashes with the police have become standard on their protests. Connections with far right groups have been repeatedly exposed by various news outlets. The EDL claim they are being misrepresented by a left-wing media conspiracy and their response has been to target journalists. For those regularly covering the protests, intimidation, threats and violence have followed.

Email threats have been issued, warning journalists not to document EDL protests. Journalists’ websites have received increasingly racist and threatening comments. Photographs identifying journalists have appeared inside EDL forums and on the website of Casuals United, a group supporting the EDL, set up to recruit hooligan gangs from football ground terraces across the country. Information, names and addresses of journalists have been sought and messages sent out to EDL and Casuals United members to “keep an eye out”, “give them a warm welcome” and “have a word with them”.

Some journalists and photographers found out at the Stoke protest in January this year what ‘having a word’ meant. Several received punches to the head while others came under a targeted hail of bricks, bottles, lighters, coins, wooden debris and burning rags soaked in petrol.

Two months later in Dudley a further four photographers were punched, kicked and threatened. Several of these attacks came from EDL stewards. With the types of weapons being carried during the demonstrations – knuckle dusters, knives, lighter fluid canisters and bottles of bleach – it is clear that the threats against working journalists covering the far right in the UK are extremely serious.

The London Photographers Branch vows to continue supporting all its members coming under attack.

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Former Maverick who was not a Maverick undermines Birther Vampire Teabagger

McCain Ad Says Hayworth Committed To Birtherism, Stopping Alien Invasion

For the past few months, Sen. John McCain's reelection campaign has operated on the assumption that if it can depict primary challenger J.D. Hayworth as fundamentally unserious, voters will recoil.

On Monday, the senator kept at it, releasing a new web ad -- presented in the form of a spot created and approved by Hayworth himself -- that can best be described as a "greatest hits" list of bizarre and brash statements by the former representative.

Billed as "A Special Message from J.D. Hayworth," it paints the Tea-Party-favored Senate aspirant as someone more interested in confirming President Obama's birth in Kenya (and stopping man-on-horse marriages) than tackling serious issues. In between, there are gratuitous references to Dracula, space aliens, and a Radar magazine article calling Hayworth one of the least bright members of Congress.

Considering just how quickly McCain himself has dropped pretenses of political moderation (denying, for example, that he every called himself a maverick), it takes a certain amount of chutzpah for him to accuse his opponent of lacking seriousness. But Hayworth has made the case easy -- certainly with his dabbling in birther conspiracies. And in the process, he's demonstrating just how hard it is to walk the line between Tea Party activism and sensible conservatism.



Thai poll body says ruling party must be dissolved

Thai poll body says ruling party must be dissolved

Thailand's Election Commission ruled Monday that the ruling party be dissolved for alleged misuse of poll donations, in a potential victory for anti-government protesters who paraded slain comrades through Bangkok to press the prime minister to resign.

The ruling, which would require Constitutional Court endorsement to take effect, came soon after Thailand's influential army chief appeared to back a key demand of the protesters, saying Parliament might need to be dissolved to resolve the country's violent political standoff.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who has remained defiant about not resigning, now faces unprecedented pressure, after the deadliest political clashes in nearly two decades on Saturday.

The Oxford-educated prime minister was largely seen as having the backing of the powerful military, which has traditionally played an important role in the country's politics, and has not hesitated to step in with coups in times of political instability.

But his control of security forces has increasingly been called into question over the past month as red-shirted protesters — supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra — repeatedly marched through the capital. On Saturday, soldiers and police failed to dislodge demonstrators, setting off clashes that killed 21.

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I can hazard as guess as to why they released the findings early--things are escalating, and this is a way out.

And as for the Japanese cameraman, Hiro(yuki) Muramoto, the Japanese press (article in Japanese) has been reporting his autopsy report results for a while now--if you can read Japanese, the headline says his injury (I'm assuming the family didn't want it reported in the world press...? I don't know, because it's been mentioned in all the articles in Japanese I read on this, and there's a line in the article I linked to saying exactly what his injuries were.)
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Canadian PM Harper's musical taste probably won't go over well in ontd_p ...

How does PM Stephen Harper wind down after a day of deflecting questions about the Guergis-Jaffer scandal?

By putting on the Nickelback.

Last night, however, Mr. Harper was rocking a different house. He, his son, Ben, and 17,198 others attended the Nickelback concert at Ottawa’s Scotiabank Place.

He went with some other neighbourhood fathers and their sons. The Harpers are huge fans of the band, according to spokesman Dimitri Soudas. They even had lead singer Chad Kroeger over at 24 Sussex Dr.

Source: Jane Taber @ globeandmail.ca

John Derbyshire: "Black people are too dumb to leave Africa or something."

For some reason the Black Law Student Association at UPenn Law School invites this idiot to speak, John Derbyshire:

When the organizers first emailed me to suggest I appear on the panel, I told them that this is my view of the matter. I said that I was flattered to be invited to speak at such a prestigious institution, and that, having two teenage children, I am always glad to get out of the house for a few hours; but that racial disparities in education and employment have their origin in biological differences between the human races. Those differences are facts in the natural world, like the orbits of the planets. They can't be legislated out of existence; nor can they be "eliminated" by social or political action. His full remarks are here.

Do you even need to read the rest? Is this 2010? Here is more just to wrap up how racist this clown is:

Our species separated into two parts 50, 60, or 70 thousand years ago, depending on which paleoanthropologist you ask. One part remained in Africa, the ancestral homeland. The other crossed into Southwest Asia, then split, and re-split, and re-split, until there were human populations living in near-total reproductive isolation from each other in all parts of the world. This went on for hundreds of generations, causing the divergences we see today. Different physical types, as well as differences in behavior, intelligence, and personality, are exactly what one would expect to observe when scrutinizing these divergent populations.
I'm just depressed he's another racist white guy who is *supposed* to be an ambassador for mathematics to the world...(He wrote the book Prime Obsession which I read last summer, I had no idea he was from the National Review! Or that he has all of these backwards ideas about race.) John Derbyshire looks at all of the little black kids and thinks they can't make it. I sincerely hope he doesn't teach ANYTHING especially math. You know that crap's a self fulling prophecy. :(

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