April 24th, 2010

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J.D. Hayworth Doubles Down On Men-Marrying-Horses Claim (VIDEO)

Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) is not backing off his claim that a six-and-a-half-year-old same-sex marriage ruling in Massachusetts could conceivably pave the way for men marrying horses.

The Arizona Republican primary challenger to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) issued a statement on Monday afternoon defending the comments he had made the day before and pledging not to be intimidated by "the liberal media" attacking him for it.

"[S]adly, the liberal media, intent on defending the ultra-leftist, progressive politicians in Massachusetts, are attacking me for standing up once again for family values and for rejecting this absurd court ruling," read Hayworth's statement. "But they don't intimidate me at all. I know right from wrong and as a staunch defender of the institution of marriage, I know I can count on millions of supporters across America to stand with me when our values are under attack -- and when I am under attack for standing up to defend those values."

Hayworth had come under some fire -- but more ridicule -- for telling a conservative Orlando radio station on Sunday that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had defined marriage so loosely in its November 2003 decision legalizing same-sex unions that it opened the door to human-steed nuptials. The former congressman was basing his argument on a provision in the law that he said defined marriage as simply, "the establishment of intimacy."

The problem, however, was that no such provision seems to exist in the court's decision. In fact, the court defined marriage quite specifically as "the voluntary union of two persons as spouses, to the exclusion of all others."

Hayworth was asked about this discrepancy during an appearance on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, and he had no honest rejoinder.

"You and I can have a disagreement about that," he proclaimed, when asked from where he drew the "establishment of intimacy line."

"Well, it either is true or it isn't," Maddow replied. "It's empirical."

"Okay," said Hayworth. "Well I appreciate the fact that we have a disagreement on that. I'm sure one of many disagreements we would have ... I thank you for the chance to join you."



music | Erikah Badu

ONTD_Political's PotD: April 23, 2010.

Yesterday was Earth Day, since 1970 it's been a day set aside to remember and appreciate the Earth's environment, and all of our roles within it. As a way to help appreciate and observe our environment, I've collected 39 recent images here, each a glimpse into some aspect of the world around us, how it affects and sustains us, and how we affect it. Here's hoping everyone had a great Earth Day yesterday.

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Murasaki Shikibu

White Man Robs Banks Disguised as a Black Man

White Man Robs Banks Disguised as a Black Man

SPRINGDALE, OH -- A former Tampa Bay resident is accused of wearing a Hollywood-style mask to disguise his race while robbing five banks in Ohio.

Detectives say 30-year-old Conrad Zdzierak used a mask known as "The Player" to alter his appearance and make him look African-American.

Officers say the bank robber, known only as the "hairless" robber, targeted four banks and a CVS pharmacy in the span of three hours on April 9. Various police departments throughout Hamilton County were unable to catch the man because of his disguise.

"The suspect seen in the surveillance photographs and that we were looking for, we believed to be an African American male. The suspect was actually a male, white, who was wearing an elaborate disguise," said Springdale Police Lieutenant Michael Mathis.

Investigators believe Zdzierak was likely eluding capture by taking off the mask between the robberies and driving to his next target all the while police were searching for a black man.

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    Michael Jackson - Black or White

Jailed Chilean cult leader Schaefer dies at 88

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Former Nazi Paul Schaefer, who founded a secretive German cult in Southern Chile in the 1960s and was later convicted of sexually abusing children, died of heart failure in a prison hospital Saturday, officials said. He was 88.

Chile's courts began investigating Schaefer on sex abuse charges in 1997. He fled to Argentina where he hid until he was found in 2005. He was returned to Chile and sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing 25 children.

Courts also investigated Schaefer for keeping a huge cache of illegal weapons and helping former right-wing dictator Augusto Pinochet's secret police kidnap and torture political prisoners.

For decades, the residents of Villa Baviera, initially called Colonia Dignidad, submitted to the authoritarian whims of Schaefer, who banned almost all contact with the outside world at the commune 210 miles south of Santiago, the capital.

Under his rules, men and women lived separately, intimate contact was controlled and children were split from their parents.

In 2006, former members of the cult issued a public apology and asked for forgiveness for 40 years of sex and human rights abuses in their community, saying they were brainwashed by Schaefer, who many viewed as God.


if you can't say anything nice...ah fuck it. This guy was a bastard. Not only was he a Nazi pedophile but he turned Colonia Dignidad into a notorious Pinochet-era concentration camp. KKKlassy.
i hate you all

More Arizona Fail

This was written before the Arizona bill was signed into law.

Raul Grijalva Gets Death Threats: Arizona Rep's Office To Close After Threats Over Immigration Bill

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva says he's closing his Arizona offices at noon Friday after receiving multiple threats over a state immigration measure.

Grijalva says he's opposed to the bill that would make it a crime under state law to be in the county illegally.

The Democratic congressman says his offices in Yuma and Tucson have been flooded with calls this week over the issue, some from people threatening violent acts and shouting racial slurs.

Grijalva says neither his staff nor constituents should be subjected to that.

He's urging any organizations opposed to the immigration measure that are thinking about holding events in Arizona to seek venues in other states.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that Grijalva spokesman Adam Sarvana released a statement Friday saying that the congressman's office received "some pretty scary calls," including one from a man "who threatened to go down there and blow everyone's brains out then go to the border to shoot Mexicans."

According to the Daily Star:

Grijalva staffer Ruben Reyes said the office has been flooded with calls all week about Senate Bill 1070. About 25 percent are "very racist" in nature, Reyes said, characterizing some as "telling that tortilla-eating wetback to go back to Mexico."

Local station FOX 11 writes that "there are unconfirmed reports that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will sign SB1070 into law later today."


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    George Michael - They Won't Go When I Go

White House adviser spills secret: Obama loves pie

The Source page looks bare bones, but its because I got it from the mobile app.


Source: AP News

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Presidents have had their indulgences - Ronald Reagan loved jellybeans and Bill Clinton binged at McDonald's. What's President Barack Obama's weak spot?


Obama's senior adviser, David Axelrod, told Jay Leno Friday that the president was forced to "separate" from the White House pastry chef to break his bad eating habits.

"One of the things that happened when he came to the White House is they have a very great pastry chef. It became a big problem," Axelrod confided on "The Tonight Show."

The president, he said, "has a weakness for pie."

The chunky-built Axelrod might just be needling his boss - Obama lectures him about diet, exercise and his "beer gut."

The pie problem didn't come up earlier this year when the 48-year-old president was declared in excellent health by his doctors. An avid basketball player and golfer, it was said he eats modest portions.

Axelrod had a different story: He says the president loves cheeseburgers and pie, hardly health food.

The news wouldn't be welcomed by first lady Michelle Obama, who's on a campaign against childhood obesity.

"I hope the first lady isn't watching," Axelrod said.


ETA: PROOF OF OBAMA LOVING PIE: http://www.weebls-stuff.com/wab/Rally/
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South Carolina democrat

Illegal immigration is the fault of lazy citizens

Lazy state residents are contributing to the number of illegal immigrants in South Carolina, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said during a Republican gubernatorial debate Friday, living off public aid rather than working.

"The real problem is the work force," Bauer said, speaking of a state with 12.2 percent unemployment, the sixth-highest jobless rate in the country. "The problem is we have a give-away system that is so strong that people would rather sit home and do nothing than do these jobs. Laziness is not a disability. There are a lot of people that are flat-out lazy and they are using up the goods and services in this state."

SOURCE points out the fail in the latest Repub. Gov. debate

Rosie O'Donnell Tries to Change Mike Huckabee's Mind on Gay Adoption

Apparently Rosie O'Donnell has a Sisyphus complex. Sisyphus was the fabled Greek king who was punished by the Gods and sentenced to a life of pushing a huge rock up a hill, only to watch the rock roll back down again. For Rosie O'Donnell's part, the rock she was trying to push was Mike Huckabee, and she was trying to push him toward a more reasonable position on gay adoption.

It didn't work. But their conversation is pretty mesmerizing.

O'Donnell hosted Huckabee on her Sirius radio show this week, taking the former Arkansas governor and GOP Presidential candidate to task for comments he made earlier this month suggesting that gay people should be banned from adopting. O'Donnell, a grand wizard of gay adoption who has long championed the rights of LGBT families, had a bit of a bone to pick with Huckabee. After all, Huckabee made it pretty clear that he wants gays and lesbians to be denied marriage equality, and only be allowed to adopt puppies.

First things first, Huckabee and O'Donnell both deserve a whole heaping amount of praise for having this conversation together. It would kind of be like Bishop Gene Robinson and Pat Robertson getting together for coffee, or Melissa Etheridge and Anita Bryant sitting down for some orange juice.


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Okay, Didn't MN Used to be a Mostly Sane State?

Senate Republicans introduced a constitutional amendment Wednesday that would make Minnesota the first state to require a two-thirds majority vote in the legislature to approve federal laws affecting the state. “Minnesotans enjoy inherent, natural, God-given rights,” the bill states, and “Citizens of Minnesota are sovereign individuals, subject to Minnesota law and immune from any federal laws that exceed the federal government’s enumerated constitutional powers.”

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Emergency News: Obamacare Continues to Brainwash More Republicans! Are They Being Blackmailed By Gay Death Panels?

Rep. Steve King frustrated that GOP leadership is not fully embracing ObamaCare repeal.

On Thursday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) appeared on the Scott Hennen Show to express his frustration with his Party’s division over whether to support a full repeal of ObamaCare and register its disapproval with all parts of the law:

KING: And this should have happened almost instantly and spontaneously. And instead it’s going slow because there are Republicans who are arguing they don’t want to have to be opposed to every component of ObamaCare. They want to nuance this a little bit. And whenever you get nuance, you get divided by the enemy. And they scatter you across the battlefield and take you apart. We’ve got to stand on this thing as a central square. And our leadership has been pretty good. Mike Pence has signed on to the bill and he’s been very clear in where he stands. I don’t have John Boehner signed on yet. I don’t have Eric Cantor signed on. A number of the other people in leadership have not.

Watch it:


Goldman Sachs Helping America to Turn into a Turd Based Economy

Golden Sacks' Emails Reveals Their Sekret "Transmutating Turd into Gold for Profit Making Machine"

Goldman Sachs Emails: Firm Had 'The Big Short' As Economy Felle

As homeowners were falling behind on their subprime mortgages, wreaking havoc for investors that owned slices of their mortgages in securities peddled by Wall Street, Goldman Sachs was "well positioned," according to internal company emails from top executives.

The firm had "the big short," declared chief financial officer David Viniar -- Goldman Sachs was making money off the souring of the very securities it had peddled to the market.

The internal emails released Saturday by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations paint a picture long known by most of the country, yet never before so vividly and explicitly articulated by Goldman officials
. (Scroll down to see the full text of the emails.) As early as May 2007, as homeowners were being crushed under the weight of subprime mortgages, the most profitable firm on Wall Street had long taken out a form of insurance on those delinquencies.

The firm made money on the upside -- originating, securitizing and selling subprime mortgage-based securities to investors -- and on the downside, thanks to the insurance.

"Bad news," a May 17, 2007, email began from one Goldman employee to another. A security the firm had underwritten and sold had just lost value, costing Goldman about $2.5 million.

Further down in the email, the employee, Deeb Salem, wrote "Good news...we own 10mm protection...we make $5mm."

The firm made $5 million betting against the very securities it had underwritten and sold.

In a July 25 email that year, Gary Cohn, the firm's chief operating officer, wrote Viniar to update him on the firm's mortgage market activities. The firm lost about $322 million on residential mortgages -- but it made $373 million on its bets against the market, bets that increased in value as the market tanked.

About 25 minutes later, Viniar wrote back, "Tells you what might be happening to people who don't have the big short." The firm made $51 million that day.

"There it is, in their own words: Goldman Sachs taking 'the big short' against the mortgage market," subcommittee chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said in a statement accompanying the release of the internal emails.

"Investment banks such as Goldman Sachs were not simply market-makers, they were self-interested promoters of risky and complicated financial schemes that helped trigger the crisis," Levin said. "They bundled toxic mortgages into complex financial instruments, got the credit rating agencies to label them as AAA securities, and sold them to investors, magnifying and spreading risk throughout the financial system, and all too often betting against the instruments they sold and profiting at the expense of their clients."

Levin's panel points out that in the firm's 2009 annual report, Goldman Sachs stated that the firm "did not generate enormous net revenues by betting against residential related products."

"These e-mails show that, in fact, Goldman made a lot of money by betting against the mortgage market," Levin said.
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Texas Soon to Declare State of Emergency: Freaks of Nature Soon to Collide!

Beck To Headline Texas Event With Rick Perry, The Man He Once Said He Wanted To ‘French Kiss’

Earlier this month, Fox News host Sean Hannity fell into hot water with network executives for his plan to headline the Cincinnati Tax Day Tea Party. Perhaps sensitive to criticisms in recent weeks that Fox personalities have been doing too much cheerleading on behalf of conservative political parties and candidates, executives pulled Hannity from the event when news broke that profits were going to benefit the Cincinnati Tea Party (which the group has denied).

Today, Fox News host Glenn Beck will be appearing with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is running on the Republican ticket for re-election. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports:
Gov. Rick Perry will be in Tyler this Saturday to appear on stage with conservative commentator Glenn Beck, Perry’s office confirmed.

Beck is holding a town hall-style event in Tyler’s Oil Palace this Saturday [at 7:00 p.m.] Ticket prices range from $25 to $85.
ThinkProgress spoke to Jim Couch, manager of the Oil Palace, who said that ticket proceeds would be going back to the private venue and to pay Beck’s speaking fees. “We have to pay for Beck to appear,” he said, but wouldn’t disclose how much they are paying him. Couch added that none of the money would be going toward Perry’s re-election campaign.
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UK Election Q&A from the Guardian - who wants to know how often Nick Clegg has sex?

Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg answered the Guardian's Q&A (from their Weekend magazine), along with some other MPs, including D.Miliband and all round BAMF Vince Cable.

Gordon Brown:

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When were you happiest? At the birth of each of my children.
Which living person do you most admire, and why? Nelson Mandela, for inspiring us never to give up, even in the darkest times, on the fight for justice and, with his wife, Graca, for championing the movement against poverty and for education that has changed hundreds of millions of lives.
What is your earliest memory? My brother and I being sent away to stay with a relative and then coming back home to find another brother – a total surprise to us, but a good one.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Famously, I'm somewhat impatient.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? I hate prejudice, discrimination and snobbishness of any kind – it always reflects on the person judging and not the person being judged. Everyone should be treated equally.
What has been your most embarrassing moment? When I was a new MP and the
Labour party asked me to do a radio call in for a station "down under" but didn't tell me they meant New Zealand. My carefully practised answers about the delights of Australia went down like a lead balloon.
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For responses from various other politicians such as Caroline Lucas (Green Party leader), David Miliband (Foreign Secretary and sexy motherfucker), Vince Cable (who also has sex a lot  - bloody Lib Dems...) and Chris Grayling (homophobe and boring twat) go here:

Source: www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/apr/24/general-election-2010-gordon-brown-interview
(This is Gordon Brown's, there are links to others on the page, I'm lazy...)

A meiguice do Serra. An introduction to the Brazilian sense of humor (oh...and elections too)

Dear mods, something intesting happened in the Brazilian blogosphere this week concerning the 2010 elections and I thought maybe a few members would enjoy it? I took the liberty of translating an excerpt from a blog explaining it. If I'm pushing our rules too far, please don't hate me =(.

Sweet Serra

A mockery viral campaign against this week's cover of Veja Magazine, which tried to give presidential candidate (for the right wing) José Serra an air of sweetness, gained a lot of attention in Brazil this week (the cover says "Serra and Brazil after Lula" and quotes him saying "I've prepared myself to be president my whole life").

Someone had the idea of having people imitate the same sweet pose and send the picture to be published with many others, as a humorous criticism. The feedback was so overwhelming that the creator disabled the service. Probably fearing some kind of persecution, with a certain reason, given the history of the character involved.

The media having a political position is common worldwide. This is not ugly. Ugly is trying to seem impartial, which is not Veja's case.


A few pics out of hundreds and other FOX newsVeja covers under the cut if anybody wants to get lost in Latin American politics.

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I just wish the tumblr wasn't taken down. Veja is pretty obnoxious. In fact, most the Brazilian mainstream media is against the current government. Between that and Lula's massive approval ratings, it's hard to find the actual intelligent criticism.

And before I forget, Veja was proud that Serra's contagious empathy generated a viral amongst supporters (lmao).

Rendell Rejects Tea Party as Legit Movement

Ed Rendell, the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told Fox News on Saturday that the Tea Party movement reflects the anger many Americans feel about the current state of the economy, but dismissed the notion of the Tea Party as a legitimate political movement.

“What’s happening,” Rendell said, “is the mainstream media – I’m not blaming the conservative media – I think the mainstream media has fallen for this… hook, line and sinker.”


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comedy | Ovaries

"Are You Ready For The Babies Movie?"

Synopsis | The adventure of a lifetime begins...

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, Babies simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps. The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco.

Re-defining the nonfiction art form, Babies joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.

Babies. They keep humanity (and the Internet) going. But will you watch eighty minutes of them in a globetrotting documentary film that is already predicted to be a massive cultural event? Or at the very least, a massive marketing phenomenon?

The film stars four infants in Mongolia, Tokyo, Namibia, and San Francisco. According to USA Today, "Pregnant mothers were interviewed and selected for participation in the film before the gender of the unborn children was known — which is why there are three girls and just one boy."

Incidentally, Focus Features has already pre-empted any snark you may be tempted to unleash in advance of the Mother's Day release (awwww) of the film.That is an addition to a clever momblog outreach strategy and a full-service website.


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The more of David Cameron people see, the less they like

Hat-tip to Sunder Katwala for spotting this fascinating insight from today's Times:

It is a notable feature of the television debates that Mr Cameron's likeability figures have fallen after every debate. While 53 per cent of people thought the Tory leader likeable before the debates began, 45 per cent did so after the first event and that figure dropped to 38 per cent after Thursday's clash.

The polls have been unkind to Gordon Brown too in recent weeks but any more of this and the Tories will have lost one of their key electoral assets: David Cameron's "X-factor". Indeed, it may already be lost.

Writing for the New Statesman ealier this month YouGov president Peter Kellner outlined a laundry list of things that needed to go Labour's way in order to overhaul the Tory poll lead. Among them:

Brown must improve his personal ratings to close the gap further with Cameron. Already he has made considerable progress. Last summer the Prime Minister's personal rating was -50 (23 per cent thought he was doing well, 73 per cent thought he was doing badly); Cameron's rating was +25 (58 per cent well, 33 per cent badly).

The gap started to narrow significantly in the spring, down to 38 in a pre-campaign YouGov survey. But Kellner also warned of the "unknown unknown". So far that has come in the shape of Nick Clegg's first TV debate performance.

And while the rise of Clegg has undoubtedly hit Cameron hard, Brown has suffered too. Now the PM needs to take advantage of Cameron's falling personal popularity to get back into the game. Unless, of course, he's happy to regain some form of power by finishing third.


Source: New Statesman

K, now let's hope Sky decides to make a 24 hour Cameron Channel - all Cameron, all the time... that should sort him. C: