July 7th, 2010

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"'Golden girl' Semenya gets green light for track return".

(AFP) – 13 hours ago

MONACO — Controversial athlete Caster Semenya expressed her delight on Tuesday at being cleared to compete as a woman following nearly a year of speculation over her gender.

The 19-year-old South African 800m world champion was given the green light to run again after a review by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) of gender-verification tests.

That clears the path for her to compete as early as in the World Junior Championships in Canada from July 19 and October's Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

"The process initiated in 2009 in the case of Caster Semenya has now been completed," the IAAF said in a statement.

"The IAAF accepts the conclusion of a panel of medical experts that she can compete with immediate effect."

The IAAF added: "The medical details of the case remain confidential and the IAAF will make no further comment on the matter."

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Tony Hayward is George W Bush Long Lost Twin!

He is the kind of CEO you would like to have beer with

BP's Chief Fights for Survival

As oil continues to gush into the Gulf, the oil giant’s embattled CEO, Tony Hayward, is on an around-the-world tour to save his company and his reputation, but Tom Bower reports that he’s likely to be gone soon—and the company’s new plan to shift the blame.

Late this morning, Tony Hayward, BP’s beleaguered chief executive, will land in Azerbaijan, the oil-rich country by the Caspian Sea, as part of his global mission to save the corporation from rumors and predators. Having visited Moscow last week to tell the Kremlin’s leaders that BP is not for sale or going out of business, he will bring the same message to the Azeri president before heading off to Angola. Indonesia and Iraq, also crucial to BP’s global oil reserves, are among other destinations on his itinerary.

Saving BP from collapse has become a full-time occupation for Hayward,
although few believe that he can simultaneously save his own career. Brutally mauled by senators during a merciless grilling in Washington three weeks ago, Hayward’s fight for BP’s survival has also become a personal mission to salvage his self-confidence. Although he has no serious enemies within BP, even loyalists speaking off the record admit that he is swinging in the wind. There he will remain until the oil stops gushing into the Gulf.

Within the next four weeks, the corporation expects the well to be capped and the disaster finally contained. According to recent reports, a relief well is now just 20 feet from the rogue well and boring down the last 900 feet on an identical path toward the reservoir 18,300 feet beneath the seabed, where at least 1 billion barrels of oil could still escape into the Gulf. By early August, BP’s engineers hope to execute a “bottom kill,” blocking the rogue well with mud and sealing the leak. After that, Hayward can be expected to make an elegant if reluctant exit.
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Pride & Prejudice

Uganda LGBT Volunteer Beheaded

A volunteer for the LGBT advocacy group Integrity Uganda was found beheaded on a farm during a search for a missing priest.

Jim Burroway of Box Turtle Bulletin points to the Anglican blog Changing Attitude, which says that searchers found the head of Pasikali Kashusbe in a pit latrine on the farm of Badru Kiggundu, the electoral commission chairman, in Makindye Sabagabo, Wakiso District. They were looking for the Rev. Henry Kayizzi Nsubuga, who disappeared last month after delivering a sermon supporting gay people.

“Judith Nabakooba, a police spokesperson, identified the head as that of Pasikali Kashusbe, one of the workers on Kigggundu’s farm and a member of Integrity Uganda,” reports Changing Attitude. “Pasikali and his partner Abbey are youth workers with Integrity Uganda charged with the responsibility of mobilising young LGBT people in activities which build community capacity to face up to the challenge of homophobia, especially in the area of attitude change and care through drama and sports activities.”

According to Changing Attitude, Pasikali disappeared almost four weeks ago when Uganda celebrated Martyrs Day. A mutilated torso found earlier in the week about half a kilometer from the farm is believed to be Pasikali’s. The torso was that of a man and had no genitals.

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Manson Family member denied parole

CHINO, Calif. — Leslie Van Houten, the one-time Charles Manson follower long seen as the most likely of his ex-acolytes to win freedom someday, was denied parole Tuesday for a 19th time in the killings of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca.

At the conclusion of the emotional three-hour hearing, the chairman of the parole board, Robert Doyle, said Van Houten was not yet suitable for parole because she had failed to gain complete insight into her crime and its motivation.

While commending her for her adjustment to prison and her work on behalf of other prisoners, Doyle and deputy commissioner Carol Bentley said the crimes involved were so atrocious and heinous that they must be considered in the decision.

"She does not look at herself to see what made her capable of this activity," Doyle said. Both he and Bentley said they were disappointed that Van Houten chose not to speak to them directly.

"It's been 15 years since I've seen you," Bentley said, "and commissioner Doyle has never heard from you."

Doyle criticized a report from a psychologist who he said accepted everything Van Houten told her and did not look beneath the surface.

He particularly noted that in the past, Van Houten has suffered from dependence on strong male figures who were able to control her.

He suggested she needs more counseling on how to deal with men.

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Mods, sorry for the re-post a moment ago. I fail at searching.

Also, what do you guys think? Can anyone repent enough for murder?

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Gay asylum seekers from Iran and Cameroon win appeal

Two gay men who said they faced persecution in their home countries have the right to asylum in the UK, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The panel of judges said it had agreed "unanimously" to allow the appeals from the men, from Cameroon and Iran.

They had earlier been refused asylum on the grounds they could hide their sexuality by behaving discreetly.

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British soldier speaks out against the war

The British army uses up and spits out young working class men in pursuit of their bloody, illegal wars.

This is the shocking reality revealed in Socialist Worker this week by Ross Williams—a former soldier who was injured while serving in Iraq and subsequently abandoned by the army.

Ross grew up in an unemployment hotspot. The army promised him a job and a future that his hometown of Neath in South Wales couldn’t.

“I joined the army because there is nothing here in Neath—no jobs, and no future,” 22 year old Ross told Socialist Worker.

He joined the army believing he would be doing some good in Iraq. Ross sees things differently now.

“The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are illegal,” he says.

Ross found that once injured, the army had no use for him.

Despite being told that he might be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, the army put Ross in Colchester military prison for going absent without leave.

Now Ross, feels “betrayed”.

“These generals and the government ministers don’t give a shit about us,” he said.

Ross has decided to tell Socialist Worker his story.

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Source: Socialist Worker (UK)
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7/7: 5 Years On

People gather at memorial to 52 victims of London underground and bus bombings to pay their respects

At 8.50am on the 7 July 2005, three bombs exploded on underground trains in central London. The explosions were followed, within an hour, by another on a London bus.

At 8.50am today, under a grey sky, a handful of people gathered quietly at the eastern side of Hyde Park, where 52 steel pillars represent those killed in the bombings.

They came to pay their respects, to remember loved ones, to be quiet for a few moments as the traffic rumbled past in the background.

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Source: The Guardian

On 6 July 2005, Eliza Manningham-Buller, the head of MI5, met a group of MPs from the Labour whips' office to discuss the threat to the nation. There was, she assured them, no reason to believe that an attack was imminent. The following morning, Sir Ian Blair, then commissioner of the Metropolitan police, told the BBC that his force was "the envy of the policing world in relation to conterterrorism".

Shortly after that statement the first of the bombs went off.

Two weeks later, just as the country was beginning to overcome the initial shock of four suicide bombings that caused the deaths of 52 people and injured more than 950, many seriously, came the attempted bombings of 21 July. For the public, the bombs that failed to explode triggered almost as much alarm as those that did, with the second attempt bringing home the realisation that they could be vulnerable to a series of onslaughts by al-Qaida-inspired jihadists. Within government and law-enforcement circles, the shock caused by the two incidents can only have been exacerbated by the institutional belief, widely held during the early summer of 2005, that the threat of a terrorist attack had subsided.

Two weeks later the then prime minister, Tony Blair, called a press conference at which he warned: "Let no one be in doubt. The rules of the game have changed."

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Source: The Guardian
Posting these two articles together as, although the first one makes much of how we didn't let the tube bombers beat us, the draconian legislation brought in afterwards kind of proves we did, in a way.

ETA: Changed the title to something more general (this was originally just the second article and I forgot to change it when I merged the two posts)

Tonight on "Eating Their Own": I Recommend Red Whine With Your Glenn.

Head Of ‘World’s Largest Interactive Christian Website’ Calls Out Beck’s ‘Deception’ About His Mormonism

Glenn Beck often speaks about faith on his radio show and Fox News program, but he almost never mentions his own faith — Mormonism. Beck’s audience largely consists of conservative Christians, many of whom consider Mormonism to be a “cult.” So as to not alienate his followers, Beck obscures his religion, and focuses instead on broad themes common to many Christian faiths.

But out of view of his general audience, Beck readily explains that the Church of Latter-Day Saints made him who he is today. “I was baptized on a Sunday, and on Monday an agent called me out of the blue,” Beck said in a Mormon promotional video. And the Church has rewarded Beck. For example, the Mormon-affiliated LDSTravel.com website is currently promoting Beck’s 8/28 rally in Washington, D.C., offering travelers an entire day as part of a seven day tour of the East Coast.

Today, Bill Keller, the “leader of the world’s largest interactive Christian website” — an internet ministry with over 2.4 million subscribers — is attempting to expose Beck’s “deception” about his faith, explaining Beck “lies to people by stating he is a Christian”
Keller states, “Beck likes to call out people for their lies and deception, yet he portrays himself daily as a Christian. The fact is, the beliefs of the satanic Mormon cult are totally inconsistent with Biblical Christianity. He uses the words “god” and “jesus,” yet the god and jesus of the Mormon cult are NOT the God and Jesus of the Bible!” [...]

Keller concludes, “I could care less what Beck chooses to believe, but I do care that he lies to people by stating he is a Christian when a person who believes in the lies of the Mormon cult is no more a Christian than a Muslim is.
Keller — who said during the 2008 campaign that a vote for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney “is a vote for Satan” — is clearly an intolerant bigot, but his attack on Beck exposes a potential rift between Beck and his largely conservative Christian followers.

Indeed, Beck’s appearance at Rev. Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University in May “generated an unusual amount of public infighting among evangelicals.” Conservative Christians share many of Beck’s political and social views, but “many of them also remain extremely suspicious of Beck’s Mormon faith.” Several evangelical pastors said they were “shocked and disappointed” that the school had allowed Beck to speak there.
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From the same logic that brought you suspending kids who cut class...

Missed meetings could mean jail time for parents

By COREY WILLIAMS (AP) – 1 day ago

DETROIT — The night Demarco Harris shot and killed a woman during a robbery on a Detroit street, his parents told police knocking on their door at 2 a.m. they didn't know where their 12-year-old was.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said that's indicative of a larger issue in Detroit, where the lack of making parents accountable for their children partly is blamed on elevated truancy and dropout rates, as well as a recent rash of violent crimes involving teens.

Worthy has a new idea she hopes will fix the problem: Jail parents for up to three days for repeatedly missing scheduled parent-teacher conferences.
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World of Warcraft maker to end anonymous forum logins

A row has erupted after Blizzard - the publishers of the popular online game World of Warcraft - announced that users on its site forums would have to post under their real names.

The firm say the move is to put an end to heated online arguments and topics started purely to cause trouble.

But users reacted angrily, citing concerns about safety and privacy.

Blizzard said they would start implementing the changes over the next few months.

A post, by Vameras - one of the site community managers - said that the forums had become " a place where flame wars, trolling and other unpleasantness run wild".

"Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they haven't been connected before," the post continued.

Blizzard new system - Real ID - means that users will have to post under their real first and last name.

The firm said it will implement the changes over the next few weeks, with the StarCraft II forums - a section dedicated to the forthcoming real time strategy game - making the switch by the end of the month. The World of Warcraft forum will change soon after.

In addition to users now posting under their own names, the site will allow others to rate post and interact with other users, creating a "social-networking platform".

"As the way gamers interact with one another continues to evolve, our goal is to ensure Battle.net is equipped to handle the ever-changing social-gaming experience for years to come," the post by Vameras went on.

The online community was swift to respond, with almost a thousand replies in less than 24 hours; the majority of which expressed their displeasure at the move.

"I can't even begin to fathom why you would do this", posted one user, while another wrote that it seems "like someone who likes Facebook came up with it, while being blissfully unaware that an awful lot of people deliberately avoid Facebook".

One World of Warcraft player, Jim Brand, contacted BBC News to say how disappointed he was over the change.

"I have been using the forums for over five years, reporting bugs and trying to be helpful. Now, to have the privilege to help people on the forums I have to reveal my real name; I'm dead against it," he said.

"I work in a charity and deal with governments officials. If they do a search and see I am a gamer, it could affect my employment prospects," he added.

Although most social networking sites have links to a person's real world name, gaming sites have always used anonymous handles.

There have been a few rare cases of online gaming disputes spilling out into the real world, and users are mostly reluctant to reveal personal details, given that video games can sometimes elicit strong emotions.

Mr Brand said that one Blizzard employee posted his real name on the forums, saying that there was no risk to users, and the experiment went drastically wrong.

"Within five minutes, users had got hold of his telephone number, home address, photographs of him and a ton of other information," said Mr Brand

The post and topic has since been removed from the Blizzard forum.

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Breaking websites' TOS may soon be a felony if New Jersy prosecutors have their way

Is Breaking CAPTCHA a Crime?

By Kim Zetter July 7, 2010 | 3:37 pm | Categories: Crime, Cybersecurity, Hacks and Cracks, The Courts

Prosecutors in a New Jersey ticket scalping case are pushing the envelope on the federal computer hacking law, setting a precedent that could make it a felony to violate a website’s terms-of-service and fool a CAPTCHA, according to electronic civil rights groups intervening in the case.

At issue is a four-month-old criminal prosecution against the online ticket-reselling business Wiseguy Tickets, which allegedly used a network of shell companies, rented servers and automated scripts to snatch up more than 1 million premium tickets for coveted concerts and sporting events, which it resold for more than $25 million in profits.

The four Wiseguy defendants, who also operated other ticket reselling businesses, allegedly used sophisticated programming and inside information to bypass technological measures — including CAPTCHA – at Ticketmaster and other sites that were intended to prevent such bulk automated purchases. This violated the sites’ terms-of-service, and according to prosecutors constituted unauthorized computer access under the anti-hacking Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA.
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Not that I'm happy with scalpers, but this sure as hell is NOT good for the rest of us. Can you imagine what will happen if this suceeds? You piss off an admin in a wank war and they can charge that you violated TOS and thus are now liable for a felony conviction.

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Rush Limbaugh: Obama Created Recession As 'Payback' For Racism

Rush Limbaugh said on his July 2 radio show that he believes Obama tanked the economy on purpose, both as "payback" for 230 years of racial oppression and because Obama simply doesn't like America.

He railed: "Who is Obama? Why is he doing this? Why? Why is he doing it? Is he stupid? Is it an accident? Is he doing it on purpose or what have you? ... I think we face something we've never faced before in the country -- and that is, we're now governed by people who do not like the country, who do not have the same reverence for it that we do. Our greatest threat (and this is saying something) is internal."

Limbaugh went on to compare Obama to the Black Panthers

"So in this interview with J. Christian Adams yesterday talking about [how] he and his line attorneys were told to just drop the case against the New Black Panthers for voter intimidation in Philadelphia, he said that there were people in the office, DOJ, who said, 'Well, you know, those people suffered the indignity of slavery, discrimination, segregation and so forth.'

He said somebody else said, 'This is payback,' meaning, 'All right, look. We don't care if it's the New Black Panthers or whoever it is. Black people in this country have never, ever had a fair shake. This is payback. O.J. Simpson was payback. How does it feel?' That word 'payback' is not mine, [but] it is exactly how I think Obama looks at the country: It's payback time... There's no question that payback is what this administration is all about, presiding over the decline of the United States of America, and doing so happily."

To drive home his point, Limbaugh used a HuffPost story about a woman whose unemployment benefits expired as evidence for Obama's racial revenge plot: "[HuffPost is] using this as an indictment of the Republicans and the Democrats for not extending unemployment benefits. This needs to be looked at in a different light.... Payback time. This woman's going to find out what it was like, in Obama's view, for other Americans to live as they did in this unfair and immoral country for the 230 years we've been around."

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My head hurts, where's that "flames on the side of my face" tag?




Octopus Foresaw Germany's Defeat In World Cup.

(CNN) -- German football fans' agony over Wednesday's loss to Spain in the World Cup semifinal was perhaps worsened by the knowledge that the result was predicted by an octopus.

Paul the octopus, a psychic cephalopod at Sea Life in Oberhausen, western Germany, has become a World Cup phenomenon after correctly predicting the victors in all six of Germany's matches. Tuesday's ceremony was carried live on German television.

Sea Life staff help Paul make his prediction by lowering two boxes of food into his tank, one witha German flag and the other bearing that of their opponents. The case he opens first is adjudged to be his predicted winner.

The octopus correctly picked that coach Joachim Low's side would beat Ghana and Australia in the group stages -- but also outwitted most professional pundits by predicting Germany's shock 1-0 defeat by Serbia.

In the knockout stages, Paul tipped Germany to beat both England and Argentina.

But the cephalopod drew cries of despair from assembled watchers Tuesday when, after initially lingering over the box for the German flag, he plumped for the Spanish flag instead.

But the octopus only managed an 80 percent success rate in predicting Germany's results at the 2008 European Championships.

He also failed to foresee Spain's 1-0 win over Germany in the final.

Spain will face the Netherlands Sunday in the World Cup Final.

Source knows why octopoids are banned in Vegas.


I don't believe in this shit, but it's still hilarious to me (and I say that as someone who was rooting for Germany).
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Surprise, AZ Student fights back

I know this kid; he's volunteered for me in the past. I actually didn't realize he was quite so young! He's really awesome. Go Caleb!

Surprise student: School should have stopped gay slurs

A former Willow Canyon High School student accuses teachers and administrators of failing to intervene when classmates harassed him about his sexual orientation.

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I suggest you probably skip the comments. It's the usual AZCentral crap.

Oh: And the city's name is actually Surprise and it's a suburb of Phoenix. Heh. :)
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US Invades Costa Rica - with Permission of Course

US Invades Costa Rica - with Permission of Course

In case you have not heard the latest that the USA is lending a "helping hand" to the Costa Rican government by assisting them with their drug trafficking problems that have been on the rise now for sometime. So far this all sounds fine and dandy however when was the last time the US lent a hand without demanding something in return? This is where things get ugly for Costa Rica. For as long as anyone can remember, the United States has pursued the opportunity to build a US Military base inside of Costa Rica. What many do not understand is that they already have one!

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CNN Fires Middle East Sen. Editor Over Tweet

WASHINGTON — Octavia Nasr, senior editor of Middle East affairs at CNN, is leaving the US television news network after sending a message on Twitter praising the late Shiite cleric Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah.

Nasr, who joined CNN in 1990, said in a "tweet" over the weekend that she was "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot."
She followed that up with a blog post on CNN.com expressing "deep regret" for her "tweet" about the man considered the spiritual guide of Hezbollah and who figured on a US "terrorist" list.
"It was an error of judgment for me to write such a simplistic comment and I'm sorry because it conveyed that I supported Fadlallah's life's work," Nasr wrote. "That's not the case at all." She said she was referring to Fadlallah's "contrarian and pioneering stand among Shiite clerics on woman's rights."
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Legalizing marijuana is civil rights issue, California NAACP says

(CNN) -- Legalizing marijuana is a civil rights issue, according to one of California's most prominent African-American advocacy groups. The California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, led by President Alice Huffman, recently announced its "unconditional endorsement" for Proposition 19, a legislative initiative on the November ballot that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California. Huffman said African-Americans are disproportionately affected by the criminalization of marijuana which makes passing the law a civil rights issue.

"We have empirical proof that the application of the marijuana laws has been unfairly applied to our young people of color," Huffman said in an official statement. "Justice is the quality of being just and fair and these laws have been neither just nor fair."

Police departments in California have made more than 60,000 marijuana possession arrests in 2008, three times more than in 1990, according to a recent study released by the Drug Policy Alliance, an organization that says it promotes policies to end the war on drugs. Although blacks and Latinos make up less than 44 percent of the state's population, together both ethnic groups constitute up to 56 percent of arrests that are made for marijuana possession in California, according to the study. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found that African-Americans use marijuana at lower rates than white Americans across the country. The study said arrests in California are "racially-biased" and have led to a "system-wide phenomenon, occurring in every county and nearly every police department in California, and elsewhere."

Hilary O. Shelton, vice president of advocacy for the NAACP, said these numbers make it a civil rights issue.

"We are usually conservative in terms of the issues that we support, but disproportionate prosecution of [African-Americans for] drug-related offenses for marijuana has called us to fight for decriminalization in our community."

"If the law on drug possession was being enforced correctly, then the number of arrests and prosecutions and prison sentences would be proportionate to our society across the board," Shelton said. "Sadly, that's not the picture."

But some don't think the solution to the problem is to legalize marijuana.

Bishop Ron Allen, an outspoken leader of the International Faith-Based Coalition and member of the NAACP, is outraged by the endorsement. He, along with 24 other faith- and activist-based organizations held a press conference in California Wednesday, calling for the resignation of Alice Huffman, claiming the California NAACP's endorsement of marijuana legislation is selling out the African-American community.

"If you think you are a civil rights leader, you should know better than anyone not to open the door to laws that will poison our community," Allen said.

But Huffman's endorsement has been backed by other organizations that support civil rights, including LEAP, the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

However, Allen believes that by supporting this initiative, Huffman is giving the NAACP "a black eye."

"We agree that the disproportionate arrests should change, but legalizing marijuana is not the way," Allen said. "What it will create is for more incarceration, more drug babies, and more crime on the street. This is not a civil rights issue." Allen, a former drug addict, said marijuana is a gateway drug that causes violence in poor communities and impedes the education of African-American youth. The California NAACP "does not speak for the majority of the African-American community in this country," Allen said. "What we need to do is support initiatives that help the black male progress in education and job placement. How do you educate a mind that is intoxicated?" In addition, Allen said, revenue raised from legalizing and taxing marijuana sales would not end up serving is community. "To raise the $100 billion that would be needed to fund education in this state, the use of marijuana would have to increase by 20 to 40 percent," he said. "This is a smokescreen and it's blood money."

But Shelton said Huffman's stand against criminalization supports NAACP founding principles.

"What the California state conference is trying to do is simply what is rooted in our mission: to eliminate racial prejudice wherever it may be," Shelton said. "If members of our own community are able to see this as not just a drug issue, but a civil rights issue, I think individuals across the nation will reconsider their views on the marijuana legislation."

The decision on Proposition 19 will be made in California in November.

SOURCE: www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/07/07/naacp.marijuana.support/index.html

Prop comic Gallagher is a crazy rightwinger

I remember Gallagher from old reruns of his work on Comedy Central. Who would have thought he's a crazy rightwinger? (via Salon)
"Hey, President Obama," he spits out the name like a mouthful of burning hair. "You ain't black. I don't care what you say--you're a latte. You're half whole-milk. It could be goat milk--you could be a terrorist!" I am too busy losing my mind to catch the next joke, which is about Ted Kennedy's brain cancer. Aaaaand we're off.

Gallagher is upset about a lot of things. Young people with their sagging pants (in faintly coded racist terms, he explains that this is why the jails are overcrowded--because "their" baggy pants make it too hard for "them" to run from the cops). Tattoos: "That ink goes through to your soul--if you read your Bible, your body is a sacred temple, YOU DIPSHIT." People naming their girl-children Sam and Toni instead of acceptable names like Evelyn and Betty: "Just give her some little lesbian tendencies!" Guantanamo Bay: "We weren't even allowed to torture all the way. We had to half-torture--that's nothin' compared to what Saddam and his two sons OOFAY and GOOFAY did." Lesbians: "There's two types--the ugly ones and the pretty ones." (Um, like all people?) Obama again: "If Obama was really black, he'd act like a black guy and get a white wife." Michael Vick: "Poor Michael Vick." Women's lib: "These women told you they wanna be equal--they DON'T." Trans people: "People like Cher's daughter--figure that out. She wants a penis, but she has a big belly. If you can't see your dick, you don't get one." The Rice Krispies elves: "All three of those guys are gay. Look at 'em!" The Mexicans: "Look around--see any Mexicans? Nope. They'll be here later for the cleanup." The French: "They ruin our language with their faggy words."
But he has a soft-spot for gay men:
Above all, everything is gay, gay, gay to Gallagher. He leans into it with the borderline- nonsensical, icked-out, ignorant glee of a boy--or the protest-too-much vigor of a GOP senator. Gallagher delivers your Bible verse for the day: "Without God, we are nothing but dust. What is butt dust? Is that what you get if your homosexual isn't properly lubricated?" He relates a story about spilling mouthwash onto his crotch during a show: "Lucky for me, there was no homosexuals in the area--'cause my balls was minty fresh." At other points during the show, Gallagher says, "Men and women can't live in the same house" and "There's no way men and women can have a relationship." He says he can't remember why he used to feel pleasure in looking at a woman. And, "There's only one kind of homosexual guy, and that's the pretty ones--why do homosexual men have to be so good-looking?" Gallagher. Listen. Is there something you want to share with us?[...]

He opens a giant can of fruit cocktail and pours it in. He opens a can of some Asian vegetable--water chestnuts, maybe--and pours that in, too. "This is the China people and queers!!!" he screams and takes his sledgehammer to the thing with a fury that is no fun at all. Wet chunks of China people and queers fly everywhere.
I doubt there'd be the same national outcry about this as there was when fellow washed-up comedian Michael Richards went on a rant against black people in his audience using the word "nigger." That's not a comparison of homophobia and racism, since there's apparently plenty of racism in Gallagher's routine. It's just America: don't use that one word and no one will call you racist.

There isn't much of his new routine on YouTube, but this recent video has a few fag jokes in it. Anyone else's gaydar picking up anything?

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New Governor-General of Canada Announced

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has picked legal scholar David Johnston to be Canada’s next governor general, CTV reported on Wednesday.

The bilingual president of the University of Waterloo is set to become the Queen’s next representative in Canada in September, CTV said during its nightly newscast.

Mr. Johnston is known for his non-partisan status and extensive legal background.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a law degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., and another from Cambridge in England.

Also a companion of the Order of Canada, Mr. Johnston has held administrative positions at Montreal’s McGill University and the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. He has also taught at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University.

Mr. Johnston’s legal training could come to the fore of Canadian politics if he, like current Gov.-Gen. Michaelle Jean, has to leave the usual ceremonial aspects of the job and wade into constitutional matters in an era when minority governments are increasingly common.

His presidency of the University of Waterloo has coincided with its emergence as one of the world’s premier centres of excellence in high technology.

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., he was twice selected to the all-American hockey team while at Harvard. He is also a marathon runner.

Canadians might remember also Mr. Johnston for his role as moderator during the storied “You had a choice” exchange in the televised leadership debate between Brian Mulroney and John Turner in 1984.

Mr. Johnston has also appeared on television as moderator of a PBS show called The Editors, which explored Canada-U.S. relations.

More recently, Mr. Harper turned to Mr. Johnston to write the terms of reference for the inquiry headed by retired justice Jeffrey Oliphant into the business relationship between Mulroney and German businessman Karlheinz Schreiber.

The academic lives with his wife, Dr. Sharon Johnston, on a farm in the small town of Heidelberg, Ont. They have five adult daughters and seven grandchildren.

According to a statement on the governor-general’s website, “the governor general represents Canada during state visits abroad and receives Royal visitors, heads of state and foreign ambassadors at Rideau Hall and at the Citadelle of Quebec.”

Mr. Johnston is set to take over for Ms. Jean, whose term officially ends on Sept. 27. Jean will then begin a four-year post as special envoy to Haiti for the United Nations.

A relative unknown when she first stepped into the role on Sept. 27, 2005, Ms. Jean became a favourite among the masses both within and outside Canada.

This country’s first black governor-general, Ms. Jean was the third woman to hold the post and among the youngest to reside at Rideau Hall with her Quebec filmmaker husband Jean-Daniel Lafond and school-aged daughter Marie-Eden.

Canwest News Service


I'm going to miss Jean. A lot. I remember him being one of the potential candidates on the news, but I heard a lot of people don't want him as GG.
  • jameth

Nigerian man arrested with bags carrying 70 dead babies

A man carrying bags containing more than 70 dead babies has been arrested in Nigeria.

He was employed by the Lagos University Teaching Hospital to take the corpses to a cemetery.

The worker was allegedly trying to dump the corpses as he could not afford burial fees.

A hospital spokesman said it was co-operating with police investigations into the incident.

A BBC correspondent in Lagos says many families are too devastated to deal with the dead babies and others cannot afford morgue fees, so abandon them outside hospitals. Hospitals hire contractors to bury the corpses.


A police preliminary investigation also led to the arrest of some workers in the Department of Morbid and Anatomy at the teaching hospital, said Lagos state police public relations officer Frank Mba.

He also said that the suspect had not intended to use the bodies in any rituals.

"We are sure that the suspect is neither a ritualist nor a murderer nor a trafficker. Other contending issues like corruption and abuse of office will be investigated," Mr Mba added.

The hospital described the incident as an embarrassment to the organisation.

The BBC's Fidelis Mbah says there's been a state of shock and disbelief among people in Lagos who cannot believe that a hospital with the magnitude of Lagos University Teaching Hospital would allow a contactor to handle that many corpses without supervision from its staff.