July 8th, 2010

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Why Are the LGBT and Immigration Movements Vibrant as the Labor Movement Dies?

By Mike Elk

In Jonathan Alter's new book, The Promise, he explains why issues so essential to the Democratic base such as labor law reform, immigration reform and gay rights were sidetracked in favor of "top tier" issues: the stimulus, the budget and health care reform:
The "No Distractions" theme would be critical to shaping 2009. It meant that divisive issues requiring the approval of Congress, like comprehensive immigration reform, the Employee Free Choice Act (a priority of organized labor, better known as "card check" that would make it easier for unions to organize) and repealing the ban on gays in the military would all be set aside temporarily while Democrats focused on Obama's first-tier agenda. Those priorities that made the cut for 2009 would be advanced relentlessly. Instead of hoarding their political capital, Rahm said, they would leverage the capital earned on early wins to build more for the tougher struggles down the road.
In the early stages, gay, immigrant and labor groups hoped that keeping mum on their issues and helping to pass the administration's top-tier priorities would lead to victory on their issues. These groups followed that strategy despite the howls from their own members - many of whom insisted the administration was merely delaying bringing up their issues in hopes of killing the politically risky debates altogether.

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PRIDE PotD: July 7, 2010.




NSFW: CONTAINS PHALLIC SQUIRT GUN AND
A CRA-MAZING VAGINA COSTUME


Picspam Installment 12 of international Pride events:

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Survival of The Fittest: How BP is Helping to Exterminate Third World Inhabitants Strengthen The American Race!

BP, Governments Downplay Public Health Risk From Oil and Dispersants (PHOTOS)

When Ryan Heffernan, a volunteer with Emerald Coastkeeper, noticed a bag of oily debris floating off in Santa Rosa Sound, she ran up to BP's HazMat-trained workers to ask if they would retrieve it.

"No, ma'am," one replied politely. "We can't go in the ocean. It's contaminated."
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Reading Racism Right to Left: Reflections on a Powerful Word and Its Applications

Reading Racism Right to Left: Reflections on a Powerful Word and Its Applications

By Tim Wise
July 7, 2010

This is part one of a two-part series on racism on the right and left of the United States’ political/ideological spectrum. Part One provides the reader with a working definition of racism, and then explores how racism at both the ideological and institutional levels is connected to and enhanced by American conservatism. Part Two will explore the ways in which American liberal and left ideology, rhetoric and policy prescriptions also manifest or further racism at the ideological and institutional levels.

When I was younger, I was a really good speller. Not like those lovably geeky kids at the National Spelling Bee, but good nonetheless. I always got 100s on my spelling tests, and when it came to in-class competitions, I’d usually win. But then came that awful day in sixth grade—a day that, I'm embarrassed to admit I still recall clearly—when I was eliminated in the first round of the spelling bee in my own homeroom class.

It wasn't that I couldn't spell the word about which I was being quizzed. Rather, my error was in misunderstanding the word itself, assuming I was being asked one thing, when in fact I was being asked another. So, when the teacher challenged me to spell "aisle," as in, that unobstructed opening between chairs, or pews, or sections of a movie theatre, I thought I was being asked to spell "isle," as in an Island, like the Isle of Wight or the Isle of Man. I was being all Middle English and geographical and shit, when all I needed to do was spell the word for a pathway.

Fortunately, small humiliations such as this often provide fertile soil for the emergence of true wisdom. And this experience did in fact teach me a lesson: namely, that when two people lack agreement on what a word means, communication becomes difficult, and misunderstandings flourish. When conversing about an issue—especially one more controversial than, say, the respective spelling of "aisle" versus "isle"—this is why it is helpful to make sure both parties to the dialogue know how they are using the terms in question.

This is one of the things that cause trouble when discussing—as I do in my writing and speeches—the topic of racism. Although we might be able to spell it, defining it is another matter. Ask ten people the meaning of the term, and you'll get at least five fairly distinct answers, if not one for each person in the room. For some, racism means "hatred" based on race. Others say racism is tantamount to "prejudice," whether or not hateful. For still others, racism requires not just an attitude, but some concrete action—discrimination of some sort—based on the prejudicial attitude. Some suggest it is racist to even think about race, to discuss it, or to notice a person’s color. Some speak of racism as only the most blatant acts of aggression based on color, while others will discuss the subtle types of bias that research indicates are so common, even in the modern "post-racial" era.

Needless to say, when so many people understand racism differently, it can complicate the ability to meaningfully converse about the subject, let alone to do something about it. If you think racism means one thing, while I'm convinced it means another, we're not likely to agree as to how we might respond to it, since we aren't seeing the same problem in the first place.

To see how these misunderstandings play out in the real world, consider the current back-and-forth between those who support and those who oppose the Tea Party phenomenon, as to whether or not Party activists are racists.

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UAE Ambassador: We 'Absolutely' Want U.S. To Stop Iran

According to United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef al-Otaiba, efforts to prevent Iran from going nuclear by use of military force are better than that country actually going nuclear.

The ambassador made the assertion earlier this week during a conversation with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival, a world leadership conference based in Colorado. Though Goldberg notes the candid interview sparked a flurry of comments once it was published in full on his blog, he believes al-Otaiba's straightforward position on the Iran nuclear program is the status quo for many Arab states. The idea of a group of Persian Shi'ites having possession of a nuclear bomb frightens Arab leaders like nothing else, and most will gladly endorse foreign intervention.

Asked if he wanted the U.S. to stop the Iranian nuclear program by force, al-Otaiba said, "Absolutely, absolutely. I think we are at risk of an Iranian nuclear program far more than you are at risk." The threat posed to his country, he added, was even more extreme due to simple geography: "I am suggesting that I think out of every country in the region, the U.A.E. is the most vulnerable to Iran ... so yes, it's very much in our interest that Iran does not gain nuclear technology."

If the U.S. were to choose not to intervene, the ambassador believed many Middle Eastern countries would opt to form an allegiance with Iran, purely for security measures. At present, the U.A.E. is considered one of America's key allies in the Arab world.

"There are many countries in the region who, if they lack the assurance the U.S. is willing to confront Iran, they will start running for cover towards Iran," he said. "Small, rich, vulnerable countries in the region do not want to be the ones who stick their finger in the big bully's eye, if nobody's going to come to their support."

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Psychic Octopus Receives Death Threats



The psychic octopus known for his amazingly accurate World Cup predictions has received death threats, the Telegraph reports. Paul, the oracle octopus whose prescient premonitions perfectly predicted the outcome of all six German World Cup games, first generated anger from Argentinian fans who believe his percipient pick doomed Argentina in the quarterfinals.

Paul's keeper in Oberhausen, Germany said "there are always people who want to eat our octopus but he is not shy and we are here to protect him as well. He will survive."

Paul's powers reached a new level on Wednesday, when his bold pick against his current home country proved correct, bringing his World Cup record to a jaw-dropping six for six.

The beautiful and brilliant octopus accurately predicted all four of Germany's victories, as well as their upset loss to Serbia and semifinals defeat at the hands of Spain.

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Richard Desmond loves cock (for cash)

Front pages reach an audience beyond a newspaper's readership, and every editor knows this.

Therefore, the impact of this stunning bigotry and ignorance should not be underestimated and certainly shouldn't be ignored:


Daily Express - NOW ASYLUM IF YOU'RE GAY: Asylum claims could soar after judges upheld appeals by two gay men who were to be deported. The men, from Iran and Cameroon, had been refused asylum by the Appeal Court under Labour on the grounds that they could avoid ill-treatment by hiding their sexuality or behaving discreetly. But the Supreme Court overturned their deportation yesterday. The cases will now be reconsidered. Campaigners last night warned it could mean millions might try to claim they are gay to qualify for asylum in Britain. Supreme Court judge Lord Rodger said gay people's right to live freely must be protected. He said: "Just as male heterosexuals are free to enjoy themselves playing rugby, drinking beer and talking about girls with their mates, so male homosexuals are to be free to enjoy themselves going to Kylie concerts, drinking exotically-coloured cocktails and talking about boys with their straight female mates."
Acknowledging that the 'Kylie and cocktails' text paraphrases a judge who appears to have educated himself by watching witless sitcoms, questions should be asked about the suitability of this front page, and how it portrays both homosexuals and asylum seekers.

There's also a wealth of what-the-fuckery to be had in exploring the comments of Conservative MP Philip Davies and MigrationFearUK chairman Sir Andrew Green, but for now let's stick to this front page and see what it tells us about Richard Desmond, the hands-on owner of this newspaper, who also happens to be a pornographer.

While repeatedly using male homosexuals to stir up feelings of fear and outrage that sell the Daily Express tabloid rag to an audience of bigots, Richard Desmond also sells pornography aimed specifically at... male homosexuals.

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Afghan Companies Say U.S. Did Not Pay Them

KABUL, Afghanistan — A number of Afghan construction companies working on contracts for American and NATO military bases in Afghanistan have accused American middlemen of reneging on payments for supplies and services, and in one case of leaving the country owing Afghan companies hundreds of thousands, even millions, of dollars.
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The failure of American companies to pay for contracted work has left hundreds of Afghan workers unpaid in southern Afghanistan, and dozens of factories and small businesses so deep in debt that Afghan and foreign officials fear the fallout will undermine the United States-led counterinsurgency effort to win the support of the Afghan people.

While there have been many accusations of corruption on the part of Afghan officials over recent years, there has been less heard about misconduct of the foreign companies working in Afghanistan, not least because Afghans have no organized system of recourse.

Yet the few cases of misconduct by foreign companies that have come to light may be just the “tip of the iceberg,” said a military official with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. It concerns not only American companies, he added.

“Without being too dramatic, American contractors are contributing to fueling the insurgency,” said the official, who could speak only on the condition of anonymity in keeping with the policy of his organization.

“Families, relatives, friends, village and tribal elders will all know that ISAF does not pay for the work,” the official added. “So one can understand why they may say, ‘We should get these Western soldiers out of here,’ and thus support the insurgency.”

In one case the official was familiar with, three Afghan businessmen said they had completed work for an American firm, Bennett-Fouch Associates LLC, of Michigan, but had not been paid. All of them and the official said they knew of other companies in the same position after doing work for the company.

One of the businessmen, Jalaluddin Saeed, said he was owed $1.5 million by Bennett-Fouch for four contracts to provide concrete barriers for American and NATO military bases last year. He said his life was now in danger and he had had to leave his home city of Kandahar and move his family to avoid his many angry creditors.

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From New York Times, click the link for the entire article.

I can't say this surprises me any, but I'm glad to see that it's getting some attention...
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Jury Reaches Verdict in BART Shooting Trial: Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter



A former transit police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man at an Oakland train station was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Thursday, capping a racially charged case that raised fears in the Bay Area of possible violence after the verdict.

Prosecutors accused the ex-officer of intentionally firing his handgun as he tried to handcuff Oscar J. Grant III on New Year’s Day 2009. Johannes Mehserle, 28, tearfully testified that the shooting was a tragic accident caused when he mistakenly grabbed his firearm instead of an electric Taser weapon during a struggle with Grant.

The shooting was captured on video by several witnesses. Mehserle, who is white, fired a single round into the back of Grant, who was black and was lying face-down on the station platform. Mehserle resigned a week after the shooting.

The killing provoked protests and violence in Oakland. The case, which has drawn comparisons to the videotaped beating of Rodney G. King that ultimately triggered riots in Los Angeles in 1992, was moved to Los Angeles for trial amid concern about the extensive media coverage of the killing in the Bay Area.

Many civil rights activists considered the case a test of how the justice system treats police officers accused of abusing minorities. The trial also captured the attention of law enforcement officers who feared that a guilty verdict could raise the stakes for cops who make mistakes.

-- Jack Leonard in Los Angeles, Maria L. LaGanga in Oakland and Maura Dolan in San Francisco

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Campaign group asks Vince to stop Murdoch

The email pressure-group 38 Degrees yesterday launched a campaign to put pressure on Business Secretary Vince Cable to stop Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch wants to take complete control of BSkyB, which they say will “increase his stranglehold on the UK’s media”.

The owner of the Times already owns 40% of BSkyB.

“It would give Murdoch even more political influence and could open the doors to biased, right-wing news reporting, like Fox News in the US” — said 38 Degrees in an email to their 100,000 subscribers.

It also said:
Vince Cable has the power to stop Murdoch’s plan. As Business Secretary, he’s got 17 working days to call the deal in for a review. [1] If enough of us stand up to Murdoch and build a big enough petition, we can persuade Cable to make the right decision and block Murdoch’s takeover.

Take 30 seconds to sign our “Vince stand up to Murdoch” petition now:
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/murdoch

Murdoch thinks he has this deal sewn up. There are plenty of people in government who owe him big favours after his papers backed them during the election. Add to that the full force of Murdoch’s media empire and you can be sure that Vince Cable will be feeling the pressure to cave in.

We need to outweigh that pressure with people power. Thousands of us need to tell Vince Cable to stand up to Murdoch.
Sign up from here: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/murdoch

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Uncle Luke Endorses Elena Kagan

By Luther Campbell Thursday, Jul 8 2010

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke analyzes Elena Kagan's nomination to the highest court in the land.


I'm happy to see that Barack Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Even if he doesn't win the next election, by installing two intelligent, nonpartisan women as justices, the president has already cemented his legacy.E Sonia Sotomayor and Kagan (if she is confirmed) will be on the bench long after he has left the Oval Office. In my opinion, Kagan is the perfect person for the job.Collapse )
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OLD NEWS - Democrat Political Operative Attacks Reporter trying to ask question.

So this is old news. Were talking about rachel maddow's yearbook pic and republican gay sex scandals instead.




What is it with democrats attacking reporters these days? Its almost like christian republicans and gay prostitutes.

to the article: http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/01/weekly_standard.html


A supporter of Democratic US Senate candidate Martha Coakley has acknowledged that he acted too aggressively in an incident Tuesday night in which he jostled a reporter for a conservative magazine who was pursuing Coakley for a comment and the reporter fell to the ground.

"Last evening I was a little too aggressive in trying to help the attorney general get to her car and catch a flight," Michael Meehan, a veteran Democratic political operative with Massachusetts ties, said in a statement. He said he had called the reporter, John McCormack of the Weekly Standard, this afternoon to apologize.

McCormack, who reported on the incident Tuesday in a blog item titled, "We Report, We Get Pushed," said he was following Coakley as she left a fund-raiser with his audio recorder in hand, when "a man came up on my right side and made contact with me and I was pushed into a railing. I hit the railing and I hit the ground."

McCormack said Meehan helped him up and asked him if he was all right, but Meehan was "clearly feigning concern" and continued for a few more seconds to block his path to the candidate. The reporter said he tore his pants leg and got a bruise on his leg in the incident, which was caught on a murky video posted on the magazine's website.

McCormack said he eventually caught up with Coakley and tried to ask her a question but was cut off with a "We're done, thanks" from the candidate.

"I clearly did not intend to cause John McCormack to trip and fall over that low fence," Meehan said. "As the video shows and he confirms in his blog, I stopped to help him up and make sure he was OK."

The video appears to show Meehan pushing McCormack to the side as the two walk behind Coakley. McCormack gets in front of Meehan, then falls, and there's a clanging of metal, apparently from the fence. But because of the camera angle, it's not clear exactly why McCormack fell.

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that Meehan had been dispatched by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to help the Coakley campaign hone its message. But DSCC spokesman Eric Schultz said Meehan was acting as a volunteer at the fundraiser.

Coakley, the state's attorney general, is being challenged by Republican state Senator Scott Brown in the race to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Edward M. Kennedy, who held the seat for 47 years. The race, whose outcome could affect the balance of votes on the health care reform bill in Washington, has drawn increasing national attention.

Independent Joseph L. Kennedy, who is no relation to the legendary political family, is also running in the election, which is slated for Tuesday.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/01/weekly_standard.html
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Sharron Angle's Advice For Rape Victims Considering Abortion: Turn Lemons Into Lemonade



Sharron Angle's Advice For Rape Victims Considering Abortion: Turn Lemons Into Lemonade

First Posted: 07- 8-10 11:10 AM | Updated: 07- 8-10 05:11 PM

Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle has moderated a host of policy positions in her transition from a primary candidate to general election contender battling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. One thing she has not backed away from has been her insistence that abortion should be outlawed universally, even in cases of rape and incest.

In a radio interview Angle did in late June, the Tea Party favorite re-affirmed her pro-life sensibilities (rigid, as they are, even within Republican circles), when she insisted that a young girl raped by her father should know that "two wrongs don't make a right." Much good can come from a horrific situation like that, Angle added. Lemons can be made into lemonade.

Stock: Let me bring up one other topic that I rarely talk about here, because it's one of those topics that's a lose-lose, but we've got to talk about it because it was brought up in your TV interview and that has to do with the issue of abortion, and whether or not abortion should be available in the case of rape or incest. The question to you at the time by the interviewer was that do you want the government to go and tell a 13 year-old child who has been raped by her father that she has to have that baby. And of course you responded 'I didn't say that I always say that I value life.' Where do you stand on the issue of abortion, a consensual abortion, from a person who is raped or is pregnant as a result of incest?

Angle: Well right now our law permits that. My own personal feelings and that is always what I express, my personal feeling is that we need to err on the side of life. There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life no matter what it's location, age, gender or disability. So whenever we talk about government and government's role, government's role is to protect life and that's what our Founding Father said, that we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Stock: What do you say then to a young girl, I am going to place it as he said it, when a young girl is raped by her father, let's say, and she is pregnant. How do you explain this to her in terms of wanting her to go through the process of having the baby?

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New Discovery Brings AIDS Breakthrough

U.S. researchers discovered two powerful antibodies that neutralize more than 90 percent of all known strains of the HIV virus in the lab, new research released Thursday showed.

NIH-led scientists discovered the antibodies known as VRCO1 and VRCO2 that prevent most HIV strains from infecting human cells. The find is a potential breakthrough for advancing HIV vaccine design, and antibody therapy for other diseases.

The authors, whose work was due to be published in the July 9 issue of Science, were also able to demonstrate how one of these disease-fighting proteins gets the job done.

"The discovery of these exceptionally broadly neutralizing antibodies to HIV and the structural analysis that explains how they work are exciting advances that will accelerate our efforts to find a preventive HIV vaccine for global use," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health.

"In addition, the technique the teams used to find the new antibodies represents a novel strategy that could be applied to vaccine design for many other infectious diseases," Fauci stressed in a statement.

The team of virologists found that the two antibodies were produced naturally and found in the blood of HIV-positive people.

They were able to isolate these antibodies using a new molecular device they developed. It zeroes in on specific cells that make antibodies against HIV. The device is an HIV protein scientists modified to react only with antibodies specific to the site where the virus binds to cells it infects.

Leading two research teams were NIAID scientists Peter Kwong, Ph.D., John Mascola, MD, and Gary Nabel, MD, Ph.D.

"We have used our knowledge of the structure of a virus — in this case, the outer surface of HIV — to refine molecular tools that pinpoint the vulnerable spot on the virus and guide us to antibodies that attach to this spot, blocking the virus from infecting cells," explained Nabel.

Mascola added that: "the antibodies attach to a virtually unchanging part of the virus, and this explains why they can neutralize such an extraordinary range of HIV strains."


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Old Etonian Michael Gove scraps funding for state school-building programme.

Public anger grows over scrapped school-building programme

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The government faced mounting anger from parents and teachers around the country today over ministers' botched decision to scrap a massive school-building programme.

Tory MPs demanded explanations about the cancellation of projects in their constituencies, and experts warned that millions of pounds earmarked in savings would end up being spent on fighting legal actions from disaffected local authorities.

 

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Collection of articles/photos underscoring the poltically charged mood of Pride Toronto 2010.

Pride parade can’t be ‘everything to everyone’
This year, some members of gay community find they're not as united as they once thought

By Greg McArthur | From Monday's Globe and Mail

Under the canopy of a leafy tree, away from the blazing sun beating down on Church Street revellers, two gay men discover they're not as united as they once thought.

The two friends, 63-year-olds Norm Galliford and Alek Nastajus, are asked about the controversial inclusion of the group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid in Sunday's annual pride parade.

"Dealing with that political issue has nothing to do with being gay," Mr. Galliford says. "You can't be everything to everyone all the time."

Mr. Nastajus jumps in, pointing out that many heterosexuals supported gay rights when it wasn't popular. Now that lesbians and gays are empowered, they have a duty to speak for people who need a voice, he says. "You're obliged to help others who need it."

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And now, an Epic Toronto Pride 2010 picspam. Featuring: protests/counter-protests, beautiful people/colours, vuvuzela-toting beloved local politicians, and [Canadian] fakenews anchors. Custom comment captions added because I'm convinced Im funny like that.



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Gogol Bordello Tackles Immigration Reform in New Music Video

On June 29 gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello announced its plans to officially boycott the state of Arizona over the highly controversial SB 1070, the toughest anti-illegal immigration bill passed in America in decades -- one that requires authorities to demand proof of citizenship papers from anyone they suspect is "an illegal."

Just one week prior, when Gogol Bordello was in Los Angeles for two, back-to-back explosive shows at The Mayan theater, the band also took a day to film the music video for its new song "Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher)" off Trans-Continental Hustle, Gogol's latest album released on Rick Rubin's American Recordings.

Directed by Isaiah Seret and shot partially at restaurant Citizen Smith in Hollywood, the music video depicts the day-to-day life of an immigrant in America and stars members of the band. It's a subject Gogol Bordello knows well and has tackled many times before.

Gogol frontman Eugene Hutz, a Chernobyl refugee who emigrated from the Ukraine to the U.S in 1991, wrote a personal statement to the band's fans online asking them to educate themselves and support The Sound Strike, a group of musicians and bands organized by Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha that are boycotting performing live in Arizona. Hutz wrote:

"Immigration naturally enriches culture and human resource of any country [...] As a band of immigrants we have received both honors and welcomes that reinsure the positive aspects of immigration. And we have been grateful about it to NY ever since. Especially when seeing other countries not doing their best. With my own experience I must say U.S. actually stands out as a better one amongst others. However we can not look the other way when double standard and face control is taken place."

We met up with Gogol's charismatic frontman in L.A. to discuss the politics behind the new music video, the reward in being adventurous, and why the whole concept of VIP can fuck off...

Interview with Hutz at source (LA Weekly)

I love these guys so much <3
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Rich Americans Fiddling While America Burns: "Is a Gold Fiddle! We Can Afford It"

Good to know Mr. Burns wont need our tears of sympathy.

Biggest Defaulters on Mortgages Are the Rich

No need for tears, but the well-off are losing their master suites and saying goodbye to their wine cellars.

The housing bust that began among the working class in remote subdivisions and quickly progressed to the suburban middle class is striking the upper class in privileged enclaves like this one in Silicon Valley.

Whether it is their residence, a second home or a house bought as an investment, the rich have stopped paying the mortgage at a rate that greatly exceeds the rest of the population.

More than one in seven homeowners with loans in excess of a million dollars are seriously delinquent, according to data compiled for The New York Times by the real estate analytics firm CoreLogic.

By contrast, homeowners with less lavish housing are much more likely to keep writing checks to their lender. About one in 12 mortgages below the million-dollar mark is delinquent.

Though it is hard to prove, the CoreLogic data suggest that many of the well-to-do are purposely dumping their financially draining properties, just as they would any sour investment.

“The rich are different: they are more ruthless,” said Sam Khater, CoreLogic’s senior economist.
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Omaha Teen Faces 110 Years In Prison

Cameron Williams Pleads No Contest To Firing At Officer

OMAHA, Neb. -- An Omaha teen struck a plea deal Wednesday, admitting he fired a gun at a police officer.

The 16-year-old boy now faces up to 110 years in prison for his role in that shooting and another.

Cameron Williams will be sentenced on Sept. 20 for second-degree attempted murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

Omaha police pulled over a car on Nov. 20 last year near 84th and F streets because it had expired tags.

Williams, who was 15 at the time, ran from the car while firing shots at Officer Josiah Warren. Warren returned fire, hitting Williams in the chest.

"We know the penalty range and we hope by showing contrition and accepting for some involvement, here's a young man with no prior record … there's hope he will have a productive life later," said the boy's attorney, Glenn Shapiro.

Williams' plea also included a drug-relating shooting in Sarpy County. Prosecutors said Williams was part of a violent robbery near 144th and Harrison streets two months before he shot at Officer Warren.

Williams' mother and grandparents have been supportive of the boy, and were in court for the plea.

Shapiro said even with a loving family, the gang's draw of the street and cash pulled in Williams. He said the boy has accepted responsibility for his violent actions, and hopes the judge shows leniency.

Said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine: "Cameron Williams will do a serious amount of time for a great portion of life for the deeds he did."

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This story was mentioned in a Something Awful thread on the Oscar Grant case, and the reaction to the jury's decision. That anyone could want a 15 year old to spend a great deal of their life behind bars is just...I don't.
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Tired Gay succumbs to Dix in 200 meters

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Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix edged out Tyson Gay in the former world champion's hotly-anticipated return to the 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday.

In the 110 meters hurdles, American David Oliver recorded the fourth fastest 110 meters hurdles of all time with a 12.90 second run.

Gay, who has been battling a nagging hamstring problem for seven weeks, ran his first 200 of the year in 19.76 seconds to finish just shy of Dix, who took control coming off the bend and stayed in front to win in 19.72.

"It wasn't bad, but I was a little fatigued toward the end," Gay said. "I tried to stay relaxed and bring it home, but it wasn't enough."

Dix, who won the 100 meters and placed second at the U.S. nationals last weekend, said his race experience had helped, "but I'm a little beat up, too."

"I was a little sloppy out of the blocks, but I was able to hold on," he added. "Tyson gave me great competition."

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BBC reports that Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani will not be stoned

Update on this post.

The authorities in Iran have announced that a woman convicted of adultery will not be stoned to death.

But it is not clear whether they have lifted the death sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who has been in prison in Tabriz since 2006.

The 43-year-old had already been punished with flogging for an "illicit relationship" outside marriage when another court tried her for adultery.

There has been an international campaign to prevent her being stoned.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said stoning was a "medieval punishment" and that its continued use showed Iran's disregard for human rights.

"If the punishment is carried out, it will disgust and appal the watching world," he told a news conference in London on Thursday.

Under Iran's strict interpretation of Islamic law, sex before marriage is punishable by 100 lashes, but married offenders are sentenced to death by stoning. The stones used must be large enough to cause the condemned pain, but not sufficient to kill immediately.

Ms Ashtiani's lawyer and human rights activists had warned that her execution was imminent, after appeals for clemency were rejected.

In May 2006, a criminal court in East Azerbaijan province found Ms Ashtiani guilty of having had an "illicit relationship" with two men following the death of her husband. She was given 99 lashes.

But that September, during the trial of a man accused of murdering her husband, another court reopened an adultery case based on events that allegedly took place before her husband died.

Despite retracting a confession the she said she had been forced to make under duress, Ms Ashtiani was found guilty.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Sarah Palin (Kinda)

I hailed the cab outside the offices of The Huffington Post around 10:30 P.M., bone-tired, slumping into my seat. Five seconds later, the call came in from a number I didn't recognize. At that moment, I knew I was screwed.

"This is Jonathan Strong at the Daily Caller," said the voice on the other line. "I wanted to ask you about some e-mails you wrote."

Sure enough: screwed. Hours earlier, someone had sent a reporter three e-mails I'd written to JournoList, a private e-mail group created by blogger phenom Ezra Klein. The list included journalists, think-tankers, and academics. I had a bad habit of using it as an idea latrine, talking trash about conservatives and liberals. I had already apologized for these three e-mails, but I knew that whoever sent them to the reporter — whoever had it out for me — possessed an archive of hundreds of similar missives to use against me.

My job, at the time, was covering the conservative movement for The Washington Post. And suddenly the things I said about conservatives were getting flung back at me. The Daily Caller's Strong described what he had found in my e-mails: smack talk about Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh with Friars Club language all over the place. (If someone had passed me a cache of damaging e-mails or voicemails from a media figure or a congressman or a Kardashian — a cache of e-mails or voicemails that would make them look terrible — I'd call them for comment and then hit "print." Of course I would. But I wasn't in that position. I was a Kardashian.)

"I'm trying to understand this," Strong said. "I mean, do you hate conservatives?"

This question had a physical impact; it was like jumping out of water too quickly. I instantly realized that I was no longer a reporter — temporarily, but I didn't know that at the time — and had become an Embattled Reporter: a Controversial Figure at the Center of a Media Firestorm.

I asked Strong if he was taping the call. He was. That was good to know, because it suppressed the instinct I'd seen from other Controversial Figures at the Center of a Media Firestorm: the instinct to wriggle out of the story. If I stammered, I'd be quoted stammering. If I bargained to kill the story, the bargaining would be the story. I quickly decided not to bargain. Strong got everything he wanted from me: confirmation of the quotes and a personal defense mixed with an apology. After the call I contacted the Post, explained what would be published about me the next morning, and offered to resign. Soon after Strong's story went up early on June 25, the resignation was accepted.

That fish-out-of-water feeling was back.

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I followed this scandal while it happened (and got in a three-hour debate with this obsessed Media Research Center tool about it), it's really dumb that you can call a Supreme Court justice a child molester (Erick Erickson) or say that Hitler was misunderstood (Pat Buchanan) and keep your job, but make a mean joke about Matt Drudge and you have to quit.
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Kitties Rescued by US Marine Soldiers in Afghanistan



In Afghanistan, in the midst of war, many animals are lost and separated from their family. Many are found later by troops from the US, UK and Canada. Soldiers rescue these animals and get help from rescue groups that help them send these animals out of the country and to a forever loving home that they deserve.

Three US marine soldiers, Brian Chambers, Chris Berry and Aaron Shaw, started a mission to help bring home the kittens they have befriended while serving in Afghanistan. With generous donations from cat lovers and help from Noward Dogs animal rescue, Kiki and Keykey, two lovely ginger kitties, have successfully made it home in the US. Unfortunately 2 other cats, Simba and Ra-Ko, lost the battle against their illnesses a few weeks ago.

Kiki and his sister Bones were found by Brian Chambers, a US marine.

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