July 27th, 2010

Uncle V wants you

Oregon Tea Party steals Anonymous' slogan; Anonymous takes it back


Gawker: Oregon Tea Party Borrows 4chan's Slogan

We've asked whether hacker website 4chan is a cyberbully. We've asked what they have against 11-year-old girls. But has anyone thought to ask about 4chan's political persuasion? Because Oregon's Tea Party just stole their slogan.

4chan's menacing creed has turned up in a most unlikely place. It appears in Oregon Tea Party recruitment material (and in the hands of a middle-aged Oregonian woman, left, who prefaces it with "As a Mom...") If any local Tea Party members have yet to realize where the slogan originated, that should be pretty clear as soon as 4chan finishes taking down the remains of the Oregon Tea Party's Facebook page. [Geekosystem, TNW, via Arken]

According to the page at Geekosystem, Anonymous flooded the Oregon Tea Party's page with "Desus, Heracrosses, and links to sex toy websites, among other things."  The most recent update says that "The Oregon Tea Party will no longer be using the slogan."  Also, the Oregon Tea Party's wall is now blank.



Tom Tancredo: How to Lose Allies & Alienate Voters

Tom Tancredo WILL Run As Third Party Candidate For Governor

In a move that complicates Republican efforts to take back the Colorado governor's office, former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo said Monday that he plans to change parties and run on the American Constitution Party ticket.

Tancredo issued a terse, one-sentence statement saying he intends to register his new party affiliation with the secretary of state then seek the nomination for governor.

He believes Republican candidates Scott McInnis and Dan Maes have no chance of beating Democrat John Hickenlooper in November.
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Tancredo's New Home In The Constitution Party: A Religious, Paleoconservative Group Without Much Electoral Success

So what exactly is the Constitution Party, the group that former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) is now joining in order to run for governor of Colorado?

The Constitution Party is a religiously conservative, right-wing party founded in 1992 -- and a group that has not yet had success in Colorado politics, though they hope that Tancredo might provide a breakthrough. If Tancredo wants to use this third-party platform to beat the Republican nominee -- either Scott McInnis or Dan Maes -- and likely Democratic nominee Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Tancredo will have to buck history. In the 2008 election in Colorado, the party's presidential nominee Chuck Baldwin received 6,233 votes, 0.257% of the votes in the state.

Overall, the Constitution Party's positions could be described as religious conservative and paleoconservative. They also strongly reject neoconservatism and American internationalism as threats to the country's independence and sovereignty.
For example, in 2008 they nominated Chuck Baldwin, defeating Alan Keyes' attempt to win its nomination, with the Iraq War as a key issue. Keyes is a strong supporter of the Iraq War, while Baldwin described it as "the illegal, immoral, unconstitutional war that has resulted in the slaughter of four thousand American soldiers and untold innocent Iraqis." And at their convention, Baldwin won by a landslide.

There was also an effort in 1996 to recruit Pat Buchanan as its presidential candidate, the party's national chairman Jim Clymer told TPMDC, though this bid failed.

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Colorado Tea Partyers say Tancredo betrayed them

Leaders of 21 state Tea Party groups, representing about 10,000 people, said Sunday they have been betrayed by Tom Tancredo and in an open letter beseeched the former congressman not to run for governor as a third-party candidate.

Tancredo has given Republican gubernatorial candidates until noon today to commit to pulling out of the governor's race after the primary if polls show the winner trailing Democrat John Hickenlooper.

If that doesn't happen, Tancredo says, he'll run for governor as the American Constitution Party candidate.

Tancredo's declaration last week — the most recent drama to plague the state's GOP gubernatorial primary — sparked anger among the diffuse Tea Party groups around Colorado.

Those leaders say it was Tancredo who had always urged them to work within the Republican Party, rather than splinter it. He has long inspired fierce loyalty from the groups because of his stance on illegal immigration.

"Together our groups strongly urge you to reconsider, withdraw your ultimatum, stay in the Republican Party, let the process play out for the governor's race," said the letter signed by 21 active Tea Party and 9.12 groups. "In other words, to trust and respect the newly awakened, energized and informed voters of Colorado."
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The Long Strategy

I was a liberal Democrat when I was young. I used to wear a green Army jacket with political buttons on it — for Hubert Humphrey, Birch Bayh, John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt. I even wore that jacket in my high school yearbook photo.

It’s a magic green jacket. I can put it on today and, suddenly, my mind shifts back to the left. I start thinking like a Democrat, feeling a strange accompanying hunger for brown rice.

When I put on that magic jacket today, I feel beleaguered but kind of satisfied. I feel beleaguered because the political winds are blowing so ferociously against “my” party. But I feel satisfied because the Democrats have overseen a bunch of programs that, while unappreciated now, are probably going to do a lot of good in the long run. Collapse )

more at source

I don't know why but I don't like this guy. He's condescending and man-splaining and it pisses me off. Also, why can't I add any tags?
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Glenn Beck dream of sparking a revolutionary assassination body count is coming closer to reality

Remember that story about a week or so ago about the guy who the California Cops pulled over for drunk driving and he started shooting at him and afterwards they found a stash of weapons and that he was on his way to do some political assassinating?

Well, he got the inspiration from Glenn Beck. At least, his target came straight from Glenn Beck since hardly anyone knows the group whom he was targeting except for Glenn Beck's spotlight on it.

Glenn Beck's Incendiary Angst Is Dangerously Close To Having A Body Count
Eric Boehlert
Senior Fellow, Media Matters for America
Posted: July 27, 2010 09:23 AM

On his Monday radio show, Glenn Beck highlighted claims that before he started targeting a little-known, left-leaning organization called the Tides Foundation on his Fox News TV show, "nobody knew" what the non-profit was.

Indeed, for more than a year Beck has been portraying the progressive organization as a central player in a larger, nefarious cabal of Marxist/socialist/Nazi Obama-loving outlets determined to destroy democracy in America. Beck has routinely smeared the low-profile entity for being staffed by "thugs" and "bullies" and involved in "the nasty of the nastiest," like indoctrinating schoolchildren and creating a "mass organization to seize power."

As Media Matters reported, the conspiratorial host had mentioned (read: attacked) the little-known progressive organization nearly 30 times on his Fox program alone since it premiered in 2009, including several mentions in the last month. (Beck's the only TV talker who regularly references the foundation, according to our Nexis searches.)

So yes, Beck has done all he can to scare the hell out of people about the Tides Foundation and "turn the light of day" onto an organization that actually facilitates non-profit giving.

And guess what? Everybody in America would have found out about the Tides Foundation last week if Byron Williams had had his way. He's the right-wing, government-hating, gun-toting nut who strapped on his body armor, stocked a pickup truck with guns and ammo, and set off up the California coast to San Francisco in order to start killing employees at the previously obscure Tides Foundation in hopes of sparking a political revolution.
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Jeremy Hunt strikes again: Possible proposal to charge for BBC Iplayer use

Viewers who watch TV on computer face licence fee, minister hints

Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, has hinted that he may discuss the plan with Mark Thompson, the Director General of the BBC, when the corporation's funding review takes place next year.

The Conservative MP appeared to hint on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that those who do not own a TV but watch programmes on their PCs and laptops through devices such as BBC's iPlayer may end up paying the £145.50 licence fee.

  Here is a picture of Jeremy Hunt.

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At Military Contractor’s Trial, a $100,000 Buckle

Several years ago, David H. Brooks, the chief executive and chairman of a body-armor company enriched by United States military contracts, became fixated on the idea of a memory-erasing pill.

It was not just fanciful curiosity. A veterinarian who cared for his stable of racehorses said Mr. Brooks continually talked about the subject, pressing him repeatedly to supply the pill. According to Dr. Seth Fishman, the veterinarian, Mr. Brooks said he had a specific recipient in mind: Dawn Schlegel, the former chief financial officer of the company he led until 2006, DHB Industries.

There is no memory-erasing pill. And so Mr. Brooks sat and listened this year as Ms. Schlegel, her memory apparently intact and keen, spent 23 days testifying against him in a highly unusual trial in United States District Court on Long Island that has been highlighted by sweeping accusations of fraud, insider trading, and company-financed personal extravagance.

DHB, which specialized in making body armor used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, paid for more than $6 million in personal expenses on behalf of Mr. Brooks, covering items as expensive as luxury cars and as prosaic as party invitations, Ms. Schlegel testified.

Also included were university textbooks for his daughter, pornographic videos for his son, plastic surgery for his wife, a burial plot for his mother, prostitutes for his employees, and, for him, a $100,000 American-flag belt buckle encrusted with rubies, sapphires and diamonds.

More salacious deets at the source
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Attorney in Iran stoning case remains missing

An attorney representing an imprisoned Iranian woman facing possible execution by stoning remained missing Tuesday, although his wife and brother-in-law were in custody, a human rights activist said.

Mohammad Mostafaei's wife and brother-in-law were being held at Tehran's Evin prison, said Mina Ahadi, chairwoman of the International Committee against Execution and Stoning. Neither has had access to a lawyer, she said.

Mostafaei's father-in-law was contacted by officials Monday, who told him that both his children would be freed in exchange for Mostafaei himself, Ahadi said. She said Monday that Mostafaei's office has been closed.

Mostafaei represents Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, who was convicted of adultery in 2006 and was originally sentenced to death by stoning. The sentence was put on hold earlier this month after an international outcry.

Protesters rallied worldwide Saturday in support of Ashtiani, pushing for her release.

Earlier this month, Mostafaei told CNN that his client confessed to the crime after being subjected to 99 lashes with a whip. She later recanted the confession and has denied wrongdoing, he said.

Iranian state media reported this month that the nation's judiciary chief halted the execution of Ashtiani.

"Although the verdict still stands and is definite, the execution has been halted on humanitarian grounds from the order of the honorable judiciary chief, and will not be implemented at this time," Malek Ajdar Sharifi, a judiciary official in East Azerbaijan province, told Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency.

There is no clear timeline for Ashtiani's case, Ahadi said Tuesday. The imprisoned woman has two attorneys, and Ahadi was expecting an update from the second. He must get an appointment with authorities in order to move forward on the case, she said.

Sufjan Smile

Letting Wall Street off the hook

"Speak softly and carry a big stick." That was a phrase coined by President Theodore Roosevelt to describe the foreign policy of the American empire.

A century later, the Obama administration seems to have adopted Roosevelt's slogan in its dealings with the Wall Street financial system--but with a few changes. The White House strategy toward Wall Street can be summed up as: "Speak loudly, and carry nothing at all."

The Obama administration and Democrats in Congress are hailing financial reform legislation--known as the Dodd-Frank bill, after its sponsors, Sen. Christopher Dodd and Rep. Barney Frank--as the "toughest" measures taken to regulate the big banks and financial markets since the Great Depression.

In order to further underline the administration's "hard line," a few days before Barack Obama signed the bill, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made a big show of announcing the settlement of a fraud complaint against super-bank Goldman Sachs. The complaint concerned Goldman's scheme, cooked up with hedge fund boss John Paulson, to create an investment that was designed to fail, thereby enriching Paulson and Goldman.

But the $550 million settlement with the SEC, though unprecedented, is chump change for a firm that posted more than $16 billion in revenues in the first six months of 2010 alone--and that paid another $16 billion in employee bonuses in 2009.

Like the Goldman suit, the Wall Street reform law that Obama signed to great fanfare won't cause more than a ripple on Wall Street.
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Source: Socialist Worker

Ideal reform would have placed regulation well, well outside of the oversight of the federal reserve, would have consisted of proper measures to curb predatory speculation (see: the recent food bubbles and starvation speculation had caused globally), would have required banks to remain signifigantly more 'solevent' (a more balanced debt-asset ratio), and would have considered actual measures to combat corporatist collusion. Instead, the symbiotic relationship between Washington and business remains, as it has nearly unabated for the decades past.

Eugene V. Debs said it best almost a century ago
The Republican and Democratic parties, or, to be more exact, the Republican-Democratic party, represent the capitalist class in the class struggle. They are the political wings of the capitalist system and such differences as arise between them relate to spoils and not to principles.
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Oil spewing from well near Louisiana marsh

Adding insult to the Gulf's injury, a wellhead hit by a tug boat is now spewing oil near a Louisiana marsh area, officials said Tuesday.

The oil is shooting up 20 feet into the air, the office of Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said.

The well is in inland waterways on the border of Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes, about 65 miles south of New Orleans, and in a marsh area not accessible by road.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts was quoted as saying by WWL-TV in New Orleans that "there is a pretty good amount of oil flowing there." He did not have a more specific estimate.

Jefferson Parish officials said emergency crews were at the site assessing how to deal with the spill.

They added that the tug boat hit the well before dawn. The tug boat captain immediately notified officials, and another boat later called in the leak.

Officials fear the well is also leaking natural gas since boats reported seeing a gas cloud and oil on the water near the wellhead.

Who operates the well was not immediately clear.


...great.  Just great.

Amy and Rory and the Doctor

Anger in Cambodia Over Khmer Rouge Sentence

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — For 30 years since the brutal Khmer Rouge regime was driven from power, Cambodians have lived with unresolved trauma, with skulls and bones from killing fields still lying in the open and with parents hiding the pain of their past from their children.

On Monday, Cambodia took a significant step toward addressing its harsh past with the first conviction of a major Khmer Rouge figure in connection with the deaths of 1.7 million people from 1975 to 1979.

But some survivors were distraught over what they saw as a lenient sentence, one that could possibly allow the defendant, Kaing Guek Eav, 67, commonly known as Duch, to walk free one day.

A United Nations-backed court found Duch (pronounced DOIK), the commandant of the central Khmer Rouge prison, Tuol Sleng, guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity and sentenced him to 35 years in prison for overseeing the torture and killing of more than 14,000 people. The court reduced that term to 19 years because of time already served and in compensation for a period of illegal military detention.

“I am not satisfied!” cried one of the few survivors, Chum Mey, 79, who had testified in excruciating detail about his 12 days of torture. “We are victims two times, once in the Khmer Rouge time and now once again.”

He was shouting in agitation in the muddy courtyard outside the tribunal building.

“His prison is comfortable, with air-conditioning, food three times a day, fans and everything,” he said. “I sat on the floor with filth and excrement all around.”

It was the first time in Cambodia’s modern history that a senior government official had been made accountable for serious human rights violations and the first time such a trial had been held that met international standards of justice.


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Source and check out the photo essay  with the man who found Comrade Duch in 1999.

Mods, could we get a Cambodia tag?

As Democrats are Spineless Cowards, Republicans are Brainless Idiots

Winner In Florida's Republican Gov Primary Emerges: Democrat Alex Sink

As the unexpectedly contested Florida Republican gubernatorial primary enters its final month, a winner has started to emerge after the millions in negative TV ads plastered across the state by state Attorney General Bill McCollum and wealthy businessman Rick Scott -- and that lucky candidate is Democratic candidate Alex Sink.

Last week, a fresh poll of the governor's race showed that despite being the third wheel in the second-most entertaining Florida political soap opera of the year, Sink has managed to pull ahead of both Republican candidates in general election matchups, thanks to tanking favorability numbers for both Scott and McCollum.

According to local press reports out of Florida, Republicans are starting to get nervous about Scott, the frontrunner for the party's nomination.
Scott looks like the guy who'll win Aug. 24, leaving Florida Republicans with perhaps the most damaged Republican candidate for governor since Jim Giibbons. Even if Scott somehow loses to McCollum, his spending (plus McCollum's own problems of course) have Democrats overjoyed with the situation. In fact, things have played out in Sink's favor beyond the Democrats' wildest hopes ever since Scott jumped into the race back in April.

"Not even Aaron Sorkin could have written a script this good," one Washington Democrat told me.

In recent days, focus has shifted away from how McCollum might bounce back and win the GOP nomination to what Republicans will do with Scott as their nominee. Some party leaders have said they're nervous about Scott's lack of ties to the party while others have said that the ugly war between Scott and McCollum is driving them to Sink's camp.

Meanwhile, Sink has quietly been campaigning off on her own and seeing her poll numbers rise. The Democratic source with knowledge of Sink's efforts pointed out that Sink, the state's Chief Financial Officer, has stuck to the campaign trail and stayed above the fray as Scott and McCollum have dragged their own primary race into the mud.

Sink appears to have, so far, beaten back the potential threat from political scion Bud Chiles, the son of a legendary Democratic governor who is running as an independent. Chiles is polling in the low double-digits, but so far hasn't emerged as much of an issue for Sink.

And with a month to go until the GOP primary, there's more good news for Sink: neither Scott nor McCollum show any sign of quieting down anytime soon. McCollum had been struggling against Scott's self-financed juggernaut of a campaign, but he just got a big infusion of cash from the state's public financing system which should help him stay on the air through the end of the primary. Scott, meanwhile, has spent $22.9 million so far and will likely spend more as things roll on.

The final result of the GOP primary may be closer than people think -- McCollum has been around a longtime in Florida politics, and it's unlikely he'll give up on beating Scott before it's all over. But whomever takes home the most Republican votes on Primary Day, if things continue as they are, the real winner on August 24 will probably be Alex Sink.
Shaun of the dismayed

British girls undergo horror of genital mutilation despite tough laws

Like any 12-year-old, Jamelia was excited at the prospect of a plane journey and a long summer holiday in the sun. An avid reader, she had filled her suitcases with books and was reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when her mother came for her. "She said, 'You know it's going to be today?' I didn't know exactly what it would entail but I knew something was going to be cut. I was made to believe it was genuinely part of our religion."

She went on: "I came to the living room and there were loads of women. I later found out it was to hold me down, they bring lots of women to hold the girl down. I thought I was going to be brave so I didn't really need that. I just lay down and I remember looking at the ceiling and staring at the fan.

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When the Draft just isn't all encompasing enough! Congressional WTFery in action!

Slavery bill H.R. 5741 is now in debate

H.R. 5741 is currently being argued in the house of representatives. If passed, H.R. 5741 will give the president the power to require 2 years of compulsory service from every US resident between ages 18 and 42. That's not a misprint: everyone between ages eighteen and forty-two will be required to serve in any capacity at the president's whim.

This bill will destroy US commerce as citizens are reassigned to service. The bill's sponsor is Charles Rangel, a democrat from New York. The bill does not yet have a co-sponsor. It was introduced on July 15th and is now before the armed services committee.

Prison Planet reports, "Under this new legislation nearly all, able bodied Americans will be sentenced to two years of forced labor. The infrastructure is already in place for those unwilling to participate in mandatory service and now the army is looking to fill it’s ranks with Interment/Resettlement Specialists."

"The slavery bill is currently in debate in the House Committee on Armed Services chaired by Rep Ike Skelton a democrat from Missouri. Those who oppose mandatory slavery should contact Rep. Skelton. Many bills die in committee and this bill should meet the same fate."

The slavery bill H.R. 5741 is now being debated. It will allow the president to require 2 years of service between every US resident between 18 and 42. The Libertarian Examiner says. "The bill HR5741 is government sanctioned slavery. Read it and weep."


HR5741: Slavery has come back to the US

America- The bill HR5741 is government sanctioned slavery. Read it and weep.

According to opencongress.org, It was introduced on July 15th by Charles Rangel D-NY. You know what to do.

The defining paragraph reads,

'To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.'

It does exactly that, and then goes on to state that,

'It is the obligation of every citizen of the United States, and every other person residing in the United States, who is between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of national service as prescribed in this title unless exempted under the provisions of this title.'

The exceptions include things like,

'(1) extreme hardship' under the deferments section; and

'(4) Such other grounds as the President may establish.' under the Early Termination section.

The bill gets eve more interesting for conscientious objectors.

'(b) Alternative Noncombatant or Civilian Service- A person who claims exemption from combatant training and service under subsection (a) and whose claim is sustained by the local board shall--
(1) be assigned to noncombatant service (as defined by the President), if the person is inducted into the uniformed services; or
(2) be ordered by the local board, if found to be conscientiously opposed to participation in such noncombatant service, to perform national civilian service for the period specified in section 104(a) and subject to such regulations as the President may prescribe.'

Section 201 allows the drafting and induction of females as well. Women are now fully included in not only war, but any non-combat or civilian role that the president deems necessary. Morale, for example. The powers granted by this bill are vague enough that anything goes.


I agree that the articles sampled run high with rhetoric, but I wanted to get the bills existence out there and main stream media is ignoring its existence so I had to go to a libertarian site.
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Warren Jeffs's Conviction Overturned

Supreme Court: Jeffs gets new trial

The Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed polygamous sect leader Warren S. Jeffs’ conviction on two counts of rape as an accomplice and sent the case back for a new trial, saying there were “serious errors” in instructions given to the jury that deprived Jeffs of a fair hearing.

The justices unanimously ruled 5th District Judge James Shumate erred when he rejected a defense request to instruct jurors that in order to convict, they must find that in performing a marriage Jeffs knew unwanted sex would take place and intended for a rape to occur.

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Commie presidential terrorists! They come with drugs!

Fear invades the campaign

PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party) resorts to old ghosts, tries to scare voter by linking PT (Worker's Party) to terrorist groups and organized crime

The command of the José Serra (PSDB-São Paulo) campaign has put fear in the heart of the Brazilian presidential race. It all began with the surprising interview of Serra's running mate, Indio da Costa (DEM-Rio de Janeiro), for the party's website saying PT (Lula's party) is connected to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and drug trafficking.

At first, party leaders gave the idea that Indio was just an isolated voice
- not to mention unguided and inconsequent. Gradually, however, it became clear that he was following a prearranged script. Very well led by the top chiefs of PSDB and DEM, Serra's running mate served as springboard for a campaign strategy: using the good old and worn fear tactics. He sought to create ghosts in the head of the voter to take votes from the PT candidate for president, Dilma Rousseff.

Such tactics, by definition, disqualify the political debate. The ones Who use it are willing to work not with reason but with radical and confusing feelings. They distance themselves from any rational arguments, to try to enchant a more uninformed audience or one which already collects deep prejudices. It's a dangerous game: "negative campaigns may even increase the rejection of its sponsoring candidate," says political scientist José Paulo Martins Jr. But the toucans decided to risk it.

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FONTE (yes, it's translated, bitches. It was A LOT of work. Hope it makes enough sense :-p)

ast week of winter break, so I decided to post this while I still had time. Pretty easy to understand even if you don't know much about Brazilian politics. And it clearly is all about calling the opposition out on their bullshit, so not much about the other candidacies.
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Marriage Rally Draws Large, Vocal Crowd To Capitol
The National Organization for Marriage had loud opposition at a bus tour stop in Madison.

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 -- 5:25pm
By Zac Schultz

Madison: The National Organization for Marriage has spent the summer traveling from city to city putting on rallies in support of traditional marriage between a man and a woman.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) says the script is the same for each rally. "They've been doing this in spots, not where they think they have supporters but where they think there will be a large opposition rally and then they tell you how intolerant the opposition is."
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I marched with the LGBTQ and allied community of south central Wisconsin, and it was AWESOME. There were only about forty people with the NOM folks, but at least two hundred of us. At first the protest organizers were discouraging us from getting closer to the NOM rally, but then some of us start walking up the Capitol steps anyway. The police were getting nervous at how many of us there were, especially with all the shouting, so they started telling people to move back away from the yellow police line around the NOM folks.

A couple of people and I stayed up close to listen and take pictures, and you know what? I heard nothing new from these people. They brought out the same old bullshit about kids needing a mom and a dad, and all of the Biblical arguments, and they went on and on about how we, the protestors, were yelling because we're Scared Of The Truth, whatever that means.

Their speakers included Bishop Robert Morlino, Pastor Ron Dobie of Christ the King Community Church of Madison, NOM President Brian Brown, Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action, and the queen bee herself, Maggie Gallagher. Also, State Senator Glenn Grothman spoke, and he went on about how when we, the queers, hold rallies, no one ever shows up to shout us down. Well, Senator, that's probably because you know there's way more of us!

Here are all of my pictures from the day, although they're all out of order because technology and I don't get along sometimes.

Homophobe Supports "Till Death Do Us Part"

National Organization For Marriage Activist Sign: The ‘Solution To Gay Marriage’ Is Lynching Same-Sex Couples

The National Organization For Marriage (NOM) has embarked on a disastrous 23-city “Summer for Marriage Tour 2010,” spreading the gospel of one-man-one-woman marriage to tens of supporters and encountering well organized counter protests in almost every city. Yesterday, the The Bilerico Project’s Bil Browning attended a NOM rally in Indianapolis, Indiana and found that while “over 250 LGBT and allied folks protested the rally,” “only 40 fundies showed up.” Among the small crowd of so-called traditional marriage supporters was a man holding a sign reminiscent of the Jim Crowe era. It showed two yellow nooses and a bible passage suggesting that gay couples should be put to death:

Over NOM’s objections, a NOM tour tracker from the Courage Campaign interviewed Larry Adams, the man holding the sign, who revealed that he had struggled with homosexual tendencies before discovering the bible:

NOM STAFFER TO ADAMS: We don’t want anything inflammatory, we’re here in love. [...]

ADAMS: If homosexuality was punished like it was supposed to be, there wouldn’t be so much homosexuality out here….

COURAGE CAMPAIGN: Have you ever had that temptation?

ADAMS: Oh yea…I know it is from the devil so I avoided it…. I was all confused myself until about 40 years old and started reading the bible…and now I know what’s right and what’s wrong. The bible says, then I believe it.
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New image for New Labour?

The attempts by former leaders of New Labour to makeover their image in the wake of the last disastrous election would be funny if they weren't such despicable people.

IT LOOKS like the next stage of the New Labour project is for the leaders to become proper celebrities. Peter Mandelson's doing well so far, with his advert for The Times being impressively putrid, in which he publicizes the serialization of his book by sitting in a camp Gothic pose purring "I am the Prince of Darkness."

But it fails in one respect, that the reason he's called the Prince of Darkness isn't because he played Dracula in a film or always wore a cloak, it's because he really is the Prince of bloody Darkness. It's like the difference between one of the Chuckle Brothers doing an advert where he says: "I'm a nutcase I am," and one in which a similar line was said by Raoul Moat.

In some ways Mandelson's advert is even creepier, as he adopts the posture of a girl on one of those soft porn channels, and you expect him to take off his shirt, run a finger slowly down his chest and sigh: "Hello. I like to spin things. Have you get anything you'd like me to, hmmm, spin?"

But Alastair Campbell was ahead of him, the publication of his book propelling him on to game shows and panel shows, where he joined in with scripted gags about false documents like he was a proper celebrity. If he's asked by any other inquiry whether he has any regrets about supporting the war in Iraq he'll say: "Certainly not. For if I hadn't played such a prominent role I'd never have been invited on to Celebrity Come Dine With Me."

Then he'll issue a 12-inch club mix dance version of his denial of a sexed-up dossier, and appear on GMTV to reveal how he kept his skin so soft after David Kelly's suicide.

Maybe it's part of the plan for Brown to keep a low profile for a while, as this will make it all the more dramatic when they all get together with Blair for the comeback tour, which will close each night with them doing Blair's speech for Diana as a four-part harmony.

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Source: Socialist Worker

Obama says WikiLeaks concern him, but don't reveal issues already known to public?

Afghan document leaks a concern: Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama says he is concerned about the leak of thousands of secret documents about the war in Afghanistan that were published by the website WikiLeaks, but he added that they do not reveal any new issues.

"While I'm concerned about the disclosure of sensitive information from the battlefield that could potentially jeopardize individuals or operations, the fact is these documents don't reveal any issues that haven't already informed our public debate on Afghanistan," Obama said during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House on Tuesday.

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Here's a second interesting article:

Barack Obama, an avowed enemy of media leaks, deals with yet another

WASHINGTON - The White House says classified Pentagon information about the Afghan war leaked to the Internet represents no threat to national security, but within the Oval Office, Barack Obama is proving to be one of the most anti-leak U.S. presidents in recent history. Collapse )

Was not expecting Obama to 'downplay' the impact of the leaks like this. It stands in stark contrast to the way Robert Gibbs handled WH press inquiries into news of the leak just a day or two ago, not to mention Admiral Mark Mullen's reaction. It's as if the WH/JCS arent coordinating their poker faces. In any case, the 2nd article seems to provide insight into all that.

Blinking emphasis mine, clearly, and is perhaps interesting to consider together with Obama's claim that nothing about the leak was Brand New Information™.

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Re-Airing Of Problematic Antitrans Family Guy Episode

While I was on the road last night from Las Vegas (where NetRoots Nation 2010 was held) to San Diego (the city I call home sweet home), Fox Television re-aired a problematic Family Guy episode that they had promised the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the transgender community that they would not air again.

From the glaadBLOG's Fox Planning to Re-Air Problematic Episode of Family Guy:
In May, Fox aired a highly offensive episode of Family Guy in which Quagmire's dad transitioned to become a woman named Ida and featured numerous jokes that were offensive to the transgender community. GLAAD reached out to Fox and asked that the episode not re-air. Despite this, GLAAD has learned that Fox will re-air the "Quagmire's Dad" episode of Family Guy this Sunday, July 25.

Earlier this month, Fox also opted to re-air the problematic "A Brown Thanksgiving" episode of The Cleveland Show, despite
assuring GLAAD that the episode would not be shown again during meetings that followed its original airing.

The "Quagmire's Dad" Family Guy episode featured scenes such as one in which food prepared by Ida is thrown in the trash by Lois Griffin and another in which Brian Griffin vomits after having sex with Ida and learning about her gender identity. Community members also expressed concern about a later scene that draws a connection between transgender people and sex offenders.
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Ex-students admit humiliating South Africa workers

Four white South Africans have been convicted of humiliating five black university domestic staff after a video of the incident was posted online.

The men, all students at the University of the Free State at the time, had been on trial but earlier pleaded guilty to crimen injuria.

The video showed the five staff being made to kneel and forced to eat food which had apparently been urinated on by one of the students.

The video of a mock initiation ceremony caused a national outcry and protests against racism when it surfaced in 2008.

The BBC's Karen Allen, in court in the predominantly white town of Bloemfontein, says the trial has been seen as deeply symbolic in a country trying to come to grips with its racially divided past, 16 years after the end of white minority rule.

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College Students Hide Hunger, Homelessness

by Gloria Hillard

For many college students and their families, rising tuition costs and a tough economy are presenting new challenges as college bills come in.

This has led to a little-known but growing population of financially stressed students, who are facing hunger and sometimes even homelessness.

UCLA has created an Economic Crisis Response Team to try to identify financially strapped students and help keep them in school.
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He turned him into a Newt! And he didn't get better!

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appeared last night on Greta Van Susteren's show, elaborating on his opposition to the building of a Muslim community center near Ground Zero in New York City. During his appearance, Gingrich ended up making it clear that he doesn't oppose mosques in all of New York -- just in this particular spot.

"You know, there are over a hundred mosques in New York City. I favor religious freedom," said Gingrich. "I'm quite happy if they'd come in and said, 'We want to build a community center near Central Park, we'd like to build a community center near Columbia University.' But they didn't. They said right at the edge of a place where, let's be clear, thousands of Americans were killed in an attack by radical Islamists."

Gingrich wrote last week, opposing the center: "There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over."

His latest remarks here do show some flexibility, however, and some clarification into the matter of what Matt Yglesias has called the "mosque exclusion zone."

I live in New York City. I'm Jewish, as are many of my friends.

We would go down to Ground Zero and build the Mosque ourselves.

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ONTD_Political's PotD: July 27, 2010.

[July 14, 2010 marked]  the final day of the Spanish festival of San Fermin, a nine-day festival held since 1591. Tens of thousands of foreign visitors descend on Pamplona, Spain each year for revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights. Although the tradition of bullfighting remains strong in Pamplona, opposition from animal rights groups remains high, and the parliament of the nearby Spanish province of Catalonia will soon be voting on a motion to outlaw bullfighting altogether. One new recent restriction in Pamplona - no vuvuzelas allowed. Sale of the noisy horns has been banned by the local government. Collected here are several photos of this years events in Pamplona, Spain.
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Haiti rescue dog returns home

 A rescue dog, which helped recover bodies and look for survivors of the Haiti earthquake disaster, has finally returned home to Greater Manchester (UK)

Echo the Labrador was greeted by children at Oldham fire station after six months in quarantine.

The six-year-old explored dilapidated buildings still shaking from aftershocks after the devastating earthquake in January.

His handler, Mike Dewar, said he worked relentlessly.

Mr Dewar, dog team manager, conducted more than 40 searches with Echo and said he witnessed some horrific sights.
"It was hard work out there, especially for Echo who was having to cope with having a full winter coat in temperatures reaching 100C (37C)," he said.

"He worked himself to a standstill. After seven days he was suffering from sheer heat exhaustion and we had to put him on a drip for 24 hours."

But a day later Echo was searching a Caribbean market that had been destroyed by the earthquake, which measured at least 7.1 on the Richter scale.

Mr Dewar said: "The market was probably one of the worst places to go searching, Echo was literally having to run over dead bodies as he hunted for survivors."

Echo has returned from quarantine "larger than life", Mr Dewar said, "and is ready for the next challenge".

County fire officer Steve McGuirk added: "It gives us great pleasure to welcome Echo back home."

"I'm sure I will be joined in that sentiment by the team members who worked alongside Echo in Haiti, all personnel in Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and the public of Greater Manchester, who have sent many kind messages of support while Echo was in quarantine."

Echo, a seven-year-old Labrador, joined a team of 64 firefighters including 11 members of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service who dashed to the Caribbean island following the disaster.Search dog Echo helped in the Haiti rescue
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source: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-10771956

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