August 11th, 2010

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2010 Census was $1.6 billion under budget

The U.S. Census Bureau plans to give at least $1.6 billion back to the government later this year because the 2010 Census came in under budget, officials said Tuesday.

Congress appropriated $14.7 billion over 12 years for this year’s headcount. Preparations for the 2010 count began in 1999 with early planning meetings, but more than half of the money was spent this year.

The 2010 Census was still the most expensive in American history, but census budgets have climbed every decade since 1950 as the American population and number of households increases. The Census Bureau managed to return $305 million from a $7 billion total budget in 2000.

The American public earned much of the credit from Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Census Director Robert Groves formally announce the total savings. They noted that this year's 72 percent response rate matched the 2000 Census and helped control costs on the labor-intensive follow up process.

"This did not happen by chance," Locke told reporters, adding that "We demanded accountability and stretched every dollar as far as it could go."

The 565,000 temporary workers hired to conduct follow up interviews at the 47 million households that didn't return census forms were more educated and experienced than previous years, Locke said. That's due mostly to a higher number of unemployed overqualified applicants seeking jobs amid the economic slump. The added work experience meant workers spent less money and time on travel and completed their work more quickly.

"That highly skilled workforce came up with efficiencies on their own and ideas that were then incorporated community-wide and then system-wide," Locke said, noting that many workers had worked on mobilization and street organizing efforts with Democratic and Republican political campaigns.

A lack of major natural disasters, few technical glitches and an unprecedented multilingual advertising campaign also helped keep the costs down, officials said.

It's still unknown exactly how much will go back to the government because census operations are scheduled to continue through the end of September, but officials said it will be no less than $1.6 billion. Congress will have the final say on where the money goes.

Also no word on how much the 2020 Census might cost, but Groves has said it will include an online component that should help control costs.

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Just think how much more money they could have saved if they weren't doing things like sending enumerators to the same addresses 3+ times! Why no, I'm not mad about that....
JAMES VAN DER BEEK'S LAST BREATH

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As hard as it is to express the truths about abortion, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research to Democrats, it can be even harder to talk about homosexuality. Many people wrongly equate opposition to same-sex marriage with opposition to racial equality during the civil-rights movement, applying the emotional power of race issues to homosexuality. The conversation can become even more personal and heated if they have family or friends who are gay.

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95% Of Iraqi Oil Money Missing

Audit: US cannot account for $8.7B in Iraqi funds

BAGHDAD — A U.S. audit has found that the Pentagon cannot account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraq reconstruction money, spotlighting Iraqi complaints that there is little to show for the massive funds pumped into their cash-strapped, war-ravaged nation. The $8.7 billion in question was Iraqi money managed by the Pentagon, not part of the $53 billion that Congress has allocated for rebuilding. It's cash that Iraq, which relies on volatile oil revenues to fuel its spending, can ill afford to lose.

"Iraq should take legal action to get back this huge amount of money," said Sabah al-Saedi, chairman of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee. The money "should be spent for rebuilding the country and providing services for this poor nation." The report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction accused the Defense Department of lax oversight and weak controls, though not fraud.

"The breakdown in controls left the funds vulnerable to inappropriate uses and undetected loss," the audit said. The Pentagon has repeatedly come under fire for apparent mismanagement of the reconstruction effort — as have Iraqi officials themselves. Seven years after the U.S.-led invasion, electricity service is spotty, with generation capacity falling far short of demand. Fuel shortages are common and unemployment remains high, a testament to the country's inability to create new jobs or attract foreign investors.

Complaints surfaced from the start of the war in 2003, when soldiers failed to secure banks, armories and other facilities against looters. Since then the allegations have only multiplied, including investigations of fraud, awarding of contracts without the required government bidding process and allowing contractors to charge exorbitant fees with little oversight, or oversight that came too late.

But the latest report comes at a particularly critical time for Iraq. Four months after inconclusive elections, a new government has yet to be formed, raising fears that insurgents will tap into the political vacuum to stir sectarian unrest. In a sign that insurgents are still intent on igniting sectarian violence, at least six people were killed and dozens more wounded when a female suicide bomber blew herself up near a checkpoint in the holy city of Karbala, local police said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
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Not sure if this has been posted already... but  it's a story that needs to be forwarded to everyone because it's absolutely outrageous. I believe armed robbery would be an accurate description of this story. Conduct a literal armed robbery, and then proceed to give high-interest loans to the person you've robbed to compensate. Money makes the world go around.
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Saudis Build Giant Clock, Want 'Mecca Time' To Replace GMT

Saudi Arabia is hoping that the debut of what is said to be the world's largest clock in Islam's holiest city of Mecca will help establish the city as an alternative time standard to the Greenwich meridian.

The new four-faced clock, which looms over Mecca's Grand Mosque and is perched atop what is expected to be the world's second tallest building when completed, is to enter a three-month trial period this week -- the first week of the holy month of Ramadan.

Situated in the heart of the massive Abraj al-Bait complex -- comprising hotels, shopping malls and conference centers -- the clock will run on Arabia Standard Time, three hours ahead of the Universal Time standard. Each of the clock's four faces are 151 feet in diameter and will be illuminated by 2 million LED lights, along with huge Arabic script reading: "In the Name of Allah." Another 21,000 white and green colored lights, fitted at the top of the clock, will flash to as far as 19 miles to signal Islam's five-times daily prayers.

The clock reflects a goal to replace the 126-year-old Universal Time standard, also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is seen as "colonial" by some Muslims. "Putting Mecca time in the face of GMT -- this is the goal," Mohammed al-Arkubi, manager of one of the hotels in the complex, told The Telegraph.

With the global population of Muslims growing at a rapid rate, the building project is part of the Saudi government's plan to enable Mecca to accommodate as many as 10 million pilgrims each year. And for Mecca residents, the plan already seems to be successful.

"Before, we heard and saw famous clocks in the West," Ahmed Harleem, an Egyptian living in Mecca, told AFP. "But today, we can as Muslims be proud of this giant project ... it means an honor for a place, and time for me."


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TWiB! Season 3 Ep#7: The "How To" Guide on Scaring White People.



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As seen on GiantLife.com


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caring white people is wrong. I do it—but it’s wrong.

And when I say “scare” I don’t mean I hide in the bushes and jump out and say “boo!” Although hilarious, this isn’t what I would choose to spend my day doing. When I say “scaring” I mean simply by appearing at times. I live in a slowly gentrifying neighborhood in Brooklyn and I was walking down the street late one night and a young white woman who recently moved in was walking in front of me.

She was obviously terrified because of the Negro apparently walking behind her for 2 blocks (we both got off of the train and we both lived at least 2 blocks in the same direction.) She turned around a few times very nervously and eventually stopped walking allowing me to walk in front of her so she could know where “I” was going.

See? I wasn’t even TRYING.

I thought about saying “Greetings random White lady. You may not know this but I’ve lived in this neighborhood for years and if anyone should be looking around nervously it should be me because anytime I see a young white woman in this area at 1am I’m terrified. Why? Because very soon my rent will be going up.” I didn’t say that because I didn’t want to be responsible for the young lady ruining a perfectly good pair of underwear but darn it I was really close to doing it.

But I didn’t want to scare her. I don’t benefit from her being terrified. Hell I might have ended up with a can of mace in my eyes and a strong kick to the gut had I really scared that poor girl. This wouldn’t and isn’t the case for the Republicans and the Tea Party.

They’re enjoying scaring the holy hell out of white people. Putting fear into their souls about losing a country that in all honesty was never Theirs (it was stolen and then handed down to them.) They’re profiting off of the fear of negroes and we aren’t even doing anything. When the young lady I was walking behind was scared at least I sort of understood–but the fear mongering that’s being ratcheted up by right wing news outlets is illogical. They’re throwing around the word “reparations.” Yeah, that thing that no one’s talking about BESIDES them.

So if you’re confused as to why middle of the road white folks seem to be a bit antsy just watch an ep or 2 of Glenn Beck. Mystery solved.
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That's Not Rape. That's "Enhanced Interrogation Technique" and I am Sure any Patriot Would Like to Demonstrate How it is Not Torture.

Gitmo Judge Admits Confession Extracted By Rape Threat

In the first full war crimes tribunal of the Obama administration, a military judge held that a detainee who confessed to killing an American solider after he was threatened with being gang-raped to death if he did not cooperate may nonetheless have that confession used against him at trial:
In May hearings, a man identified as Interrogator 1 said in testimony that he threatened Mr. Khadr with being gang-raped to death if he did not co-operate. That interrogator was later identified as former U.S. Army Sergeant Joshua Claus. He has also been convicted of abusing a different detainee and has left the military.

Mr. Khadr’s military-appointed lawyer, Lieutenant-Colonel Jon Jackson, argued this instance, as well as other alleged instances of torture and coercion, are enough to render any future confessions – even those in so-called “clean” interrogations – inadmissible in court.

“The well was poisoned: The government can’t cleanse the well by saying, ‘Well, someone else came in and was nice to him,’ ” Col. Jackson said.

Not so, the prosecution countered: All the confessions and testimony it plans to bring forward were freely offered by Mr. Khadr to people who treated him well. [...]

Military judge Colonel Patrick Parrish sided with the prosecution
Khadr was only 15 years old at the time of his capture and confession, earing his tribunal a strong condemnation from the United Nations.  In the words of the UN, “Juvenile justice standards are clear. Children should not be tried before military tribunals.”

The military judge’s decision to admit a coerced confession raises even more troubling questions about whether this particular tribunal will reach accurate results.  As the Supreme Court recognized almost 75 years ago, confessions extracted by “brutality and violence” are akin to “deliberate deception” of the court because they reveal little about a suspect’s guilt or innocence and everything about their very human desire to avoid or end torture. This principle obviously applies to Khadr.  A prisoner who is convinced that they will be raped and murdered if they do not confess has nothing to lose — and what remains of their personal dignity to gain — by doing so.

A member of Khadr’s legal team called the judge’s decision a “disgrace,” and that lawyer is right.  Coerced confessions are not simply inhumane — and not simply un-American — they produce wholly unreliable evidence.  Mr. Khadr may actually be guilty, but a confession extracted by a rape threat does nothing to prove this point.
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New Gaza flotilla footage casts doubt on MK's version of events aboard protest ship

Film appears to show Hanin Zuabi MK, who sailed aboard the Gaza-bound convoy, standing near activist armed with clubs.

By Haaretz Service

Footage of Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound released Wednesday appears to contradict the account of Knesset member on board one of the boats, who claimed she had not come into contact with armed activists.

 

"There were no people carrying clubs near me," Hanin Zuabi MK, from the Arab Balad party, had told a news conference following the May 31 raid, in which nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed.

But film published by Army Radio appears to show Zuabi standing in close proximity to a group of men carrying heavy sticks.

Zuabi had previously called on the Israel Defense Forces to release all of its video footage from the operation, which she said would prove her version of events.

Later in the clip Zuabi can be seen arguing with an IDF commando attempting to evacuate one of the wounded. According to Army Radio, Zuabi claimed she had cooperated with troops in helping to remove the wounded from the boat.

In mid-July the Knesset voted to revoke Zuabi's parliamentary privileges over her participation in the flotilla.




Before someone doubts the source because it's "Army radio", Galgalatz is actually left-wing.
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WTF at the people arguing with doctors about evacuating the wounded.
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Swimming, or the lack of, in the Black American community

From Metafilter:

A recent drowning tragedy in Shreveport, Louisiana has brought to light a startling statistic in America: a majority of black youth can not swim.

The reasons for the high percentage (almost twice that of whites) range from the legacy of slavery to segregation and lack of available swimming opportunities to fear passed down by modern parents to black women not wanting to damage their high mainteance hairstyles to the position of the belly button, according to a study (article about study, audio discussion with some of the researchers of the study).

Whatever the reasons, Diversity in Aquatics aims to fix the swimming gap and the documentary Parting the Waters looks at the lack of Black and Latino competitive swimmers in the U.S.

Public safety tag please?
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Greg Gutfeld To Open A Gay Bar Next To Ground Zero Mosque To Cater To “Islamic Gay Men”



No, this is not a joke. In fact, it is instead one of the most brilliant pieces of provocations in recent years. Greg Gutfeld from Fox News’ Red Eye announced today via his blog that he is actively speaking to investors and plans on opening a gay bar next to the controversial mosque being built near Ground Zero in New York. To make matters worse (better?) the bar will be specifically designed to cater to homosexuals of the Islamic faith. God, this is going to be an exciting block.

Here’s Gutfeld’s entire post which he will expand upon during tonight’s Red Eye:

“So, the Muslim investors championing the construction of the new mosque near Ground Zero claim it’s all about strengthening the relationship between the Muslim and non-Muslim world.

As an American, I believe they have every right to build the mosque – after all, if they buy the land and they follow the law – who can stop them?

Which is, why, in the spirit of outreach, I’ve decided to do the same thing.

I’m announcing tonight, that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only to the west, but also Islamic gay men. To best express my sincere desire for dialogue, the bar will be situated next to the mosque Park51, in an available commercial space.

This is not a joke. I’ve already spoken to a number of investors, who have pledged their support in this bipartisan bid for understanding and tolerance.

As you know, the Muslim faith doesn’t look kindly upon homosexuality, which is why I’m building this bar. It is an effort to break down barriers and reduce deadly homophobia in the Islamic world.

The goal, however, is not simply to open a typical gay bar, but one friendly to men of Islamic faith. An entire floor, for example, will feature non-alcoholic drinks, since booze is forbidden by the faith. The bar will be open all day and night, to accommodate men who would rather keep their sexuality under wraps – but still want to dance.

Bottom line: I hope that the mosque owners will be as open to the bar, as I am to the new mosque. After all, the belief driving them to open up their center near Ground Zero, is no different than mine.

My place, however, will have better music.”

Hot Air contacted Andy Levy who reiterated that Gutfeld is serious. And, on his blog, Gutfeld points to the lack of humor in the post as further proof of his intentions (although, I think he’s under estimating himself. That last line about the music is hilarious).

I, personally, think it’s a brilliant idea. I absolutely abhor all of this anti-mosque nonsense currently going on in this country. It’s disgusting bigotry plain and simple. However, just because I support Muslim Americans in their fight against anti-Islam prejudice, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get a few dings for their religion’s own prejudice against homosexuals. If you want to be treated fairly, you should treat others fairly as well. Still though, the only thing that would make this plan perfect would be if Gutfeld created a chain of gay bars and plopped them down next to churches and synagogues since it’s not like those religions have been super open-minded.

Insomniacs around the country already know that Red Eye is underrated genius. If Gutfeld goes through with his plan, hopefully it will be enough to finally thrust them into the satirical limelight with Stewart and Colbert like they deserve.

UPDATE: Gutfeld outlined his plans on Red Eye last night. Check out the segment here.

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Anti-mosque ads depicting 9/11 to run on NYC buses

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anti-mosque advertisements depicting a plane about to crash into a flaming World Trade Center will soon be displayed on New York City buses after the transit authority relented and agreed to the ads.

The display asking "Why There?" is the latest attempt by opponents to block the proposed Cordoba House Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the attacks of September 11, 2001, carried out by the militant Muslim group al Qaeda.

The ads will begin appearing on New York City buses as soon as next week after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) approved them on Monday, an MTA spokesman said.

The proposed Islamic center has generated emotional opposition from some New Yorkers who see the project as an offense to the approximately 2,750 people who died nearby when suicide hijackers slammed planes into the Twin Towers.

The controversy grew on Monday when the U.S. State Department confirmed it was paying for the for the imam behind the project, Feisal Abdul Rauf, to travel the Middle East as part of a U.S.-backed educational and cultural program, calling him a "distinguished cleric."

Fifty-three percent of New Yorkers oppose building the Islamic community center and prayer space next to "Ground Zero," according to a Marist Poll issued on Tuesday, versus 34 percent favor its development.

The same poll found Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a vocal supporter of the mosque, fell below a 50 percent approval rating for the first time in five years, though not necessarily because of the mosque issue.

"The mosque issue is not doing him any good, but those who are most opposed are Republicans and that's a group that has not deserted the mayor," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

Opponents of the mosque lost the most important battle last week when New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission refused to grant an existing building at the site historic protection, allowing it to be destroyed so that the 13-story Muslim cultural complex can be built.

After the landmarks ruling, Bloomberg said "a handful of people ought to be ashamed of themselves" for opposing it.

"That sent a very clear message to individuals who take their marching orders from the Bloomberg administration. The MTA was simply acting in lock step," said David Yerushalmi, the lawyer for the plaintiffs.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative had bought advertising space on 26 buses for a month at a cost of $8,000, an MTA spokesman said.

On Friday the group sued in federal court, saying the transit authority was violating their free speech rights by denying their ads and by asking them to first remove the image of the plane and then to remove the flames from the artwork. The MTA agreed to run the original ad.

"While the MTA does not endorse the views expressed in this or other ads that appear on the transit system, the advertisement purchased by a group opposing a planned mosque near the World Trade Center was accepted today (Monday) after its review under MTA's advertising guidelines and governing legal standards," the MTA said in a statement.

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As a New Yorker, I'm beyond disgusted by this. I even got into a fight with my father about it.
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IDF is at it again

Israel Defense Forces beat up Haaretz reporter

(Video) Soldiers resort to violence against journalists in West Bank: Troops apparently acted improperly, IDF says

Haaretz daily reported Chaim Levinson, who covers settler activity, was assaulted by IDF soldiers Wednesday just outside the West Bank city of Jericho.

Levinson was covering the rightist march on the city and clashed with IDF soldiers, who tried to stop him from covering the event and grabbed his cell phone. The event was caught on tape by Channel 10 reporters.

According to Levinson, the incident took place after several settlers were able to make their way to a synagogue just north of Jericho. Levinson, along with the photographer Emil Salman and Channel 10 reporter Roee Sharon, spotted IDF reservists trying to detain several settlers.

The settlers resisted arrest, which prompted the three to begin filming the incident. The soldiers, they claimed, tried to force them to stop.

Salman told Ynet that the soldiers did not allow them to photograph the settlers being transferred into vehicles, even from a far, adding that when he climbed up a nearby hill, he was followed by a soldier who shoved him to the ground.

Levinson, he continued, tried to break up the altercation and took pictures of one of the officers with his camera phone. The latter reportedly grabbed the phone and tried to erase the photos, while Levinson tried to grab it back.

At this point, Salman said the soldiers knocked Levinson to the ground and began kicking him. Police forces arrived at the scene and broke up the fight. They later returned the phone to Levinson, sans the photos.

Salman noted that such clashes with IDF soldiers are common, saying that they often try to stop photographers from doing their job.

The IDF Spokesman's Unit issued the following response: "According to the orders of GCO Central Command, journalists can cover stories freely within its expanse, as long as they refrain from interfering in the troops' operations. It seems that in this case, the soldiers did not follow directives.

"Central Command Chief Major-General Avi Mizrahi has ordered an inquiry into the incident."

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Tom Tancredo Demands Illegitimate Republican Nominee to Drop from Race: "Maes, You Selfish Bastard"

Tancredo: ‘Nice fellow’ Maes should drop out of guv race
‘I think Maes is the third-party candidate’

American Constitutional Party candidate Tom Tancredo fired back at Colorado Republican nominee for governor Dan Maes Wednesday, calling on the brand new nominee to do the right thing now that he has won the nomination and withdraw from the race. After winning the GOP primary Tuesday, Maes called on Tancredo, a right wing icon in the state, to withdraw his third party bid for governor. Tancredo told the Colorado Independent he was having none of it.

“I have the same request of [Maes],” Tancredo said. “I think that he’s the third-party candidate and it’d be a good idea for him to drop out to reduce the split among conservative voters.”

Maes was equally frank in talking about Tancredo at his victory party Tuesday.

“Tonight is a celebration, but there is an 800-pound gorilla in the room we must address,” he said. “Mr. Tancredo, stop your campaign tonight!”

Tancredo said he feels “pretty good” about the GOP nomination, since he thinks that Dan Maes is a “nice fellow” but not a “serious challenger.”

Tancredo criticized Maes’s lack of credentials and experience in politics and governance.

“I have a better resume. At least I know how long the legislative session lasts and how it works,” said Tancredo.

The former congressman and anti-illegal immigration warrior also said he and Maes differ sharply on illegal immigration.

“[Maes] has said that [illegal immigration] is not a big issue. Well it means a lot to me and it means a lot to Coloradans who are out there looking for jobs.”

Also at his victory party, Maes lumped illegal immigration in with rolling back vehicle registration fees put in place by Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter. He said he would simply “enroll the state in a program that deports illegal alien criminals.”

A new survey from Public Policy Polling shows that Tancredo leads Maes in the polls with 23 percent support compared to Maes’s 22 percent. Democratic nominee John Hickenlooper leads the race for governor of Colorado with 48 percent support.
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... and again and again.

Colombia and Venezuela restore diplomatic relations



Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his new Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos, have agreed to restore diplomatic relations.

Mr Chavez cut ties last month after Colombia accused Venezuela of harbouring left-wing rebels.

But at a meeting in the Colombian city of Santa Marta, the two leaders agreed to relaunch bilateral relations.

They admitted personal differences, but said they were putting them aside in the interest of both nations.

The two leaders met in the house where Simon Bolivar - a South American independence hero and Mr Chavez's idol - died in 1830.


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"We have had a frank, direct and sincere dialogue, and I think we have taken a big step in re-establishing confidence," Mr Santos said.

He said the two countries would exchange ambassadors as soon as possible.

For his part, Mr Chavez said he had come "to turn the page."

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Welcome to ~the Island~, President Santos.

Juan Manuel Santos sworn in as Colombian president


Juan Manuel Santos has been sworn in as the new president of Colombia.

In his inaugural speech, Mr Santos said that mending relations with neighbours Ecuador and Venezuela would be one of his government's main priorities.

In response, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he would like to meet "face-to-face" with Mr Santos.

Mr Santos also told Colombia's left-wing rebel groups the door to dialogue was open, but they would have to renounce violence first.

'New dawn'


He promised to tackle the main problems besetting Colombians, saying his government would aim to lower unemployment to a single digit figure, fight corruption and reduce poverty.

He said the work of his predecessor in office, President Alvaro Uribe, had paved the way for "a new dawn for Colombia".


Mr Santos, who served as Mr Uribe's defence minister, said the former president had inspired hope in Colombians and allowed them to move freely in their own country again.

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Apparently this wasn't posted :-O. So I'm posting this lazy article =D.
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Last Laugh Is on German Far Right in Court Case

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BERLIN — Germany’s far-right supporters lost a major court case on Wednesday after a judge ruled that a satirical anti-racist clothing label depicting a stork that looks like Hitler was not damaging to a clothing label much favored by neo-Nazis.

The case pitted Storch Heinar, the anti-racist and anti-fascist label, against Thor Steinar, the cult label for far rightist movements here. The ruling, in Nuremberg, is seen as a victory a left-leaning youth group, Endstation Rechts, whose name translates as “last stop for the right wing.”

Set up by a group of Social Democrats in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in 2008 to combat growing rightist extremism there and also in the state of Saxony, Endstation Rechts hit on the idea of starting its own clothing label aimed at satirizing the far-right political parties.

The youth group’s label, Storch Heinar (Storch is the German word for stork), has as its emblem an awkward and scrawny stork, which has become a symbol for a growing movement that is trying to oppose the influence of far-right parties, such as the National Party of Germany, or N.P.D., and neo-Nazi movements.

The N.P.D. is represented in the state governments of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as well as Saxony.

From the beginning, Storch Heinar was turned into a cartoon character that satirizes Hitler. It has a Hitler-esque mustache and wears an oversized military helmet. Satirizing Hitler’s own life, the stork has an unhappy childhood, is not recognized as an artist, has a very big superiority complex and above all has ambitions to be the greatest fashion designer of all times.

Such humor did not go down at all with Mediatex, the company that owns Thor Steinar. The label won wide appeal among far-right supporters in Germany because of its emphasis on Nordic mythology, which the Nazis used to propagate their philosophy of racial purity.

Mediatex at first tried to take over the trademark of Storch Heinar and copyright the avian name. But it failed.

Then this year, Mediatex filed a complaint against Mathias Brodkorb, a Social Democrat legislator in the state Parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and one of the founders of Storch Heinar. Mediatex alleged that Storch Heinar was injuring and disparaging Thor Steinar. The case went to court last month.

In his ruling, Judge Horst Rottmann said Wednesday that there was no danger that the two labels could be confused, so the danger of Thor Steinar losing potential customers was not an issue. As for denigrating or disparaging Thor Steinar, Mr. Rottmann said satire, as artistic expression and freedom, was protected under the country’s freedom of speech laws.

Yay. In addition to winning the court case, this was also great publicity for the Storch Heinar people and their campaign.

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More info and photos of Storch Heinar products, including explanation of what the image I posted has to do with the state of Hitler's testicle(s).
And finally, the site of the Storch Heinar label.

Mods, sorry for the multiple submissions. My password manager was going mad and kept trying to log me in again, resulting in sending off the entry text.
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Reid Tells Latinos Not to Vote Republican. How Dare He! Angle Dont Need No Stinking Hispanic Vote!!

Reid Asks How Hispanics -- Or Anyone -- Could Vote Republican (VIDEO)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is not backing down from a strong remark he made yesterday -- that Hispanics should not be Republicans because of that party's actions blocking immigration reform.

"I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK," Reid said on Tuesday. "Do I need to say more?"

The Republicans immediately took this as being a gaffe, and posted this very short video snippet online:
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