August 13th, 2010

Mentok the MIND TAKER!!!

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Anderson Cooper vs. Texas Representative Debbie Riddle. (Youtube version, transcript)

Sample quote:

Cooper: "Representative Riddle, you told my producer that pregnant women are coming here as tourists, having babies, and then going back home -- quote -- "with the nefarious purpose of turning them into little terrorists, who will then come back to the U.S. and do us harm." You said it's part of an organized terrorist element and could cost us lives. Where did you hear that?"

Riddle: "That is information that is coming to my office from former FBI officials."

Cooper: "I mean, what evidence is there of some sort of long-term plot to have American babies born here and then become terrorists -- raised as terrorists overseas and then come back here?"

Riddle: "Well, at this point, I don't have the hard evidence right here in front of me."

Cooper: "I mean, if this is a real threat to the security of the United States, why wouldn't current FBI people be worried about it as well? I mean, why wouldn't this actually be..."

Riddle: "You know what? That's a really good question, because right now we have serious current threat that the government seems to be ignoring, and ignoring on our southern border."

Good Question: Why Are The Mormons Advertising?


The commercials are hard to miss, airing in one-minute chunks on Twin Cities television stations.

"I'm a surfer, a woman and a woman's longboard champion," one states. "And I'm a Mormon."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is running a nine-city advertising blitz, which provoked several WCCO viewers to e-mail asking: Why are the Mormons advertising their religion?

"I do think it's weird," said Marilyn, from Burnsville. "Are they trying to convert us to Mormonism?"

Ron Wilson, marketing director for in Salt Lake City, Utah, said it's nothing new.

"The church has been running TV ads since the early '70s," he said. "This is not unusual for us."

The ads, which ran in the 1970s, focused on parenting themes, showing a family moment and then ending with a voice-over: "A message from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

"They did an interesting thing for the church," Wilson said. "They helped people understand we believe strongly in families. They made that connection for us."

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I live in the Greater Rochester area, and the first time I saw one of these ads, I was TOTALLY confused. They weren't advertising a relevant book or event, such as the Hill Cumorah show in nearby Palmyra, it's just "Hi, I'm a Mormon on a skateboard! WHOOOOA!".

I'd like to know what other people in the nine target areas think of these ads, and what you think of being one of those target locations. And if there's any Mormons in this comm, I'd love to know your thoughts too!
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ONTD_Political's PotD: August 12, 2010.

There's something undeniably creepy about abandoned properties. Be it a house, a hospital or even an auditorium, uninhabited buildings often give the impression of the existence of an inside story. The tattered ceilings, broken-down interiors, dusty floor and the cobwebs everywhere raise many questions about what happened in there. The truth might not be half as exciting as the doubt, but, the doubt remains anyways.Through this post take a look at a collection of many such abandoned properties from various parts of the world. While you enjoy the pictures, we'll just let the inside story remain a mystery....
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Source: "Abandoned" | The Whole Shebang |

CEOs Can Barely Survive on Measly $1.6 Billion per Quarter.

3 Out of 10 CEOs Already Living in Smaller Mansions.

Health insurers are lobbying to weaken regulations, despite record profits.

With the economy in recession and a growing number of Americans going without health insurance coverage, the big health insurers are still posting impressive profits. Wellpoint, the nation’s largest insurer by membership, “reported a 4% increase in profit for the second quarter that helped generate earnings of $1.6 billion since the beginning of the year – a 26% increase over the same period in 2009,″ and Aetna said its “second-quarter profits rose 42 percent, with a net income of $491 million, compared with $346.6 million for the same quarter last year.” Earlier this week, Health Care for American Now! (HCAN) released a report which found that CEOs from the 10 largest for-profit health insurance companies “collected pay of $228.1 million, up from $85.5 million in 2008.” As a group, insurance CEOs saw a “167 percent raise,” while “Americans saw their averages wages increase by about 2 percent.” Insurers are spending less on health care and seeing higher profits:


These numbers contradict insurers’ claim that stringent regulations would jeopardize the industry
and, as the Wonk Room argues, should embolden regulators to impose tough consumer protections.
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Jennifer vs. (Br)Angelina -- OLD NEWS

Bill O'Reilly: Jennifer Aniston Is 'Destructive to Society'

While promoting her movie 'The Switch' earlier this week, Jennifer Aniston told reporters that women don't need men to start a family or be good mothers. When Bill O'Reilly caught wind of her statement, he debated the topic of single motherhood on 'The O'Reilly Factor' and called out the 41-year-old actress. "She's throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that, 'Hey you don't need a guy. You don't need a dad.' That is destructive to our society," O'Reilly railed.

FOX News contributor Margaret Hoover and FOX News anchor Gretchen Carlson debated the topic with O'Reilly, admitting young teens wouldn't be able to comprehend the vast differences between a 40-year-old woman and a teenager raising a child as a single mother. "She is glamorizing single parenthood," Carlson said.

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Repeal the 14th Amendment!?

A tea-bagger will say:

I think it's time to take a look at the 14th Amendment.  Now, I don't want to come off as racist, but it occurs to me that some illegal aliens are dangerous.  Certainly not all of them, but some of them have the potential to kill people.  Especially these "Anchor Babies," that exist only to rain death upon the multitude. We have to change our Constitution to protect our security, and I don't know why you can't see that.

To which you can reply:

I think it's time to take a look at the 14th 2nd Amendment.  Now, I don't want to come off as racist rational, but it occurs to me that some illegal aliens guns are dangerous.  Certainly not all of them, but some of them have the potential to kill people.  Especially these "Anchor Babies," "machine guns" that exist only to rain death upon the multitude. We have to change our Constitution to protect our security, and I don't know why you can't see that.

Oh, and for the record - I'm a gun-totin' redneck Liberal, just like our source!

(Hey, mods! No 'Constitution' tag? WTF?!)

Tea Baggers: "Get Your Hands Off My Series of Tubes!"

Tea Party Fears Loss of Tea Bagging Material Once The Government Takes Over The Internet.

Tea Party Groups Out AGAINST Net Neutrality

Following the release of Google and Verizon's controversial proposal on managing Internet traffic, which comes less than a week after the FCC abandoned efforts at a hammering out a compromise, Tea Party groups have taken a strong stance on the issue of net neutrality.

Specifically, they're against it. The head of one Tea Party organization says she is concerned that the policy would increase government regulation and power, calling net neutrality one of many "assaults on individual liberties."

As The Hill reports, "[a] coalition that included 35 Tea Party groups sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday urging the agency not to boost its authority over broadband providers through a controversial process known as reclassification."

"Despite universal acknowledgement [sic] that Americans enjoy a free, open, and vibrant Internet, the FCC is relentlessly pursuing a massive regulatory regime that would stifle broadband expansion, create congestion, slow Internet speeds, jeopardize job retention and growth, and lead to higher prices for consumers," the Tea Party groups' letter states. It concludes, "The Internet has never been a regulated utility and we urge you to keep it that way by rejecting so-called "Net Neutrality" regulations on the Internet and the proposed Title II reclassification."

Chairman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation Jamie Radtke told The Hill the tea party has been increasingly concerned with the issue of net neutrality. "It's starting to get onto the radar now," she said. "I think the clearest thing is it's an affront to free speech and free markets."

Where do others stand on the issue? See what executives, academics, and advocates are saying about the Verizon-Google proposal here.
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Anti-Pinball Law Shuts Down N.Y. Arcade

Lawyers for the town Beacon, NY, found an old law on the books that said pinball machines are against the law. Now, they're using it to shut down a retro arcade museum that has had a few too many noise complaints.

No pinball?! Oh GAWD, it's like "Footloose" -- except we actually care about what's being banned.

Apparently pinball was outlawed in most of the country's major cities for a large chunk of the 20th century because politicians thought arcades were mafia-run rackets. And you thought Chuck E. Cheese was just a guy in a mouse suit.

The mayor has said that he wants to help the arcade stay in business, but, for now, since people are complaining and there's a law against it, there's nothing he can do to remedy the situation.

See video of the amazing vintage electro-mechanical machines at the arcade, as well as CNN's incredibly overblown emotional portrayal of the situation after the jump.


Sharron Angle Appoints Pinochet as Her Economic Adviser

Angle: Copy Chile (And Pinochet?) To Privatize Social Security (VIDEO)

Sharron Angle is further clarifying her calls for the privatization of Social Security, saying that Chile has done it successfully. That is, Angle is now speaking favorably of a system that was enacted by a military dictator.

"So when I said private, that's what I meant -- that I thought we would have to go just to the private sector just for a template on how this is supposed to be done," Angle told the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. "However, I've seen been studying, and Chile has done this."

The station noted that Chile's private pensions system, which was originally enacted by the military dictator Augusto Pinochet, has been criticized for being subject to market volatility, though its proponents argue that it gives all citizens a stake in the market.

The Associated Press points out another wrinkle -- that Chile has been moving toward a greater government role in the private system: "However, the pension system established in 1981 by right-wing Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet is no longer a fully private system. Chile's system was revamped in 2008 to expand public pensions for groups left out of its system, including low-income seniors."

And just think of all those Tea Partiers comparing Obama to Hitler on health care.

The TPM Poll Average gives Harry Reid a lead of 45.7%-42.6%.
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How about no.

Men are the best bosses: Women at the top are just too moody (and it's women themselves who say so)

Female bosses were seen as more temperamental and more likely to get caught up in petty office politics
They are hormonal, incapable of leaving their personal lives at home and only too happy to talk about their staff behind their backs.

Female bosses are a nightmare to work for, a survey of employees concludes.

And it is not just men who think so.

Two-thirds of women said they preferred a male boss because their straight-talking, ‘get to the point’ attitude makes them easier to deal with.

They are also much less likely to have a hidden agenda, suffer mood swings or get involved in office politics, workers said.

About 3,000 men and women were questioned for the research, with three- quarters of men agreeing that they would rather work for a man than a woman.

A quarter of women accused female bosses of backstabbing and bringing their personal lives into the office.

And a third of those polled said women with power are ‘loose cannons’ who often feel threatened by colleagues.

  • Straight-talking
  • Less likely to get involved in office politics
  • Easier to reason with
  • Less likely to bitch about others
  • Less likely to suffer from mood swings
  • Able to leave their private life at home
  • No time of the month
  • More likely to share common interests
  • Don't feel threatened if others are good at their jobs

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Oh look-ee what we have here. (via [info]jslayeruk )
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Obama supports Muslim community center in NYC

Obama backs Manhattan mosque

Taking a political risk in the interest of the pluralistic vision that has always been central to his political identity, President Obama will take a strong stand in favor of a mosque near Ground Zero in remarks at the White House Iftar Dinner tonight.

Obama, echoing Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and spurning national polls, virtually all Republican leaders, and many members of his own party, cast the controversy as a test of tolerance:

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i like CHOcolate milk.

It's come to this: the Narco Blog. Jesu H Christo.

Narco-blogger beats Mexico drug war news blackout

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press Writer Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press Writer Thu Aug 12, 6:21 pm ET

MEXICO CITY – An anonymous, twentysomething blogger is giving Mexicans what they can't get elsewhere — an inside view of their country's raging drug war.

Operating from behind a thick curtain of computer security, Blog del Narco in less than six months has become Mexico's go-to Internet site at a time when mainstream media are feeling pressure and threats to stay away from the story.

Many postings, including warnings and a beheading, appear to come directly from drug traffickers. Others depict crime scenes accessible only to military or police.
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New 'superbug' found in UK hospitals

A new superbug that is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics has entered UK hospitals, experts warn.

They say bacteria that make an enzyme called NDM-1 have travelled back with NHS patients who went abroad to countries like India and Pakistan for treatments such as cosmetic surgery.

Although there have only been about 50 cases identified in the UK so far, scientists fear it will go global.

Tight surveillance and new drugs are needed says Lancet Infectious Diseases.

NDM-1 can exist inside different bacteria, like E.coli, and it makes them resistant to one of the most powerful groups of antibiotics - carbapenems.

These are generally reserved for use in emergencies and to combat hard-to-treat infections caused by other multi-resistant bacteria.

And experts fear NDM-1 could now jump to other strains of bacteria that are already resistant to many other antibiotics.

Ultimately, this could produce dangerous infections that would spread rapidly from person to person and be almost impossible to treat.

At least one of the NDM-1 infections the researchers analysed was resistant to all known antibiotics.

Similar infections have been seen in the US, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands and international researchers say that NDM-1 could become a major global health problem.

Infections have already been passed from patient to patient in UK hospitals.

The way to stop NDM-1, say researchers, is to rapidly identify and isolate any hospital patients who are infected.

Normal infection control measures, such as disinfecting hospital equipment and doctors and nurses washing their hands with antibacterial soap, can stop the spread.

And currently, most of the bacteria carrying NDM-1 have been treatable using a combination of different antibiotics.


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Source an article about India's response to the BBC article as well as an Q&A about this superbug.

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Vindication for the Green Movement


It took over a year but we have hard core evidence that everything that was said against the Iranian Government during the election is categorically true.

PBS's Tehran Bureau has an article out in which a top military general is caught talking about all the actions they took before, during, and after the election to undermine the opposition. And it is DAMNING!

Via Andrew Sullivan a reader writes:

Last week the audio track of a senior Revolutionary Guard's speech was leaked. In the audio, you hear Gen. Moshfegh, the head of SAR ALLAH military base - which was in charge of "controlling" Tehran in the days after the election - give an extensive and detailed account of their pre-election preparations to stop Ahmadi Nejad's rivals.

Moshfegh describes all the methods employed to achieve their goal, from eavesdropping in every campaign/planning meeting that reformists held months before the election to how they interfered with all the SMS communications of Mousavi and Karoubi's observers on the day of the election. (Every candidate is, by law, allowed to send monitors to every polling station.) Moshfegh proudly brags about how they monitored every move the top Mousavi and Karoubi reformists made and how the Revolutionary Guards were victorious in preventing the reformists from coming to power. Moshfegh says he believed reformists were trying to "defeat the supreme leader by defeating Ahmadi Nejad" ... in their eyes Ahmadi was not just a president, but his defeat would be a set back for Khamanei.

This is an extraordinary speech. It confirms all that the Green movement has been charging from day one.

The seven top reformist figures who have been in and out of jail over the last year (among them Tajzadeh, the former deputy interior ministry, and Amin Zadeh, the former deputy foreign ministry) made a very smart political move following the leak: In an open letter to the judiciary, they filed a law suit against Moshfegh for admitting to have been part of the orchestration of the election fraud and breaking every law in the book as far as eavesdropping/privacy is concerned.

This has put the establishment in an uncomfortable position, as they cannot publicly defend the criminal actions this general proudly brags about and they obviously won't go after one their own, who was merely executing orders from the top to change the results of the election.

On a side note, I wonder if has brought this to the attention of the Leveretts, who spent the good part of 2009 saying, "We don't have enough evidence that this election was stolen." Remember this article?

"Ahmadinejad won. Get over it."

I'm reading the Tehran Bureau article now... I wonder if this will shut up the Conservatives about an Israel/Iran war...