August 25th, 2010

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ONTD_Political's PotD: August 24, 2010.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The proposed mosque near ground zero drew hundreds of fever-pitch demonstrators Sunday, with opponents carrying signs associating Islam with blood, supporters shouting, "Say no to racist fear!" and American flags waving on both sides. The two leaders of the construction project, meanwhile, defended their plans, though one suggested that organizers might eventually be willing to discuss an alternative site. The other, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, said during a Middle East trip that the attention generated by the project is actually positive and that he hopes it will bring greater understanding. Around the corner from the cordoned-off old building that is to become a 13-story Islamic community center and mosque, police separated the two groups of demonstrators. There were no reports of physical clashes but there were some nose-to-nose confrontations, including a man and a woman screaming at each other across a barricade under a steady rain.
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Bacteria iz in ur Gulf, nommin' your oilz

That's right! The little troopers are actually eating the oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bacteria seem to be doing a good cleanup job in gulf
Data collected months ago show populations of carbon-eating bacteria rising in parts of a plume of oil. Now, in the area where the bugs were collected, scientists 'do not see detectable oil.'

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Source says: SCIENCE!

armed Christian militia to attend Burn a Quran day, irony reaches new depths

Pastor says armed militia to protect church during Quran-burning event

An armed Christian organization, Right Wing Extreme, will protect a church that is planning to host an "International Burn a Quran Day" on September 11, the church's pastor said Tuesday.

The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, says it is hosting the event to remember 9/11 victims and to take a stand against Islam. With promotions on its website and Facebook page, the nondenominational church invites Christians to burn the Muslim holy book.

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UPDATE: Right Wing Extreme militia [actual name] pulls their support, declares this shit is too crazy even for them.
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This Week in Blackness- Racism is Over: A Definition.

Racism is Over. Obvi.

As of late this particular sentiment has been stated to me or friends of mine in numerous forms numerous times. And, as of late this hasn’t come from other Negroes (which for a brief period in ‘08 it started to.) This reoccurring phenomenon has often come from non-blacks in various stages of unrest do to our...ahem...”complaining.”

I’m always overjoyed when someone takes my observation of problems within our society due to race as complaining. It makes me feel like they care, you know? They care enough to take time out of their busy day to attempt to make me feel like shit. That’s amazing.

You do know that’s what you’re doing right. When you start yelling/writing letters about the complaining Negroes it feels like a direct punch at anyone who might have noticed race-based issues in our country. You’re not speaking about some nameless dark horde who is seeking to conquer this nation via government programs.

You’re talking about me. My mother. My friends.

I always wonder what the speaker/writer of these words are hoping to accomplish with these statements. When they decide to explain to us that we just need to get over “it” what’s the best case scenario in their mind? Do they believe that the Black person will have a moment of clarity? A sun beam will break through the cloud of our discontent and we will suddenly have the insight that those who can see how racism is over have? When you tell a Negro “get over it” are you expecting a hug afterwards? The Negroes will shed tears of of joy at their new found enlightenment and go get a job? Inquiring minds want to know.

Well, just in case you thought any of those things, let me assure you; It won’t happen. The only thing you’re accomplishing is to marginalize the already marginalized and possibly get a glass of wine thrown at you--depending on your vicinity to said marginalized Negro.


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Sexism in films - for and against (rated adult advisory!)

Quelle surprise, nerd gets hot gal: She's Out Of My League (Dreamworks SK)

There is so much for a woman to hate in the multiplexes (see The Bechdel Test). But don't say us ladies aren't complicated creatures as some of the things we hate are also some of the things we love...

Sexist things that annoy me:

1. The ubiquitous pole-dancing scene. Even Oscar-winning films have them these days! Just look at The Wrestler! Watch Date Night for a send-up of the scene.

As leading lady Tina Fey says: “I'm obsessed with portraying that trade (stripping) as being as grim as I think it is. I keep thinking: 'What are they doing for the other 22 hours?' That industry needs to die, by all of us being a little bit better that that.”

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New Logan searches blasted - TSA tests frisky frisking policy

Hope everyone flying out of Logan enjoys being groped by uniform-wearing, strange people they just met.

Logan airport security just got more up close and personal as federal screeners launched a more aggressive palms-first, slide-down body search technique that has renewed the debate over privacy vs. safety.

The new procedure - already being questioned by the ACLU - replaces the Transportation Security Administration’s former back-of-the-hand patdown.

Boston is one of only two cities in which the new touchy-feely frisking is being implemented as a test before a planned national rollout. The other is Las Vegas.

“We’re all for good effective security measures,” American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts spokesman Christopher Ott said. “But, in general, we’re concerned about this seemingly constant erosion of privacy, and we wonder whether or not it’s really going to be effective.

“Accepting these kinds of searches may keep people safer in some situations, but not in every situation, and we’re encouraging people to stop and think about what is the right balance between privacy and security,” Ott said.

A TSA spokeswoman yesterday confirmed the switch to what the agency calls an “enhanced patdown.”

“TSA is in the process of implementing an enhanced patdown at security checkpoints as one of our many layers of security,” said Ann Davis, TSA spokeswoman for the Northeast region. “Patdowns are designed to address potentially dangerous items, like improvised explosive devices and their components, concealed on the body.”

The body searches are conducted by same-gender TSA officers, and passengers can request private screenings at any time.

Previously, TSA screeners used patdown motions of their hands to search passengers over their clothes, switching to the backs of their hands over certain ’sensitive’ body areas, such as the torso.

But now the searches will be done using all front-of-the-hand sliding motions over greater areas of passengers’ bodies, including sensitive areas.

“The pat down just (because I) was wearing jewelry seems like overkill,” one woman wrote on Logan’s Twitter account yesterday.

But Justine Griffin, a senior vice president at Rasky Baerlein Communications and frequent flier, said yesterday, “The most important thing is to have an effective patdown. If using the back of the hand is less effective, then security trumps niceties.”

The TSA implemented the new body-search procedures at Logan and Las Vegas-McCarran because both airports are using the greatest number of the walk-through full-body scanners. Those scanners use low-dose X-rays to produce two-sided, head-to-toe images of passengers’ bodies - including discernible but not distinct images of their private parts - but blur their facial features.

Passengers who opt not to walk through the full-body scanners - which have also been assailed by privacy advocates - must instead walk through a metal detector and submit to a body search. If the full-body scanners detect an image on a person’s body that screeners can’t decipher, those passengers also are subjected to body searches.

If there is no full-body scanner at a security checkpoint, passengers go through a metal detector and are subjected to a body search if the alarm sounds. The TSA also subjects random passengers to body searches.

NY's cut of bagel 'dough': Extra tax for slicing


Only Albany could find a way to tax a cut.

The cash-strapped state has been enforcing a bizarre distinction in the tax laws which requires delis and food peddlers to impose a levy on sliced bagels -- even though there is no tax when the breakfast staple is sold whole.

The move could leave New Yorkers digging deeper, since the vast majority of the bagel vendors The Post visited yesterday didn't tax sliced bagels with no toppings as they are supposed to.

"I don't think it's fair. Why would I put tax on a sliced bagel when you don't want nothing on it?" said Basil Colon, a cashier at Daniel's Bagels on Third Avenue in Murray Hill.

He served a cinnamon-raisin bagel, sliced with no spread, to a Post reporter for $1.10, which didn't include the extra tax of about 9 cents.

Like many bagel-store workers throughout the city, he didn't know about the slice tax.

However, nearly all the stores The Post visited did tax on bagels that were ordered with cream cheese.

The New York Department of Taxation and Finance considers sliced bagels --even sans cream cheese or any other topping -- as prepared food.

Prepared food, like deli sandwiches, is subject to an 8.875-percent tax.

But a whole bagel, unsliced, is not considered prepared, and is therefore unaffected by the tax.

Confusing things further, even if a bagel is served unsliced, food vendors are still supposed to whack a tax on it if the customer eats it in the store.

And while none of the bagel sellers were enforcing the wacky slice-tax rule, they might have to start soon.

The state went after Bruegger's Bagels for not applying the tax, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Kenneth Greene, who owns 33 Bruegger's shops throughout the state, told the Journal that he was forced to pay a "significant" sum to Albany after he was caught not enforcing the law.

He put up a sign to tell his customers why they suddenly need more dough for their poppy-seed bagels.

"We apologize for this change and share in your frustration on this additional tax," the sign reads.

At the famed Murray's Bagels in Chelsea, the cashier didn't tax a $1 sliced cinnamon raisin bagel.

However, he did hit a sesame bagel with scallion cream cheese with a tax.

"I'll tax if someone's getting, like, six or more sliced bagels, but I'm not going to charge tax on one," said the cashier.

Twitter earning more money but still not profitable

CNN Money: Twitter COO: Still not profitable

Dick Costolo, COO of the micro-blogging site explains how Twitter hopes to one day turn tweets into profit.
New York Magazine's Daily Intel Blog has some snarky commentary, which reads as follows.

Dick Costolo, Twitter COO, said the micro-blogging site's "promoted Tweets," or ads thinly disguised as tweets, have been successful, but not successful enough to make Twitter profitable. "They're effective, advertisers love them. We're making as much money as we need to make off of them right now," he told CNN reporter Laurie Segall. But promoted tweets will be "just one pillar of monetization" in the future, when Twitter is hemorrhaging cash. For now, while the site has rapidly embedded itself in the culture, is the company even making money? "We're just," he stammered. "We're not profitable right now. The specific thing I say over and over is that we've got plenty of time to grow. We're not worried. The profits will come." So lay off, Laurie!
Looks like Twitter is at least two years behind Facebook, which finally earned a profit last year.
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Dumb Things Americans Believe

Chances are that by now you've heard about the Aug. 19, 2010, Pew poll that found that nearly one fifth of Americans (mistakenly) believe that President Obama is a Muslim. Perhaps you think that a terrifying outlier; or perhaps you're a believer, and then you are in good company. Either way, you're wrong: in fact, remarkably high numbers of Americans believe the most unusual things. Although the portion of poll respondents who believe Obama is a Muslim has risen recently, some of these oddball opinions contain more consistent numbers of believers. Here's a sampling of the nuttiest.

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Andrew Breitbart's Tea Bagging Buddies Heart Janelle Monae?!

Time to bring some of the ONTD back to ONTD_P:


Not much more can be said about the culturally ruinous effects of Lady Gaga. Never before has a “controversial” public persona been so contrived, derivative, and over-calculated. Every single move the woman makes is designed for one thing and one thing only: attention. Gaga (born Stefani Germanotta) is, quite literally, an Internet troll. She employs the same sort of shock-mongering that stars of yesteryear (Madonna, Michael Jackson) peddled to print and television, but her schtick is all about dominating new media: blogs, social networking, and celeb gossip websites. With multimillion dollar marketing firms behind her, she’s been extraordinarily successful, but there’s still hope. We can weather this cultural storm, but it will take courage and diligence. Anyone who’s spent any time on the Internet knows there’s only one way to stop a troll: starve it.

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For once my fellow Republicans have good taste! Also, please feel free to stan, because this is why I posted the lulz to begin with!

Big Hollywood is completely serious. Read the comments for additional lulz and the regular right wing fail.