August 29th, 2010

Digimon: BITCH NO

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Man fires pepper spray on protesters outside Marine's funeral
By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- A motorist fired pepper spray Saturday at a group of demonstrators and counter-protesters outside a funeral for a U.S. Marine in Omaha, Nebraska, police said.

The incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) as members of a small Kansas church that protests at military funerals and counter-protesters stood nearly a block away from First United Methodist Church during services for Staff Sgt. Michael Bock, 26, who died August 13 in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

A man in a Ford-150 pickup truck drove by, extended his arm and sprayed with a large can, police said. His vehicle was stopped a few minutes later.

"Initial indications are he was probably targeting the Westboro Baptist Church" protesters, said officer Michael Pecha, a spokesman for Omaha police.

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5 weeks, 135 million votes to go.

Brazil's next president:
Where things stand

By Gabriel Elizondo

Brazil is leaning heavily towards electing the country's first female president.

Dilma Rousseff has never been elected to public office, but the polls indicate her first such position could be the most important one in Brazil: President.
Mrs President.

That is the basic conclusion from the array of new polling data released in the past two weeks that show Rousseff, the Workers Party candidate, has taken clear command of the presidential race for the October 3 election.

In a new poll released this weekend by Ibope, Rousseff has 51% of the intended vote, while main opposition candidate, Jose Serra, has dipped to 27%. This is the first poll since the campaigning began that shows Rousseff has exceeded 50%, but the third poll in the past week that has showed Serra dropping below 30% mark.

Rousseff is Lula's hand picked candidate. In Brazil this election, a vote for Rousseff is a vote for Lula.

To see how far Rousseff has come, keep in mind when the first poll came out way back in February 2008 – before any candidate was officially declared - Rousseff was polling at 9% and Serra at 57%.

As recently as January of this year, Rousseff, who by then was very much a declared candidate, was steadily rising but still polling at about 29% while Serra was hanging strong with about 41%.

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5 weeks in politics is a long, loooong time. Anyway, I think this article is easy to understand, very simple and a bit superficial but not as rushed as most others I saw in English.

The first day for Staten Island students comes with quick reward

This is a NYC-wide issue, and I apologize for the local article, but its one of the most recent ones. I found a few from June, so they've been fighting this ALL SUMMER.

Source: Staten Island Advance

STATEN, ISLAND, N.Y. -- To the chagrin of school staffs across the borough, the city Department of Education is set on its plan for school to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The start of the year became a controversy when school let out in June because the first week will last just one day. Schools will be closed Thursday, Sept. 9, and Friday, Sept. 10, for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

The fear among teachers and school staff members is that attendance will be low on the first day, and teachers will have to reiterate instruction on Monday for those who missed it the initial time.

The first day of school is when you go over class rules and homework procedures," said Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers. "You talk about what the expectations are for the students. They're going to have to repeat that."

Instead, Mulgrew said he would rather Schools Chancellor Joel Klein change the first day of school to Sept. 13.

"The chancellor has the power," he said. "He can change it with a swipe of his pen."

In a letter addressed to principals on June 28, Klein said he and the mayor thought it made sense to adopt Sept. 13 for classes to begin, and for schools to use Sept. 8 as a staff development day. but that the UFT refused the proposal.

However, Mulgrew said permission isn't needed from the UFT.

"It's in your power to change this -- you don't need to talk to me," he said. "Just change the day and we can stop all of this silliness."

Initially, in June, Mulgrew had suggested letting individual schools determine when to start school, but Klein said that would be too hectic.

"We cannot have a chaotic system where different schools start classes on different days, which would require different bus schedules as well as different food schedules," he said in the letter. "It would be confusing to parents, a further strain on our budget, and disruptive to the overall school calendar."

Despite the arguments, however, a spokesman said the DOE does not plan to adjust the date for the start of school.


"Logic! Why don't they ever teach LOGIC in these schools?"

I enjoy the back and forth, here. Its all mincing words. "They said we can't change it!" "Yes they can, just not the way the wanted!"
movies | Ferris Bueller's Day Off

"Glenn Beck: I shouldn't have called Obama racist, he's really just a liberation theology Marxist".

Glenn Beck has stepped back from his claim that President Obama is "racist."The bombastic Fox News commentator now says he misspoke when he said the Commander-in-Chief had a "deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture."

"It shouldn't have been said," the 46-year-old former disc jockey said on Fox News Sunday. "I have a big fat mouth sometimes and I say things, and that's not the way people should behave. And it was not accurate."

What does Beck wish he had said? He's not racist, he's just a "Marxist."
"He is a guy who understands the world through liberation theology," Beck told Chris Wallace.

Founded in Latin America during the 1950s and based in Christian beliefs, "liberation theology" involves the belief that the poor need to be freed from economic, political or social injustice.

Calling the theology "Marxism disguised as religion," Beck argued it goes against what most Christians believe.

"That is a direct opposite of what the gospel is talking about," he said.

Beck has linked Obama to liberation theology before, most notably during his time as a commentator on CNN's Headline News.

He also discussed it last week on his Fox News program.

Obama was also linked with black liberation theology, which is a race-specific version of the belief, through his relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the controversial former pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.


In which Beck demonstrates precisely why his attempt yesterday to hijack a major anniversary linked to MLK, a

  1. social justice activist, who
  2. used religion to demand that the poor and marginalized be freed from political/social injustice, and a
  3. Civil Rights-era archetype of modern African-American liberation theology
...remains deeply ironic.

Is anyone from ONTD_P going to Dragon*Con this next week?

I know this isn't a story, per se, but as it pertains directly to the membership of the comm, I'm hoping the mods will let it post:

So, getting ready to head up to Atlanta for dragoncon  this Labor Day weekend, and was wondering if anyone else from ontd_political  is going to attend.  Was thinking that it might be fun to do a meet-up some time on Thursday afternoon at the Marriott Marquis bar Pulse to have drinks and hang.  I'm thinking early to mid afternoon on Thursday since that should be not too packed with major events yet.  Alternate time suggestions are certainly welcome as well.  Plus, if I have a contact list of those who intend to be there, I can coordinate directly with folks to schedule something that works for nearly everyone. 

Any takers?   :)

Mods:  I'm curious to know if there's any way to do a lmited type of sticky post for the first few days this week, since I imagine this will get buried almost immediately by the deluge of stories due to Beckapalooza this past weekend.  Thx!  ;p

UPDATE:  Since it appears that quite a few folks won't make it til later on Thursday or early Friday, I'm thinking I should bump our meet-up until Friday afternoon.  Contact me at "Ldyandrea at hotmail dot com" if you're interested in showing up and I'll coordinate with folks via email regarding a good time for the majority of folks.
Warm tone butterfly (by fruitpunch_it)

Margaret Thatcher blocked Soviet aid for striking miners, files reveal

She was the prime minister at the height of her powers, using every arm of the state to crush the striking miners. He was the Soviet heir apparent who had authorised a large donation to help striking comrades in the UK.

Now newly released Downing Street documents have shed fresh light on the relationship between Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev, exposing how Thatcher exerted intense diplomatic pressure on the future leader to successfully block a Soviet donation of much-needed cash to the strikers.

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Tea Party Group Hit With Death Threats

One of Washington's principal supporters of the Tea Party movement, former GOP Majority Leader Dick Armey's FreedomWorks, has been receiving death threats and profanity-laced phone calls as it gets involved in the fall elections. The number and intensity have reached such heights that the organization is leaving its downtown location near the FBI and moving to a high-security building near the U.S. Capitol.

"FreedomWorks and Dick Armey receive dozens of threatening and harassing calls and E-mails each day. Many imply violence and use of weapons," spokesman Adam Brandon tells Whispers. "As we get closer to the election we expect the harassment to increase."

He says that FreedomWorks will hire additional security, meaning less money for its election-eve, get-out-the-vote, or GOTV, campaign. "Unfortunately, we may have to use resources for security guards that we would rather use for GOTV," he said.

The group plans to move to 400 North Capitol Street NW, a secure building two blocks from the U.S. Capitol. That building also houses Fox News Channel's Washington Bureau and several other media outlets.

FreedomWorks provided some of the recordings of the threatening calls to Whispers and they include physical threats and profanity aimed at the group, Tea Party spokesmen and even conservative talkers. "You guys better watch it," says one caller. "Now, we are going to destroy and obliterate Rush [Limbaugh] and Sean Hannity," said another. "Those two guys are dead."