September 9th, 2010

Obama has a crush on me


Greatest campaign stump speech, EVER

Phil Davidson for Stark County Republican party treasurer


The owner/recorder of the video took it down. But HuffPo had their own copy:

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He did an interview w/Christina Bellantoni of Talking Points Memo! I interviewed on my show and met her at Netroots Nation, I heart her! ^_^


More people have seen Phil Davison's impassioned plea to become county treasurer than live in his tiny town of Minerva, Ohio, but Davison told TPM in an interview today he wasn't familiar with YouTube until he woke up this morning as an Internet sensation.

"I went home and had a ham sandwich and went to bed and thought that was the end of it," Davison said when reached at home this afternoon. "A friend called, and well, I'm not very good with electronics, is there a YouTube? It was on some kind of electronic server."

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Indian Rape Victims Given "Finger Test"

India: Prohibit Degrading ‘Test’ for Rape
Forensic Exams Should Respect Survivors’ Rights to Health, Privacy, and Dignity

(Mumbai) - Many Indian hospitals routinely subject rape survivors to forensic examinations that include the unscientific and degrading "finger" test, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. It urged the Indian government to ban the practice, used to determine whether the rape survivor is "habituated" to sexual intercourse, as it reforms its laws on sexual violence.

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Ontario upholds ban on gay men donating blood

OTTAWA—Gay rights groups are reacting angrily to a court decision that upholds the ban on men who have sex with men from giving blood.

In dismissing a constitutional challenge, an Ontario court ruled that Canadian Blood Services is not a government entity, so the charter does not apply to its policies.

Helen Kennedy of Egale Canada says the decision has negative consequences on charter rights.

In the decision, the judge did note that she appreciates the sense of injustice gay and bisexual men feel about the policy.

But the judge adds that the impact is not “in the same league” as a blood recipient being asked to accept lower safety standards.

Monique Doolittle-Romas, the executive director of the Canadian AIDS Society, says it's “disturbing” that the court framed the case as a “contest” between safety and gay rights.

Canadian Blood Services had sued Kyle Freeman, a gay man who lied when giving blood, and the court has now found him liable for $10,000 for negligent misrepresentation.

Freeman, who had syphilis when he donated blood, had argued he lied because the policy wasn't scientifically justified and violated his rights.

He launched a counterclaim under the charter, but in an Ontario Superior Court ruling released Thursday the judge dismissed it.

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McCain pleads against Koran burning

US Senator John McCain pleaded on Thursday for the Florida pastor planning to burn hundreds of Korans to reconsider, warning the incendiary gesture could endanger US troops overseas.

"Pastor (Terry) Jones' threats to burn the Koran will put American service men/women in danger - for their sake, please don't do it!" McCain said on his Twitter feed, which has about 1.7 million followers.

The Arizona senator's comments came a day after his 2008 White House running mate, Sarah Palin, said on her Facebook page that the Koran burning should not go forward amid a chorus of global outrage.

McCain became the latest high-profile Republican to warn against plans to torch Islam's holy book at an event to mark nine years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by the extreme Islamist al-Qaeda network.

On Wednesday, House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner told ABC television that "just because you have a right to do something in America does not mean it is the right thing to do".

"We're a nation of religious freedom. We're also a nation of tolerance. And I think in the name of tolerance, people ought to really think about the kind of actions they're taking," said Boehner.

"I just think that it's not wise to do this in the face of what our country really represents," said Boehner.

Some top Republicans have kept quiet, including former president George W. Bush, who worked hard during his eight years in office to tamp down hostility towards Muslims in the United States.

Boehner and Palin each likened Jones's plans to a project to build a community centre to include a mosque some two blocks from the site of the September 11 attacks in New York City, saying both were inappropriate.

P // Stop taking everything so seriously

Got-No-Sensitive: What 'Sensitivity' Really Means

Blatant ladypolitik/haruhiko bait is blatant. Jay Smooth is, again, better than you and is spot-on as usual. I would really like it if politicians and public figures (espeically certain blowhard, appropriation happy media personalities) started taking responsibility for what they say, instead of pandering to people's fears or not speaking out because they'll loose votes. But that would require courage and personal responsibility, so.

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University of Oregon opens gender inclusive housing

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon is opening gender inclusive housing, also known as co-ed dorm rooms, where even the bathrooms are shared by men, women and transgendered.
Gay rights advocates say the new housing option will help students feel safe.
Bathroom access could become a statewide issue.
The Oregon Student Association plans to introduce legislation next session to require single occupancy, gender neutral restrooms on all college campuses.
The concern is largely for transgender students who some say they may not feel comfortable using men's or women's bathrooms.
"We do a lot of things by gender.  We assume that everything needs to be divided by gender.  And maybe at one time culturally that was true.  But I think we're seeing more and more with every civil rights movement, gender doesn't have to be the defining factor," said Chicora Martin, LGBT.
The UO is already taking steps to be more transgender friendly by opening new gender inclusive dormitories where people of any sex can share a room.

Mr. T the Patriot

Border Patrol is grappling with misconduct cases in its ranks

September 07, 2010|By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau

Reporting from Del Rio, Texas — One by one, Border Patrol agents took the witness stand in the federal courthouse here last week to testify against a fellow officer, their faces creased with anguish.

By their accounts, Agent Jesus Enrique Diaz Jr., a husband and father with seven years on the job, tortured a 16-year-old drug smuggler two years ago by wrenching his handcuffed arms upward as he pressed a knee into his back. In an effort to make the boy reveal where he had hidden marijuana bundles near the Rio Grande, Diaz also kicked him and dropped him face-first on the ground, agents testified.Collapse )

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The Florida pastor who had planned to burn copies of the Quran on Saturday has called it off.

The Rev. Terry Jones of the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center made the announcement Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, President Obama said Jones' plan, which had triggered worldwide controversy, would be a "recruitment bonanza for al Qaeda."

"You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan" as a result of the proposal by Jones, Obama said on ABC's "Good Morning America." "This could increase the recruitment of individuals who'd be willing to blow themselves up in American cities, or European cities."

Jones had previously said he would proceed with the plan Saturday -- the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- despite increased pressure to abandon the proposal and warnings that going ahead could endanger U.S. troops and Americans worldwide.

There were several developments prior to Jones' cancellation announcement:

-- Local governments said they were going to bill Jones for the extra cost of security for Saturday's event.

-- Interpol on Thursday issued a global alert to its 188 member countries, warning of a "strong likelihood" of violent attacks if the Quran burning proceeds.

-- An armed Christian organization, which withdrew its support for the Quran-burning event last month, said the administration "needs to stay out of this" and pledged to defend the Dove Center's right to hold the event, despite its disagreement.

-- The FBI warned local law enforcement that the plan, along with other recent controversies involving the American Muslim community, could lead to hate crimes and could encourage extremist rhetoric, although a federal law enforcement official said there was no credible information that attacks were planned.

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Judge declares U.S. military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy openly banning gay service members unconstitutional

September 9, 2010 | 6:07 pm

A federal judge in Riverside declared the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional Thursday, saying the “don't ask, don't tell” policy violates the 1st Amendment rights of lesbians and gay men.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips said the policy banning gays did not preserve military readiness, contrary to what many supporters have argued, saying evidence shows that the policy in fact had a “direct and deleterious effect’’ on the military.

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