September 17th, 2010

Boston Legal (Alan) Poop?

Fox News sues Missouri Democrat Robin Carnahan over Senate campaign ad

Fox News Channel has sued Robin Carnahan’s Senate campaign, alleging the unauthorized use of a televised interview featuring rival candidate Roy Blunt that appears in a new Carnahan ad.

Carnahan’s campaign used footage from a “Fox News Sunday” interview with Blunt and the network’s Chris Wallace in early 2006. The footage makes up almost the entire 30-second Carnahan ad, which began running last Friday.

The lawsuit, filed late Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City, contends that the “smear ad” makes it appear that Fox and Wallace are endorsing Carnahan’s campaign. The ad uses Wallace’s image for monetary gain without his permission, violates copyright law and amounts to an invasion of privacy by “misappropriation of likeness,” according to the suit.

“The Carnahan ad is designed to make it appear as if Wallace — a trusted journalist — is instead speaking as a campaign operative,” the lawsuit stated.


Wallace is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

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Australian Federal Opposition Leader Tony Aboott stars at sexist awards night

TONY Abbott has taken out two Ernie Awards at the 18th annual forum which names and shames public figures for making sexist comments throughout the year.

But he missed out on the top prize this year, the Gold Ernie, which went to a group of university students at St Paul's College in Sydney for setting up a pro-rape Facebook page.

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Elizabeth Warren named W.H. advisor: will oversee new consumer watchdog agency


LIVE AT 1:30PM FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ROSE GARDEN!!!




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President Obama will formally announce this afternoon the appointment of Elizabeth Warren to oversee the government's new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

The financial regulation law provides the Treasury Department authority to run the new consumer protection bureau while the nomination of its director is pending. In this role, Warren will hold the temporary job of Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury, a chain of command that will likely change when a permanent Director fills the position.

The former Harvard Law professor and chair of the Congressional Oversight panel for TARP, Warren will orchestrate the creation of the new consumer watchdog agency in the coming months. The interim appointment by the President allows Warren to begin the job immediately without going through Senate confirmation.

The consumer bureau was created under the financial regulatory bill Obama signed into law earlier this year. It will have powers to enforce regulations covering mortgages, credit cards and other financial products, and be financed by the Federal Reserve.

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From her post on the White House blog yesterday:


 

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Bonus internet cookies for anyone who can make a cool-ass Elizabeth Warren macro for this!  :D

ETA: Macro credit to [info]poetic_pixie_13 !

Oh, and "pull up our socks and get to work" is now my favorite new catch-phrase!

Mod note:  Can we get an Elizabeth Warren tag, plz?  Thx!
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Shenanigans Friday: September 17, 2010.

"What's next? Orgy rooms? Menage a trois rooms? ... [Co-ed dorms are] like a radical LOLgenda forced on college students." --Christine O'DonneLLOL

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by nightcamedown (context)[LINK FIXED]
Reporting

Turkey's democratic push

The passage of constitutional reforms pressed by the moderate Islamist AKP move the nation forward.

A political party espousing a commitment to what it calls "Islamic moral values" has brought Turkey closer to a full-fledged democracy than it has ever been.

On Sunday, 30 years after a military coup overturned the democratically elected government of Suleyman Demirel, Turks voted overwhelmingly for constitutional changes pushed through by the moderate Islamists of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (known by its Turkish initials AKP).

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Reza Aslan is the author of "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam." Follow him on Twitter @AslanMedia.

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redrocker

SI.com : Sainz Incident is Just the Latest Example of Athletes Behaving Badly

Athletes behaving like boorish frat boys toward women is a tired act

Story Highlights
The misinformation about women reporters in the locker room is absurd
It happens without incident every day around the country as women do their jobs
In a few more years, we'll probably be talking about an Ines Sainz-like issue again


Every few years, like clockwork, some overpaid athletes act like boorish frat boys and my job becomes a subject of debate.

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Just wanted ontd_p to know that despite another recently posted article, not all sports fans are going "hurr hurr, womens in sports is dumb!"


Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/ann_killion/09/14/reporters/index.html#ixzz0zpLhrDX8
dappersquid

Fear, Anger and Frustration Before Afghanistan's Poll

The Taliban has posted warning letters around the country, threatening to punish those who decide to vote in the poll. Fear, anger and frustration. This is how an elder from a village in the restive province of Ghazni described the mood on the streets ahead of Saturday's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. Although the Afghan government and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) have assured full protection to all those willing to exercise their franchise, the elder said not many people in his Godali village were willing to take a chance.

''The Taliban descended on our village last (Thursday) night. They posted hand-written notes on our doors and the walls of the local mosque. "The notes say anyone taking part in the vote will be killed. We are scared,'' the elder told me, requesting that his name be kept confidential.

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Calvin & Hobbes: Hug

"Obama in Wonderland", my future-husband writes

Alice in Wonderland, Chapter 12:
 
"Let the jury consider their verdict," the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.
"No, no!" said the Queen. "Sentence first -- verdict afterward."
"Stuff and nonsense!" said Alice loudly. "The idea of having the sentence first!"
"Hold your tongue!" said the Queen, turning purple.
"I won't!" said Alice.
"Off with her head!" the Queen shouted at the top of her voice.
Scott Shane, The New York Times, April 6, 2010:
 
The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Tuesday. . . . It is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for an American to be approved for targeted killing, officials said.
The Associated Press, yesterday:
 
The Obama administration is considering filing the first criminal charges against radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in case the CIA fails to kill him and he is captured alive in Yemen.
So at least eight months after the President imposed the death penalty on this American citizen without charges -- Dana Priest reported back in January that "Bush gave the CIA, and later the military, authority to kill U.S. citizens abroad"; "the Obama administration has adopted the same stance"; and "the CIA list included three U.S. citizens, and an intelligence official said that [Anwar] Aulaqi's name has now been added" -- the Obama administration is now "considering" filing criminal charges against him.  If it were Obama's goal to replicate the mentality of the Wonderland Queen as completely as possible, could he do a better job than this:   I, the President, hereby unilaterally sentence Anwar Awlaki to death . . . (8 months later):  we shall now consider charging him with a crime, giving him a trial, and obtaining a verdict.  "Sentence first -- verdict afterward," said the Queen.
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Source: Salon