September 28th, 2010

Obama has a crush on me

Republican candidate for governor wants to ban voters from debates

I was at the NV senate forum where "the fight" broke out

I was also at the gubernatorial debate. There was a tailgate party in the parking lot. About 100+ supporters were there for Rory and about 20 people were there for Brian. They just sat on the other side of the parking lot, glaring at us.

And if shitting in first amendment rights wasn't enough to hate Brian Sandoval. he said he wants an SB1070 type law in NV. He's not worried about it effecting his children because "they don't look hispanic"


Brian Sandoval's campaign expressed concerns after a fistfight broke out at a recent U.S. Senate candidate forum that supporters could clash outside a scheduled gubernatorial debate in Las Vegas and prove "hazardous."

Sandoval's campaign asked the Nevada Broadcasters Association to "do away with" gatherings outside the television studio where the debate between Sandoval and Democrat Rory Reid will be held Oct. 7, according to an e-mail obtained Monday by the Associated Press.

"While there will be security, it's our view that for our supporters who attend outside it is still hazardous," Sandoval spokeswoman Mary-Sarah Kinner wrote.

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---- Associated Press Writer Cristina Silva in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

An Eye for your Thoughts

How Many More Have to Die? Thirteen Year Old Bullied to the Point of Suicide

A 13-year old middle school student in Harris, Texas commiting suicide last week over eighteen months of solid bullying over his sexual orientation. It's alleged that the schools teachers and admininstration did nothing to stop it, even after multiple calls from the parents of Asher Brown to the school to please intervene.

The school, Hamilton Middle School, denies any calls from the parents were made.

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Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans

Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.

Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.

On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.

Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.

“Even after all these other factors, including education, are taken into account, atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons still outperform all the other religious groups in our survey,” said Greg Smith, a senior researcher at Pew.

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I read this on the train this morning and cackled right out loud. I love it. EDIT: Thank you to papilio_luna for linking to the quiz in comments--lol whoops I shoulda done that.

Middle-aged suicide rates up this decade; economy blamed

Reuters: Middle-aged suicides on rise in U.S., study finds
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
WASHINGTON | Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:29pm EDT

Suicide rates for middle-aged people are edging up -- particularly for white men without college degrees -- and a combination of poor health and a poor economy may be driving it, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Middle-aged people usually have a relatively low risk for suicide as they seek to support their families, but baby boomers are bucking this trend, sociologists Julie Phillips of Rutgers University in New Jersey and Ellen Idler of Emory University in Atlanta found.

"If these trends continue, they are cause for concern," Phillips and Idler wrote in the journal Public Health Reports.

"Male baby boomers have yet to reach old age, the period of the male life course at highest risk for suicide; if they continue to set historically high suicide rates as they did in adolescence and now in middle age, their rates in old age could be very high indeed."


"One question we asked was does this have something to do with the people?" Phillips said in a telephone interview. "Baby boomers have been a group noted for high rates of suicide in the past. It makes me wonder if there is something about baby boomers that may contribute to this pattern."

To figure out what might be causing the changes, Idler and Phillips looked at potential outside factors -- although they note that just because two things happen at the same time, it does not prove cause and effect.

"Unemployment rates in the U.S. rose between 2000 and 2003 at the same time that middle-aged suicide rates increased rapidly," they wrote.

"In addition, rates of bankruptcy increased between 1991 and 2007, in part because of changes in the law, but with personal financial consequences nevertheless."

And baby boomers are the least healthy middle-aged generation, with large rates of obesity and the diseases that result, such as diabetes and heart disease.

"The percentage of those aged 45 to 64 years with multiple chronic diseases increased from 13 percent in 1996 to 22 percent in 2005, with a concomitant rise in out-of-pocket spending for health-care services," Phillips and Idler wrote.

"The burden of disease falls disproportionately on those who are less educated, the group also least likely to have adequate employer-based health insurance."
And this doesn't even include the effects of the recession just officially ended. All of this began during the previous recession and continued through the recovery and expansion of the housing boom. If this isn't an indictment of the previous administration's economic and health care policy, I don't know what is.

More at the source, linked to in the headline.

Guillermo del Toro: Reverse segregation/racism

Guillermo del Toro: "[...] I was essentially, actually, it's almost what you normally describe as racism or segregation in reverse because, I, uh, a kid that blond in Mexico is, like, immediately targeted".

Mods: There aren't any news websites that focused on his privileged comment, so I'm just pasting the original text, indicating when he said those words and writing a short transcript for those who can't open the player.

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Venezuela's opposition hails election gains

Venezuela's opposition is celebrating the results of Sunday's poll, in which it overturned President Hugo Chavez's two-thirds majority in parliament.

A spokesman for the opposition umbrella group, the Table for Democratic Unity (MUD), said he was "very happy".

Near-complete results show the MUD won 65, with Mr Chavez's United Socialist Party (PSUV) gaining 98.

The president later said the election was an "important victory" for the country's socialist revolution.

"They say they won," he said, referring to opposition celebrations.

"Well, keep 'winning' then! It suits me like that," said Mr Chavez.

However, his PSUV will now be unable to pass major bills unaided.

The opposition will be capable of thwarting some of Mr Chavez's key socialist reforms, be they appointments to the Supreme Court or backing for sweeping new laws.

It seems that the president will now have to find some way to work with the opposition representatives in parliament, the BBC's Will Grant in Caracas reports.

This vote could mark either the start of a new era of co-operation or the beginning of another period of bitter confrontation in Venezuelan politics, our correspondent adds.

Sunday's poll was also seen as a test of Mr Chavez's popularity ahead of presidential elections in 2012.

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2012 should be fun.
This is a witty Space Ghost reference.

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: How the ONS cock-up threatens us all

The Office of National Statistics proved this week that number crunchers should forever keep their noses out of trying to put a number on how many gay people in the UK. Their Integrated Household Survey asked 230,000 people over the phone various questions, including ‘pioneering’ and ‘experimental’ ones about respondents sexuality. And the results are that barely 1.5% of the British population are LGB, there’s just 750,000 gays, lesbians and bisexuals living in Britain. This the tax payer funded ONS paraded this figure around the media, yes with a straight face.

Predictably, the Daily Mail used this ammunition to pound away at equal citizenship for LGBT people.

“The figure explodes the assumption - long promoted by social experts and lobbyists - that the number is up to ten times higher than this at one in ten…The number is far lower than the estimate used as a basis for the distribution of millions of pounds in public money to sexual equality causes.”

Journalists across the county failed to put this figure under even the most basic scrutiny, swallowing it whole. The Herald proclaimed just one in one hundred Scots were gay, the BBC News website trumpeted that the countries gay population had finally been revealed, and a Conservative MP Philip Davies said: “An awful lot of focus in diversity issues is given to people’s sexual preference and this difference is not as widespread as believed.”

But lets put this figure under proper scrutiny, despite no mainstream media doing so. If only 750,000 Brits are gay, why are there 2.2 million British profiles on Gaydar and Gaydar Girls? Thats 6.7% of the population who are members of just one gay dating website. 2.2 million is our baseline figure, we know that there are at least this many LGBT people in the UK, but Gaydar, despite its popularity, does not represent 100% of the gay population. There are the people who are on other dating and social networking websites other than Gaydar, and there are all those people, an uncountable number, of LGBT people, who simply aren’t on any gay website. Some maybe in relationships, some may not have access to the Internet, some may simply just not want to have an online profile.

Even if Gaydar has around half of all British LGBT people as members, that means that gay people account for about 13 – 15% of the population, even higher that the usual prediction of 10%.

When 2.2 million Brits are members of just one gay dating website, the fact that the ONS can say with a straight face that there are only 750,000 gay people is woefully ignorant, incompetent and coupled with journalistic naivety, downright dangerous.

Get in touch with the ONS by emailing them at or call (0) 845 601 3034.

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'Emancipation day' for sex-trade workers

TORONTO- Ottawa is "strongly considering" appealing a court decision that strikes down key provisions of Canada's prostitution law.

Rona Ambrose, minister for the status of women, signalled the federal government's intentions today.

The Ontario Superior Court ruled the laws are unconstitutional because they're contributing to the danger faced by sex-trade workers.

The decision is being hailed as an emancipation for sex-trade workers.

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Iran sentences blogger to 19 years in prison

Iran sentences blogger to 19 years in prison

TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian news website said Tuesday a court has sentenced a well-known Canadian-Iranian blogger to more than 19 years in prison.

The conservative website,, which is close to Iran's presidential office, said Hossein Derakhshan was convicted on charges of co-operation with hostile countries, spreading propaganda against the ruling establishment, promotion of counterrevolutionary groups and insulting Islamic thoughts and religious figures.

The report said Derakhshan can appeal.

Derakhshan, who made trips to Israel and blogged in both English and Farsi, has been in prison since 2008. It was unclear if he would benefit from time served.

Last week, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and PEN Canada said Derakhshan's family had told them that the Iranian prosecutor was calling for the death penalty.

They said they were joining the family in asking for the Canadian government to intervene in the case.

Iranian authorities have arrested numerous bloggers in recent years in a bid to clamp down on Internet dissent.


OP Says: For the love of God, don't read the comments!

Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly bond over campaign corruption

Jon Stewart welcomed Bill O'Reilly of Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" with rose petals and a "We've Got O'Reilly" showtune. The conservative talk-show host was there to talk about his book, "Pinheads and Patriots: Where you stand in the Age of Obama"

Flowers and song were a much grander welcome than what Stewart received the last time he appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor." He got a "Stewart is back, it's inexplicable, but he's here" from his counterpart.

Stewart spoke about how hurt he was with the lack of hospitality at Fox, a.k.a. "The Temple of Doom." But he also gave O'Reilly credit for being the "fairest person over there."


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