October 3rd, 2010

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Michael Moore - five ways the Democrats can keep congress

Michael Moore - Oscar and Emmy-winning director
Posted: October 1, 2010 10:49 AM
Five Ways the Democrats Can Avoid a Catastrophe and Pull Off the Mother of All Upsets

The election is one month from tomorrow and, yes, it looks hopeless. November 2nd -- the day the Dems are expected to crash and burn.

Sadly, it's a situation the Democrats have brought upon themselves -- even though the majority of them didn't create the mess we're in. But they've had over a year and a half to start getting the job done to fix it. Instead, they've run scared ever since they took power. To many, the shellacking they're about to receive is one they deserve.

But if you're of a mindset that believes a return to 2001-2008 would be sheer insanity, then you probably agree we've got no choice but to save the Democrats from themselves.
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BREAKING: Beaverton Student Teacher Says He Was Fired for Mentioning in Class That He Would "Choose to Marry a Man."

A student teacher in the Beaverton School District who has been summarily dismissed from his work suspects that his sexual orientation is the reason he has been booted from the school district.

Seth Stambaugh, 23, a graduate teaching student at Lewis and Clark college, was placed in Beaverton Student District as a student teacher in a 4th and 5th grade class at Sexton Mountain, a public Beaverton elementary. He worked there for a couple weeks preparing for the school year.

But just after school started, Stambaugh's teaching partner called him aside told him a parent had filed a strange complaint: that Stambaugh was dressed inappropriately. On the day of the complaint, says Lake Perriguey, a lawyer who is now working pro-bono of Stambaugh's case, Stambaugh was wearing pressed slacks, a button-up oxford shirt, and a cardigan that was a gift from his grandfather. The principal did not take any action.

Later in the week, Stambaugh was leading a journaling activity in the classroom when one of the students asked whether Stambaugh was married. Stambaugh said he was not and, when the student asked why, replied that it would be illegal for him to get married because he "would choose to marry another guy." The student pressed further, asking if that meant Stambaugh liked to hang out with guys and Stambaugh responded, "Yeah." That was the end of the conversation.

After that, says Perriguey, word of the short conversation apparently got back to parent who had previously complained about Stambaugh's appearance. The parent called the school and threatened to remove his child from the classroom.

On September 15th, the principal of Sexton Mountain called the Beaverton School District and told them that Stambaugh was barred from teaching in the district. Stambaugh was told that the comments he had made about his marital status were "inappropriate."

"There's no factual dispute about what happened," says Stambaugh. "The question is whether we tolerate what happened in this state and this culture."

Beaverton School District spokeswoman Maureen Wheeler stresses that Stambaugh was never technically an employee of the school district, since he was working through Lewis and Clark, and therefore it's not accurate to say he was "fired." "It’s not an employee issue, we requested a change of placement for this teacher," says Wheeler. Lewis and Clark, she explains, made the final call on what would happen to Stambaugh. (SEE UPDATE BELOW)

Wheeler said she did not know the specifics of the conversation or why it was deemed "inappropriate" and would say only, "There were the concerns about the conversation with a fourth grade student."

"The district’s policy and practice is nondiscrimination. We seek diversity in our hiring and we create safe and inclusive environment for students and staff," added Wheeler. In 2008, a former theater teacher sued Beaverton School District for allowing a work environment that "harassed, intimidated and humiliated" him when he produced "The Laramie Project."

Lawyer Perriguey says there was an effort to reinstate Stambaugh, since he had done weeks of prep work for the specific class. But over recent weeks, Beaverton has defended their action as justified and Stambaugh remains on the blacklist. "It was a real loss not just for him but for all his students who have been denied their student teacher," says Perriguey.

Right now, Stambaugh's looking at trying to get a new student teaching job, maybe in the Portland school district. "He's looking at all of his options right now. His primary concern has always been to be a good teacher and pursue his education," says Perriguey. "Hopefully, he'll find a place at a school that doesn't discriminate."

UPDATE 10/1 9 am: Lewis and Clark spokeswoman Jodi Heintz says there's a "discrepancy" in Beaverton School District's characterization of the incident. "We categorically deny that we had the final call on what happened with Seth," says Heintz. Instead, Lewis and Clark received a phone call that Stambaugh had been removed from the school. Usually when there is a conflict between a student teacher and a school, someone from Lewis and Clark sits down and talks it out with the school. In this case, there was no discussion, says Heintz. "The fact that we were completely cut out of the process was an aberration," she says.

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LIVE POST: Brazil General Election, 2010.

Basic facts
about Brazil Election 2010:
  • Voting stations are open from 8 a.m. (7 a.m. EDT) to 5 p.m. (2000 GMT). An exit poll is expected after the poll closes at 6 p.m. (2100 GMT) in the western-most time zone. After that, the Superior Electoral Tribunal will release results in real time as they come in.

  • In the presidential and gubernatorial races, if neither candidate obtains more than 50 percent of the vote, the two front-runners face off in a second round on October 31.
  • In addition to president, the following posts are up for election: 27 state governors; all 513 representatives in the Chamber of Deputies; two-thirds of the 81-seat Senate; and 1,059 representatives to state assemblies.
  • Voting is mandatory for all citizens over the age of 18. Citizens aged 17-18 may vote but are not required to. About 131 million Brazilians are eligible to vote.
  • The vote is the first presidential election since the end of military rule in which Lula is not a candidate.



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DeMint addresses conservative issues at Spartanburg church rally

Sen. Jim DeMint told a crowd of supporters Friday evening that he will continue to recruit like-minded Conservatives across the nation to run for Congress and pastors to join the fight to “take our country back.”

During his roughly 45-minute speech during a Greater Freedom Rally at First Baptist North Spartanburg, DeMint said he's become an outcast in Washington — most recently standing up against a $400,000 congressional earmark to study dredging the port of Charleston. It's an earmark that his colleague Sen. Lindsay Graham supports and a stand that South Carolina chef and cookbook author Nathalie Dupree said convinced her to enter the congressional race as a write-in candidate.

The Democratic candidate for DeMint's seat is Alvin Greene. DeMint said supporting the earmark is like an alcoholic only wanting one more drink and afterward saying he has quit.

DeMint received overwhelming applause when he told the crowd of a few hundred people that he was in the doghouse in Washington. He said he's disliked in the Capitol, but when he gets off planes across the country, people stop and tell him they're praying for him and he has their support.

DeMint said he's supporting candidates such as Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey, Florida Republican nominee Marco Rubio and Kentucky GOP nominee Rand Paul, among others. They, DeMint said, will demand a stop to “reckless government spending” and fight to repeal “Obama-care.” They'll talk about principles and pro-life issues and will fight to keep marriage between a man and a woman, he said.

DeMint predicted an “earthquake” on Nov. 2 and said that likely won't be the end of the change. “People are beginning to see that there's no way we can pay the interest on our debt and every week, we're borrowing money to pay the debt we have and are creating new programs that are costing more money,” he said. “Hopefully in 2012, we'll make headway to repeal some of the things we've done, because politics only works when we're realigned with our Savior.”

The U.S. Constitution, he said, puts the people in charge, and crowds are becoming involved because they want spending stopped.

DeMint said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn't be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn't be in the classroom.

“(When I said those things,) no one came to my defense,” he said. “But everyone would come to me and whisper that I shouldn't back down. They don't want government purging their rights and their freedom to religion.” (emphasis mine)

Duncan residents Mike and Sheila Tate said they were encouraged by DeMint's speech. “He's a great leader for this area because he share our concerns, our values and he's not afraid to speak up — even when it looks like everyone else is against him,” Mike Tate said. The Greater Freedom Rally was sponsored by the CEO Roundtable of South Carolina — a political action committee with the goal to close the chasm between “economic and social conservatives.”



This is all over my Twitter feed today and I feel compelled to comment. Back in 2004, when I was young and brainwashed more conservative than now, DeMint made these SAME COMMENTS. And now it is six years later, he hasn't learned better, the voters haven't learned better....I am just at a loss for words.


Conservative Christians Tackle Divorce, The 'Other' Marriage Crisis

While the campaign by social conservatives against gay marriage has grabbed headlines and consumed millions of lobbying dollars from religious groups, the wider crisis of divorce among straight couples especially evangelicals and often their leaders and political icons has been largely ignored by Christian conservatives.

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And now for something completely different: Right Wing Radio Duck


Activist Robert Erickson (COLUMBUS GO HOME!) posted this video on his Facebook earlier today, and I think it merits sharing.

From Rebellious Pixels' website:
This is a re-imagined Donald Duck cartoon remix constructed from dozens of classic Walt Disney cartoons from the 1930s to 1960s. Donald’s life is turned upside-down by the current economic crisis and he finds himself unemployed and falling behind on his house payments. As his frustration turns into despair Donald discovers a seemingly sympathetic voice coming from his radio named Glenn Beck.

This transformative remix work constitutes a fair-use of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright law. “Right Wing Radio Duck” by Jonathan McIntosh is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 License – permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution.