October 25th, 2010

That child is surely me...
  • perthro

More human rights abuses in China

Stuff you don't usually get news about: forced labour camps in China, an insiders' look:


BEIJING--They're stripped of their dignity, forced to toil at monotonous work and suffer the embarrassment of wearing clothes stained with their excrement.

And many of them still don't know why they were forced to endure such punishment.

They are former inmates of China's re-education-through-labor system, a practice that has been harshly criticized as a gross violation of human rights. Authorities, however, consider it an important measure to maintain public order.

Under the system, citizens accused of disturbing public order can be detained based solely on the judgment of labor management committees, which are actually operated by the police.

Periods of incarceration are for up to three years. However, one-year extensions are also possible.

Many citizens critical of the government are taken into custody and sentenced to forced labor under this system.

Ye Jinghuan, 57, a career woman working for a Beijing-based foreign company, experienced the harsh conditions of her "re-education."

She and others had often gathered in front of the China Central Television station in central Beijing to protest the government over bankruptcy proceedings for a company that they had invested in.

On each occasion, the police were informed of the time the demonstration.

In March 2007, police accompanied Ye from her home to the protest site, where she was joined by 15 associates.

After about 15 minutes had passed, Ye was unexpectedly taken into custody by the police as the suspected leader of the protest and sent to a detention house.

There was no trial and she wasn't immediately informed why she was being detained. In April, she was charged with "disrupting social order" and sentenced to 21 months at a re-education-through-labor camp.

"The police told me I would be released if I admitted to the crime they had investigated. However, it wasn't made clear what crime I had committed, so I refused. I was probably sent to the labor camp because they were unable to prosecute me with any crime," she said.

She was transferred to a facility on the outskirts of the city along with six other women. They were ordered to squat down by the man in charge who was called "captain" and were given short haircuts.

Ye was assigned to a room with six bunk beds and metal bars over the window. The youngest of her cellmates was 16 and serving time for prostitution. The oldest, 70, was in for practicing Falun Gong, which was banned.

The room was monitored with surveillance cameras, and the inmates were not permitted to go within a meter of the door or window.

The next morning, a strand of hair stuck to Ye's neck when she washed her face. When she tried to wipe it away with water, a guard screamed at her, "When did you get permission to wash your neck!"

She asked for permission but was denied. "I haven't done anything wrong. Why do I have to suffer through all this unpleasantness? This is nothing but forced obedience, an attempt to completely crush my dignity as a person," she said she thought at the time.

Like the other inmates, she was only allowed to use the restroom four times a day: 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Inmates were not allowed to have bowel movements during the 6 a.m. slot.

On occasion, Ye had to defecate in her pants.

Inmates rose at 6 a.m. and the lights were turned off at 10 p.m.

(This gets rather long, so the rest is at the source)
  • lesket

Peter Bossman becomes Eastern Europe's first black mayor

A Ghana-born doctor nicknamed "the Obama of Piran" became the first black mayor in eastern Europe yesterday after he was elected in Piran, south-western Slovenia.

Peter Bossman, 54, said he was "happy and proud" to have been elected to the post after winning a second round runoff in the town with just over half the votes.

Bossman settled in Slovenia, then still part of Yugoslavia, in the 1970s after arriving in the country to study medicine. He decided to stay after marrying a fellow student from Croatia.

Speaking about his campaign, in which he said he would introduce electric cars to the town, Bossman said: "I based my campaign on a dialogue, and I think the dialogue has won."

But Bossman was criticised during the campaign for not speaking fluent Slovene, the country's official language, prompting him to say in an interview with Delo, one of Slovenia's leading newspapers, that a friend and professor of Slovenian had "offered to give me additional lessons".

However the new mayor, who runs his own private medical practice and is a member of Slovenia's governing centre-left Social Democrat party, said he had not suffered racial discrimination.

"In the first months after coming to Slovenia I felt that some people did not want to be with us [African immigrants]. But for the last 10 or 15 years … I have no problems at all and I think people no longer see the colour of my skin when they look at me," he said.

Slovenia has a population of around 2 million, the majority of whom are native Slovene, and immigration is more common from ex-Yugoslavian countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. There are very few black people living there. The town of Piran, which lies on the Gulf of Piran on the Adriatic Sea, has a population of around 17,000.

Vlado Miheljak, a political analyst, said the vote in Piran was a test of whether Slovenia was "mature enough to elect a non-white political representative."

the Guardian
The title is a bit misleading as Slovenia is not Eastern Europe nor is Mr Bossman the first black mayor in the Former Eastern Bloc, but still, it's such an important achievement.
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John Stewart and American political media coverage spoofed by Taiwanese news program

Comedian Jon Stewart plans to hold a rally for viewers and fans in Washington on October 30. Dubbed the "Rally to Restore Sanity," the event is seen as a response to a similar rally held by Glenn Beck over the summer.

Lending their support to the rally are high-profile liberals such as Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey. Conservative critics allege Stewart is attempting to mobilize young viewers and influence the November 2 elections.

Indeed, the rally is seen as benefiting Obama and the Democrats, who are likely to the polls next week. Obama in turn plans to appear on Stewart's show.

Whether Stewart's fan base can stay energized and show up at the polls remains to be seen. November 2, after all, marks the return of the McRib sandwich at McDonald's.

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How is one gun store tied to so many crimes?

Realco guns tied to 2,500 crimes in D.C. and Maryland

By David S. Fallis
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 24, 2010; 12:34 PM

Outside a baby shower in Landover three years ago, Erik Kenneth Dixon snapped. As he argued with his sister and her boyfriend in a parking lot, the 25-year-old man whipped out a .45-caliber Glock and shot her in the leg. Then he chased down her boyfriend, firing between cars and at the running man's feet until he slipped on wet grass. As the prone man held his hands up in futile defense, Dixon executed him, firing seven times.

By law, Dixon was prohibited from owning a gun. He had spent almost three years in prison for shooting at a man. But three months before the baby-shower killing, he gave his girlfriend $335 and took her to an old brick house on a commercial strip just beyond the District line in Forestville, home to a gun shop called Realco.

"He knew which one he wanted and picked it out," the woman would later tell police.

Dixon's Glock was one of 86 guns sold by Realco that have been linked to homicide cases during the past 18 years, far outstripping the total from any other store in the region, a Washington Post investigation has found. Over that period, police have recovered more than 2,500 guns sold by the shop, including over 300 used in non-fatal shootings, assaults and robberies.

Realco has been known as a leading seller of "crime guns" seized by local police, but a year-long Post investigation reveals the magnitude of Realco's pattern and links the guns sold by the store to specific crimes. The Post compiled its own databases of more than 35,000 gun traces by mining unpublicized state databases and local police evidence logs.

The Post investigation found that a small percentage of gun stores sells most of the weapons recovered by police in crimes - re-confirming the major finding of studies that came out before federal gun-tracing data were removed from public view by an act of Congress in 2003. For the most part, these sales are legal, but an unknown number involve persons who buy for those who cannot, including convicted felons such as Dixon, in a process known as a "straw purchase." Such sales are illegal for the buyer and the store, if it knowingly allows a straw purchase. But cases are hard to prove. Law enforcement officials rarely prosecute gun stores, deterred by high bureaucratic hurdles, political pressure and laws that make convictions difficult.

The investigation also found that:
- Nearly two out of three guns sold in Virginia since 1998 and recovered by local authorities came from about 1 percent of the state's dealers - 40 out of the 3,400 selling guns. Most of those 40 had received government warnings that their licenses were in jeopardy because of regulatory violations. But only four had their licenses revoked, and all are still legally selling guns after transferring their licenses, reapplying or re-licensing under new owners.

- A gun store in Portsmouth, Va., transformed over the past seven years from a modest family-owned business into one of the state's top sellers of "crime guns," leading Virginia in the category of how quickly its guns moved from the sales counter to crime scenes.

- The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which investigates gun trafficking and regulates the firearms industry, is hamstrung by the law, politics and bureaucracy. The agency still has the same number of agents it had three decades ago. It can take as long as eight years between inspections of gun stores. And even when inspectors turn up evidence of missing guns, they cannot compel a dealer to take inventory.

In Maryland, Realco towers over the other 350 handgun dealers in the state as a source of guns confiscated in the District and Prince George's County, the most violent jurisdictions in the area. Nearly one out of three guns The Post traced to Maryland dealers came from Realco. The rest were spread among other shops across the state.

The store is a paradox for law enforcement and politicians. Its owners say they scrupulously follow handgun laws. State and federal regulators have documented only minor problems in numerous inspections.

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Washington Post

Sean Bielat Compares Gays To Short People

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank is in an unexpectedly close race for reelection this year, a sharp departure from 2008 when he cruised back to Washington with 68% of the vote. His challenger this cycle, Republican Sean Bielat, out-fundraised Frank last month.

Bielat also did something else. He made a bizarre comparison when discussing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to the Boston Herald, arguing that gays should have no guaranteed right to serve in the military -- just like short people.

"There's no absolute right to serve. Men under the height of 5 feet, 2 inches can't serve -- I don't see anybody protesting. Where are the people standing in front of the White House, the short guys standing in front of the White House? You don't see it," Bielat told the Boston Herald. "We understand that there's no absolute right to serve in all these other areas," he continued.

Bielat is not the only Republican candidate to make an odd analogy when discussing gays in recent weeks. Last Sunday, Colorado Senate hopeful Ken Buck compared being gay to alcoholism. "I think that birth has an influence over [being gay], like alcoholism and some other things, but I think that basically, you have a choice," the GOP nominee said.

With a new poll showing Frank in a tight race, the longtime Congressman recently took out a $200,000 loan to fund his campaign.

Audio of Bielat's remarks can be found here.

Source says WAT.
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  • chaya

DC Metro Cop Caught Being Awful on Camphone

Drunk Woman On Metro, Cops Defensive, People Upset
A drunk woman's encounter with a police officer definitely didn't go smoothly -- but was it the right thing?
By Rich Abdill

As far as I can tell, this story started at Unsuck DC Metro, a great blog with a great niche. All that's known for sure is in the video, which shows a belligerent woman being treated rather rudely by a police officer at the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro stop -- there's a lot of back and forth in the comments about police abuse of power versus a drunk and disorderly person getting what was coming to them. I'm inclined to think it was a little of both, though only because I think the officer should have been much more concerned about the whole skirt situation.

The blog also posted a response from the police:

This video appears to show a Metro Transit Police officer forcefully arresting a woman at the Gallery Place Metrorail station. I can tell you that the incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m., Sept. 16. However, the video did not provide a complete story of the events that occurred.

The officer initially observed the woman acting disorderly near the fare card machines. He asked her to leave the station. She exited the station and returned a short time later. The video begins when the officer approached her for the second time. She was continuing her disorderly behavior and was asked to leave by the officer. The woman refused to leave and began to argue with the officer. The officer decided to place the woman under arrest. While attempting to place handcuffs on her, she pulled her arm away, and when the officer reached for her other arm, she tripped over the officer's foot, and they both fell to the ground. The officer dropped his handcuffs during the fall and attempted to restrain the woman as he reached for the handcuffs. He eventually handcuffed the woman and placed her under arrest. The woman was charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful entry. The case is scheduled to go to trial.

As soon as the video was brought to the attention of the Metro Transit Police on Sept. 20, the department launched an internal investigation. The investigation has been completed and it was determined that the officer acted lawfully and complied with departmental policies and procedures.

The trip doesn't look intentional, but I don't see any excuse for the dickbaggery that happens once the girl's on the ground. Telling someone to 'stop resisting' when they're clearly face-down on the ground and straddled and just want to leave or at least stop showing their underwear to a dozen people is hardly complying with any policies I'd agree with.

Hot steamy, arrest-resisting sauce.
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Confronting Life - Husband confronts abortion protesters

Aaron Gouveia and his wife were already having the worst day of their lives. Then came the abortion protesters.

“You’re killing your unborn baby!”

That’s what they yelled at me and my wife on the worst day of our lives. As we entered the women’s health center on an otherwise perfect summer morning in Brookline, two women we had never met decided to pile onto the nightmare we had been living for three weeks. These “Christians” verbally accosted us—judged us—as we steeled ourselves for the horror of making the unimaginable, but necessary, decision to end our pregnancy at 16 weeks.

After extensive testing at a renowned Boston hospital three weeks earlier, we were told our baby had Sirenomelia. Otherwise known as Mermaid Syndrome, it’s a rare (one in every 100,000 pregnancies) congenital deformity in which the legs are fused together. Worse than that, our baby had no bladder or kidneys. Collapse )

SOURCE Good Men Project

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  • homasse

Employers looking at health insurance options

Employers looking at health insurance options

The new health care law wasn't supposed to undercut employer plans that have provided most people in the U.S. with coverage for generations.

But last week a leading manufacturer told workers their costs will jump partly because of the law. Also, a Democratic governor laid out a scheme for employers to get out of health care by shifting workers into taxpayer-subsidized insurance markets that open in 2014.

While it's too early to proclaim the demise of job-based coverage, corporate number crunchers are looking at options that could lead to major changes. Gov. Phil Bredesen, D-Tenn., said the economics of dropping coverage are "about to become very attractive to many employers, both public and private."

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Mods, another case of double tags--"health care" and "healthcare."

And personally, I wish the government option hadn't died a horrible death. :(
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Omar Khadr pleads guilty to war crimes

Years of political hand-wringing over Guantanamo Bay's youngest and only remaining western inmate appeared close to an end Monday as Canada's Omar Khadr pleaded guilty to war-crimes charges in the death of a U.S. special forces soldier in Afghanistan eight years ago.

Khadr, who had long denied having thrown the grenade that killed U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer in 2002, abruptly changed his tune when he withdrew his not-guilty plea and entered a guilty plea instead.

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Baby dies as family jump to 'escape devil'

A baby was killed and several more people seriously injured when a family of 11 threw themselves from a third-floor flat to flee a man they mistook for the devil, French investigators said.

The bizarre tragedy came to light on Saturday when firefighters were called to the village of La Verriere on the outskirts of Paris following reports that several people had jumped from a balcony in a welfare housing block.

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Why Are This Woman's Breasts So Famous?

Her name is synonymous with breast cancer awareness, but until recently few people knew who Susan G. Komen even was. The website for the foundation that bears her name doesn't even have a biography of the woman who made breast cancer a household concern.

But as Susan G. Komen for the Cure celebrates its 28th birthday, Komen's sister and SGK founder Nancy Brinker is allowing a shift in focus. She still wants to cure breast cancer, but she's willing to personalize the fight.

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Tammy Bruce On Being Out, Proud, And Conservative


There's a little something I noticed in the reaction to my first article here at the Guardian – a question tucked in the midst of the hundreds of pithy and thoughtful reader contributions – I was asked: what is it like to be gay and conservative?

After all, those conservatives hate the homos, don't they? It must be very, very difficult for me, one concerned reader noted, to be among the intolerant and hateful.

Well, I do suppose I would rather bask in the unbridled sunlight of liberal values of fairness, tolerance and love so eloquently on display in many of the comments made on my first contribution here. I know, it seems like such an odd decision, to reject the Eden of the liberal establishment. Yet strangely, after having been on the left for so long myself, I began to wonder: how much love and understanding can one person take?

Presumably, "batshit crazy"is an English liberal term of endearment, right? When I read another commenter's description of American conservative women politicians as "a bunch of petty, incoherent shrews", I was filled with joy at realising how great it was to be among authentic feminists once again.

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To be honest, this article would have been a lot better if Bruce addressed the Tea Party fail. What do you guys think?

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  • homasse

On the Juan Williams firing - three opinions

Voicing an opinion isn't a firing offense
By Clint Hendler

Over the past year, American news consumers have seen the jobs of several major journalists come to an abrupt end after the wide dissemination of their off-the-cuff comments sparked controversy.

This week, it was Juan Williams, cast aside by NPR for saying that seeing people in "Muslim garb" made him nervous on airplanes and made him think they identified "themselves first and foremost as Muslims."

And so again, just as after the departures of The Washington Post's David Weigel, Hearst Newspapers' Helen Thomas, and Octavia Nasr and Rick Sanchez of CNN, we are asking whether Williams, like these others, stepped over some clear firing-offense line that weaves between offensiveness, journalistic impartiality, honest comment and free speech.

Yes, it would be nice if we could trace a simple, bold, straight line among these competing poles, a line that put all of these recent cases on one side. It would make uncertain journalists sleep easier and make news executives' firing decisions simpler.

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Williams comments should spark discussion, not firing
By Clifford D. May

So much for National Public Radio's commitment to freedom of speech. As just about everyone now knows, NPR fired commentator Juan Williams for expressing not an opinion but a fear -- one that millions of Americans almost certainly share.

"When I get on a plane," Williams told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, "I've got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

This reminded me: A few years ago, I was traveling with a government official from the Middle East. His name clearly identified him as a Muslim. We were screened at two airports, and I noticed he was not searched thoroughly. He told me that was not unusual -- and he was not pleased by it. Why not? Because, he said, "If they're not scrutinizing me, who else are they not looking at? I don't want to get killed in a terrorist attack any more than you do."

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NPR right to fire Juan Williams
By Arsalan Iftikhar

Imagine for a moment that there was a prominent American conservative journalist who ignorantly disparaged an entire minority group on national television, got fired for it by the nation's largest public radio media organization and then still managed to pull down a $2 million payday with the television network where he made the remarks.

Man, it must be nice to be Juan Williams.

A quick recap: Williams, a National Public Radio "news analyst," appeared on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" on Monday to talk about Bill O'Reilly's recent remarks about Muslims on ABC's "The View;" the latter' shows co-hosts, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg, had walked off the television set in protest.

When asked what he thought about the incident, Williams responded: "Look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. ...You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. ... But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

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It's kind of interesting to see this playing out, because fandom is going through a similar thing over Elisabeth Moon and her disinvitation to be a Guest of Honor because of the islamophobic things she said. There's a weird mirroring thing happening with the same three main sentiments popping up in both situations--the person who said shitty things had the right to say shitty things/the person saying shitty things have the right to say shitty things and we should turn this into a learning moment for them and us/if you say shitty things, there will be consequences--which to me seems to be indicative of a large problem of Islamophobia in American society in general which needs to be addressed (as well as understanding just what "freedom of speech" actually means: PROTIP, it's not "freedom from consequences"). And also, can I just say how infuriating it is in both situations that this is all couched in terms of being "fair" or whatever to the people who said bigoted things and how this impacts them, and the people hurt by their comments might as well be invisible.
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  • mzflux

Gunman cites Beck -- October 12, 2010, Democracy Now!

I'm all for free speech and Glenn Beck is certainly exercising his right. I doubt Beck incited Byron Williams' shooting spree, just like I doubt Joseph McCarthy incited the Red Scare. What I believe is that Beck and McCarthy fueled their according fires and watched the world burn gleefully.

DN!: "Progressive Hunter": Gunman Cites Listening to Glenn Beck and Others as Inspiration for Armed Plot Against ACLU & Tides

AMY GOODMAN: In a jailhouse confession, a California man accused of plotting to kill employees at the ACLU and Tides Foundation says he was inspired by watching Glenn Beck on Fox News. Forty-five-year-old Byron Williams made national headlines in July when he was arrested after he opened fire on California Highway Patrol officers on an interstate highway in Oakland. During the shootout, Williams allegedly fired three guns, including a high-powered hunting rifle with armor-piercing rounds. Ultimately, Williams, an unemployed ex-felon, surrendered after taking multiple gunshot wounds. The ballistic body armor he was wearing may have helped save his life. Two officers were injured in the assault.

According to a police affidavit, Williams stated from a nearby hospital he had been on his way to, quote, "start a revolution by traveling to San Francisco and killing people of importance at the Tides Foundation and the ACLU," unquote. When the shooter’s mother told the San Francisco Chronicle her son had become angry after watching TV news, speculation of Byron Williams’s motive turned to Fox News personality Glenn Beck.

Now, in a series of exclusive jailhouse interviews published on the website of the watchdog group Media Matters, journalist John Hamilton reveals that Byron Williams was inspired by Glenn Beck and other right-wing media figures. The piece is called "Progressive Hunter" and notes that Williams praised Beck as a "schoolteacher on TV."

Beck is unique among cable news personalities for his frequent references to the low-profile Tides Foundation, a San Francisco-based charitable group that gives money to human rights groups, environmentalists and other progressive causes. According to Media Matters, in the eighteen months before the shooting, Beck used his Fox News show to attack the Tides Foundation twenty-nine times, claiming the small foundation is part of a secret George Soros-funded plot to infiltrate and gain control of big businesses and to indoctrinate the youth of America.

In his conversations with journalist John Hamilton, Byron Williams specifically cited a conspiracy theory broadcast on the Glenn Beck program in the weeks before the Oakland shootout that drove him over the edge: an intricate plot involving Barack Obama, philanthropist George Soros, a Brazilian oil company and the BP oil disaster. I asked John Hamilton to explain this.

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JOHN HAMILTON: I think Dana Milbank of the Washington Post put it best. He has a compendium of Glenn Beck quotes. Here is some of the rhetoric that you’ll hear on Glenn Beck’s radio program or see on his TV show: “The war is just beginning," "Shoot me in the head if they try to change our government," "You have to be prepared to take rocks to the head," "The other side is attacking," "There is a coup going on," "Grab a torch," "Drive a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers," "They are taking you to a place to be slaughtered.” I mean, these are quotes, and I could go on. I mean, there’s any number of these from Glenn Beck.

So, I think we have to ask ourselves, if this is the level of discourse on the Glenn Beck program, and if the statements about, for example, George Soros, you know, starting the Tides Foundation thirty-five years ago, which wasn’t the case, or that he’s laundering money through “his” Tides Foundation, when he’s given less than five percent of the funds, of the foundation’s total funding, those two things in tandem beg the question, does Glenn Beck bear culpability for the actions of his audience?

AMY GOODMAN: The issue of Glenn Beck and violence and the other things that he has said or the images of pouring gasoline on someone on the show?

JOHN HAMILTON: Right. Well, we titled the piece “Progressive Hunter,” and that’s taken from a line that Glenn Beck used on one of his programs. And he said, “’Til the day I die, I’m going to be a progressive hunter.” He said he was going to be like "the Israeli Nazi hunters." “I’m going to find these big progressives, and 'til the day I die, I’m going to be a progressive hunter. I'm going to find these people that have done this to our country and expose them.”

Now, he says he’s going to expose them. He’s not advocating violence. But when you liken liberals and progressives in America to Nazis and saying you’re going after them like an Israeli Nazi hunter, when you raise your level of rhetoric to that point, and you have an audience like Byron—people like Byron Williams are watching this—it’s unsurprising that we get these incidents.

And it’s not the only one. And we have a sidebar to the piece. We document other cases of right-wing vigilantes, militia groups, militia members, who pick up on the talking points that they hear on Fox News programs and cite them as reasons for their exteme behavior—people like Richard Poplawski, who was a Pittsburgh resident, who opened fire on three Pittsburgh police officers. He, like Byron Williams, was a fan of Alex Jones. He believed the Obama administration was coming for his guns. And also like Byron Williams, he was also a fan of Glenn Beck. He, Poplawski, you know, the Pittsburgh police shooter, posted to a neo-Nazi website called Stormfront a video in which Glenn Beck and Libertarian Congressman Ron Paul discuss the possibility that their—that the government is setting up FEMA concentration camps. Glenn Beck says, “It’s probably not true, but we can’t debunk it. If this were true, that would be bad.” And he promised to debunk it. Weeks went by before he finally aired an episode where he said that there were no FEMA concentration camps. So, again, it’s this sort of nod and a wink to the fringe conspiracy theorists that routinely makes it on to Glenn Beck’s programming, that’s taken up by these vigilantes.

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Rob Ford elected mayor

Rob Ford has been elected the new mayor of Toronto, beating George Smitherman in a bitterly fought race that was considered too close to call as voters headed to the polls Monday.

The city’s choice marks the end of a dramatic, twist-filled 10-month campaign, and the unofficial close to the David Miller era that saw an expansion of city programs and spending, and a resulting backlash that framed the race to replace him.

Get set for a shakeup at City Hall that includes a tilt to the political right after seven years of Miller’s left-leaning reign, presuming the new mayor is able to heal campaign wounds and convince his council, rich with fresh faces, to approve key elements of his election blueprint.

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Some Tamil guy put a garland on Rob Ford during his victory speech. It's a huge sign of respect and I wanted to rip if off his fucking neck the entire time. Thanks, Toronto, for reminding me that it's all right for the queers to be here, as long as we stay on Church Street. It's OK for brown/black/yellow/red people to immigrate here, with our weird foods and languages and cultures, as long as we stay in Scarborough.
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Free online tv about to end?

Online TV spats mean fewer free shows on Web

By RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer Ryan Nakashima, Ap Business Writer – Mon Oct 25, 5:46 am ET
LOS ANGELES – Broadcasters took a big step toward eliminating free TV shows on the Web after they blocked access to their programming online this month to enforce their demands to be paid.

Recent actions by Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS in two separate fee disputes suggest that after a few years of experimenting with free, ad-supported viewing, broadcasters believe they can make more money from cable TV providers if they hold back some programming online.

That could mean new limits on online viewing are coming: Broadcasters might make fewer of their shows available to begin with, or delay when they become available — say, a month after an episode is broadcast, rather than the few hours it typically takes now.
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Yeah, this is really cut down on pirating tv shows online.
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  • markslj

Woman Stomped by Rand Paul Supporter (+ VIDEO)

It is possible that Rand Paul never saw what happened.

A woman wearing a wig -- who would later identify herself as Lauren Valle -- attempted to approach him as he got out of his SUV to attend the final Kentucky Senate debate.

She was wrestled to the ground by Rand Paul supporters. After she was on the ground, one man wearing Rand Paul shirts and stickers put a foot on her shoulder and stomped.

Valle later appeared to be unharmed. She said she represented “Republicorp,” a fictitious company which is the brainchild of moveOn.org. She claimed that Republicorp was the merger between the Republican Party and corporate America.

She said she was in Kentucky to present Rand Paul with the employee of the month award. The sign she carried supported her claim.

A spokesman for Rand Paul said,"Violence of any kind has no place in our civil discourse and we urge supporters on all sides to be civil to one another as tensions rise heading toward this very important election."

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Who will be the first to call the stomper a liberal plant?