October 29th, 2010

electile dysfunction

Bill Clinton pushed Kendrick Meek to quit Florida race

Bill Clinton sought to persuade Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race for Senate during a trip to Florida last week — and nearly succeeded.

Meek agreed — twice — to drop out and endorse Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid in a last-ditch effort to stop Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee who stands on the cusp of national stardom.

Meek, a staunch Clinton ally from Miami, has failed to broaden his appeal around the state and is mired in third place in most public polls, with a survey today showing him with just 15 percent of the vote. His withdrawal, polls suggest, would throw core Democratic voters to the moderate governor, rocking a complicated three-way contest and likely throwing the election to Crist.

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Mother kills 3 month baby over Farmville....

A Jacksonville mother charged with shaking her baby to death has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Alexandra V. Tobias, 22, was arrested after the January death of 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson. She told investigators she became angry because the baby was crying while she was playing a computer game called FarmVille on the Facebook social-networking website.

Tobias entered her plea Wednesday before Circuit Judge Adrian G. Soud. A second-degree murder charge is punishable by up to life in prison.

Prosecutor Richard Mantei said Tobias' sentence could be less because of state guidelines that call for 25 to 50 years. Soud offered no promises on what he'll order during a sentencing hearing scheduled for December.

Outside the courtroom, Mantei said Tobias' plea will help avoid the family reliving the tragedy during a jury trial.

Tobias told investigators that she shook the baby, smoked a cigarette to compose herself and then shook him again. She said the baby may have hit his head during the shaking

brb, have to try and revive faith in humanity again...
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Hands-on airport searches (National rollout of invasive pat-downs this week)

They can now use the palms and fingers to touch breasts or testicles.


Airline passengers nationwide will be subjected to new aggressive and controversial body searches likened to “foreplay” pat-downs under the expansion of a program tested at Logan International Airport.

Beginning Friday, the Transportation Security Administration will start using the new front-of-the-hand, slide-down screening technique for passengers at all 450 of the nation’s commercial airports.

The more invasive pat-downs - which include over-the-clothes searches of passengers’ breast and genital areas - have raised privacy issues among civil liberties advocates. TSA screeners previously used pat-down hand motions to search passengers, switching to the backs of their hands when covering sensitive areas such as the torso.

As first reported by the Herald in August, the TSA implemented the new body-search procedures at Logan and Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport because they were using the largest number of walk-through full-body scanners at security checkpoints. Also controversial, the scanners use low-dose X-rays to produce two-sided, head-to-toe images of passengers’ bodies - including discernible but indistinct images of private parts - while blurring facial features.

The TSA declined comment on the national rollout date, but two sources confirmed it. The pat-down techniques will be included in the TSA’s new set of standard operating procedures for screening issued Friday.

Passengers who opt not to walk through the full-body scanners are subject to the searches, as well as passengers who set off metal detectors at checkpoints without the scanners. The TSA also picks random passengers for the searches.

Lots of airline passengers are in for a surprise, said Chris Ott, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, which assailed the new pat-downs when they started at Logan.

“We question the effectiveness of the methods that are being presented and the choice that travelers are being given,” he said. “. . . Travelers are being asked to choose between being scanned ‘naked’ and exposed to radiation, or getting what people are describing as just a highly invasive search by hands of their entire bodies.”

Kate Hinni, founder of the non-profit FlyersRights.org consumer group, said the new searches amount to a “foreplay pat-down” that for many people is going to “feel like a moral issue.”

“It’s like having to choose the lesser of two evils,” Hinni said. “Both are horribly invasive.”

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Midterms Next Tues Nov 2: What's At Stake


Senate: Thirty-seven seats are up for election of which 19 are currently held by Democrats and 18 by Republicans. In the 100-member chamber, Democrats control 59 seats to 41 for Republicans.

House of Representatives: All 435 seats are up for election to two-year terms. Democrats now hold 255 seats to Republicans' 178, with two vacancies. Republicans look set to surpass 218 seats to win the majority away from Democrats.

In both chambers, the majority party determines what and when legislation is brought to a vote and chairs all committees.

Ballot Measures

Initiatives & Referendums: Voters in 36 states will cast ballots for various measures. Most concern changes in tax laws, state budgets or government administration. California's Proposition 19 would legalize marijuana for personal use and permit local governments to tax
State Governments

Governors: Elections in 37 states, of which 19 are now held by Democrats and 18 by Republicans.

State legislatures: Variations in state election laws and state governments mean 46 states are holding elections for 88 of 99 state chambers. Democrats currently hold an edge in control of state legislatures, but Republicans are expected to make inroads.
Political party control of governorships and state legislatures takes on national importance in 2010 when states' U.S. legislative districts are to be redrawn. The party in power has the authority to set district boundaries to favor its candidates in elections for the next decade.

Main Issues

American voters have told pollsters their biggest concerns are the economy, high unemployment, the budget deficit, and health care.

Why This Election Matters: For the Congressional vote, the midterms are a referendum on President Barack Obama, who began his term two years ago with control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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BP Dispersants 'Causing Sickness'

The headline of the article is somewhat of an understatement.

Two-year-old Gavin Tillman of Pass Christian, Mississippi, has been diagnosed with severe upper respiratory, sinus, and viral infections. His temperature has reached more than 39 degrees since September 15, yet his sicknesses continue to worsen.

His parents, some doctors, and environmental consultants believe the child's ailments are linked to exposure to chemicals spilt by BP during its Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

Gavin's father, mother, and cousin, Shayleigh, are also facing serious health problems. Their symptoms are being experienced by many others living along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Is anyone even remotely surprised?

Me in Hawaii.

Judge: McDonald's must pay obese employee $17.5K

SAO PAULO (AP) - A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald's must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds (30 kilograms) while working there for a dozen years.

The 32-year-old man said he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards remained high, because McDonald's hired "mystery clients" to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness.

The man also said the company offered free lunches to employees, adding to his caloric intake while on the job. His identity was not released.

The ruling was signed Tuesday by Judge Joao Ghisleni Filho in Porto Alegre.

Ghisleni said McDonald's could appeal the case, and the Brazilian headquarters of the chain said in an e-mailed statement Thursday it was weighing its legal options.

McDonald's also noted that it offers healthier food choices.

"The chain offers a large variety of options and balanced menus to cater (to) the daily dietary needs of its employees," the company said in the statement.

McDonald's headquarters is in Oak Brook, Illinois.


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March of the penguins in Argentina.

Argentines mourn former President Nestor Kirchner

The BBC's Daniel Schweimler says the funeral will be a national and international affair

Thousands have converged on Argentina's government palace to pay their respects to ex-President Nestor Kirchner, who died on Wednesday at 60. His body is lying in state to allow people to file past in honour of the man who was president from 2003 to 2007.

His wife Cristina Fernandez and their children have been attending the wake.

Mr Kirchner, succeeded by his wife as president, was expected to run in the 2011 election.

Relatives, government ministers and politicians have participated in the wake, while a steady stream of Argentines have been filing into the government palace to pay their respects.

Many were carrying candles, flags and flowers. Some applauded, others shouted "Nestor, Nestor" and "Nestor is not dead, he will live on in the people," while walking past the coffin.

President Fernandez, dressed in black and wearing dark glasses, was joined at the wake by South American presidents and friends, including former soccer player Diego Maradona.

She placed a hand on her husband's flag-draped coffin, with their son and daughter standing next to her.

It was the leader's first appearance in public since her Mr Kirchner died of a heart attack Wednesday aged 60.

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Very powerful images. The people coming together and shouting their words of support, all the South American leaders side by side... It sure feels like the end of an era in Argentina.

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Is 'the liberal gene' nonsense? No, but the jokes on the subject are


I have a problem. I have no sense of humour when it comes to science. None. If you make a joke, and the punchline is, say, people who catch swine flu turning into pigs, I will stare flatly at you and say “that’s not how it works. It’s just a virus that originated in pigs.” It puts severe constraints on the sort of parties I can go to.

With that in mind, imagine how I feel at the moment, as dozens of japesome Right-wingers in the press make hilarious jokes about the “liberal gene” apparently found by researchers at Harvard and the University of California. So: does the joke stand up to scrutiny?

Let’s take a look at the details. DRD4, a sequence on chromosome 11, is the guilty party. It codes for a protein called dopamine receptor D4, which affects how the brain responds to the neurotransmitter chemical dopamine – part of the reward system of the brain, which gives us pleasurable feelings when we consume certain drugs or foods, or have sex, to encourage us to do it again.

One variant of the DRD4 gene, DRD4-7R, is associated with “novelty seeking”. People with that particular variant are more likely to be exploratory and exciteable. The researchers hypothesised that people with this novelty-seeking gene would be more likely to seek out more points of view, and be more interested in learning about them. They would therefore, they suggested, be likely to have a more varied group of friends in adolescence, and would thus be exposed to a wider variety of social norms and lifestyles. If they had many friends, the consequence would tend to be political liberalism. (Of course, having the non-variant allele is just as linked to not being liberal: you’ve got to have one or the other. So this is just as much a finding of a “gene for conservatism”, really.)

The research has borne that hypothesis out, at least so far: the published article, in the Journal of Politics, says: “It is important to note that the 7R allele by itself does not make a person liberal and neither does simply having a greater number of friends as a teenager… Rather, it is the crucial interaction of two factors – the genetic predisposition and the environmental condition of having many friends in adolescence – that is associated with being more liberal.

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I decided to post a blog reaction since it gave this a more critical look than most news outlets that are now claiming genetics make you a liberal. 

Also, friendless/shut in/loner/introvert liberals report in.
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4-Year-Old Can Be Sued, Judge Rules in Bike Case

Citing cases dating back as far as 1928, a judge has ruled that a young girl accused of running down an elderly woman while racing a bicycle with training wheels on a Manhattan sidewalk two years ago can be sued for negligence.

The ruling by the judge, Justice Paul Wooten of State Supreme Court in Manhattan, did not find that the girl was liable, but merely permitted a lawsuit brought against her, another boy and their parents to move forward.

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LOLitics | Fuck My Life

Shenanigans Friday, LATE Edtion™: October 29, 2010.

"LOLitics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong." —Richard LOLmour

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Dear Pope, sai pra lá!

Brazil: The Pope gets involved in the presidential campaign

Benedict XVI tries to exert influence on questions of abortion and gay marriage

Three days before the Brazilian presidential election
to choose a successor to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in a campaign strongly dominated by debate of a religious nature, Pope Benedict XVI has thrown fuel on the flames with an address at the Vatican in which he asks the bishops to influence the faithful “with a moral judgement in politial questions.” His message could influence the vote on Sunday.

The theme of decriminalization of abortion has been a thorn in the side for both candidates, who were charged by Catholics and evangelicals alike with being in favor of abortion. Out of fear of losing the votes of Christians (60 percent of them Catholics, 30 percent evangelicals), Lula’s candidate, Dilma Rousseff, had to back down and with a letter to Catholics and evangelicals promised solemnly that if she becomes president she will not allow legislation on the questions of abortion and same-sex marriage. Rousseff had begun the campaign arguing for the decrimininaliztion of abortion as a question of public health.

The Pope addressed the bishops in a defnitive manner: “When the fundamental rights of persons and of souls demand it, pastors have the grave duty to issue moral judgements.” And he added, “When political projects take up, openly or covertly, the decriminalization of abortion or euthanasia, bishops should not fear unpopularity, but should reject compromises and ambiguity.”

Benedict XVI told the Brazilian bishops that “God has to have a place in political life”
and after reminding them that “the Catholic religion is an integral part of the history of Brazil,” he urged them to struggle for keeping religion a required subject in the schools and for preserving religious symbols.

In Brazil, Catholics are still the great majority but each year lose a million adherents to evangelical churches. Catholicism is becoming limited to the middle class while evangelicals are attracting the poorest and least educated sectors of the country. As a consequence, in the voting booth the Catholic faithful are less influenced by bishops and parish priests than are evangelicals by their pastors, who are more likely to be obeyed.

SOURCE is a translation of El País article

Hmmm, political advices from the Pope? Thanks but no thanks. And I guess "The Pope is Catholic" comments are appropriate.

War veterans hold different views of midterms


Just days after returning from Iraq, Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Ahn ordered a beer — and got an earful on the side.

Ahn's waitress disparaged the Iraq war and President George W. Bush, accused Ahn of slaughtering innocent people and vilified the Marines as crazy killers. The 2006 encounter at a Costa Mesa, Calif., bar left him speechless.

"There's nothing I could say to this girl," recalled Ahn, now a graduate student at the University of Virginia. "The chasm of knowledge and experiences was so wide that I thought, 'What am I going to do?'"

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are taking a back seat to jobs and the economy as political issues in the midterm elections. A poll released in August by the Pew Research Center found that only 59 percent of registered voters rated Afghanistan as a very important issue compared with 90 percent who said the economy was very important.

But for some who have served in those conflicts, wartime experience is driving their political views. Interviews with dozens of active-duty and retired service members who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq show a diverse response in terms of politics and activism.

Many say they have withdrawn from politics because of their wartime and postwar experiences. Others find themselves in the center of today's political battlefield.

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Samantha Bee’s Laughing Pad~

Samantha Bee
Age: 41
Occupation: Comedian
Project: Returning this month to ‘‘The Daily Show’’ from maternity leave

Worst Christmas Gift: It was $50 cash in a Tiffany ring box, from my boyfriend at the time. I think in his early teen years he may have sniffed a lot of glue. Picture me, breathless, opening this Tiffany box and finding $50.

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