November 12th, 2010

bartlet for america

Google part of massive Muslim-conspiracy to destroy America

Does This Google Veterans Day Logo Look Muslim to You?

Does This Google Veterans Day Logo Look Muslim to You?Does This Google Veterans Day Logo Look Muslim to You?

Boy howdy, Google has done it now! The company's special Veterans Day logo this year, you see, features a mysterious crescent shape. And you know who loves crescent shapes? The Muslims. Yeah, some people are actually upset about this.

As you can see, Google's American flag graphic covers the top part of the "e" in "Google," leaving a little crescent shape exposed underneath. A lot of people would see this and proceed to not give a shit. But then there's Twitter, the blue idiot-typing website:

Does This Google Veterans Day Logo Look Muslim to You?

William Browning of Associated Content — owned by Yahoo! Hmm! — has written what we believe is a non-satirical article about this great controversy, and has some harsh words for those wiseass Allah-coddling Osamas running the show at Google:

In a civilized society we need to show respect. We show respect by opening the door for the elderly. We show respect by thanking a solider for fighting for us. We show respect by saluting the flag when in uniform. We show respect by not desecrating someone's sacred symbol.

Hear that, Alta Vista? Bing? "Excite"? Learn from Google's fatal error: no red "e" tails near American flags on your search engine holiday logos. Don't like that rule? Tough. Move to outer space or something.

From Gawker via the mothership.



parody | Mod Hat Fräulein

Sh*t Just Got Real™: The Rachel Maddow/Jon Stewart MSNBC interview.

In Stewart’s hour-long interview on The Rachel Maddow Show was remarkable for Stewart’s unprecedented openness about where he stands when he’s not making jokes. Because Stewart respects Maddow, he took her up on her invitation to clarify the message many believed he sent out at his “Rally To Restore Sanity”: That there’s a parity of invective on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel. Stewart said his intention was “misperceived,” and what he wanted people to walk away with was the idea that too many have “bought into the idea that the conflict [in America] is left versus right” when the conflict is actually “corruption versus not-corruption” and that “both sides have their ways of shutting down debate.” He told Maddow it’s a matter of “tone, not content” — i.e., that one side may make more sense, but both are yelling too loudly, sensationalizing serious ideas. He also said of the speech he gave at the end of his rally, he felt that after “12 years, I’d earned a moment to tell people who I was.”

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Alright, let's get on with it, shall we?

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Aaaaand, go!

ETA: Fair point of observation by ladyanneboleyn: these youtube clips are NOT the un-cut version of the interview. The un-cut version will go up on MSNBC's site tomorrow morning. If you'd rather reserve comments until that version goes up, that's totally reasonable.

ETA II: Aaaaand here's the un-cut version.
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Eat a bagel, lose your baby

Eat a Bagel, Lose Your Baby

The ACLU of Pennsylvania recently filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a couple whose newborn baby was kidnapped by Lawrence County Children and Youth Services (LCCYS) because her mother recklessly consumed an "everything" bagel from Dunkin' Donuts the day before the birth. Jameson Hospital, where Isabella Rodriguez was born on April 27, has a policy of testing expectant mothers' urine for illegal drugs and reporting positive results to LCCYS, even without any additional evidence that the baby is in danger of neglect or abuse. LCCYS, in turn, has a policy of seizing such babies from their homes based on nothing more than the test result. Unfortunately for Isabella's parents, Elizabeth Mort and Alex Rodriguez, Jameson sets the cutoff level for its opiate test so low that it can be triggered by poppy seeds, which is why two caseworkers and two Neshannock Township police officers visited their home the day after baby and mother returned from the hospital. LCCYS seized the three-day-old girl and put her in foster care for five days before conceding it had made a mistake.

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Pride & Prejudice

Aung San Suu Kyi 'could be released later today' by Burma's military rulers

Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained Burmese pro-democracy leader, could be released by the country's military rulers later today, according to reports and supporters.

The 65-year-old's latest 18-month term of house arrest ends tomorrow, and there are reports in Rangoon that she might be freed as early as this afternoon, campaigners say. The Nobel peace laureate has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years.

The BBC cited sources in Burma as confirming that documents authorising her release had been signed. A spokesman for the Burma Campaign UK said he had heard similar reports.

"There are rumours that the police are outside her house and could be delivering documents connected to her freedom. However, we really don't know. If there are conditions attached to her release she might not agree to it," he said.

Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyer, U Nyan Win, has previously said that she will not accept conditions, for example not being allowed to travel freely around Burma.

Other reports were more definite about imminent news. "The authorities will release her. It is certain," AFP quoted an unnamed Burmese government official as saying. "She will be released for sure as planned," another official told the same news agency.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory in 1990 elections but the the country's military rulers simply ignored the result and repeatedly sentenced her to periods of detention at her home in Rangoon. Her latest period of house arrest was extended for 18 months after a US tourist swam unannounced across a lake to the rear of property on what he described as a mission to "save" her.

Burma's first elections since 1990 were held on Sunday, but they were widely dismissed by outside observers as a sham. Results published yesterday showed that the main military-backed party, the Union Solidarity and Development party (USDP), won 190 of 219 seats so far declared in the lower house and 95 of 107 seats in upper chamber.

The NLD refused to take part and was ordered to disband by the government.

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Barber shop protest

Barber shop protest

Local protesters organized in front of Mike's Barber Shop, Saturday morning, to express their anger and disappointment after reading a letter in the Reformer Nov. 3 by a visitor to the village who implied he was denied service at the local barber shop because he is black.

Though they were upset about the circumstances that brought them together, the concerned local residents actually spoke relatively little about the incident itself.

Instead, what started as a protest quickly turned into a discussion about civil rights, prejudice and how to keep perceived racist acts like the one at Mike's from happening again.

"We all have a duty every day, when we witness something like this, to bring it to account," said one woman.

Many people agreed that the key to preventing racism is to start within schools.

Nina Kunimoto, a student intern at Bellows Falls Union High School with the program Spark, which is run through Marlboro College, said she would like to see more done within BFUHS to address the issues of prejudice and discrimination.

"Right now we're planning on just doing a survey at the school to see what the level of interest is in presenting it, and then we'll see how to proceed and if we can get some other community member involved," Kunimoto said.

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The barber sounds like a real winner, let me tell you.

And OK, black members on ontd_p, how many of y'all have been turned away from hairdressers and barbershops because they claim they can't do black hair? I have, and it's humiliating.
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Praying Hard to Make the Rain Fall

Rabbis, imams and priests pray for end of seven-year drought in Holy Land

It’s been said that everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it.
Well, seven years of drought in the Holy Land has been so bad that it brought together Muslim, Christian and Jewish clerics to offer prayers for rain.

The rainy season should have begun over a month ago, but the skies remain blue on this November afternoon. In a land that has seen much bloodshed and no few miracles, these devout believe that now more than ever is the time for divine intervention.

At a spring called Ein Cheniya in the Valley of the Ghosts that separates Jerusalem from the Bethlehem hills, the clerics gathered Thursday afternoon for an unusual prayer session. They decided to put aside their religious differences and as followers of one God united their prayers for the much needed rain.

“Look up, it’s dry, dry,” said Rabbi Menachem Froman, an Orthodox rabbi, who has close ties with Palestinian religious leaders. “Before anything else, to live we need rain. If there isn’t any rain, there won’t be any Jews or Muslims or Christians here.”

“According to our traditions, the Jewish and the Islam, rain is due to the deeds of man and if we make any step of peace between us, perhaps that will open the treasures of the skies and rain will fall,” Froman told The Media Line. 

The spring is located a few hundred meters from an Israeli military checkpoint and is sort of a no man’s land. But its location on the fringes of Israel and the Palestinian Authority have allowed it to serve more as an everyman’s land where Jews and Arabs can gather away from the watchful eyes of the security forces.

We pray for water, for water for water, for life.
There is a long prayer that we are screaming crying for god to give water, to give life.

Still, there were some who tried to turn the prayer into a political event. One Palestinian man from the nearby village of Walaje began yelling that he was being oppressed and occupied when two curious Israeli Border Police stopped by to see what all the fuss was about.

After a quick word with one of the rabbis the policemen left and the prayers began.

“I came here with my Jewish and Muslim brothers to pray that God has mercy on us and bestows blessings and rain on this holy land,” Rev. Issa Elias Musleh, spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem,  told The Media Line.
“God willing our prayers will reach God, who will grant us all our wishes for he is capable for changing all things. I hope everyone who supports peace will take this union of clerics into consideration,” he said. 

After declarations of unity, the three groups broke off to pray separately. About 20 Jews gathered around a dry pool where they recited the special prayer for rain. It is required to fast for the day, if one recited this prayer.

At this point, Rev. Musleh step upon a large boulder closer to the spring and began his Christian prayer, his followers nearby.

The Muslims, watching curiously at the Israelis praying – perhaps seeing this Jewish worship for the first time – took to a higher ground. When the Jewish prayers were over, they lined up in two rows behind an imam and began their special salat al- matar, or rain prayer.

“God likes unity and when people make unity on the earth it is very good and Allah likes this kind of life. Allah wants people not to quarrel with each other because of religion. Because Allah sent religion to make peace, not to make war,” Sheik Abdel Najib, mufti of the Bethlehem  area, told The Media Line. “We hope that God will be happy.”
Amid the throng of local and international television crews and journalists, American tourist Micah Rosenblatt watched enthralled.

“I wanted to be part of something where everyone is coming together for a common cause because we all love this land and we are all a part of it, and so we want work together to like bring some goodness here you know,” said Rosenblatt, a Jewish man from Florida, who currently lives in the Israeli community of Tekoa near Bethlehem. 

Looking up at the cloudless sky, he wondered.

“Who knows? Maybe the prayers will change something. You never know. You never know what can happen,” he said.

Rabbi Froman said God was looking down from above.

“I believe that if God sees his children working together the heavens will open and not only will rain come down but so will peace,” Froman said.



Germany and Bayern star Mario Gomez urges gay footballers to go public

 A leading German footballer has urged gay players to come out and called for a radical rethink about homosexuality in the sport.

The Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has broken ranks with the football establishment, including members of his own team and the German football federation, who have warned that coming out could destroy a player's career.

But Gomez, who has not said whether he is gay, told a German magazine that being honest about their sexuality would improve gay players' performance.

"They would play as if they had been liberated," Gomez said. "Being gay should no longer be a taboo topic."

The 25-year-old, who was voted German footballer of the year in 2006-7, added that there were plenty of role models in the rest of German society to give gay players the courage to come out. "We've got a gay vice-chancellor [Guido Westerwelle]; the Berlin mayor [Klaus Wowereit] is gay. So professional footballers should own up to their preference," he said.

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Twitter introduces new ‘That Was a Joke By The Way’ hashtag for all judges

To avoid future confusion, micro-blogging service Twitter will add the #TWAJBTW hashtag to all Tweets that are humourous in nature, in order to avoid confusing people who have the power to put you in prison.

Paul Chambers, 26, is facing a £3000 legal bill after forgetting to add the new TWJAJBTW hashtag when tweeting that he would blow up Robin Hood Airport in South Yorkshire after it was closed by snow.

Judge Jacqueline Davies said of Mr Chambers appeal, “I believe that everything ever written down is completely serious, especially on the Internet, and that is the position of the law.”

“Unless you make it expressley clear that it was not. Which you didn’t. You idiot.”

As one legal expert explained, “It appears that when Mr Chambers said he was going to blow up Robin Hood airport, the courts felt this was a genuine terrorist threat.”

“You can understand the judges decision. After all, most terrorism threats arrive due to a business operating inefficiently in bad weather. Those ideological differences they talk about are merely a cover.”

“9/11 was all because the World Trade Centre didn’t properly grit the pavements outside.”

Twitter Joke Trial

Judge Daives continued, “Only this morning I read a heartbreaking tale on Twitter of a priest, an Imam and a Rabbi who went to a public house for refreshments.”

“It turns out that Rabbi forgot his wallet and had no money. Absolutely tragic.”

Twitter users have reacted positively to the new hashtag, claiming they will once again Tweet with complete freedom sae in the knowledge that what they say will not be completely misconstrued by an moron in a wig.

“It’s great,” said 29 year old Trevor Williams, “Only minutes ago I tweeted, ‘I would like to blow up James Blunt #TWAJBTW’.”

“Let’s see the legal system try and lock me up for that one.”

Sauce: The Daily Telegrauniad

Also: The actual story

Chicago university official ‘fired’ for announcing lesbian wedding

A lesbian official at a Catholic university in Chicago claims she was fired after announcing her wedding in a local newspaper.

Laine Tadlock, 60, says that her bosses at Benedictine University in Springfield were aware that she was a lesbian but fired after she announced her marriage to Kae Helstrom in the Springfield Journal-Register during the summer.

The couple married in Iowa. Ms Helstrom is a professor who teaches at the institution.

Ms Tadlock was director of education programmes at the university. She says she did not resign; the university says she did.

A statement issued by Benedictine University yesterday said that Ms Tadlock had been offered a new position as director of accreditation, assessment and institutional effectiveness.

It said it allowing her to continue as director of education “would not be consistent with the university’s mission as a Catholic institution,” and that “aspects of her lifestyle are incompatible with fundamental Catholic beliefs”.

The statement added: “It was not Tadlock’s orientation, but rather the public disregard for fundamental Catholic beliefs which was the basis for the university’s decisions. These decisions were made only after full discussion with the appropriate diocesan officials.”

Ms Tadlock told Associated Press that she was considering taking legal action and had been supported by students.

Her deputy, Maureen Lavin, resigned in a show of support for her.

Source: Pink News

Focus on the Family Targets Day of Silence

Focus on the Family launched its initiative for students to counter the national Day of Silence, which is a day to protest the harassment and discrimination that LGBT young people face at school.

The Colorado Springs, Colo. organization launched to "offer students the facts [about homosexuality] to engage a dialogue in schools," Focus on the Family spokesman Gary Schneeberger said according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Focus' education analyst Candi Cushman (pictured) said her organization took on the program because "more than one side needs to be heard on the issue of homosexuality, and we’re helping to ensure that Christian students have the chance to express their viewpoint."

The Day of Dialogue, formerly known as the Day of Truth, was staged by antigay students to counter the Day of Silence, during which gay students and their allies remain silent for a day to recognize the actual silencing bullying does to gay teens. The launch of the site comes after a two month period where instances of antigay bullying in schools and teen suicides have made headlines across the country.

Source: The Advocate

Just FOAD, you evil shit. Also, you have seriously ugly hair - wtf is that colour called? "Nicotine and stale beer"?.

Witness: Cop said looters 'DESERVED to be shot'

Posted on Fri, Nov. 12, 2010


A former New Orleans police officer on trial for gunning down a man outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath said after the shooting that looters are "animals" who "deserved to be shot," a fellow officer testified Friday.

The former officer, David Warren, is charged with fatally shooting 31-year-old Henry Glover before two other officers allegedly burned his body in a car. Prosecutors say Glover wasn't armed and didn't pose a threat, but Warren's lawyers say he thought Glover was a looter reaching for a weapon when he shot him.

Alec Brown, a former officer who left the force in 2008, testified that he and Warren argued about looters while patrolling after the 2005 hurricane. Brown said he defended people taking food, while Warren said looters "were all animals and they deserved to be shot, and that they were all destroying the city."

"I told him, 'That's not right,'" Brown said.

Six days after Glover's death, Brown found Glover's burned remains in a charred car abandoned on a Mississippi River levee near a police station. Brown said he reported it to a superior officer, Travis McCabe. McCabe is now a lieutenant with the department.

"He said that they knew about it, don't worry about it. Police need to stick together," Brown said. "I believed it was a weird statement."

Later, Brown said, he was discussing the burned body with another officer when McCabe overheard. Brown quoted McCabe telling him, "I told you we already know about it. Just leave it alone."

That didn't stop Brown from asking Warren about it later, while they shared a patrol car.

"He put his head down and said, 'I don't know, maybe it was just a looter,'" Brown said.

Four other current or former officers, including McCabe, are charged with trying to cover up Glover's death. Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann and Officer Gregory McRae are accused of burning Glover's body. Former Lt. Robert Italiano and McCabe are accused of falsifying a report to make it appear Glover's shooting was justified.

Bernard Calloway, a friend of Glover's, said he and Glover had driven to the strip mall on the morning of Sept. 2, 2005, to retrieve suitcases for a friend who had left them there. Calloway said he saw Glover lean against the truck and light a cigarette just before he heard a shot ring out and a man yell, "Leave now!"

After the shooting, a passing motorist stopped and drove Glover, his brother and Calloway to a makeshift police headquarters at an elementary school to get help. Instead, officers allegedly ordered the three men out of the car and handcuffed and beat them while Glover remained in the back seat.

William Tanner, the driver who stopped to help, testified Friday that officers used racial slurs as they ordered them out of the car and onto the ground.

All of the men in the car were black. All of the five men on trial are white.

At the school, the men pleaded for the officers to get medical attention for Glover.

"They said we were just looters," Calloway testified.

Calloway said Glover's brother, Edward King, grew angry when they didn't help and yelled, "Whoever shot my brother, I'm going to kill him!"

Tanner identified McRae as the officer who kicked him in the stomach and hit him in the head with the butt of a rifle. He identified Scheuermann as the officer who beat King. Calloway said somebody hit him in the back of the head, but he couldn't say who that was.

During cross-examination, McRae's lawyer suggested that Tanner has given different descriptions of his alleged assailant that don't match McRae, including a man with arm tattoos. McRae took off his shirt in court and showed the jury that he doesn't have tattoos on his arms.

Tanner said none of the officers at the school tried to get medical attention for Glover.

"They didn't do nothing for him. They ignored this man," Tanner said.

After the officers drove off with his car, Tanner eventually was allowed to leave. Tanner said he learned weeks later from a federal agent that his car had turned up on the levee.

comments at other sources are horrendous. basically, people think it is ok to kill looters and the cops were just doing their jobs and are basically heros. i just want to puke reading this.


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George Bush Book 'Decision Points' Lifted From Advisers' Books

George Bush Book 'Decision Points' Lifted From Advisers' Books

When Crown Publishing inked a deal with George W. Bush for his memoirs, the publisher knew it wasn't getting Faulkner. But the book, at least, promises "gripping, never-before-heard detail" about the former president's key decisions, offering to bring readers "aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq," and other undisclosed and weighty locations.

Crown also got a mash-up of worn-out anecdotes from previously published memoirs written by his subordinates, from which Bush lifts quotes word for word, passing them off as his own recollections. He took equal license in lifting from nonfiction books about his presidency or newspaper or magazine articles from the time. Far from shedding light on how the president approached the crucial "decision points" of his presidency, the clip jobs illuminate something shallower and less surprising about Bush's character: He's too lazy to write his own memoir.

Bush, on his book tour, makes much of the fact that he largely wrote the book himself, guffawing that critics who suspected he didn't know how to read are now getting a comeuppance. Not only does Bush know how to read, it turns out, he knows how to Google, too. Or his assistant does. Bush notes in his acknowledgments that "[m]uch of the research for this book was conducted by the brilliant and tireless Peter Rough. Peter spent the past 18 months digging through archives, searching the internet[s], and sifting through reams of paper." Bush also collaborated on the book with his former speechwriter, Christopher Michel.

Many of Bush's literary misdemeanors exemplify pedestrian sloth, but others are higher crimes against the craft of memoir. In one prime instance, Bush relates a poignant meeting between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a Tajik warlord on Karzai's Inauguration Day. It's the kind of scene that offers a glimpse of a hopeful future for the beleaguered nation. Witnessing such an exchange could color a president's outlook, could explain perhaps Bush's more optimistic outlook and give insight into his future decisions. Except Bush didn't witness it. Because he wasn't at Karzai's inauguration.

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Glenn Beck accuses a Holocaust survivor of being an anti-Semite

As much as I disagree with the hosts on Fox News, I have never called for any of them to be fired. I defended Don Imus when he got in trouble with his incendiary comments. That's because I believe a talk show host should have wide berth, even to offend. They are the conversation starters and at the heart of our political discourse.

Of course, as a talk show host I'm very biased on this issue, but I think it helps the national conversation to hear everyone out. That's even if what they're saying is outrageous or not even remotely true. Let there be a battlefield of ideas and I think the truth will win out in the long run (though it loses many battles in the short run).

Now that you know how strongly I feel about that -- I think Glenn Beck should be fired. He has told a lie so grotesque that it goes beyond the pale of even dirty politics. Just when I thought he couldn't shock my conscience anymore, he has done it. Let me explain.

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A Chicago high school has decided to allow a small group of students to wear "Straight Pride" T-shirts, despite resistance from other students who say they found the clothing offensive on a week that the school was bringing attention to the bullying of gays, lesbians and transgenders.

A spokesman for St. Charles North High School says the decision was intended to be an educational moment.

“Considering they’re teenagers and becoming more socially aware, we need to do our job as educators,” Director of School and Community Relations Jim Blaney told “We need to help students find their way through this new world.”

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In my opinion, it seems the students wearing "Straight Pride" shirts (through use of the overused Bible verse) were implying that the bullied kids deserved to be bullied because of their lifestyle choice. It's inexcusable and the school should never have allowed it.