November 16th, 2010

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Westboro protesters face jeers and slashed tires

McALESTER - Members of a Kansas church that protests at military funerals may have found themselves in the wrong town Saturday.

Shortly after finishing their protest at the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey of McAlester, a half-dozen protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., headed to their minivan, only to discover that its front and rear passenger-side tires had been slashed.

To make matters worse, as their minivan slowly hobbled away on two flat tires, with a McAlester police car following behind, the protesters were unable to find anyone in town who would repair their vehicle, according to police.

The minivan finally pulled over several blocks away in a shopping center parking lot, where AAA was called. A flatbed service truck arrived and loaded up the minivan. Assistant Police Chief Darrell Miller said the minivan was taken to Walmart for repairs.

Even before the protesters discovered their damaged tires, they faced off with a massive crowd of jeering and taunting counterprotesters at Third Street and Washington Avenue, two blocks from the First Baptist Church, where the soldier's funeral was held.

Miller estimated that crowd to number nearly 1,000 people, and they not only drowned out the
Westboro protesters with jeers, but with raucous chants of "USA, USA."

A few motorcyclists interspersed among the crowd also revved up their engines to muffle the protests.

More than two dozen law-enforcement officers - state troopers, sheriff's deputies and city police - formed a security cordon around the Westboro protesters.

"We're here to protect everyone," Miller said.

Westboro members picket military funerals across the country, spreading their message that "God hates America" because it tolerates homosexuality.

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Brb, loling fucking heartily.
Politics

Ethnic minority women sacked from cabinet as Sarkozy moves to right

The French government has become more white and more rightwing in a reshuffle that has included the sacking of two ministers handpicked by Nicolas Sarkozy to bring ethnic diversity to the cabinet.

Senegalese-born Rama Yade, the sports minister, and Fadéla Amara, the minister for urban policies, lost their jobs in the shake-up that also signalled an end to the French president's policy of "openness" to his political opponents and to racial minorities.

Less than two years ago, Sarkozy declared: "The diversity at the bottom of the country must be illustrated by diversity at the head of the country. This is not a choice, this is an obligation."

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And the worst part of all? The new defence secretary.

Military Pay and TRICARE Under Fire

The first shots over the bow were fired ear­lier this spring when Sen. Webb (D-Va.) floated the idea that mil­i­tary pay and ben­e­fits were unsus­tain­able. A DoD advi­sory panel later rec­om­mended increas­ing TRICARE pre­mi­ums and end­ing the trend of annual across-the-board mil­i­tary pay raises which out­pace the civil­ian sec­tor pay increases.

Webb recently called for reduc­ing troops and replac­ing the across-the-board raises with tar­geted bonuses and raises based on com­bat assign­ments and/or job spe­cial­ties. Webb’s rec­om­men­da­tions drew heavy fire from mil­i­tary com­mu­ni­ties. But that is noth­ing com­pared to the bat­tle that is likely to come based on the rec­om­men­da­tions made by the Pres­i­den­tial “blue rib­bon” debt panel.

 

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oalition Govt. proceeds with plans to turn UK into Arizona

Stop and search plans are 'discriminatory', watchdog warns

New Home Office guidance will allow race to be taken into account when a police officer stops someone

Government plans allowing police to stop people on the grounds of skin colour are discriminatory and amount to racial profiling
, the official equalities body has warned ministers.  The Equality and Human Rights Commission wants the plans dropped and has warned there is a high risk that British and European laws will be broken, in a letter seen by the Guardian.  Serving officers represented by the Black Police Association have also damned the plans as a "concession to racism" as opposition to the measures intensifies.  The issue threatens to test the credibility of Conservative claims to be an inclusive party and drag the government into a dispute over race.

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USA Bans Japanese Packages Over Terrorism Fears

The Japanese have been banned from shipping packages of any significant size to the land of the free as the US believes they are likely a bunch of freedom-hating terrorists.

Japan Post, Japan’s main international package delivery service, have announced (less detailed English announcement here) that due to terrorism fears in the USA they have been forced to indefinitely stop accepting any items over 453g (16 freedom ounces) in weight for air shipment to the US or its various island territories.

The size restrictions are apparently intended to limit the size of bomb the Japanese can send.

Companies holding business accounts with Japan Post should in principle be exempt, meaning international retailers operating from Japan will probably be completely unaffected, but small businesses and individuals are now unable to ship packages of any great size to the US in a timely fashion.

Other international postal services in Japan may have different policies (although many are already highly restrictive, refusing to ship figures and so on if they lack CE marks, software, adult items, etc.). The patient should also be able to make use of sea shipment options.

Similar air shipment restrictions in other freedom-hating countries are likely.

The background to the crackdown is that bombs disguised as toner cartridges were shipped to the US from Yemen, and as a result the Department of Homeland Security imposed sweeping restrictions on “certain inbound international air cargo shipments” thought to be high risk, which evidently includes those coming from Japan.

Fortunately, as a result of the policy Americans can now once more freely imbibe the heady air of liberty knowing that the homeland is again secure and it is even harder than ever for any subversive Japanese otaku goods to reach their shores.

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The fuck is this?
Jack and Ianto

The Palin Family Continues to Stay Classy

Originally posted on gsa_lj

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Sarah Palin's 16-year-old daughter Willow Palin used multiple homophobic slurs -- including the word f**got -- to attack a Facebook user who criticized her mom's new reality show .... TMZ has learned

During the premiere of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" Sunday night -- a boy named Tre who went to school with the Palin kids wrote a status update that read, "Sarah Palin's Alaska, is failing so hard right now."

The comment sparked an intense response from Willow -- who replied on the boy's wall, "Haha your so gay. I have no idea who you are, But what I've seen pictures of, your disgusting ... My sister had a kid and is still hot."

Willow followed up that comment with another that read, "Tre stfu. Your such a f**got."

Bristol Palin also got in on the smacktalk -- writing a message to Tre saying, "You're running your mouth just to talk sh*t."

Eventually, a message board war erupted -- and Bristol took aim at another person named Jon -- saying, "You'll be as successful as my baby daddy, And actually I do work my ass off. I've been a single mom for the last two years."

After more users began to gang up on the Palins, Willow dropped another message that read, "Sorry that you guys are all jealous of my families success and you guys aren't goin to go anywhere with your lives."

Sources connected to the Palin family tell us ... Willow normally doesn't use this type of language but she felt like she was being attacked along with her family.  The source added it was the baby bear defending Mama Grizzly.

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The PDF file of the Facebook conversation here.
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The South shall rise again



New state rep: Confederate flag 'a symbol of Jesus Christ.'



by David Koon





It's very clear by now that a lot of Arkansans walked into the voting booth Nov. 2 and simply filled in the bubble next to anyone's name that didn't have a "D" beside it. The reasons for that will be worried over well beyond this election season.

But there are Republicans and there is Republican Loy Mauch, elected to represent House District 26 near Hot Springs. A former head of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans post in Hot Springs, Mauch calls the Confederate flag "a symbol of Jesus Christ," and is a current member of The League of the South, a group which works toward the formation of an independent Southern nation.

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