December 3rd, 2010

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Christian Minister: Muslim Congressman's Support Of 'Homosexuals' Is Part Of Sharia Plot

Ryan J. Reilly | December 2, 2010

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A Christian minister in Minnesota said on his radio program that the nation's first Muslim member of Congress was soliciting the support of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community to implement Sharia law. Follow his logic with us, wouldn't you?

Bradlee Dean of the religious ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International said on his radio program that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is only supporting LGBT rights as part of a strategy to bring Sharia law to the United States, the Minnesota Independent reported.

"I said time and time again that there is a correlation between the Muslims and the homosexual agenda, and we have a couple of fools in the state of Minnesota that are putting a rope around their neck and they just don't realize it," Dean said on a radio. "Here, let me give it to you this way: Keith Ellison is a Muslim."

Dear reasoned that Ellison's support of protections for the LGBT community (like the Matthew Shepard Act) and for same-sex marriage is part of a plot to overthrow the Constitution and put Sharia law in its place.

"Why is he so adamant about overthrowing the Constitution as it is right now? Because if you pay attention to the plow he's planting the seed," Dean said. "He's trying to come through with Sharee [sic] law."

"Does somebody want to talk to the homosexual community in the state of Minnesota and tell them what he is doing?" Dean continued. "Go online, folks! You love the homosexuals so much then why don't you tell them who they've appointed as their chairperson? He's a Muslim!"

"Hello? Why is he after it? Because he wants to bring in Sharee [sic] law through the homosexual agenda!"

"What is Keith up to? I think we have to ask the question, Keith," said Dean. "I'm just asking the gay communities what's up with Keith Ellison because they are so foolish, blind and stupid not to figure out that their vice chair is a Muslim. This is no hidden secret, folks. This is in America. Who is this guy working for?"

A spokesperson for Ellison, who serves as co-chair of the House LGBT Caucus, did not immediately respond to TPM's request for comment.

As the Minnesota Independent points out, Dean and his ministry "have close ties to the Republican Party and GOP elected officials and candidates including former gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Secretary of State and current state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, and state Rep. Dan Severson." Rep. Michele Bachmann has also fundraised for the group, the news website said.

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Christine O'Donnell gets a book deal; will it be worse than Twilight?

Christine O'Donnell Book: Delaware Sensation Will 'Set The Record Straight'

Christine O'Donnell fans rejoice, haters lament -- the failed Delaware Senate candidate will soon be back on the media circuit with a new book about her experience during the 2010 election cycle. (Sorry DWTS fans, no big announcement about a possible "Dancing With The Stars" role here).

Perhaps seeking to rise from the ashes like Sarah Palin -- her key endorser in the 2010 GOP primary -- did after her failed vice presidential bid (and subsequent departure from the Alaska governor's post), the book's publisher, St. Martin's Press, has announced that O'Donnell's memoir will include political commentary on the state of affairs in the nation.

She'll "take the reader behind the scenes of her race for the Senate and embody O'Donnell's identification with America's frustrations and concerns with the current political climate," the publisher said in a news release.

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Coalition government celebrates one-millionth utterance of the word ‘fair’

The coalition is this morning celebrating its one-millionth utterance of the word ‘fair’ since coming to power, after claiming its new policy on child poverty is seeking to create a fairer society for all.

The one-millionth mention is a full six months ahead of schedule, with even the most wildly optimistic government officials failing to predict the milestone would be reached before Christmas.

A Whitehall insider told us, “This is an incredibly achievement and one to be immensely to be proud of. Not many would have given us much hope of reaching such a significant milestone so early into this term in office.”

“It’s a testament to our dedication in trying to crowbar the word ‘fair’ into every single soundbite we’ve given since May this year.”


“We strongly believe the best way to create a fairer society for all, is to keep telling you all that we’re working towards a fairer society for all. Which is only fair.”

“Sorry, sorry, I’m sort of on autopilot still.”

Government policy is ‘fair’

Voters have been left less than impressed by the governments ‘fair’ tactic, with some claiming the word has lost all meaning.

Deidre Williams of Basingstoke said, “It’s a bit like when you repeat a word to yourself over and over again. It starts to sound a bit strange and lose all meaning, before long you sound to like an idiot spouting gibberish.”

“I remember in the summer I spent an hour saying Pineapple over and over again. Have you ever thought about what a weird word pineapple is? Pine-Apple. Pinnnne. Appllllle.”

“Well I feel the same way about ‘fair’ now. What does it actually mean? I know it sounds patently ridiculous coming out of the mouth of any politician.”


“Does it mean difficult, unpleasant, and likely to put you out of a job? Because looking back at the last six months of government announcements that would make perfect sense, actually.”

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Haiti: Cholera could affect 650,000, says UN

The United Nations has warned that the cholera epidemic in Haiti could affect many more people than previously believed.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that health officials now estimated that 650,000 people could become infected over the next six months.

He also said that the UN believed the number of deaths could be twice as high as the official figure of 1,800.


Mr Ban said there was an urgent need for more medical personnel.

Officials from the Pan-American and World Health Organizations estimate that an additional 350 doctors are needed on top of the 300 medical staff already committed by Cuba.
Funding shortfall

The UN secretary-general, who was speaking to the UN General Assembly in New York, said that while the death rate had decreased, it remained unacceptably high at 3.6%.

He also warned that because of the difficulties in reporting new cases and deaths in rural areas, actual figures could be double the official ones.

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The entire article can be read at the BBC
BATTLE OF THE CENTURY

Close the Washington Monument

Securing the Washington Monument from terrorism has turned out to be a surprisingly difficult job. The concrete fence around the building protects it from attacking vehicles, but there's no visually appealing way to house the airport-level security mechanisms the National Park Service has decided are a must for visitors. It is considering several options, but I think we should close the monument entirely. Let it stand, empty and inaccessible, as a monument to our fears.

An empty Washington Monument would serve as a constant reminder to those on Capitol Hill that they are afraid of the terrorists and what they could do. They're afraid that by speaking honestly about the impossibility of attaining absolute security or the inevitability of terrorism -- or that some American ideals are worth maintaining even in the face of adversity -- they will be branded as "soft on terror." And they're afraid that Americans would vote them out of office if another attack occurred. Perhaps they're right, but what has happened to leaders who aren't afraid? What has happened to "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"?

An empty Washington Monument would symbolize our lawmakers' inability to take that kind of stand -- and their inability to truly lead.

Some of them call terrorism an "existential threat" against our nation. It's not. Even the events of 9/11, as horrific as they were, didn't make an existential dent in our nation. Automobile-related fatalities -- at 42,000 per year, more deaths each month, on average, than 9/11 -- aren't, either. It's our reaction to terrorism that threatens our nation, not terrorism itself. The empty monument would symbolize the empty rhetoric of those leaders who preach fear and then use that fear for their own political ends.

The day after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab failed to blow up a Northwest jet with a bomb hidden in his underwear, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said "The system worked." I agreed. Plane lands safely, terrorist in custody, nobody injured except the terrorist. Seems like a working system to me. The empty monument would represent the politicians and press who pilloried her for her comment, and Napolitano herself, for backing down.

The empty monument would symbolize our war on the unexpected, -- our overreaction to anything different or unusual -- our harassment of photographers, and our probing of airline passengers. It would symbolize our "show me your papers" society, rife with ID checks and security cameras. As long as we're willing to sacrifice essential liberties for a little temporary safety, we should keep the Washington Monument empty.

Terrorism isn't a crime against people or property. It's a crime against our minds, using the death of innocents and destruction of property to make us fearful. Terrorists use the media to magnify their actions and further spread fear. And when we react out of fear, when we change our policy to make our country less open, the terrorists succeed -- even if their attacks fail. But when we refuse to be terrorized, when we're indomitable in the face of terror, the terrorists fail -- even if their attacks succeed.

We can reopen the monument when every foiled or failed terrorist plot causes us to praise our security, instead of redoubling it. When the occasional terrorist attack succeeds, as it inevitably will, we accept it, as we accept the murder rate and automobile-related death rate; and redouble our efforts to remain a free and open society.

The grand reopening of the Washington Monument will not occur when we've won the war on terror, because that will never happen. It won't even occur when we've defeated al Qaeda. Militant Islamic terrorism has fractured into small, elusive groups. We can reopen the Washington Monument when we've defeated our fears, when we've come to accept that placing safety above all other virtues cedes too much power to government and that liberty is worth the risks, and that the price of freedom is accepting the possibility of crime.

I would proudly climb to the top of a monument to those ideals.

Bruce Schneier
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FUCK YEAH

The universe has excellent timing, sometimes. Just as DADT's getting the smackdown....



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With marriage equality hanging in the balance for same-sex couples, don't miss the chance to witness history in the making. We hope to see you right back here on Monday at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific!

Cuba Tells Its Gays Why It Voted In Favor Of Excluding Gays From U.N. Slaughter Rules. Good 'Nough?

Remember that time when the White House invited some gays over to the White House? Cuba just did something similar, and those gays are thrilled! Or at least as thrilled as they can be after watching their own country vote in favor of the Arab-led effort in the United Nations to keep sexual orientation from being a naughty reason to kill people.

For the first time, Cuban officials held an official sit down with LGBT activists. Meeting for two hours with Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez and Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno at their government offices, the activists (some of whom are also bloggers).
"A summary of the conversation will be on my blog in a few hours," journalist and gay activist Francisco Rodríguez Cruz told IPS shortly after emerging from Wednesday’s meeting, which was also attended by Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Abelardo Moreno. The reporter, who is better known by the name of his blog, "Paquito el de Cuba", said the meeting "was as unexpected as it was useful and beneficial.

"All of the people taking part in the meeting learned something from it," said the blogger, a member of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party. He is one of the protagonists of what could, without exaggeration, be described as a historic moment: the first formal meeting between a Cuban foreign minister and representatives of this country’s gay community, which has only recently begun to openly organise.
Rodríguez Cruz had sent a personal appeal to the foreign minister, asking him to change "sexual orientation" to "discriminatory reasons on any basis" in the U.N. resolution — which Cuba voted in favor of, the only Latin American country to do so.

So did the meeting accomplish anything? Sure: dialogue!
According to the recent blog post on "Paquito el de Cuba", in the two-hour "chat" with the foreign minister and his deputy, "both officials spoke at length about the complexities of U.N. voting mechanisms" and "the inevitable confrontations and alliances between blocs of countries." Besides describing "the political manipulations by powerful states against underdeveloped nations" in scenarios like the annual U.N. General Assembly sessions, the officials "listened receptively and with great interest to our arguments, concerns and suggestions." According to Rodríguez Cruz, the minister said during the conversation that "there has been no shift in policy" with respect to Cuba’s opposition to any form of discrimination or its promotion of respect for free sexual orientation and gender identity.

The controversial vote in question was the result of "an unforeseen and very specific circumstance," said Minister Rodríguez, as reported by the blogger. The vote cast by the Cuban delegation was, moreover, explained at the time to the Committee, the minister said. The text of the Cuban government’s explanation, which was delivered to the representatives of CENESEX and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community), was not reported by the journalists stationed at the U.N. or by the local press in Cuba.

In the document, the Cuban delegation clarifies that this Caribbean island nation is "against any kind of discrimination, for whatever reason, whether race, skin colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, economic status, birth or any other social condition. "Cuba voted in favour of the amendment proposed by the group of African nations because it considers it to be sufficiently broad and encompassing. It refers to all executions committed on the basis of any kind of discrimination, which in Cuba’s view also includes killings committed on grounds of sexual orientation," the text adds.
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Police officer 'filmed petrol attack on woman'

A police officer is facing disciplinary action for allegedly failing to intervene in a horrific attack in which a woman was stabbed and set alight at a petrol station in Melbourne's outer east earlier this year.

The officer, who was off-duty at the time, is believed to have filmed the attack at a Bayswater service station on a mobile phone to use it as evidence against the woman's attacker instead of stepping in.


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