January 8th, 2011


Jim Crow to Introduce New Birth Certificates for Brown People: Separate but Equal-ish...

Still no Solution to Stop Canadian Invasion: They all Look White!

Birthright Citizenship Foes Want Two-Tiered Birth Certificates

We told you yesterday about the State Legislators for Legal Immigration, a group of conservative state lawmakers who want to force a Supreme Court fight over the 14th Amendment, by passing state citizenship laws that are sure to be challenged.

But there's another prong to their attack. They also want Congress to allow states to mark the birth certificates of children born on U.S. soil -- that is, U.S. citizens -- who are born to illegal immigrants. This would create two categories of certificates: One for those whose parents are citizens or legal immigrants, and one for those whose parents are here illegally.

The lawmakers say they don't want to create two classes of citizens. They just want to force Congress to discuss the issue.

"Ultimately, this is one step," said Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R), in an interview with TPM, "in the direction of moving our nation, and our states toward... applying the 14th Amendment correctly."
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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot In Arizona

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Another Update

A gunman opened fire Saturday onto a crowd at a public event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz., killing at least six people and critically injuring the congresswoman.

The dead included U.S. District Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl, President Obama said in a brief statement. Giffords, 40, was shot in the head. The Democrat was among at least 12 people injured, according to the Pima County, Ariz., sheriff's office.

"Gabby Giffords was a friend of mine. She is not only an extraordinary public servant, but she is also someone who is warm and caring. She is well-liked by her colleagues and well-liked by her constituents," Obama said.

"I know Gabby is as tough as they come and I am hopeful that she is going to pull through," he said.

NPR and other news organizations reported earlier Saturday that Giffords had died. NPR member station KJZZ in Phoenix reported the congresswoman and six others had been killed based on a source in the Pima County sheriff's office.

Giffords, who was re-elected to a third term in November, was hosting a "Congress on Your Corner" event at a Safeway in northwest Tucson when the gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

The suspect fired indiscriminately from about four feet away, Michaels said. The suspect ran off and was tackled by a bystander. He was taken into custody.

Law enforcement sources identified the suspect as Jared Loughner, 22. Pima County Sheriff's officials said he used a pistol to carry out the shooting spree.

Giffords was first elected to represent Arizona's 8th District in 2006. The "Congress on Your Corner" events, which she holds regularly, allow constituents to present their concerns directly to her.

Giffords' Tucson office was one of three damaged last March by vandals who targeted Democrats in advance of the U.S. House vote on the controversial health care legislation. A glass panel at her office was shattered, and at the time her staff said that it appeared the window had been damaged by a pellet gun.

Giffords is married to astronaut Mark E. Kelly, who has piloted space shuttles Endeavour and Discovery. The two met in China in 2003 while they were serving on a committee there, and were married in January 2007.

House Speaker John Boehner condemned the attack.

"An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve," he said in a statement. "Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society."

Her fellow Arizona congressman, Republican Jeff Flake, reached Saturday on his way to the hospital recalled that he had last spoken with Giffords on the House floor during this week's swearing-in ceremony.

"We have a fairly small delegation and we've met often," he said of Giffords, who in November beat back a tough challenge from a Tea Party-endorsed opponent.

"She got re-elected because she's tenacious," Flake said. "There was a very strong headwind against all Democrats and people did not expect her to come back to Congress.

"But she was tireless," he said. "Others may have held back after things happen — like the damage to her office. She was fearless."

Flake said emotions have been running high in Arizona over issues, including immigration.

"That's obviously an issue that is a very passionate one for a lot of people," he said.

Three hours after the shooting, the L-shaped shopping center in Tucson was blocked off by police and had fire trucks and other vehicles in its parking lot that blocked the view of the store's front door. No shell casings could be seen from the area 500 yards from the store where reporters and photographers were kept.

Outside Giffords' office on Capitol Hill, a handful of congressional staffers could be seen walking into her office without comment, some with roller bags and one who was in tears. About a half dozen yellow flowers, placed by one mourner, sat outside the door.



More sources from akuma_river: Tuscon Citizen.  Mediaite.  CNN.  Another source from oaktree89, that says 12 people were shot: New York Times.

There are conflicting news stories.  NPR reports the shooter as being in custody, but eyewitness reports from Twitter say the shooter got away, and as many as 6 people are dead (1, 2).

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was one of the people on Palin's Target List (original map, another version).

Gawker has a description of the shooter (from firerosearien ): The gunman was young, mid-to-late 20s, white, clean-shaven with short hair and wearing dark clothing and said nothing during the shooting or while being held down, although he struggled at first. He was "not particularly well-dressed"; he didn't look like a businessman, but more of a "fringe character," Rayle said. The sheriff's department arrived, arrested the gunman and cordoned off the parking lot.

The police seem to be searching for second and third assassins (from colliedlight).

Updated the original article again.
Lucy  - Durnk n Pitsy



Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

Can a regimen of no playdates, no TV, no computer games and hours of music practice create happy kids? And what happens when they fight back?
by Amy Chua

A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's like inside the family, and whether they could do it too. Well, I can tell them, because I've done it. Here are some things my daughters, Sophia and Louisa, were never allowed to do:

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Well, damn.

WikiLeaks: US demanding our Twitter account info

LONDON – U.S. officials have issued a subpoena to demand details about WikiLeaks' Twitter account, the group announced Saturday, adding that it suspected other American Internet companies were also being ordered to hand over information about its activities.

In a statement, WikiLeaks said U.S. investigators had gone to the San Francisco-based Twitter Inc. to demand the private messages, contact information and other personal details of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and other supporters, including the U.S. Army intelligence analyst suspected of handing classified information to the site and a high-profile Icelandic parliamentarian.
WikiLeaks blasted the court order, saying it amounted to harassment.

"If the Iranian government was to attempt to coercively obtain this information from journalists and activists of foreign nations, human rights groups around the world would speak out," Assange said in the statement.

A copy of the court order, dated Dec. 14 and posted to Salon.com, said the information sought was "relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation" and ordered Twitter not to disclose its existence to Assange or any of the others targeted.

The order was unsealed "thanks to legal action by Twitter," WikiLeaks said.

Twitter has declined comment on the claim, saying only that its policy is to notify its users, where possible, of government requests for information.

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source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110108/ap_on_hi_te/wikileaks

Checking cheats: China plans marriage database

BEIJING -- China's exploding wealth has created a culture of secret mistresses and second wives. Now officials are putting marriage records online so lovers and spouses can check for cheaters.

State media on Wednesday said Beijing and Shanghai will be among the first places to put marriage databases online this year. The plan is to have records for all of China online by 2015.

But the Ministry of Civil Affairs a few years ago said such a project would be operational by last year. Officials have not explained the delay, but not all areas have such databases ready yet. Ministry numbers show 23 of the country's 22 provinces, four regions and four municipalities do.

Bigamy is illegal in China, and corruption inspectors with the ruling Communist Party have said several officials have been guilty. That includes the former head of the National Bureau of Statistics, Qiu Xiaohua. He was called a "vile social and political influence" and expelled from the party in 2007.

China's opening economy over the past few decades has led to a high degree of mobility among cities and regions, creating what Beijing-based lawyer Chen Wei described as a "strangers' society" in an interview with the China Daily newspaper about the marriage database plan.

One study of extramarital affairs in China, published in the U.S. in 2005, said 20 percent of 1,240 married men surveyed in urban China and 3.9 percent of 1,275 married women said they had had an affair in the past 12 months.

The details of some secret romances have found their way online for a captivated public. In one of the most recent cases, a county official in the central province of Hubei was detained last month on suspicion of killing his mistress, who was pregnant with twins, after she reportedly asked him to marry her or give her 2 million yuan ($302,000).

In this atmosphere, the number of divorces is rising. The civil affairs ministry has said 2.47 million couples split in 2009, up almost 9 percent from the year before.

The Shanghai Daily and other state media say the third area to put its marriage database online this year will be the northern province of Shaanxi.

once upon a time

Sen. Barbara Mikulski Makes History as Longest-Serving Female Senator

She stands less than 5 feet tall and counts humor as her secret weapon. Today, she makes history.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a 74-year old Maryland Democrat, likes to say how unlikely it is that someone like her would ever come to the U.S. Senate. But today, as the 112th Congress convenes, she becomes the longest-serving female senator in U.S. history.

"I never thought of myself as a historical figure. But when the Library of Congress called and said, 'You're going to break the Margaret Chase Smith record, and we want historical artifacts,' I was taken aback," Mikulski told ABC News' Diane Sawyer. "To me, history is powder wigs and Jane Addams and Abigail Adams. Both pioneers in their own right.

"I think, for me, it's not how long I've served, it's how well I've served."

And with the new Congress, coming off contentious midterm elections that saw her party get thrashed at the polls, Mikulski said Republicans and Democrats need to work at civility.

"I think it's going to be full of challenges. We're going to want to stop bad things from happening," she said.

"We'll fight the repeal of Obama health care. We don't want to privatize Social Security," she said. "But we've got to work for a strong economy. And this is why I'd like to get back to that strong feeling of bipartisanship."

Mikulski said she already "kind of surveyed the women" after the election to get to know them and to build a consensus on certain issues.

"Even where we disagree, we don't have to be disagreeable. We're not a caucus. We disagree on issues like pro-choice, where to cut the budget," she said. "But we are a force," often on such issues as women's health care.

Mikulski, the daughter of a Baltimore grocer, said that when she was growing up, politics was a world away.

"Old guys who smoked cigars with potbellies, and they were named Tom, Dick and Harry," she said. "Now politicians are named Barb, Bev and Hillary."

But Mikulski secured a seat on the Baltimore City Council in the early 1970s, followed by a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives a few years later.

She described her best day in Congress as the day she stood on the Senate floor and fought for preventive health care for women, an amendment that later passed.

Her worst day, she said, was Sept. 11, 2001, when she and the rest of Congress were forced to run from what they feared would be an attack on the Capitol building.

"I'm a little on the chunky side, but I tell you I ran all the way and over to the Supreme Court and didn't break a sweat," she said. "It was a terrible day.

"But that day when we stood on the Capitol steps and bipartisans sang 'God Bless America,' I would never want to go back to that day. But I would like to go back to that feeling of togetherness."

More at ABC News

Excuse me while I scream out my window.

Tucson Tea Party Leader: We Won't Change Our Rhetoric After Giffords Shooting

A leader of a Tucson-area tea party group condemned the mass shooting in Arizona that included Rep. Gabriel Giffords (D-AZ), but told TPM that this doesn't mean her group is going to tone down their rhetoric: "I think anytime you start suppressing freedom of speech, I think it's wrong. I live here and I didn't hear anything [in the 2010 campaign] that concerned me in terms of inciting violence."

Allyson Miller, a founder of the 500-member Pima County Tea Party Patriots, told TPM in an interview today that the members of her group, as well as the entire city of Tucson, were "deeply saddened" by the events of today and said "there is no place for violence" in political debate.

"This is outrageous," she said.

Miller was quick to distance her group from the shooting and said that she felt she had to go on the defensive after news of the tragedy began to spread. "I did feel, you know, very like 'why are they jumping to this conclusion before they even knew the person's name?' They're jumping to this conclusion that it has to do with the hotly contested Congressional race," she said. "Well, apparently, from what I've seen so far...it's looking like that's not the case."
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star wars! Fuck yeah!

Leaked document shows EPA allowed bee-toxic pesticide despite own scientists’ red flags

Leaked document shows EPA allowed bee-toxic pesticide despite own scientists’ red flags

by: Tom Philpott

It's not just the State and Defense departments that are reeling this month from leaked documents. The Environmental Protection Agency now has some explaining to do, too. In place of dodgy dealings with foreign leaders, this case involves the German agrichemical giant Bayer; a pesticide with an unpronounceable name, clothianidin; and an insect species crucial to food production (as well as a food producer itself), the honeybee. And in lieu of a memo leaked to a globetrotting Australian, this one features a document delivered to a long-time Colorado beekeeper.

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A really long article, but a really important read. I don't think most people realize how important the decline in bee population is.
Chibis- Keith Gaga

The Special Comment Video

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on the violent rhetoric in politics and the media.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

EDIT: Transcript here.
I am impressed that he apologized for his own mistakes and rhetoric in this. Only 9 minutes long, and a good watch. Thanks to WillAtWork for the video.

Edit: And now apparently he'd gotten death threats for it. *HEADDESK*

Girl, along with six other victims, identified as dead in Tuscon Massacre

She Has A Name: Christina Taylor Greene, 9 Yr. Old Killed In Tucson Massacre, Born on 9/11/01

The identity of the 9-year-old tragically killed in this morning's deadly rampage is Christina Taylor Greene.

Family says she was vibrant, excited about life, and she was the "best daughter in the world."

Born on September 11, 2001, Greene was excited about the political process, was on the student government, and went to the Giffords event today to learn more about the political process, family members say.

Greene attended Mesa Verde Elementary School. She was the only girl on the CDO baseball team - she loved the sport, as well as horseback riding and swimming.

The Pima County Sheriff's Office has released the identities of the six people killed in this morning's tragic shooting.

-John Roll, 63, a federal district court judge.

-Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, Giffords' director of community outreach

-Dorwin Stoddard, 76, a pastor at Mountain Ave. Church of Christ.

-Christina Greene, 9, a student at Mesa Verde Elementary

-Dorthy Murray, 76

-Phyllis Scheck, 79

The suspect is being interviewed at PCSO headquarters currently, and will be transported to jail later this evening, deputies say.


Literally tearing up right now.