January 15th, 2011

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ONTD_Political's PotD: January 14, 2011.


Haiti, one year later | It's been one year since the earth shook so violently below Port-au-Prince, Haiti, destroying and damaging hundreds of thousands of buildings and lives in mere moments. Twelve months of struggle and heartache have followed, with very little progress to show so far. Only five percent of the rubble has been cleared as crippling "indecision" has stalled reconstruction efforts, a recent report by humanitarian group Oxfam said. It's not clear when Haiti will be fully rebuilt, with five years needed just to rehouse the government, a top minister recently told an AFP reporter. On this somber anniversary, here are some photos of (and by) Haitians as they continue to cope with the aftermath of such a massive disaster.
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Miss. gov.: Time to build civil rights museum

Miss. gov.: Time to build civil rights museum

Possible presidential contender Gov. Haley Barbour — under fire recently for comments that critics claim minimized the problems of Mississippi's civil rights era — said Tuesday night that his state should build a museum dedicated to the movement.

The Republican, who is considering a 2012 run in what could be a crowded GOP field, also used his 38-minute State of the State speech to criticize the policies of President Barack Obama.

Barbour said 2011 is a good time to move forward with the museum in Jackson. He said that was because it is the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders' journey that challenged racial segregation and the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

"The civil rights struggle is an important part of our history, and millions of people are interested in learning more about it," Barbour said. "People from around the world would flock to see the museum and learn about the movement."

Barbour, who's considering a 2012 presidential run, last month told the Weekly Standard magazine that the Citizens Council was an organization of town leaders that helped keep the Ku Klux Klan out of his hometown of Yazoo City when schools desegregated in 1970.

Several liberal bloggers said Barbour left an inaccurate impression of the groups, often made up of white supremacists who sought to thwart integration in many areas. Historians also say the Citizens Council helped enforce segregation through social pressure.

But accounts confirm Yazoo City schools integrated peacefully, as Barbour stated.


Some critics, however, said his comments skimmed over the segregationist role the councils played.

A Mississippi civil rights museum was first proposed in 2007 but stalled over discussions of location and funding. Barbour said four years ago that a museum should be built with private donations. He did not offer a funding proposal Tuesday night.

Barbour did not mention the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

However, he said the policies of Democratic President Barack Obama are increasing the cost of energy.

"We don't need higher fuel prices in Mississippi," Barbour said. "Four-dollar gas brought us to our knees in 2008."

Barbour also said Obama's health policies will hurt businesses.

Rep. Brian Aldridge, R-Tupelo, said Barbour talked about federal policies more than in previous State of the State speeches.

"It very much sounded like someone running for president of the United States," Aldridge said.

Barbour is in the final year of his second term and can't seek re-election this year.

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Oh, and what do the Freedom Riders think of Mississippi and the last time the Gov tried to use them and the 50th anniversary to drum up tourist dollars? They were none too thrilled: This is the worst element to have control of our history; they should not be trusted to portray the history of the Movement accurately.
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Washington Times: Criticism Of Palin's 'Blood Libel' Part Of 'Ongoing Pogrom' Against Conservatives

*sigh*

Really? We're really going to go there, calling all criticism of Caribou Barbie and the other howler monkeys on the right a pogrom? And here I thought that conservatives were supposed to bootstrap their way through life and not be thin-skinned pussies like the rest of us. =P

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A Washington Times editorial defends Sarah Palin's use of the phrase "blood libel" in the wake of the Tucson shootings, by calling media criticism of Palin "the latest round of an ongoing pogrom against conservative thinkers."

Palin had been criticized for using the term "blood libel" to characterize media attacks against her, because of associations between "blood libel" and persecution of Jews in Europe. The term has its roots in the false charge that Jews would murder children and use their blood in religious rituals.

The choice by the Times to describe media attacks as "pogroms" is even more unfortunate since the term usually refers to destructive riots that targeted Jews during the time of the Russian Empire, and often resulted in massacres.

Palin had been criticized for posting a map of the U.S. last year with gunsights over 20 Dem districts that were targets for Republicans, including that of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head on Saturday. Palin responded to the criticism in a video this week: "Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible."

In an editorial on Wednesday, the Washington Times wrote that "Mrs. Palin is well within her rights to feel persecuted."

"Typical of blood libel," it says, "the attack against Mrs. Palin is a false charge intended to generate anger made by people with a political agenda. They have made these claims boldly without evidence and without censure or consequence."

The editorial continues:

This is simply the latest round of an ongoing pogrom against conservative thinkers. The last two years have seen a proliferation of similar baseless charges of racism, sexism, bigotry, Islamophobia and inciting violence against those on the right who have presented ideas at odds with the establishment's liberal orthodoxy.


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Conservative Media Attack Native American Blessing At AZ Memorial Service



January 13, 2011 12:38 pm ET —

Following the memorial service for the victims of the tragic shooting in Tucson, several in the right-wing media attacked and mocked the inclusion of a Native American blessing as part of the invocation.

[ http://mediamatters.org/research/201101130011 ]

I scrolled down to the screening post of the memorial itself and was surprised that this hadn't been discussed in its own post yet.
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One last Michael Steele gif thread before he fades into obscurity

New RNC chairman tells House Republicans he'll listen

Appearing Saturday at a retreat for Congressmen in his party, newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus spelled out his goals and philosophy in his effort to overhaul the committee, according to two GOP aides.

At the session in Baltimore, Maryland, Priebus said, "I believe what we need at the RNC, in my case, is less of self and more of everybody else," according to a House Republican aide.

Priebus, a former Wisconsin GOP chairman introduced to the group by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, told his fellow party members that he wants to earn their trust and build relationships in his first months on the job. He said that he would focus on paying off the debt accumulated by the RNC and establish regional finance chairs.

And, as one of his first acts of business, the new chairman said he plans to travel early next week to Tampa, Florida, to help turnaround that state's GOP operation.
Priebus won the race for chairman on Friday after seven rounds of voting, ousting former Chairman Michael Steele. House Speaker John Boehner had endorsed another contender, Maria Cino in the race, but quickly released a statement Friday night congratulating Priebus.

"Reince can count on my support as we work to ensure that Republican candidates have the resources and the ground game needed to win the battle of ideas with President Obama and his Democratic allies," Boehner said in the statement.

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Tucson shooting victim arrested at taping of ABC-TV special

Death threat at ABC-TV Town Hall event Saturday


TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -The meeting room at St. Odilia's Catholic Church on the city's northwest side was packed with local dignitaries, witnesses to the mass shooting Jan. 8, some of the witnesses to the shootings and the first responders to the scene for a taping of an ABC-TV special, a town hall event, at 11 a.m. Saturday. Host of the program, This Week, is Christianne Amanpour. The show will air at 7 a.m. Sunday on KGUN9-TV.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at close range last Saturday by a lone gunman. She survived. A total of six people were killed. Nineteen were shot.

Jared Loughner, 22, a former Pima Community College student, is the sole suspect in the shootings. He is in FBI custody.

Toward the end of the town hall meeting Saturday morning, one of the shooting victims, J. Eric Fuller, took exception to comments by two of the speakers: Ariz. state Rep. Terri Proud, a Dist. 26 Republican, and Tucson Tea Party spokesman Trent Humphries.

According to sheriff's deputies at the scene, Fuller took a photo of Humphries and said, "You're Dead."


Deputies immediately escorted Fuller from the room.

Pima County Sheriff's spokesman Jason Ogan said later Saturday that Fuller has been charged with threats and intimidation and he also will be charged with disorderly conduct.

Among the dignitaries at the town hall taping were Mayor Bob Walkup, U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva and former Congressman Jim Kolbe.

ABC News dubbed the town hall, "After the Tragedy: An American Conversation Continued."

A press released stated that the event will restart the conversation that Giffords began. "Among those who will join the Town Hall: family members of victims, citizens who took heroic action and community leaders," the press release stated.



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Edited to add: From the comments, HuffPo has more to say about the comments that were made

Toward the end of the taping, Amanpour brought up the issues of gun safety and mental health. As one member of the audience stood up and expressed his support for gun ownership, Fuller, seated near the front in an area reserved for victims and special guests, appeared increasingly frustrated and agitated.

Fuller then swiveled in his chair, raised his camera and took a photo of the pro-gun speaker, muttering, "You're dead," according to Joel Tranter, who was sitting behind him.


Wow, way to not get it at all. You just lived through this, and a week later you're making threats? I don't like the tea party either, but I'm not threatening to kill them especially not in a public forum!
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Giffords is off the ventilator and is breathing on her own!

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been taken off a ventilator and is breathing on her own through a tracheotomy tube, the University Medical Center of Tucson, Arizona announced Saturday.

Surgeons on Saturday also inserted a feeding tube so the congresswoman could get nutrients.

In addition, one other person injured last Saturday's Arizona shooting - James Tucker, 58 - was released from the medical center on Saturday, leaving three people still at the hospital.

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John McCain op-ed, plus bonus political speculation

Op-ed: After the shooting, Obama reminds the nation of the Golden Rule.
by John McCain
Sunday, January 16 2011


President Obama gave a terrific speech Wednesday night. He movingly mourned and honored the victims of Saturday's senseless atrocity outside Tucson, comforted and inspired the country, and encouraged those of us who have the privilege of serving America. He encouraged every American who participates in our political debates - whether we are on the left or right or in the media - to aspire to a more generous appreciation of one another and a more modest one of ourselves.

The president appropriately disputed the injurious suggestion that some participants in our political debates were responsible for a depraved man's inhumanity. He asked us all to conduct ourselves in those debates in a manner that would not disillusion an innocent child's hopeful patriotism. I agree wholeheartedly with these sentiments. We should respect the sincerity of the convictions that enliven our debates but also the mutual purpose that we and all preceding generations of Americans serve: a better country; stronger, more prosperous and just than the one we inherited.

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After Tucson, a thaw between Obama and McCain?
by staff writer Dan Balz
Saturday, January 15 2011


Could the long-icy relationship between President Obama and his 2008 opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), be thawing?

McCain took a significant step toward reconciling with the president in a graceful op-ed in Sunday's Washington Post. If that article marks a genuine fresh beginning, it would be one positive thing to come out of the horrific shooting spree in Tucson eight days ago.

McCain and Obama will never be comrades in arms. They have too much history, too much mutual ill will and too many philosophical differences for that. In the two years since McCain went down to defeat against Obama, the tension between the them has been evident in almost every public setting in which they've appeared.

But in praising the president's speech at Wednesday's memorial service in Tucson, McCain has reached out to Obama with an open hand. Not since his gracious concession speech on the night of the election has McCain spoken so generously of his rival. Obama should not let the opportunity pass to reach out to McCain in return.

More at the source.

I never ever ever post top-level articles, but I didn't see either of these posted here. And I have no idea why the dates are what they are; I read the McCain op-ed yesterday, but the other article didn't make an appearance online until today.
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Guerilla DIY Bike Lane Created by Guadalajara Citizens!

Do It Yourself Bike Lanes in Mexico
A group of citizens in Guadalajara, Mexico, was fed up with the inaction of the local authorities. Their city has a big traffic problem (350 new cars are added to the city's roads every day, average traffic speed has fallen to 18 km/h, and the quality of our air reaches alarming levels during several days of winter), and those who want to bike have to deal with dangerous roads that don't have bike lanes. So these citizens, led by local teachers and students, decided to fix the problem themselves. Check out the video below!

The video is in Spanish, but the images mostly speak for themselves:



The group has released a document about why and how it did what it did. Here are some highlights from the English version. It's a bit long, but I think it's worth it to let them explain their thought process in their own words:

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Facebook used to get to nude e-mail photos

California man faces six years in prison for computer intrusion, impersonation

By Matt Liebowitz

Sometimes social networking makes social engineering very easy.

A California man faces six years in prison for using personal information found on women's Facebook profiles to take over their e-mail accounts, steal nude pictures of them and sometimes even blackmail them. One victim likened it to "virtual rape."

George Samuel Bronk pleaded guilty in Sacramento Superior Court Thursday to seven felony charges, including computer intrusion, impersonation and possession of child pornography.

The charges stem from a nine-month period ending in September, during which Bronk hijacked the e-mail accounts of hundreds of women across 17 states and in England, the Sacramento Bee reported.

A press release from the office of Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general, says Bronk targeted his victims by searching Facebook for women who posted both their e-mail addresses and also personal information such as their favorite foods, their father’s middle names, their high-school mascots and their favorite colors.

Such details are routinely used in "identity challenges" when changes are made to online personal accounts. "Social engineering" scams, such as phishing scams, are designed to trick the victim into revealing this sort of information — but Bronk found it all right there on Facebook.

With it, Bronk could pose as a legitimate e-mail user, hit the "Forgot your password?" button, pass the identity challenge, change the password to one of his own and take over the e-mail account, locking out the victim.
 
And then the problems would begin.

Bronk, 23, searched hundreds of “sent mail” folders for any nude photographs or videos.  If he found any, he'd often sending the most scandalous or pornographic pictures to the women’s contacts lists, or would contact the victims directly and threaten to make the pictures public unless they sent him even more revealing ones.


In some cases, he'd go back for seconds. After he'd taken over an e-mail account, he'd e-mail Facebook from it and tell the company he'd forgotten the victim's Facebook password -- and then take over the woman's Facebook account as well.

In October, when police confiscated Bronk’s computer and arrested him, they found more than 170 files of explicit photographs stolen from e-mail accounts he had hijacked.

The Attorney General’s office and the California Highway Patrol used location-tagging information to help identify victims, and e-mailed 3,200 questionnaires to women who may have been targeted. Forty-six women replied that they had been victimized.

Bronk has been held on $500,000 bail since October, and will return in March for his sentencing.

This security breach highlights the problems websites face in trying to authenticate their users.  Thanks to social-networking sites, it's now easy to find out someone's mother's maiden name or the street he or she lived on as a child, yet that's exactly what hackers would need to know to pass an identity challenge.

Security experts say the solution is simple, if a bit confusing: Use fake information to fill in the answers to identity-challenge questions when setting up or changing an online account.   If you grew up on Elm Street, say instead that you grew up on "55a55afra55."  Your mother's maiden name could be the same thing. Just don't put your real password in there.

And as always, people are advised to limit the amount of personal information they post online.



Source has a picture of this creep, and believe me: nightmare fuel.
For those of you who, for whatever reason, would like to see rape culture in action, this story is also
on gizmodo and fuck the comments.
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"School releases YouTube post from Loughner".

Jared Lee Loughner, now accused in the shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, walked through campus last fall rambling about his 'genocide school.' The video led Pima Community College to suspend him.

Los Angeles Times | January 15, 2011

Rambling and agitated, Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner strode through Pima Community College, camera in hand — alternately laughing and voicing anger at his "genocide school," which he called "one of the biggest scams in America" in a video released by college officials late Friday.

The nearly four-minute video, which was posted on YouTube on Sept. 23 and later removed, appeared to show Loughner on campus at night, moving briskly through buildings and a series of open courtyards.

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Video in question:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFT_l8rKJj8
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