January 26th, 2011

bartlet for america

putting the ONTD back in ontd_p!

Nancy Pelosi Rejects Eric Cantor's Mating Call

Nancy Pelosi Rejects Eric Cantor's Mating CallHouse Majority Leader Eric Cantor's attempt to sneak in some tongue action with Nancy Pelosi at tonight's State of the Union has backfired, terribly. Did he think Pelosi wouldn't already have a "date" lined up? Get it together, Eric Cantor.

Members of Congress are scrambling for dates across the aisle to tonight's optional Congressional Prom. We'd like to thank them for embracing their roles as anxious nerd teenagers desperate for love, or even basic approval, at long last. One Republican congressman has even labeled himself "ugly" after a rejection. He's seriously depressed about this. This congressional date gossip is just writing itself, no? The Hill reports on the Pelosi/Cantor situation:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) invited Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to sit next to him at the State of the Union address - but the former House Speaker says she's already committed.

"I thank @GOPLeader for his #SOTU offer, but I invited my friend Rep. [Roscoe] Bartlett from MD yesterday & am pleased he accepted," Pelosi tweeted.

The invitation from Cantor was made Monday evening through staffers for the two leaders, spokesman Brad Dayspring said.

Wow, she just had to embarrass young Eric Cantor publicly with her rejection! And let's not pretend that "I already have a date to the dance" doesn't count as a flat-out rejection. It does. It's just an excuse, and we all know this. Terrible memories, all flooding back...

Anyway, Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who'd already agreed to go with Rep. Judy Chu, is too excited now:

"I look forward to sitting between two lovely ladies, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Calif.), at tonight's State of the Union speech," Bartlett said in a statement.

Washington is beyond fucked up.


I will be counting the Mean Girls references in the comments, and if they make up less than a third, I will be severly disappointed.

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We Twisted King’s Dream, So We Live With His Nightmare

by Tim Wise
Monday, January 17 2011, 8:00 AM EST

It’s been a rough year for Martin Luther King, Jr., and for his legacy.

First, as has become an annual ritual, politicians went to church or some other civic gathering for last year’s King Day celebration, even as they continued to support public policies that he found abhorrent. Whether continuing to prosecute a seemingly endless and most definitely murderous war, or by supporting cuts to vital social programs, there is no shortage of hypocrisy when it comes to proclaiming fealty to King’s vision in words, while besmirching it in deeds, all at once.
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Jesse Ventura slams TSA with lawsuit

Source: CNN.com

(CNN) -- Count Jesse Ventura among fliers who don't want their "junk" touched by Transportation Security Administration agents.

The former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Minnesota against the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA.

The suit alleges enhanced airport security procedures, including pat-downs and full body scanning, violate Ventura's rights under the Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Ventura is not seeking monetary damages, according to his attorney, David Olsen. Ventura wants an acknowledgment from the court that his rights have been violated and a court order that would stop the government from subjecting him to the screening procedures, Olsen said.

"We consider the pat-downs and the whole body scanners to be a step too far, and they have crossed into the realm of the unreasonable," Olsen said.

The TSA said it cannot comment on pending litigation, but it has characterized pat-downs as one of multiple layers of security used to protect the traveling public.

"Pat-downs are one important tool to help TSA detect hidden and dangerous items such as explosives," the agency said on its website.

The lawsuit calls the TSA's enhanced pat-downs "warrantless, non-suspicion-based offensive touching, gripping and rubbing of the genital and other sensitive areas of the body."

Ventura had hip replacement surgery in 2008, and the resulting titanium implant routinely sets off metal detectors, requiring him to undergo pat-down searches, according to court documents. The lawsuit alleges the pat-downs and the TSA's whole body imaging procedures meet legal definitions of unlawful sexual assault and unlawful video voyeurism.

Ventura, who is host of a TV program called "Conspiracy Theory" on truTV, a CNN sister network, flies two to three times a week for work, according to the suit.
His professional schedule means he must either submit to routine searches, "or retire from his television work and forgo his income," the lawsuit said.

Ventura has stopped flying commercially to avoid the screening, Olsen said.

"It virtually makes it impossible for him to work in his present job," he said.
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How WikiLeaks Enlightened Us in 2010

The United States

- The U.S. Army considered WikiLeaks a national security threat as early as 2008, according to documents obtained and posted by WikiLeaks in March, 2010.

- Then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his top commanders repeatedly, knowingly lied to the American public about rising sectarian violence in Iraq beginning in 2006, according to the cross-referencing of WikiLeaks' leaked Iraq war documents and former Washington Post Baghdad Bureau Chief Ellen Knickmeyer's recollections.

- The Secretary of State's office encouraged U.S. diplomats at the United Nations to spy on their counterparts, including collecting data about the U.N. secretary general, his team and foreign diplomats, including credit card account numbers, according to documents from WikiLeaks U.S. diplomatic cable release. Later cables reveal the CIA draws up an annual "wish-list" for the State Department, which one year included the instructions to spy on the U.N.

- The Obama administration worked with Republicans during his first few months in office to protect Bush administration officials facing a criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies that some considered torture. A "confidential" April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid obtained by WikiLeaks details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.

- WikiLeaks released a secret State Department cable that provided a list of sites around the world vital to U.S. national security, from mines in Africa to labs in Europe.

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In 2010, WikiLeaks released only about 2,000 of the approximate 250,000 cables it claims to possess, and the pace of those releases dropped dramatically as the holidays approached. If Assange's promises are to be believed, 2011 will be another important year for learning about the hidden forces that drive our world.


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Women’s Suffrage and Other Visions of Right-Wing Apocalypse

December 21, 2009

Conservatives have lined up in near-unanimous opposition to any progressive legislation introduced during President Obama’s first year in office. Whether they’ve been railing against health care reform, a climate bill, or financial regulation, their ire has stemmed less from legislative specifics than from a generalized prophecy of doom: Obama’s proposals will move the country toward socialism, bankrupt entire industries and small businesses, and deny Americans their basic freedoms. These arguments, however, aren’t new. Conservatives — not just Republicans, but various politicians and groups who’ve resisted major social changes — recycled them throughout the twentieth century. They used them to oppose numerous progressive measures that Americans now take for granted, from women’s suffrage to child-labor laws to Medicare. (Click here to read Jonathan Chait's feature story on the history of Republican nihilism and what happened to all those great GOP ideas.) Here we’ve collected a few choice predictions about disaster that never came. Conservatives today might prefer they be forgotten.

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Judges sacked in case of China toll dodger Shi Jianfeng

Two judges have been fired and a court official suspended in China for having sentenced a man to life in prison for evading motorway toll fees.

The three men, including the judge responsible for the case, were punished for "neglect of duty", state media say.

In another twist, the man's younger brother has surrendered to police, saying he was to blame for the 3.7m yuan (£350,000) fraud.

A retrial was ordered on Friday for Shi Jianfeng, after a huge public outcry.

At a news conference on Sunday, a higher court in Henan province announced the removal of the three officials from their posts.

It said a fourth official had been reprimanded, adding that the men had failed to investigate Mr Shi's case properly and there was insufficient evidence to convict him.

'Criminals in legal coats'

The 43-year-old farmer was found guilty last week of evading toll fees over a nine-month period while delivering sand and gravel in two trucks.

The court ruled he had used fake military number plates, meaning the vehicles were exempt.

However, Mr Shi had argued that he was being "manipulated by a relative".

On Saturday night, Shi Junfeng turned himself in to police in Yuzhou City, saying his brother had taken the blame for him.

It appears he had not thought his older brother would be sentenced so severely, telling police he had offered bribes to officials and had been assured he would be released quickly.

The case had generated a furious reaction online in China.

Many argued that far more lenient sentences are usually given for more serious crimes. There were also complaints that road tolls, required on most major highways, are too high for ordinary people to be able to afford.

An opinion feature in the Global Times newspaper said the "exorbitant tolls, rather than the man's bad behaviour" provoked the outcry.

The newspaper says those who set toll fees are referred to by some as "criminals in legal coats".


[PODCAST] Blacking It Up!

Greetings ONTD_Political

My name is Elon James White. I'm a writer/humorist and the host of This Week in Blackness (#TWIB) I post the latest episodes and some of the articles i write (sometimes y'all beat me to it ;-) ) in this community and always appreciate the conversation that comes from it. In all honesty it was the ONTD_Political community that made me think I might have something with #TWIB back in 2008 because you were so supportive of it. I always appreciated it and I make sure that i swing through to find out whats happening in here.

I'm writing this to give you guys a shout out about another project I'm doing. It's called "Blacking It Up!" I host it with 5 time Def Poet and mental health advocate Bassey Ikpi. It's a combination of politics, race, pop-culture and general wackiness. We're always joined by an in studio crew or guests skyping in to bring awesome Monday through Thursday at 2pm est. (11am pst - we broadcast LIVE here with a chatroom) and then its available via podcast through itunes, your favorite feed reader or on demand on iphone/android/blackberry/palm devices.

I wanted to introduce it to you guys as opposed to just postin' some promo thing like "LISTEN!" I know some of y'all have listened already but I'm hoping to be able to get feed back and start conversations with more of you. I'll be posting episodes on the community here and there (not all cause that'd be annoying ;-) ). We're hoping we can make you smile a bit while you're trying to get through your day. I hope you enjoy it.

Here's the latest episode:
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please feel free to throw it out there. I'm all ears.
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But who would wear the mascot costume to press conferences?

Utah considers making semiautomatic pistol a state symbol

By Marisa Kendall, USA TODAY

Utah may become the first state to adopt an official firearm, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

A House committee voted, 9-2, yesterday to endorse a bill that would make Utah gunmaker John Moses Browning's M1911 semiautomatic pistol a state symbol. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, said the .45-caliber handgun is something that represents Utah, The Tribune reported.

"It's an implement of freedom that has defended America for 100 years," he said.

The M1911, which was the standard-issue sidearm for U.S. forces from 1911 to 1985, was used by military heroes such as Alvin York and Audie Murphy, Wimmer said. The House Political Subdivisions Committee passed the measure, which several gun rights groups backed. The bill goes to the full House, which Republicans control.

Opponents argued that semiautomatic pistols are the weapons most often used in mass shootings, such as the rampage in Tucson on Jan. 8. The gun used to kill six and wound 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was a smaller, 9mm weapon.

"Is this the time to adopt as a symbol of the state the same kind of weapon used to kill all these people?" asked Steven Gunn of the Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah.

Source demands a WTF.

Bud in a Bottle: New Marijuana Soda to Launch in Feb.

How about a refreshing Canna Cola? A company based in Soquel, Calif., has created a new line of soda pot — or, marijuana soda — that it plans to launch in Colorado in February.

Canna Cola isn't the first marijuana soda on the market, but its designer Clay Butler, who said he has never used marijuana or smoked a cigarette but is a "firm believer that adults have an inalienable right to think, eat, smoke, drink, ingest, decorate, dress any way they choose," told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that his beverage collection will be distinguished by marketing. "You look at all the marijuana products out there, and they are so mom-and-pop, hippie-dippy and rinky-dink," he said.

According to the Sentinel, Butler's soda pot line will include the "flagship cola drink Canna Cola, the Dr Pepper–like Doc Weed, the lemon-lime Sour Diesel, the grape-flavored Grape Ape and the orange-flavored Orange Kush."

The labels promise "12 mind blowing ounces," and each bottle will retail for roughly $10 to $15. Containing 35 to 65 milligrams of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, Canna Cola is substantially less potent than many of the other drinks currently on the market, the Sentinel reports.

Scott Riddell, founder of Diavolo Brands, which is marketing Canna Cola, likened it to a "light beer" and said "it's got a mild marijuana taste," compared with heavier tasting competitors with three times the THC.

Canna Cola's makers plan to sell it to medical-marijuana dispensaries in Colorado starting next month, and hope to launch it in California by the spring. Looming, however, is a bill in Congress sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the so-called "Brownie Law," which passed the Senate last year. It would increase penalties for makers of products that combine marijuana with "a candy product" or anyone who markets such products to minors.

There are currently 15 states, as well as the District of Columbia, where medical marijuana is legal. However, the conditions of its legality differ from state to state, and marijuana for any purpose is still illegal under federal law.


Pa. Senate panel advances abortion-curb bill

A state Senate committee is advancing a bill to ban abortion coverage from policies obtained through health-insurance exchanges that are to begin in 2014. The bill passed the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Tuesday, 12-2. No public hearing was held.

Last year's landmark federal health-care law requires states to set up the exchanges to provide a marketplace where small businesses and individuals can buy coverage.

However, some abortion-rights proponents say that federal law already restricts taxpayer funding for abortion coverage and that this bill goes further than federal law by restricting abortion coverage in private policies.

Pennsylvania allows exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother, and an individual could still buy supplemental abortion coverage outside the exchange.


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First anniversary of Citizens United sparks "Movement For The People"

Truthout: At "Summit for the People," Call for Action on Citizens United
Monday 24 January 2011
by: James Russell, t r u t h o u t | Report

According to Annabel Park, founder of the Coffee Party USA, the influence of corporations on elections is "a cancer in our political system."

Speaking by phone, she elaborates on this heavy metaphor with an even more dire statement: If Americans remain cynical and allow the cancer to spread, then corporate influence "will permanently control the political narrative in the United States."

What could be so terrifying - and so influential - that it caused this full-time documentary filmmaker and political activist to "work 20 hours a day" in an attempt to halt the cancer's spread?

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There is another account of the For The People Summit in The Nation that pays more attention to the other groups involved in the event. Iran's Press TV also covered the event (link to video). Finally, C-SPAN3 broadcast all of Friday's indoor events live and has a video archive that can be watched on the web here

Full disclosure: I'm the maintainer of coffeepartyusa and am on of Coffee Party USA's Interim National Team as one of its New Media Outreach Coordinators.

Arizona Needs more Judges Now That Being Brown is a Crime

Are Politicians Illegals Trying to Clog Our Judicial System?

Murder Of Judge John Roll Triggers ‘Judicial Emergency’ In Arizona

In the moments before his death, Chief Judge John Roll was waiting to speak with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) about how to solve his court’s unmanageable caseload. So his murder is all the more tragic because it has exacerbated the very problem he was working with Giffords to solve:

Judge Roslyn O. Silver, who took Roll’s place as chief judge for Arizona, on Friday declared a judicial emergency to allow statutory time limits for trying accused criminals to be temporarily suspended in the district because of an acute shortage of judges. On Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals extended Silver’s temporary order for a year. [...]

Several factors have contributed to the emergency. Federal felony caseloads are at an all-time high in Arizona amid the political clamor over tougher enforcement of border immigration and drug laws. Yet partisan wrangling in the nation’s capital has slowed the flow of judicial appointments to many states, not just Arizona, leaving the federal bench overwhelmed by caseloads.

Roll’s death only worsened Arizona’s problem, cutting the number of federal judges in the busy Tucson division from four to three and forcing redistribution of Roll’s caseload of more than 900 criminal cases and various civil matters.

The Senate’s failure to confirm judges has sparked a nationwide vacancy crisis.
Nearly one-in-nine federal judgeships are currently vacant, and federal judges are currently retiring far faster than they are being replaced. Indeed, even Chief Justice John Roberts has spoken out on the urgent need for more confirmations.

Yet, as bad as the nationwide vacancy crisis is, the reality in Arizona is worse. Because of political pressure to prosecute more drug and immigration cases, federal criminal prosecutions in Arizona nearly doubled in just two years. As Roll warned shortly before his death, “Felony case filings were up from 3,023 in 2008 to 5,219 in 2010. … But the number of judges had decreased. It was akin to a city doubling in population without anyone adding new lanes to Main Street.”
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Canadians, your Internet usage just got more expensive.

Today a decision was made by the CRTC (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission) will end up costing Canadians more money for internet usage.

Apparently, the CRTC thought Canadians weren’t paying enough in Internet overage fees from independent ISP’s so it renewed the rules to allow major ISP’s such as Bell, Rogers and Shaw to determine the “excessive bandwidth” rates charged by the smaller ISPs using its bandwidth.

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Okay, seriously, since when was it okay to let mega-corps dictate how smaller corporations should do business? And the absolutely worst fucking part of this is that this decision isn't going to affect upper-middle class workers, it is going to penalize lower-class poorer citizens who desperately need access to the internet.

A Teenager Tackles Respect For Girl Gamers

Seventeen-year-old Jessica Cernadas is tired of the way she is treated online and games designed for men. She vents her frustrations in an NPR piece called "Why Do Girl Gamers Get So Little Respect?" Listen to it here.

Jessica's piece, part of a Radio Rookies program at NPR member station WNYC in New York, covers some of the common problems the increasingly large percentage of female gamers face as they delve into the 'men's club' of online gaming and suffer through games featuring over-sexualized female characters.

These are problems female gamers have been facing for years coming from a fresh voice and reaching a different audience through the broadcast on NPR.

Source, includes video.
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Resolution Calling to Amend the Constitution Banning Corporate Personhood Introduced in Vermont

By Christopher Ketcham

A year ago today, the Supreme Court issued its bizarre Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections as a form of “free speech” for the corporate “person.” Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the dissent, had the task of recalling the majority to planet earth and basic common sense.

"Corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires," wrote Stevens. "Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their 'personhood' often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of 'We the People' by whom and for whom our Constitution was established."

Fortunately, movements are afoot to reverse a century of accumulated powers and protections granted to corporations by wacky judicial decisions.

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I thought this went nicely with the earlier post about the rally against this abomination of a ruling, although the article does get a bit weird at the end. Bolded a few things (including the part about the nuclear power plant because that is just cool) but the whole article is worth a read.
where I stand

The Unbearable Whiteness of Pro-Lifers and Pundits

Jan 24 2011, 2:30 PM ET

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues for TheAtlantic.com and the magazine. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

Last week, Rick Santorum proved himself to be Rick Santorum:

The question is -- and this is what Barack Obama didn't want to answer: "Is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no," Santorum says in the interview, which was first picked up by CBN's David Brody. "Well if that person, human life is not a person, then, I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, 'We are going to decide who are people and who are not people.'"

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Civil Union bill passes through Hawaii Senate Committee

The Hawaii State Senate Judiciary Committee passed a civil unions bill on Tuesday. This brings the bill another step closer to Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s desk where he said he will sign it. The bill offers the same benefits and responsibilities to unmarried gay couples that are given to married couples.

Supporters of the bill hope it will pass earlier in the season before any distractions or delays impede its progress.

The bill passed 3-2, according to kitv.com. It will now advance to the Senate before moving to the House.


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News Editor of NOTW sacked as fresh evidence over the Phone Hacking Scandal comes to light

Police have launched a fresh investigation into phone hacking after receiving "significant new information", Scotland Yard has said.

The information relates to hacking at the News of the World in 2005, which led to its royal editor being jailed.

The BBC has learned the paper sacked former head of news Ian Edmondson on Tuesday following an internal inquiry.

A source said a trawl of his e-mails had found "highly damaging evidence" that had been passed to the police. ( According to Sky News, "sources said he had information about the claims that had not been passed on to senior management but this has not been confirmed.")

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Missouri House awaits debate for welfare drug testing bill

The Missouri House is ready to debate a proposal to test welfare recipients for drug use while similar bills are working their way through a Senate committee.

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post from last year from when they last tried to pass something similar to this
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Rabbis protest Fox host's use of Holocaust imagery

(Reuters) - Four hundred rabbis will publish a letter on Thursday calling on Fox News to sanction host Glenn Beck for repeated use of Nazi and Holocaust imagery and for airing attacks on World War Two survivor George Soros.

In an open letter to Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp which owns Fox, the rabbis also demand an apology from Fox News chief Roger Ailes for characterizing Beck's Jewish critics as nothing more than "left-wing rabbis."

The letter will appear as an advertisement in the News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal on Thursday for which the rabbis spent more than $100,000, a spokesman said.

A Fox News spokeswoman did not immediately comment.

In the letter, the rabbis cited "unacceptable attacks" by Beck against Soros, a billionaire financier who grew up in Nazi-occupied Hungary and is a frequent target of conservative commentators.

"And George Soros used to go around with this anti-Semite and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off," Beck said in November.

"Here's a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps. And I am certainly not saying that George Soros enjoyed that, even had a choice. I mean, he's 14 years old. He was surviving. So I'm not making a judgment. That's between him and God."

Beck, according to the rabbis, has made "literally hundreds of on-air references to the Holocaust and Nazis when characterizing people with whom he disagrees," compares American leaders he does not like to Nazis and has said putting the "common good" first leads to "death camps."

"In the charged political climate in the current civic debate, much is tolerated, and much is ignored or dismissed," the letter said.

"But you diminish the memory and meaning of the Holocaust when you use it to discredit any individual or organization you disagree with. That is what Fox News has done in recent weeks, and it is not only 'left-wing rabbis' who think so."

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Richard Keys resigns from Sky after sexist remarks

Richard Keys has resigned as a Sky presenter following his sexist comments about female referee Sian Massey.

Apologising for his remarks, 53-year-old Keys accepted they had been "unacceptable", adding: "I've reached the decision it's time to move on."

Pundit Andy Gray, 55, had already been dismissed by the broadcaster after further allegations of sexist behaviour from the former striker came to light.

"Going forward without Andy would have been almost impossible," Keys stated.

Earlier on Wednesday, Keys suggested "dark forces" had been at work in preventing him from making amends.

"I apologised on the Sunday," the presenter told talkSPORT. "I realised how deeply wrong we were. Having done that I asked 'could we make people aware of the fact we had a conversation and that both parties felt it was right to move on?' I was told 'no'.

"Then 24 hours had passed, by which time the world had gone mad.

"I don't know why I was told 'no' and stopped from telling people what I had done."

The furore began on Saturday when Keys and Gray, believing their microphones were switched off, were recorded before the match between Wolves and Liverpool at Molineux making derogatory comments about Massey's ability to do her job.

Speaking ahead of the Premier League fixture, Keys added: "Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her."

Gray quipped: "Women don't know the offside rule."

Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said in a statement: "It is disappointing that Richard's career at Sky should end in these circumstances.

"However, Richard recognises that his comments at the weekend were unacceptable and we note that he has made a full and public apology. We thank him for his time in helping make Sky Sports the success it is today."

Gray was dismissed after new footage, which was recorded in December 2010 but only came to light on Monday night, appeared to show the pundit making a suggestive comment towards colleague Charlotte Jackson.

Gray, who reportedly had earned £1.7m a year, issued an apology on Wednesday afternoon and added that he was devastated to have lost his job.

In the original incident Keys - who subsequently telephoned Massey to apologise for the comments - and Gray discussed remarks made by West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady in the Sun newspaper about the levels of sexism in football.

"See charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Yeah. Do me a favour love," Keys said.

But Keys added on talkSPORT that he had unsuccessfully tried to contact Brady to apologise to her.

"I tried to ring Karren twice on Sunday night," Keys explained. "There was no answer and there is no answerphone on it. I texted her in case she did not know who was trying to call and asked her to ring me back.

"I tried to ring her to say sorry but she did not take my call."

Keys continued: "Our prehistoric banter is not acceptable in a modern world. We were wrong. It was wrong. It shouldn't have happened."

The comments made by Keys and Gray were criticised by Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand, who described them as "pre-historic" on Twitter.

"I noticed he tweeted and said what we said was pre-historic - but are you saying it does not happen in the Manchester United dressing room?" Keys asked. "My information is that it does."

The chair of football's equality and inclusion campaign Kick It Out Lord Herman Ouseley suggested the scandal offered the sport an opportunity to move "forward to a more positive era where treating people with dignity and respect is at the forefront".

"It is important, however, that the debate is is kept alive on this and how we ensure humour or banter doesn't descend into offending people," Ouseley stated.

Keys and Gray have been the face of Sky Sports' football coverage since the satellite broadcaster started showing English top-flight matches in 1992.