January 27th, 2011


Holy Sh#t!! President Eisenhower Defeated Communism!

Eat your Heart Out, Reagan!

WTF: Sarah Palin Thinks Sputnik Brought Down Communism

During an appearance with Greta Van Susterin on Fox News, Sarah Palin criticized Obama for referencing Sputnik during the State of the Union, because she believes that Sputnik brought down communism. She said, “Yeah, they won, but they also incurred so much debt at the time, that it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union.” Yep, Sarah confused the space race with the arms race.

When asked about Obama’s Sputnik reference, Palin said, “That was another one of those WTF moments that when he has so often repeated the Sputnik moment that he would aspire Americans to celebrate. He needs to remember that what happened back then with the former communist USSR and their victory in that race to space. Yeah, they won, but they also incurred so much debt at the time, that it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union, so I listen to that Sputnik talk over and over again, and I think we don’t need one of those.” (In some bizarre word association, Palin referenced a coffee shop in Washington state and claimed we need a Spudnut moment.)

It seems that Sister Sarah doesn’t actually know what Sputnik was. She knows Sputnik relates to the space race, which is good, but Palin claimed that debt from the space race brought down the Soviet Union. Yes, Sputnik was so damaging that it was launched in October 1957, and a scant 34 years later, which is a blink of an eye really, the Soviet Union was no more. I think Palin needs to study her Republican Reagan mythology a little bit more closely. She has confused the space race with arms races.

There is not a historian in the world who believes that the space race brought about the downfall of the Soviet Union.
The Soviet economy was already on the verge of collapse before Ronald Reagan and Star Wars, but Republicans always give Reagan credit for ending the Soviet Union, even though the actual end occurred during George H.W. Bush’s administration. Even if Sarah would have used the the Reagan explanation, at least that would have been understandable, but how can Sarah Palin ever be taken seriously as a presidential candidate, when she knows so little about history, that she claims that the space race ended the Cold War.

Her criticism of Obama’s use of Sputnik was completely invalidated by the fact that she got the history completely wrong. Even on the show of her best friend Greta Van Susteren, she couldn’t hold it together and carry off the illusion of potentially being a serious candidate for even 20 minutes. We can now add US history to growing list of things that Palin knows nothing about. Palin definitely speaks for a part of America, the part of America that flunked the 5th grade.
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After Tunisia and Egypt, Yemen call for revolution

Thousands of Yemenis are demonstrating in the capital Sanaa, calling on Ali Abdullah Saleh, president for more than 30 years, to step down.

This comes after mass protests in Egypt and a popular uprising in Tunisia that ousted its long-time leader.

Yemeni opposition members and youth activists gathered in four parts of the city, including Sanaa University, chanting anti-government slogans.

They also called for economic reforms and an end to corruption.

Yemenis complain of mounting poverty among a growing young population and frustration with a lack of political freedoms.

The country has also been plagued by a range of security issues, including a separatist movement in the south and an uprising of Shia Houthi rebels in the north.

There are fears that Yemen is becoming a leading al-Qaeda haven, with the high numbers of unemployed youths seen as potential recruits for Islamist militant groups.

More at Source (BBC)

*joan smoking mad men

Yet another study: abortion does not increase risk of depression, but having a baby does

Study: No higher mental health risk after abortion

By Alicia Chang


Published: 8:39 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

LOS ANGELES — Having an abortion doesn't increase the risk of mental health problems, but having a baby does, one of the largest studies to compare the aftermath of both decisions suggests.

The research by Danish scientists further debunks the notion that terminating a pregnancy can trigger mental illness and shows postpartum depression to be much more of a factor.

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When the reverend Ted Haggard was outed four years ago, it was in a ball of biblical hellfire—crystal meth! Gay sex! Unholy massages! Banished from the church he founded, he was forced to wander the Arizona desert selling insurance. Now Pastor Ted returns with his wife by his side, a new church, and a more open theology. Is he chastened? Somewhat. Straight? Hmm. Ready for a second coming? Absolutely.

It takes only a couple of minutes from the moment we enter the gas station for someone to recognize him. A biker in a leather jacket and a black knit cap spots him as he approaches the register, does a quick double take, and then comes over to ask the same question everyone asks.

"Pastor Ted! How you been?"

"Doing well! Doing well!" Ted says, shaking the stranger's hand. "I can't see who you are under there. What's your name?"

The biker lifts his hat, introduces himself as Robert. He used to listen to Ted preach at New Life years ago, he says, back before everything happened.

"Well, it's good to see you, Robert! Thank you for saying hello."

"I hope everything works out for you."

"Thank you!" Ted says, flashing his toothy, rectangular smile. "You know one of the advantages of my story? It can't get worse!"

Ted turns back to the cashier, twenty-ounce Mountain Dew in his hand.

"Are people being friendly to you today?" he asks her. Her face flushes as it all becomes clear; she nods.

"Great to hear!" Ted says, and bounds into the bright October day.

Ted likes it here in Colorado Springs, the place where he served for twenty-two years as pastor of New Life Church, a congregation with 10,000 members and a Six Flags–sized campus on the north side of town. He doesn't go there anymore, of course. But he's constantly bumping into former parishioners like Robert, and he enjoys telling them about his comeback—that four years after the scandal that destroyed his career, made him a national punch line, and got him temporarily banished from the state, he's moved back home, kept his family together, and started a new church. It feels good to be here, he says, to show the cynics a real-life resurrection.

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The rest of the article at GQ
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More troops lost to suicide

For the second year in a row, the U.S. military has lost more troops to suicide than it has to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The reasons are complicated and the accounting uncertain — for instance, should returning soldiers who take their own lives after being mustered out be included?

But the suicide rate is a further indication of the stress that military personnel live under after nearly a decade of war.

Figures released by the armed services last week showed an alarming increase in suicides in 2010, but those figures leave out some categories.

Overall, the services reported 434 suicides by personnel on active duty, significantly more than the 381 suicides by active-duty personnel reported in 2009. The 2010 total is below the 462 deaths in combat, excluding accidents and illness. In 2009, active-duty suicides exceeded deaths in battle.

Last week’s figures, though, understate the problem of military suicides because the services do not report the statistics uniformly. Several do so only reluctantly.

Figures reported by each of the services last week, for instance, include suicides by members of the Guard and Reserve who were on active duty at the time. The Army and the Navy also add up statistics for certain reservists who kill themselves when they are not on active duty.

But the Air Force and Marine Corps do not include any non-mobilized reservists in their posted numbers. What’s more, none of the services count suicides that occur among a class of reservists known as the Individual Ready Reserve, the more than 123,000 people who are not assigned to particular units.

Suicides by veterans who have left the service entirely after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan also are not counted by the Defense Department. The Department of Veterans Affairs keeps track of such suicides only if the person was enrolled in the VA health care system — which three-quarters of veterans are not.

But even if such veterans and members of the Individual Ready Reserve are excluded from the suicide statistics, just taking into account the deaths of reservists who were not included in last week’s figures pushes the number of suicides last year to at least 468.

That total includes some Air Force and Marine Corps reservists who took their own lives while not on active duty, and it exceeds the 462 military personnel killed in battle.

The problem of reservists’ suicides, in particular, has been a major concern to some lawmakers. A Pentagon study this year confirmed that reservists lack the support structure that active-duty troops have.

Some types of reservists are more cut off than others. Rep. Rush D. Holt, a New Jersey Democrat, says that members of the Individual Ready Reserve and other categories of citizen-soldiers do not receive a thorough screening for mental health issues when they return from deployments.

One of those soldiers, a constituent of Holt’s named Coleman S. Bean, was an Army sergeant and Iraq War veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder but could not find treatment. He took his own life in 2008.

Moved by Bean’s story, Holt wrote a bill requiring phone contacts with these reservists every 90 days after they come home from war. The House adopted Holt’s provision as part of its defense authorization bills for both fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011. But conferees writing the final version of the bills took it out both years.

Holt said in December that Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain was responsible for that decision in the most recent bill. A spokeswoman for McCain, Brooke Buchanan, would not state his position on the provision. Instead, she said House members had removed it.

A House Armed Services Committee spokeswoman, Jennifer Kohl, said the House reluctantly pulled the provision from the bill because of the opposition of senators, whom she did not name.

Holt said a fuller reckoning of the number of suicides among military personnel and veterans is needed not so much to tell lawmakers and the public that there is a problem — that, he says, they know. Rather, it is needed to more accurately gauge the extent to which programs to help troubled troops are having an effect.

"In order to know whether the steps we’ve taken work," Holt said, "we’re going to have to have more detailed knowledge of who’s out there."


Uganda gay rights activist David Kato killed

A Ugandan gay rights campaigner who last year sued a local newspaper which outed him as homosexual has been beaten to death, activists say.

Police have confirmed the death of David Kato but say they are investigating the circumstances.

Uganda's Rolling Stone newspaper published the photographs of several people it said were gay next to a headline reading "Hang them".

Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda, with punishments of 14 years in prison.

An MP recently tried to increase the penalties to include the death sentence in some cases.

The BBC's Kevin Mwachiro says it is unclear whether the death is linked to the Rolling Stone campaign.

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Sedative maker deplores execution use

Sedative maker deplores execution use

The sole U.S. manufacturer of a sedative that Ohio plans to use to execute death row inmates — and that Oklahoma already uses to do so — said Wednesday it opposes the practice and has asked both states to stop using the drug.

Pentobarbital maker Lundbeck Inc. says it never intended for the drug to be used to put inmates to death.

"This goes against everything we're in business to do," Sally Benjamin Young, spokeswoman for the Denmark-based company's U.S. headquarters in Deerfield, Ill., told The Associated Press.

"We like to develop and make available therapies that improve people's lives," she said. "That's the focus of our business."

State prison officials in Ohio and Oklahoma both said they hadn't seen copies of the letter Wednesday and could not comment.

Oklahoma has used the drug in combination with two others in three executions, while Ohio announced Tuesday it is switching to the sedative as the sole drug used to put inmates to death.

Lundbeck does not sell the product directly to end users and has no way of preventing either state from using the drug.

"While we cannot control how our products are administered, it is our intent that our products be used in a safe and appropriate manner and encourage use consistent with the label," the company said in a statement.

Ohio has not yet purchased its first supplies and Oklahoma has said it obtains its supply from a private pharmacy.

Both states switched to pentobarbital as a national shortage worsened of the drug they used previously, sodium thiopental.

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Crazy Eyes Bachmann's Massive Grade School-Level History FAIL

(looked through the archives for a few days and didn't see this yet... apologies if I missed it!)

Anderson Cooper Wallops Bachmann For 'Flunking History' (VIDEO)

Michele Bachmann was the subject of Anderson Cooper's "Keeping Them Honest" segment last night, for her comments last weekend that to America's diversity-conscious first settlers, "it didn't matter the color of their skin, it didn't matter their language, it didn't matter their economic status."

The segment was subtitled "Flunking History," which Cooper explained was because Bachmann's comments "are either a deliberate rewriting of our history, or signs that she has a shaky grasp on our history."

In her remarks, Bachmann also said that "we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States."

Cooper noted that she declined to appear on the show to defend her remarks, and didn't respond to a request for comment.


Is it me, or does she sound like she's talking to a bunch of kindergarteners?)

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Study: Missouri has nation’s top black homicide rate

Disputes over hamburgers from fast-food restaurants cost two black St. Louis residents their lives in 2008 and helped Missouri reclaim its position as the state with the nation’s highest black homicide rate.

There were 287 black homicide victims in Missouri that year, with 246 of those slayings either in St. Louis or Kansas City, according to statistics provided by the FBI. The result is a black homicide rate of 39.90 per 100,000 black residents, far higher than Pennsylvania’s rate of 31.05 per 100,000.

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Wikileaks Round Table!

Two interesting posts popped up on the WikiLeaks site today. The first is the announcement of  "The WikiLeaks Roundtable" on Tuesday, which would be the first of its "regular direct meetings with the public and press." WikiLeaks will take questions via Twitter (prefix "#wlquest" tag) and e-mail (twlrt@mail.be).  The posting didn't explain who would be answering questions, or how much time would be available for the back-and-forth. But if you have a question, e-mails will be received until 6 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. ET) on Saturday. This first digital news conference of sorts will be videotaped, the posting promises, and broadcast at 11:30 a.m. GMT (6:30 a.m. ET) on Tuesday, according to the post.

The other posting on the WikiLeaks site that caught CNN.com's attention: "WikiLeaks is looking for the most reliable and trustworthy organisations to collaborate with on our upcoming releases. If you would like to register your interest please fill out the form below. Should an appropriate collaboration opportunity present itself we will be in touch. http://wikileaks.ch/Medias.html?nocache."

Speaking of media and WikiLeaks, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller said the newspaper is considering creating an "EZ Pass lane for leakers." The in-house submission system would enable leakers to upload large files to the newspaper. The idea isn't new. Al Jazeera's Transparency Unit has long done that. The Times was one of three news organizations (the others were Germany's Der Spiegel and Britain's Guardian) that worked with WikiLeaks to publish last summer a trove of classified military intelligence about the Afghanistan war.

The Times' relationship with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has soured since then, as Keller wrote this week in his piece, "Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled."

In other WikiLeaks news this week, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell took questions about U.S. Army soldier Bradley Manning, who is suspected of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. Manning's lawyer filed a complaint about conditions of the 23-year-old's confinement at a Virginia military lockup, and the military defended itself. Here's the transcript from Wednesday's Pentagon briefing.

Assange will be featured on "60 Minutes" on Sunday. Journalist Steve Kroft spent two days with Assange on the grounds of a private residence in England where Assange is under house arrest as he fights attempts to extradite him to Sweden. Swedish prosecutors want to question him about sex crime allegations.

While those angles to the WikiLeaks story play out, the world is still waiting to know what was on those discs former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer handed to Assange recently. Perhaps that will be known by the time ex-WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg's tell-all about WikiLeaks is published February 15.

Need a review of the WikiLeaks saga? CNN's Atika Shubert can explain, or read about the organization's Iraq war document spill here. For all of CNN.com's WikiLeaks coverage, click here.


<i>I'm super excited for this!</i>


 So why is it all right for women to be sexist about MEN? 
By GILES COREN  who else could it be...

The two Sky Sports presenters who were caught on tape making disparaging remarks about women earlier this week are a pair of daft old duffers, and no mistake. It is important for me to say that first, before I get to the business in hand.

Andy Gray and Richard Keys are a couple of dull, flabby, middle-aged football bores and are just the sort of doddering old clowns you would expect to relax off camera by swapping ancient prejudices and poking fun at women — in this case a female linesman — for not understanding the offside rule.

You shouldn’t pass unflattering remarks about women behind their backs because it is not a well brought-up thing to do, and they needed to be told. I would never do it myself. Not because I am a feminist, but because I am a gentleman.

But while Gray has now been sacked, I don’t expect that will be the end of the matter.
We will hear an endless shrieking to ‘kick sexism out of football’; a PE teacher will be fired for telling his goalkeeper to ‘stop crying like a girl’; and a hapless League One manager will be deported for describing a fight between players as ‘handbags at dawn’.

There will be the endless apologies, public soul-searching and self-flagellation. And as usual the rest of us men will be expected to atone as a sex for a couple of remarks by two fat, superannuated fools on the telly, and to grovel for forgiveness with every snivel and cringe of our waking lives. 

Not that that’s anything new. To be a man in this country is constantly to have to apologise for oneself and to be ever so very careful about every sentence we speak or write which contains any reference at all to members of the opposite sex.

While at the same time, and this is the shame of it, we ourselves are fair game for women. While sexism from men is the outstanding social crime of the modern world, women can say absolutely whatever they like about us.

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I just don't even....
the source is obviously the Daily Fail, I mean, who else would publish this much bullshit and be srs about it - www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1350829/Sky-sexism-row-Why-right-women-sexist-MEN.html


Rabbis Calling out Fox/Ailes/Beck For Nazi, Holocaust References

A coalition of 400 rabbis has taken out a full-page ad in a newspaper calling for Rupert Murdoch to "sanction" Glenn Beck and Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and stop Beck from invoking the Holocaust and Nazism in his rhetoric. The paper in question is Murdoch's own Wall Street Journal.

The ad, which ran in Thursday's Journal, was spurred by Beck's frequent use of Nazi imagery and analogies on his show, as well as Ailes' defense of Beck. In an interview with the Daily Beast, Ailes said the controversy over Beck had been stirred up by "left-wing rabbis who basically don't think that anybody can ever use the word, Holocaust, on the air."

The rabbis, part of the Jewish Funds for Justice group, said they were "profoundly offended" by these statements. It also denounced Beck's attacks on left-wing billionaire George Soros, which many called anti-Semitic.

"We are calling on Fox News to meet the standard it has set for itself: 'to exercise the ultimate sensitivity when referencing the Holocaust,'" the rabbis wrote. "We respectfully request that Glenn Beck be sanctioned by Fox News for his completely unacceptable attacks on a survivor of the Holocaust and Roger Ailes apologize for his dismissive remarks about rabbis' sensitivity to how the Holocaust is used on the air."

The full text of the letter is below:

Dear Mr. Murdoch: We are rabbis of diverse political views. As part of our work we are devoted to preserving the memory of the Shoah, and to passing its lessons on to our future generations and to all humankind. All of us have vigorously defended the Holocaust's legacy. We have worked to encourage the responsible invocation of its symbols as a powerful lesson for the future.

We were therefore deeply offended by Roger Ailes' recent statement attributing the outrage over Glenn Beck's use of Holocaust and Nazi images to "left-wing rabbis who basically don't think that anybody can ever use the word, Holocaust, on the air."

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

Abe Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, a child survivor of the Holocaust, described Beck's attack on George Soros as "not only offensive, but horrific, over-the-top, and out-of-line." Commentary magazine said that "Beck's denunciation of him [Soros] is marred by ignorance and offensive innuendo." Elan Steinberg, vice president of The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, called Mr. Beck's accusations "monstrous." Rev. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance, called them "beyond repugnant." And Deborah Lipstadt, professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University, says Beck is using traditional anti-Semitic imagery.

"I haven't heard anything like this on television or radio -- and I've been following this kind of stuff," Lipstadt said. "I've been in the sewers of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial more often than I've wanted."

We share a belief that the Holocaust, of course, can and should be discussed appropriately in the media. But that is not what we have seen at Fox News. It is not appropriate to accuse a 14-year old Jew hiding with a Christian family in Nazi-occupied Hungary of sending his people to death camps. It is not appropriate to call executives of another news agency "Nazis." And it is not appropriate to make literally hundreds of on-air references to the Holocaust and Nazis when characterizing people with whom you disagree.

It is because this issue has a profound impact on each of us, our families and our communities that we are calling on Fox News to meet the standard it has set for itself: "to exercise the ultimate sensitivity when referencing the Holocaust."

We respectfully request that Glenn Beck be sanctioned by Fox News for his completely unacceptable attacks on a survivor of the Holocaust and Roger Ailes apologize for his dismissive remarks about rabbis' sensitivity to how the Holocaust is used on the air.

Lead supporters (organizational affiliation listed for purposes of identification only):

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Vice President, American Jewish University, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Dean, Jewish Theological Seminary Rabbinical School
Rabbi Yael Ridberg, President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus, President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Rabbi Steven Wernick, Executive Vice President, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism


Oh, and in case you'd like to see the callbacks to just a few of the Fox references to Nazis, JStew has gotcha covered:

White Cis Gay Man Feels ~Oppressed~. More at 11.

In Defense Of The Gay White Male

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I am a white, cisgender gay man. I'm Ronald Reagan at a bathhouse, the queer equivalent of "The Man." The oppressive, dingy pigeon in the flamingo pen. Parties become less diverse the second I walk in.

At the end of this summer, I had the fortune to attend a sexual freedom conference in D.C. A point made frequently there was that inequality is not equal. Race, gender, and gender expression conspire to strip a person of their freedom just as much as any outside prejudice or hateful legislation. I enjoyed this conference and what I learned there. At one point, however, an extremely (and admittedly) butch Latino lesbian took a genuinely moving speech about her resulting personal struggles to a crescendo. That crescendo was ending a sentence with something about "fighting against the oppressive tyrannies of white men." She paused then, as the entire room lit up with the kind of furious applause usually saved for a game-saving Steelers touchdown. I cheered too but didn't feel good when I was doing it.

Four years spent in queer media have taught me a fair amount about privilege, about the ways that my gay life is easier for reasons as basic as the color of my skin and the fact that my gender matches my biology. But the more I try to reconcile these privileges with my desire to create an equal queer world, the more I am left with one question: Can a nontrans, white gay man ever truly leave the comforts of his own identity without having to make frequent and loud apologies for the crimes of his ilk?

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I would have bolded some points but that would have resulted in me bolding nearly all of this. As a bi/pansexual Mexican woman, I find this article to highlight just how out of touch the higher ups(white cis gay men)within the LGBT movement are about the issues and struggles that those that are women, people of color, trans, etc face, especially when they consider themselves ~allies~. The author, imo, is trying to hold onto his privilege, while at the same time, placing the burden of proof about how privileged he's perceived as being upon those that are calling out the white cis gay movement out on its privileged bullshit.

It's important to note that this piece was originally written for The Advocate, which I find not surprising.

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Follow-Up To Old Post: Sub Teacher in TX charged with making threats

Police: Texas substitute teacher charged with making threats
By the CNN Wire Staff | January 27, 2011 11:16 a.m. EST

(CNN) -- A substitute teacher was arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats, and authorities are investigating whether he is behind a threatening letter and text message in his small Texas school district, authorities said Thursday.

Paul Nolen May, 41, was arrested Wednesday and faces 12 third-degree felony counts of terroristic threats, the Matagorda County Sheriff's Office and the district attorney's office said in statements.

May, of Bay City, Texas, "was arrested as the result of an investigation regarding anonymous death threats made to Bay City ISD (Independent School District) students," the sheriff's office said.

It was unclear, however, whether May was accused of writing a December letter threatening to kill students unless "bleeding heart liberals" cracked down on discipline. It was also unclear whether he sent a text message a few days later to some residents of Bay City with an additional threat.

"Officers and investigators from all involved agencies assisted in obtaining a search warrant for May's home in Bay City," District Attorney Steven Reis said in a statement. "The search warrant and arrest warrants were issued by District Judge Craig Estlinbaum following numerous threatening phone calls made during the day."

The investigation to determine whether "May and others committed threats over the past month against children in the school district" was ongoing, Reis said.

Bail was set at $20,000 on each of the charges, for a total of $240,000, authorities said. May was being held Thursday in the Matagorda County jail. No further information was available.

Authorities published the letter on January 3 in hopes the public would help catch the sender. The letter, riddled with profanity and misspellings, demanded that Bay City schools enforce quiet in their classrooms and stiffen detention and suspension policies. The author claimed to have a terminal illness and said his or her child was attacked after telling "some kidds to shut up in class one day."

"You (expletive) bleeding heart Liberals have let the pice of (expletive) kidds run your schools," said the letter, received December 28. "Now here are my rules. Break one and see what happens."

The writer threatened to kill a random student if administrators ignored the demands, saying superintendent Keith Brown's own children "will be well garded by then."

"Your lack of student control has hurt my child and I am termanal and will only be with them for 18 months," the letter said. "School will not be a nightmare for them."

The text message, sent January 5, says, "FWD: Hey! Forward this to everyone, (that letter)...1 rule broken, two girls die at the jr. high and 2 from high school, dnt go! The school will be on lockdown."

Security was tightened at schools the following day, and authorities said at the time about half the students had been out of classes since January 4, the day after the letter was released.

Each of the terroristic threat charges carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, authorities said.


Is terroristic a word? Also, cunning lie there about being a parent who is termanal. Good way of throwing them off the scent. Really worked.
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Proposed Arizona law targets "birthright" citizenship

(Reuters) - Arizona Republicans are to introduce legislation on Thursday seeking to challenge the right to U.S. citizenship for the children of legal and illegal immigrants born in the state.

State Rep. John Kavanagh said Republicans would introduce two bills in the Arizona Legislature seeking to provoke a legal review of the 14th amendment to the Constitution, which anchors citizenship rights for the children of immigrants.

The 14th Amendment guarantees citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof."

It was adopted in 1868 after the U.S. Civil War to ensure citizenship for former African-American slaves.

The immediate aim of the legislation "is to trigger ... a Supreme Court review of the phrase 'subject to the jurisdiction thereof' in the 14th amendment," Kavanagh told Reuters in a telephone interview.

It ultimately seeks "to deny citizenship to any child born of parents who are not citizens of the United States, be they illegal aliens, or foreigners on business or for tourist purposes," he added.

The proposals are to be introduced separately in the state House of Representatives and Senate, where Republicans have a majority.

Kavanagh said the legislation would likely come to a vote in several weeks, after legislators vote on the cash-strapped border state's budget.

The move by Arizona Republicans is an opening salvo in a coordinated battle announced by legislators in several states in recent weeks that seeks to deny birthright citizenship to children of illegal immigrants.

It follows the desert state's tough immigration crackdown last year that required police to quiz those they suspected were in the country illegally about their immigration status. Key parts of the state law were blocked by a federal judge before they came into effect.

Arizona has appealed the ruling and is fighting several other civil suits lodged by plaintiffs including Hispanic and civil rights' groups.

On Thursday, state Democrats slammed their Republican colleagues' latest proposal as a waste of "taxpayers' time and money" that would tie the state up in further costly litigation.

"Instead of focusing on jobs, the economy and a strong future for Arizona, (the backers of the law) want to get Arizona involved in another losing lawsuit," state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said in a statement.

"Republicans should try standing up for real immigration reform instead of another political battle that solves nothing and costs money," she added.


can we get a 'citizenship' tag?
coffee lol

Pot-a-pult used to fling weed over the border

What will drug smugglers think of next?

In an industry that thrives on innovation, some enterprising Mexican marijuana runners went medieval on the border fence, using a catapult to hurl bricks of weed into Arizona, authorities say.

Grainy video from the Department of Homeland Security shows three men priming the throwing arm of the mechanism. Two of the men step away, and when the remaining man lets go, the catapult chucks its wares over the fence.

Various media reports claim the device was capable of launching about 4 pounds of pot (or, presumably, any substance).

Customs and Border Patrol agents, National Guard troops and Mexican authorities joined forces to disrupt the operation, KOLD-TV and other CNN affiliates reported.

The National Guard, operating a remote surveillance system at the Naco Station, about 100 miles southeast of Tucson, observed the men launching packages south of the border fence, according to KVOA-TV.

KGUN-TV said Mexican authorities were unable to apprehend any of the suspects. The surveillance camera operators witnessed the men fleeing.

A sport utility vehicle, the catapult and 45 pounds of marijuana were seized, the affiliates said.

“The Border Patrol's partnerships with Mexican authorities, the National Guard and the public enhance our efforts to address and disrupt the organized drug trafficking threat at the border and serves to degrade the capabilities of transnational criminal organizations,” Jose Cruz, an associate chief in CBP’s Tucson sector, told KVOA.

They’ve got their work cut out for them chasing smugglers, who have resorted to myriad ingenious means to ferry their drugs across borders.

But after seeing beetles, tunnels, submarines, Jesus statues, coconuts, frozen sharks, flip-flops and even puppies used for smuggling, it's unlikely that much surprises them even when weed runners rely on the ancient Greeks for their methods.


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Social Entrepreneurs Carry the Kennedy Mantle Today

 It was fifty years ago Thursday that John F. Kennedy delivered one of the most famous inaugural addresses in history, challenging and inspiring America in ways that still resonate half a century later. One aspect that made JFK's stirring call to "Ask not" so memorable was that it focused entirely on foreign policy and America's place in the world. ...

As far as I can tell, the true heirs of the values underlying the Kennedy Administration today -- its approach to the world and its view of the individual -- are social entrepreneurs. These are the men and women who are working in poor communities around the developing world today to apply business principles to the work of empowerment to achieve results.

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Source has some parts of a speech given by Sargent Shriver, the founder of the Peace Corps who recently died.

For a long time I struggled personally to understand how business can be reconciled with social movements, and I think I just found my answer. Not that governments don't have a role in improving social issues, but more often than not government may be inefficient, paralyzed, or corrupt. On the other hand, social entrepreneurship stresses the power that the individual--any individual--has in lobbying government, solving social ills, or initiating real change. Also mods, can we get a business or social entrepreneurship tag?

Emanuel back on Chicago Mayor ballot

CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel’s bid to become mayor of this city may proceed, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

The decision appeared to bring an end to weeks of legal debate over whether Mr. Emanuel qualified for the ballot, specifically whether his time in Washington as President Obama’s chief of staff meant that he had given up his residency status in Chicago, where he was born. By Illinois state code, candidates for mayor are required to have resided in Chicago for at least one year before Election Day. Mr. Emanuel left the White House in October, and the election is Feb. 22.

Moments after ruling was issued late Thursday, Mr. Emanuel was shaking hands with voters at a downtown "L"-train stop, where many had yet to hear the outcome, and asked what had happened. Mr. Emanuel, who appeared cheery as a mob of cameras rolled, said that he had no control over what had happened but was pleased that the voters now had some sense of certainty for the election ahead.

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Idaho's Republican Attorney General Hatez Freedom; Refuses to Support Nullification!!

We Must Kill the Constitution to Save the Constitution!

Idaho’s GOP Attorney General Calls Nullification Unconstitutional

In the wake of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s (R) recent statement that his state should consider nullifying the Affordable Care Act, the office of Idaho’s Republican Attorney General released an opinion reaching the obvious conclusion that it is unconstitutional for states to nullify federal laws:
Taking the logic of the nullification theory to its natural extension, federal law would become a patchwork of regulation depending upon which States chose to comply. It is hardly surprising, given this specter, that no court has ever upheld a State effort to nullify a federal law. [...]

There is no right to pick and choose which federal laws a State will follow. Aside from ignoring the Supremacy Clause in Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, that contention cannot be reconciled with Article I, § 3 of the Idaho Constitution or the oath of office prescribed in Article III, § 25.
Unfortunately, supporters of Idaho’s nullification bill appear undeterred by their state’s chief legal officer’s reminder that they are actually required to follow the Constitution, and they plan to move forward with the bill. As ThinkProgress previously reported, Idaho’s governor and the bill’s leading sponsor are basing their support for nullification on a book written by a leading Confederate apologist and frequent guest on the Glenn Beck Show named Tom Woods — because who needs to obey the Constitution when Fox News tells you that you are free to ignore it?

Joe Biden says Egypt's Mubarak no dictator

... and wonders what the Egyptian protesters want.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the PBS NewsHour tonight with the most direct US governent comments yet about the gathering Egypt protests against President Hosni Mubarak's 29-year reign.

Mr. Biden's comments are unlikely to be well-received by regime opponents, as they fit a narrative of steadfast US support for a government they want to bring down. About eight protesters and one policeman have died this week as Egypt has sought to bring down the heavy hand of the state against opponents. Since the US provides about $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt a year, the repressive apparatus of the state is seen by many in Egypt as hand in glove with the US.

Tonight in Cairo, activists said that internet service was being systematically blocked, as was the use of instant messages on local cellphones, despite repeated calls from the US State Department for Egypt to allow social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to remain available to the nation's people. Egypt is bracing for a showdown tomorrow. Organizers have called for massive protests against the regime after noon prayers on Friday, seeking to build on the unprecedented wave of public demonstrations this week calling for an end to Mubarak's rule.
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Arabic Language video describing mass shootings in Suez city on the evening of the 26th January 2011

Philip Brennan | PhilipBrennan.net | 27 January 2011:

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Reports: Internet disruptions hit Egypt

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Egypt: Internet down, gov't deploys special force

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More coming in at wikileaksnews and Anonymous News Network

ETA: Video that precipitated internet shut down, of a protester being shot, is here (Warning for violent, graphic content). More updates coming in here.

ETA 2: Unconfirmed, but the FB page posted last has reported that a large scale operation to round up and arrest activists is ongoing across Egypt, that hundreds have been arrested so far, and that almost all the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested.

I may not be able to update for much longer (it's late here, and I'm exhausted), so make sure you guys check the posted sites and the comments here to keep from missing anything.

ETA 3: Al Jazeera article stating that 20 members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested.

Also, the web page for the Egyptian Embassy in Canada is currently down, as is the page for Egypt's Central Bank and the Egyptian Stock Exchange. The latter was one of the only Egyptian websites still up a few hours ago.

Mini-edit:: One ham radio user reporting that "the egyptian radio waves are packed".

EDA 4 01/28: I've submitted a new post to the comm.
In breif: Police have given up in Alexandria, several NDP headquarters have been destroyed, a curfew has been set to begin at 6pm in Egypt (about 10 minutes away), and police are currently in the Al Jazeera building in Cairo and may attempt to cut the on-going live stream.
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two articles on the middle east: Obama admin support of the protests; diplomacy with Egypt

As Arabs protest, Obama administration offers assertive support

The Obama administration is openly supporting the anti-government demonstrations shaking the Arab Middle East, a stance that is far less tempered than the one the president has taken during past unrest in the region.

As demonstrations in Tunis, Cairo and Beirut have unfolded in recent days, President Obama and his senior envoys to the region have thrown U.S. support clearly behind the protesters, speaking daily in favor of free speech and assembly even when the protests target longtime U.S. allies such as Egypt.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that "the Egyptian government has an important opportunity . . . to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people." She urged "the Egyptian authorities not to prevent peaceful protests or block communications, including on social media sites."

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Cables Show How U.S. Privately Pressured Egypt

WASHINGTON — It was Hillary Rodham Clinton’s first meeting as secretary of state with President Hosni Mubarak, in March 2009, and the Egyptians had an odd request: Mrs. Clinton should not thank Mr. Mubarak for releasing an opposition leader from prison because he was ill.

In fact, a confidential diplomatic cable signed by the American ambassador to Egypt, Margaret Scobey, advised Mrs. Clinton to avoid even mentioning the name of the man, Ayman Nour, even though his imprisonment in 2005 had been condemned worldwide, not least by the Bush administration.

The cable is among a trove of dispatches made public by the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks that paint a vivid picture of the delicate dealings between the United States and Egypt, its staunchest Arab ally. They show in detail how diplomats repeatedly raised concerns with Egyptian officials about jailed dissidents and bloggers, and kept tabs on reports of torture by the police.

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ETA: Bolding does not necessarily = endorsement.
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South Sudan 'secures' vote to secede

Final results that will set region on the path of becoming the world's newest state are expected next month.

South Sudan has won the majority of votes needed in order to become the world's newest state, with just 60 per cent of results declared from a landmark referendum.

Preliminary figures collated by the AFP news agency on Thursday indicated that some areas of Sudan returned 99 per cent landslides for independence.

According to AFP, at least 2,224,857 votes for a separation of the mainly Christian, African south from the mainly Muslim, Arab north had been counted from the previous night.

A simple majority of 1.89 million votes was needed from a total of 3,932,588 registered voters.

In Lakes state, which carried a rebel stronghold during a devastating 1983-2005 civil war with the north, 99.9 per cent of votes were cast in support of independence.

In Central Equatoria, which includes the regional capital Juba and is the south's second most populous state, 98.2 per cent of the 457,452 votes cast were for secession.

In Juba, which is now poised to become south Sudan's national capital, cheers and applause rang out as the head of the county's referendum sub-committee announced a 97.5-per cent majority for independence.

The final result that will set south Sudan on the path to recognition as the world's newest state in July is not expected before next month.

First, the state results must be collated at regional level and added to those of southerners who voted in the north or in eight countries of the diaspora.

Aleu Garang Aleu, a spokesman for the Southern Sudanese Referendum Bureau, which is running the vote in the south, said: "We are being methodical to make sure all the rules are respected and that takes time, of course."