January 29th, 2011

Stephen Green - lunatic, bigot, wife beater.

 Caroline Green was often punished by her husband Stephen for failing to be a dutiful, compliant wife, but his final act of violence against her — the one that prompted her long-overdue decision to divorce him — was all the more chilling because it was coldly premeditated.

Stephen Green wrote a list of his wife’s ­failings then described the weapon he would make to beat her with.

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Source: The Daily Mail (yes, I know, but it's an interview not an editorial. Still, I advise avoiding the source comments)

This is the guy the BBC interviewed for ~balance~ on the Elton John baby story, if you remember. Nice person, huh?
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Recall Petition(s) in AZ against Senate President

Russell Pearce Recall, Part Two, Drops Monday
By Stephen Lemons, Fri., Jan. 28 2011 @ 3:16PM
More bad news for state Senate President Russell Pearce.

There's another group that's going to file paperwork to recall Pearce on Monday: Citizens for a Better Arizona, led in part by former Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate and pro-immigrant firebrand Randy Parraz.

According to CBA's Facebook page, the group claims to have gotten close to $10K in the bank (though the effort just registered its recall fund as of today), and is already able to offer canvassers $10 per hour to obtain the 7,756 valid signatures of qualified electors necessary to force Pearce to either resign or face a recall election.

I've been hearing about this effort, and spoke with one of it's leaders last night. But I was told it was all on background, not for publication till Monday. However, today, a notice appeared in the Desert Free Press inviting folks to take part in the recall, with a link to the Facebook page, touting the effort. So I reckon the feline's fallen out of the sack.

I called Assistant Arizona Secretary of State Jim Drake about the new effort, and to ask how the recall drive filed yesterday by DeeDee Blase's group Arizonans for Better Government would impact it and vice versa.

Interestingly, Drake informed me that there can be more than one recall campaign underway for the same official, at the same time

Even better, there's nothing to stop qualified electors in Legislative District 18 from signing both recall petitions. Hypothetically, both drives could be successful, Drake told me.

And if this occurs, and Pearce refuses to resign, the Secretary of State will probably try to get a judicial order combining the two elections.

It may be wishful thinking on my part, but maybe Parraz and Blase could get their groups to work together on ridding the legislature of Russell Pearce.

But if not, the good news is that the two efforts will not cancel each other out in any way. So if they don't combine forces, let the best recall effort win.

Either way, you know Pearce's blood is boiling right now, which, of course, is a beautiful thing.


On Thursday, The Hispanic Republican Group was the first to file its paperwork to launch a recall petition against Pearce. The deadline for the collection is May 27th. Other note, another recall petition was filled against Governor Jan Brewer on Friday. 

Ayn Rand Benefited from Governnment Assistance

Ayn Rand took government assistance while decrying others who did the same

Mark Frauenfelder at 10:30 AM Friday, Jan 28, 2011

Noted speed freak, serial-killer fangirl, and Tea Party hero Ayn Rand was also a kleptoparasite, sneakily gobbling up taxpayer funds under an assumed name to pay for her medical treatments after she got lung cancer.


In an interview with Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Rand's law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick verified that on Miss Rand's behalf she secured Rand's Social Security and Medicare payments which Ayn received under the name of Ann O'Connor (husband Frank O'Connor).

As Pryor said, "Doctors cost a lot more money than books earn and she could be totally wiped out" without the aid of these two government programs. Ayn took the bail out even though Ayn "despised government interference and felt that people should and could live independently... She didn't feel that an individual should take help."

But alas she did and said it was wrong for everyone else to do so.

Source: http://boingboing.net/2011/01/28/ayn-rand-took-govern.html
There are other sources but they all quote from this one. If someone can find a better article I will add it to the post, thank you.
OP note: Commentary isn't mine about describing Ayn Rand. Changed the title a little. I don't have access to the records, but I saw this making the rounds and I thought it was worthwhile to post here. Also I searched her in the tags and didn't see this posted, if it's a repost I'll gladly delete.
Dark Side of the Moon

11 Things That are Wrong With Jezebel's "Defense of Gay White Men"

Remember this pile of fail:


Other people have noticed, and one of them has made a response:
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Me - I hate Christmas

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Captain America spends a lot of time fighting villains like the Red Skull and keeping our country safe as part of The Avengers, but the superhero has also taken time out of his busy schedule to combat another heinous foe: the homeless problem facing U.S. veterans. Don't look for Steve Rogers behind the winged cowl, though. Meet Allen Mullins, a 28-year-old former contractor who is traveling across the U.S. on foot with a pup named Justice... and a message.

Mullins -- who only carries with him a backpack, sleeping bag, American flag, clothing, press clippings and a Bible -- is making a pilgrimage to every U.S. capital city to bring attention to the difficulties our country's war veterans are facing. He recently told Austin360 that he walked 5,000 miles in 2009, and since January last year, he's visited 27 capital cities. He plans on doing this for the next 10 years.

Even though he's not a veteran, Mullins has cared deeply about this cause ever since he started noticing the growing number of homeless vets. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) reported that in 2009 there were 107,000 homeless on any given night across America. The V.A. also states that "over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness." Mullins won't have any of that, so he donned the First Avenger's costume to draw attention to the ongoing problem. "I want people to show respect for the uniform, show a little bit of gratitude," he told the Austin website.

Mullins decided that he needed a uniform of his own and chose a superhero get-up because, as he told the Free Times last year, "Everybody likes some kind of superhero." He went through several costumes before getting it right. Last year he wandered the roads as Superman, but this year's skin-tight ensemble of red, white and blue is a bound to be a real eye-catcher. The Captain's fuel is supported by the proceeds of wooden toys he sells. Other than that, Mullins doesn't need to panhandle, hold nonprofit status, or ask for donations to convince us he's king of the road, fighting the good fight.

Hopefully Cap finishes his journey in time to attend the release of 'Captain America: The First Avenger' (someone convince this guy to attend an opening event somewhere) and get to work on Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' later this year. Here's hoping his shoes are as indestructible as his shield.


Australian singer arrested in LA (falsely)

Do they usually use so many police in an arrest? (and this story has been confirmed by his agent).


GUY Sebastian was surrounded and arrested by 10 pistol-wielding police officers in Los Angeles on suspicion of grand theft auto.

Only the car he had allegedly stolen happened to be his own.

The snazzy warbler, who divides his time between Oz and the City of Angeles as he tries to get a foothold on the US market, had reported his American wheels stolen to the LAPD after the car went missing two weeks ago.

Unbeknown to Sebastian, the car had been towed.

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LIVE POST: Egyptian Protests Discussion Part 3.



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Will update this entry as notable link suggestions/updates come in.

NOTE: Separate submissions related to Egypt will likely be rejected. Please link articles in THIS post for discussion/entry spotlights.
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Kelley Williams-Bolar Sentence Ends Early; Appeal forthcoming

Kelley Williams-Bolar Sentence Ends Early; Appeal forthcoming

Kelley Williams-Bolar was released from jail on Thursday, a day ahead of schedule. But the attention – and outrage – over her case shows no sign of ending anytime soon, even garnering notice from some celebrities.

Williams-Bolar had originally been sentenced to 10 days in jail, out of a possible five years, on Jan. 18 after being convicted of forging documentation allowing her children could attend school in a more affluent, mostly white school district than the one she resides in in Akron. Williams was also required to two years of probation, and ordered to complete 80 hours of community service.

According to Change.org, which has been petitioning Ohio Governor John Kasich to pardon Williams-Bolar, her father said her decision to enroll her children in another district was made because of concerns over their safety – her house had been broken into, he said, and she’d had to file 12 different police reports because of crime in her neighborhood – and not the educational quality of her local schools.  Williams-Bolar told WEWS-TV, “When my home got broken into, I felt it was my duty to do something else.”

Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove, who delivered the sentence, told the Akron Beacon Journal that Williams-Bolar received jail time because local county prosecutors rejected lesser sentences:
Cosgrove said the county prosecutor’s office refused to consider reducing the charges to misdemeanors, and that all closed-door talks to resolve the case — outside of court — met with failure [...]

Cosgrove said numerous pretrial hearings were held since last summer.

”The state would not move, would not budge, and offer Ms. Williams-Bolar to plead to a misdemeanor,” the judge said in an interview Wednesday.

”Of course, I can’t put a gun to anybody’s head and force the state to offer a plea bargain.”

County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh declined requests from the Beacon Journal to respond to the judge’s comments.
Cosgrove also said she was not responsible for Williams-Bolar’s conviction preventing her from earning her teaching license, a process she was 12 credits shy of completing, and that she would write a letter to the Ohio Board of Education asking it not to revoke her license.
‘I did not mandate or order that her teaching license be suspended or revoked,” Cosgrove said Wednesday. ”That is absolutely inaccurate.”

Cosgrove said Williams-Bolar’s nonviolent felony offenses do not necessarily mean that she will lose her teaching certificate.

She said Ohio law only states that a felony conviction ”may” be grounds for such action.

The judge said the Ohio Department of Education will hold a hearing and make the final decision ”whether or not they will revoke her license.”

”I have nothing to do with that as a matter of law. Once she was convicted by a jury of any felony, that conviction has to be reported to the state, and then it’s up to the state at that point in time to decide whether or not they’re going to revoke her license,” Cosgrove said. ”This is the Ohio legislature who wrote this law, not [this] court.”

Cosgrove said her reading of the statute leaves open the possibility Williams-Bolar can be a teacher ”because she was not convicted of an offense of violence [or] offenses of moral turpitude.”
In the week-plus after Williams-Bolar’s initial sentencing, her case became the latest cause célèbre out of Ohio, following the Ted Williams story late last year. Actor Donald Glover discussed his own empathy for her on both Twitter and tumblr:
This really hit me close to home because my mom did the exact same thing to make sure I got into a school where I could experience something as small as going to a county fair or just studying around people and places I felt safe.

One day the school found out and kicked me out. My mom argued with the principal for an hour, but I ended up going to a very shitty school for a couple years.  It sucked.

This sucks FAR more.  It really makes no sense.
Questlove, the twitter-active drummer for The Roots, also drew attention to the Change.org petition:

In the wake of her release, Williams-Bolar will reportedly seek to appeal her conviction, while the Akron chapter of the National Action Network has started a donation drive to pay for her legal fees. In another indication of how much attention the case has gotten, the Rev. Al Sharpton has agreed to help the Akron NAN in its efforts.


Hopefully enough attention to this bullshit will result in this being thrown out, because honestly.  And I love how now that there's s massive collective WTF?! happening that they're saying, "Oh, no, it may not REALLY cost her her potential livelihood!  ....Can y'all shut up now?"

And sorry this isn't cut; I used rich text instead of html to post, and it's giving me the finger when I try to add in a cut.

1. "Introduce Tea Bagging Birther Citizenship Unconstitutional Law" 2. "???" 3. "Freedom!!"

Anti-government Ignoramus Paradox: How Ignorant Tea Baggers and Birthers are Increasing the Size of a Bloated and Bureaucratic Government at the Expense of Tax Payers for FREEDOM!

The Birthright Citizenship Debate

In an effort to try to curb illegal immigration, a group of state and federal Republican lawmakers have recently introduced legislation to repeal birthright citizenship (NYT), which grants citizenship to everyone born in the United States regardless of their parents' status. The proposed House bill has forty-five co-sponsors, compared with one co-sponsor for a similar bill in the previous Congress, but legal expert Margaret Stock says there is little chance these proposals will succeed in the long run. Stock says elimination of birthright citizenship would increase the number of illegal immigrants--because the second generation would have no chance for documentation--and create a bureaucratic nightmare. "They never talk about how expensive this would be, they never talk about funding it, and they never talk about the practical aspects," says Stock. "Even the states that are proposing this haven't talked about how they are going to administer this."
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Maggie Gallagher: Legal abortion causes women to have icky anal sex!

January 28, 2011

Is Abortion Good for Girls?

By Maggie Gallagher

This week, on the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Obama said Roe “affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.”

Sen. Rick Santorum, meanwhile, sparked a controversy saying abortion is a “civil rights” issue akin to slavery that President Obama should understand.

He’s right. Slavery was once considered a “private family matter” too—a “domestic relationship” in which government had no right to interfere.

But I found it even sadder how a committed father of two daughters like President Obama could go on to say this about abortion: “And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

Abortion is a symbol of our aspirations for our daughters? Am I the only one who finds something grotesque in that?

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Maggie Gallagher is the founder of the National Organization for Marriage and has been a syndicated columnist for 15 years.

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Gays Seeking Asylum in U.S. Encounter a New Hurdle

Romulo Castro considered attending his asylum interview in Rosedale, Queens, dressed as Fidela Castro, a towering drag queen in six-inch stilettos, a bright green poodle skirt and a mane of strawberry blond hair. In the end, Mr. Castro, 34, opted for what he described as understatement: pink eye shadow, a bright pink V-neck shirt and intermittent outbursts of tears.

After years of trying to conceal his sexual orientation back home in Brazil (where Fidela never made an appearance), Mr. Castro had been advised by his immigration lawyer that flaunting it was now his best weapon against deportation.

“I was persecuted for being fruity, a boy-girl, a fatso, a faggot — I felt like a monster,” said Mr. Castro, who reported being raped by an uncle at age 12, sexually abused by two police officers, and hounded and beaten by his peers before fleeing to the United States in 2000. “Here, being gay was my salvation. So I knew I had to put on the performance of my life.”

Amid international outcry over news of the Czech Republic’s testing the veracity of claims of purportedly gay asylum seekers by attaching genital cuffs to monitor their arousal while they watched pornography, some gay refugees and their advocates in New York are complaining that they can be penalized for not outwardly expressing their sexuality. While asylum-seekers and rights groups here expressed relief that use of the so-called erotic lie detector is impossible to imagine in the United States, some lamented in recent interviews that here too, homosexuals seeking asylum may risk being dismissed as not being gay enough.

The very notion of “gay enough,” of course, or proving one’s sexuality through appearance, dress and demeanor, can be offensive — and increasingly androgynous fashions and the social trend known as metrosexuality have blurred identities in many people’s minds.

“Judges and immigration officials are adding a new hurdle in gay asylum cases that an applicant’s homosexuality must be socially visible,” said Lori Adams, a lawyer at Human Rights First, a nonprofit group, who advises people seeking asylum based on sexuality. “The rationale is that if you don’t look obviously gay, you can go home and hide your sexuality and don’t need to be worried about being persecuted.”
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Bristol Palin Attacks University That Dumped Her From Speaking About Abstinence

One thing Bristol Palin is NOT abstaining from is engaging in a war of words with the university that dumped her from a paid speaking engagement about abstinence.

The 20-year-old single mom was dumped by Washington University after a student uproar over  her invitation and speaking fee, which was not revealed but estimated to be as high as $20,000.


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