January 30th, 2011

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Ohio Abortion Bill Would Guarantee a Man's Right to Choose

An Ohio state legislator has introduced a bill called "Father's Rights Regarding Abortion" that requires written permission from the sperm provider before a physician can perform an abortion.

The improbably named Rep. John Adams, from Sidney, Ohio, failed to get similar legislation passed in 2007 after protests from Planned Parenthood, but he has brought the bill back with modified language. The penalties to patient and physician for violating the measure, were it to become law, would be severe.

Aborting without permission or "providing a false biological father would be a first-degree misdemeanor . . . and [warrant] a maximum $1,000 fine," Adams explained. "On the second occasion, providing false information would be considered a fifth-degree felony."

If the identity of the man is unknown, the pregnant woman would be required to submit a list of possibilities, and her doctor would have to conduct paternity tests, then seek the man's permission to abort. In cases of rape or incest, the bill requires proof via a court document, police report or indictment.


ETA: This is a year old, a fact I did not notice; my apologies. :/ I shall endeavor to not let my Full-On Rage get in the way of checking dates from now on. It looks like it failed, though, which is good news.


And silly me, I didn't think I could get any more angry after Boehner's pro-rape law. Now we have pro-rape AND outright forced birth. I'm almost worried to find out what's next.

Is Wikileaks leaking?

OSLO (AFP) – As if there isn't enough intrigue around Wikileaks and its enigmatic founder, a Norwegian daily that laid hands on the same US classified documents says it has infuriated Julian Assange by playing his own game.

Since last December, the daily Aftenposten, the Nordic country's paper of reference, has been "leaking" the Wikileaks diplomatic secrets but according to its own choice and pace -- independent of the script set by Assange in a deal with five world-renowned papers.

Only three staff members know how Aftenposten obtained the documents -- thought exclusive to Wikileaks -- and won't let on.

"This took quite a lot of work," news editor Ole Erik Almlid told AFP. "Let's just say that we didn't get it through an email that went astray.

"But we did not pay for it, no conditions have been attached and we can publish exactly what we want following our regular strict editorial criteria," he said.

At the paper's cosy offices in the heart of Oslo, a team of some 30 journalists trawl through the gargantuan database of 250,000-odd confidential US cables.

Their "scoops" have put a hitch in Assange's bid to carefully orchestrate how and where the secrets concerning US diplomatic exchanges and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are released.

The 39-year-old Australian -- called both a crusader and a criminal and whose other troubles include possible extradition to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual molestation -- reacted by saying Aftenposten's access to the cables was intentional.

The paper is "a media partner" of WikiLeaks, Assange, who is now free on bail in Britain, told Norwegian financial daily Dagens Naeringsliv in early January.

That is something Aftenposten categorically denies.

"According to our information, Julian Assange is, to put it mildly, not very pleased that Aftenposten, too, has obtained ... the 251,287 US diplomatic cables from a source," the paper's chief editor Hilde Haugsgjerd wrote on January 4.

Under Assange's plan, Wikileaks made a deal with five major publications -- The New York Times, Le Monde, El Pais, The Guardian and Der Spiegel -- to gradually release the diplomatic cables, although the terms of the agreement are not known.

Aftenposten itself has created its own network to help pore over the cables, cooperating with three major papers: Die Welt in Germany, Svenska Dagbladet in Sweden and Politiken in Denmark.

In recent weeks, the Norwegian daily, with a circulation of 240,000, has filled its pages with information extracted from the documents.

Israel, it reported, deliberately choked Gaza's economy, and Germany aimed to develop a secret spy satellite with the United States under the guise of a commercial programme. Another article said Syria backed attacks on Scandinavian embassies in Damascus as violent protests erupted in early 2006 over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.

The paper systematically backs up its reports by posting the US diplomatic documents it quotes on its website, www.aftenposten.no.

And the daily's WikiLeaks leaks have not been without consequence.

Berry Smutny, the head of German firm OHB Systems which is working on Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system, was recently suspended after a WikiLeaks cable cited him as describing the system as a "stupid idea".

"Even if there is no big scoop in the documents, we will remember these cables as fascinating," Almlid said.

The immense stash of cables should in any case provide Aftenposten with enough material to fill its pages "for another year, if not two", Almlid said.

The paper, however, has vowed not to hit readers with a constant barrage of leaked cables or to mix up historians' work with that of a journalist -- the latter would require linking documents often several years old to current news events.

"When the WikiLeaks documents first started appearing in the big international newspapers, the angle was really 'Here are the cables. This is what the United States thinks of the rest of the planet'," Aftenposten journalist Lars Inge Staveland said.

"But today we are in a new phase: we are using the documents as a springboard for much broader articles that are backed up by other sources," he told AFP.

"It is no longer always the US embassies' opinion that provides the angle for our pieces," he said.


Hmmmm... somehow I wonder if the newspaper didn't really get the documents from Assange himself and are trying to pass it off as having unofficialy been leaked to them to sell more newspapers. Am I crazy? 


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Noam Chomsky lectures on nation’s problems

Renowned linguist, philosopher and political activist Noam Chomsky spoke to a packed house Tuesday night.

An emeritus professor of linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chomsky opened the lecture by telling the audience he wanted to address "some serious problems we're having here at home."

"The guiding principle (for American government) is that as long as the public is under control, everything is fine," he said. "(The traditional argument is) the powerful should gain ends by any possible means. As long as the public is kept under control, public will doesn't matter."

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LIVE POST: Egyptian Protests Discussion Part 4.

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Tea Baggers Learn Their Lesson. Ready For The 2012 Republican Hunting Season.

Guyz, Republican Flesh is Back on The Menu!

Tea Party Gets Early Start on G.O.P. Targets for 2012

Leaders of more than 70 Tea Party groups in Indiana gathered last weekend to sign a proclamation saying they would all support one candidate — as yet undetermined — in a primary challenge to Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Republican who has represented the state since 1977.

They are organizing early, they say, to prevent what happened last year, when several Tea Party candidates split the vote in Republican Senate primaries, allowing the most establishment of the candidates to win with less than 40 percent.

The meeting in Sharpsville was hardly the exception. Just three months after the midterm elections, Tea Party organizers are preparing to challenge some of the longest-serving Republican incumbents in 2012.

In Maine, there is already one candidate running on a Tea Party platform against Senator Olympia J. Snowe. Supporters there are seeking others to run, declaring that they, too, will back the person they view as the strongest candidate to avoid splitting their vote. In Utah, the same people who ousted Senator Robert F. Bennett at the state’s Republican convention last spring are now looking at a challenge to Senator Orrin G. Hatch.

The early moves suggest that the pattern of the last elections, in which primaries were more fiercely contested than the general election in several states, may be repeated.

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Conservative Group Claims Glee Magazine Cover Is Propaganda

Wingnut Brent Bozell, president of strictly conservative organization Media Research Center, wants you to believe that the sweet and heart-warming photo of Chris Colfer and Darren Criss (as seen on the cover of a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly) is nothing but so-called gay propaganda. He writes in his column on Newsbusters:
As you might suspect, Entertainment Weekly didn't plan to debate gay teen propaganda, but to encourage it, energetically. Not a single soul had anything critical to say. Not even a question. If this magazine weren't so earnestly in the tank, the story could come with a disclaimer: “This issue is an advertisement bought and paid for by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.”

Writer Jennifer Armstrong summed it up like this: “The good news: Young gay characters are on a momentous roll after years of stops and starts.” EW championed under the inside headline how “networks are making up for years of on-air silence and providing inspiration for real-life youth (and parents) still searching for answers.” Armstrong says gay characters are “not just an accepted, but expected part of teen-centric television.” (Emphasis hers.) They are not celebrating diversity. They are intimidating dissidents.

In their Gay Teen Timeline, we hear the gay actors proclaiming the lack of opposition. “We never received a negative word,” says the gay actor on ABC's 1994 bomb “My So-Called Life.” The gay teen on ABC's “Ugly Betty” insisted “99 percent of the public response was positive.” Translation: get in line.
Media Matters notes: "Bozell has a history of anti-gay rhetoric. He previously argued Hollywood demonstrated 'liberal bias' by failing to portray gays as 'morally wrong.' He's also warned that the gay lifestyle and agenda 'endorses the right of gays to marry and teach children, and that's in utter opposition to mainstream America.' Bozell's Media Research Council is also boycotting the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), because GOProud, a group for conservative gays and their allies, is participating."

Media Research Center states that its mission is "to bring balance to the news media." They must be taking their cues from FOX News - you know, the news network that falsely trumpets itself as "fair and balanced."


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South Sudan referendum: 99% vote for independence

Some 99% of South Sudanese voted to secede from the north, according to the first complete results of the region's independence referendum.

A total of 99.57 percent of those polled voted for independence, according to the referendum commission.

Early counting had put the outcome of the ballot beyond doubt, indicating Southern Sudan had secured a mandate to become the world's newest nation.
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ONTD_P's Photo of the Day: January 29, 2011.

Rioting and chaos engulfs Egypt | Egypt's military deployed on the streets of Cairo to enforce a nighttime curfew as the sun set Friday on a day of rioting and chaos that amounted to the biggest challenge ever to authoritarian President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year regime. Flames rose up across a number of cities from burning tires and police cars. Even the ruling party headquarters in Cairo was ablaze in the outpouring of rage, bitterness and utter frustration with a regime seen as corrupt, heavy-handed and neglectful of grinding poverty that afflicts nearly half of the 80 million Egyptians. After nightfall, some of the protesters defied the curfew and were praying on the streets of Cairo. In one of many astonishing scenes Friday, thousands of anti-government protesters wielding rocks, glass and sticks chased hundreds of riot police away from the main square in downtown Cairo and several of the policemen stripped off their uniforms and badges and joined the demonstrators.

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Limbaugh supporter faxes death threat to CA state senator

Leland Yee receives racist death threat from Rush Limbaugh fan

A Rush Limbaugh fan faxed death threats to state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, on Wednesday morning, according to his spokesman.

The threats came more than a week after Yee asked Limbaugh for an apology for “mocking the Chinese language” and the country’s president on his popular conservative radio program, Yee spokesman Adam Keigwin said.

The senator often receives “heated and excited phone calls” from citizens who are against his liberal policies, but Wednesday’s faxes were “direct and threatening,” Keigwin said.

The expletive-laden faxes sent to Yee’s offices in San Francisco and Sacramento called for “death to all Marxists” and used racist terms to describe President Barack Obama and Yee.

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That header picture is chilling. Not just the implied lynching, but what looks like a reference to James Byrd, Jr.'s murder.

"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out." - made literal.

TAMPA, FL -- The woman who authorities say killed her teenage daughter and son because she was fed up with them talking back and being mouthy did not appear in court Saturday because she was being treated at a hospital for an unknown condition.

Authorities say Julie Powers Schenecker was taken to Tampa General Hospital shortly after midnight Saturday to be treated for a medical condition that existed before she was taken to jail.

Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies - who oversee jail inmates - said they could not reveal Schenecker's medical condition, citing health care privacy laws. A jail spokesman said late Saturday that Schenecker was still at the hospital and that her first court appearance was pending.

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13% of H.S. Biology Teachers Advocate Creationism in Class

The majority of high-school biology teachers don't take a solid stance on evolution with their students, mostly to avoid conflicts, and fewer than 30 percent of teachers take an adamant pro-evolutionary stance on the topic, a new study finds. Also, 13 percent of these teachers advocate creationism in their classrooms.

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Conservative Actors Reveal Life of Secrecy, Lost Jobs Amidst 'Intolerant Left'

Acting veterans Clint Howard and Morgan Brittany talk about 'coming out' in their Republican views, and how it caused one famous co-star to turn his back.

It ain't easy being a Republican in Hollywood, even if your brother is an A-list director and producer. That's what actor Clint Howard told attendees at a California GOP convention over the weekend.

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Johann Hari: Why is it wrong to protect gay children?

To justify their discrimination against gay people, these few homophobes concoct a scenario in which they are The Real Victims

I am exhausted. I have spent all week trying to brainwash small children into being gay, by relentlessly inserting homosexuality into their maths, geography and science lessons. Their little eyes widened when the gay algebra lesson started, but it worked: their concept of “normal sexual behaviour” has been successfully destroyed. It’s all part of the program brilliantly co-ordinated by the Homintern to imposed The Gay Agenda on Every Aspect of British Life.

That, at least, is what you would believe if you had read some of Britain’s best-selling newspapers this week, or listened to some prominent Tory politicians. The headlines were filled with fury. The Conservative MP Richard Drax said gays were trying to impose “questionable sexual standards” on kids, while the Daily Mail said we were mounting a massive “abuse of childhood.”

Here’s what is actually happening. A detailed study by the Schools Health Education Unit found that in Britain today, 70 percent of gay children get bullied, 41 percent get beaten up, and 17 percent get told at some point in their childhood that they are going to be killed.

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As a side-note, it’s especially galling to be accused of endangering children by Melanie Phillips, the journalist in Britain who has done more to recklessly endanger children than any other I can think of. She was the leading journalistic champion of the false claim that the MMR vaccine causes autism. She refused to listen to the overwhelming scientific consensus and instead promoted the claims of a fraudster called Andrew Wakefield. After she played a key role in spreading and popularizing his claims, the rate of children being vaccinated plummeted, and several have died.

Even after the British Medical Journal concluded that Wakefield staged an “elaborate fraud”, she has refused to apologise. I’d say persuading parents not to give their kids a life-saving vaccine based on the claims of a charlatan was a bigger “abuse of childhood” than teaching them that gay people exist, wouldn’t you?


Not bolding because the entire thing is amazing and fucking important. Also Johann Hari is made of total win and I love him.
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Police investigate alleged hate crime in Gay Village

Toronto Police are calling a recent late-night assault in the Gay Village a hate crime, stoking concerns the neighbourhood is no longer safe.

Ryan Lester, 30, was kicked in the face and called “faggot” while getting a post-bar snack at Mehran Restaurant on Church St. early Saturday Jan. 22. His 24-year-old brother, Ben, suffered has deep bruises on his back and had to go to the dentist to repair a broken molar.

The beating comes on the heels of allegations that local students have been hurling slushies, ice and homophobic slurs at residents in the Gay Village.

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