February 24th, 2011

Kingdom Hearts; Halloweentown Sora

Disappearing dictatorships - could North Korea follow?

By Nick Ravenscroft BBC News, Seoul

The total control by North Korea's leaders ensures that news of the unrest in the Arab world is not likely to reach their citizens.

It has swept across the other side of the world, starting on 17 December when an angry, unemployed man set fire to himself after police stopped him selling vegetables on the streets.

First Tunisia. Then Egypt. And Iran, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, Algeria, Morocco and now - most bloodily, it is feared - Libya. Revolution in some; protests or civil uprisings in others.

Characteristics common to many of those countries include autocratic leaders who have held power for decades; political repression; and the harsh economic reality for millions of people who must feed a family with either no job or one that pays very little, while a privileged elite lives in luxury.

And that is a pretty accurate description of North Korea too. So could the upheaval of the old orders spread more than 5,000 miles to this secretive, totalitarian state?
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Maddow : What's NOT the matter with Kansas

Maddow, Beer and Bieber-dom.
That's me!
I was there. :) 

So I made it down to Lawrence and actually got some good picts and video of the event.  I was standing behind a woman with a huge green sign that read, "MADDOW IS MY BIEBER" (and ... I don't know if I should feel disturb about that idea or amused. I dont' think Rachel knew either. ) The crowd was just a little rowdy at first, as expected, but afterwards they only yelled on cue (when she mentioned Kansas or FreeState) or booed on cue (when she mentioned Brownback, or Gov. Walker).  Maddow was very animated and had to raise her voice quite a bit but seemed to enjoy the energy in the room. It was very positive. People were polite and staff was amazing. Depsite the crowd, everyone flowed in and our just fine. There were some amazingly somber moments  during the more serious interviews with the Kansas doctors and women being harassed. We couldn't hear the video interviews but people up front were reading the teleprompter over Rachel's shoulder and you could feel the vibe pass through the room. Be sure and watch the third video below the cut as to why she came to Kansas. I was amazed. 

Afterwards Maddow offered to take questions or let people "suggestion-box (her)" about how they felt the show did. No one had any comments except "What do you want to drink" ("Dude. I'm driving," she responded.) I don't think too many people have seen this series yet. One woman in the crowd had never seen her show and said to me, "YOU might be Rachel Maddow and I wouldn't know!" ... Um- ok? 

But seriously....  After I got home and watched the videos, I must say this was an amazing show.  Of course  all the subjects mentioned are good, Wisconsin (Walker is losing, says Maddow) DOMA (Yay!) ... but it is the ongoing fight to keep abortion legal here in Kansas  that was the centerpoint. Maddow has recently done a documentary about the murder of Dr. Tiller and she went on in great length about what the "Free State" means, it's history is and women's rights here is Kansas.  This was a feminist call to arms. It seems she wanted to present it from the front lines of the abortion rights battle and give props to the people who have to live through it here and now. I love her that much more after watching this show. Collapse )

Challenge for feminism to find an honourable role for men

Yeah, this opinion piece annoys me, I think a lot of that is the language, but underneath it makes me uncomfortable. I don't think the world I live in, is the world the author of this article lives in.


It's the Great Man's birthday bash and we mill, harbourside, in the summer evening. A thin, acidic woman, herself a Great Man's spouse, gestures towards their emeritus congregation.

"They're finished," she declares without pity. "The lot of them, those old blokes, they're over. It's our turn now."

By "our" she didn't mean the (slightly) younger generation of which she was also a member. She meant the Monstrous Regiment.

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Texas Terror Arrest

Dallas Target: Texas Resident Arrested on Charge of Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction
Suspect Allegedly Purchased Bomb Materials and Researched U.S. Targets

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested late yesterday by FBI agents in Texas on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets.

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Are we to gather that this blog was... public? Also, emailing files to one's self? He couldn't even think of using a flash drive to cover his tracks a bit more? I should probably feel relief that he's been caught, but mostly all I can think about is how poorly he kept his intentions a secret.
MISC - moustache

Governor Walker Should Be Flogged For His Inability To Control His Underlings

By any civilized measure, this should be a golden age for America. My editors inform me that the gap between rich and poor is the greatest in history, which is a comfort, as I wish the coal-smudged wretches as far from me as possible. So, too, are we in a vast recession, meaning I am allowed to appear fiscally pious and unusually virtuous as I refuse to share even a parcel of my staggering wealth with the less enriched. Best of all, the lack of spare spending-pennies among the general population has put every-one in such a foul demeanor that the good people of Georgia may soon pass a law decreeing that any woman over 13 who is not pregnant must be put to death, and about time, I say. Truly, it is a good time to sell news-papers, as people do lap up the repeated failures of their society like a dog its vomit.

But for one noxious exception: This governor of Wisconsin and his glaring impotence in constraining the state's wretched hirelings.

You may imagine my rage when I was informed that the Governor was facing down seventy thousands of angry state workers after informing them that they had lost their right to bargain for Union contracts! He allowed them to rise up like so many aspirational prairie-dogs, without fear of lashing, the gibbet, nor public humiliation! Wisconsin, as we all know, is a hinterland of ruddy-faced, venison-gnashing peasants, so naturally the in-ability of this man to rule there infuriated me so greatly that my iron dentures clashed together with a force sufficient to spot-weld them closed. We have come to a pretty pass in this country when common citizens feel they have the right to assemble in public and shout any God-damned thing they want!

Once I had been calmed and my jaws freed by my house dentrifice-monger, I discussed the matter of the Union workers with my solicitors. My first question, of course, was whether or not these Union toilers could be replaced with vastly less expensive workers under the Confederate model, but I was informed that for various complex reasons this may not be feasible for several years. I was much heartened by the news, however, that Walker was trying to drag the Union work-men down to the level of the average slobbering working person, which should be the goal of every Governor. After all, I would not build a lead-slurry plant in Wisconsin if I can pay the workers in New Jersey a few cents less, and unions make that very difficult. Therefore, if they care one whit about cheap and thank-less jobs, the 48 governors of this nation ought to be scrambling to see which state can beat its citizens into the most hopeless, miserable, and pathetic conditions possible. The governor with the most desperate citizens will then get all the lead-slurry plants and be hailed as a hero. That, as any news-paper will tell you, is how America works, God damn it!

Yet what little blood still seeps through my calcified and brittle veins was brought near to boiling when I was told that minions, lackeys, and servants were threatening to assemble publicly and make their opinions known in the neighboring cesspools of Ohio and Indiana. If this madness were to spread, the grotesque accumulation of capital I and my brother barons so cherish would be under some feeble threat. What would these workers demand next? A six-day work week? Nonsense!

I was quickly informed, however, that many of the plow-and-hammer types actually support their asparagus-spined governor, apparently from the impulse that it is easier to tear others down than to lift yourself up—a principle I wholly support, as it is the foundation upon which journalism and democracy are built.

So while this near-treasonous Governor should resign for slackening the customary iron grip on his state and allowing the common rabble to have a voice, I believe that this will be only a brief setback. The people of Wisconsin have been reasonable, civil, and articulate, I am told, despite the fact that many among them are mere laborers, and, what is even worse, teachers. And if there is one thing I have learned from my time on this God-forsaken Earth, it is that reasonable, civil, and intelligent people have not left much of a mark on history.

Now, get back to work!

mus | like a bird in a cage

Mom Wants Child's Image Gone from Anti-Abortion Billboard

MYFOXNY.COM EXCLUSIVE - A billboard that sits above Sixth Avenue in SoHo reads "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb." It has a picture of a young African-American girl behind the text and a link to a website.

The group Life always hopes the controversial ad will bring attention to its agenda.

That innocent looking face you see belongs to Anissa Fraser -- she is 6.

"I would never endorse something like that," says Tricia Fraser, Anissa's mother. "Especially with my child's image."

Two years ago, Fraser signed up with a modeling agency to have all four of her children photographed.

"I know what I went into that shoot for," Fraser says. "And that's not what I agreed to. I want them to take it down."

When she signed a release form, Fraser knew the photos could be sold as stock images but never thought her daughter would become the face of a pro-life campaign focusing on African Americans.

"This is not targeting black women. This is targeting the practice and saying to black women is you find yourself in this crisis of an unexpected, unintended pregnancy," says Rev. Michael Faulkner, of the New Horizon Church in Harlem. "There are alternatives to death."

When Fox 5 asked about Fraser's demands, the organization said: "The image was properly licensed through a reputable stock image service. We'll be looking into the origin of the image and are certainly open to talking to the family directly if they have any concerns."

This family still has concerns about an image -- so innocent and so controversial.

"It's bad enough you're saying this about African Americans, but then you put a child with an innocent face," Fraser says. "I just want the image off of it. Use another image -- just not hers."


U.S. Army Targets Senators With Psy Ops to Get Extra Funding

The U.S. army reportedly deployed a specialized "psychological operations" team in 2009 to help convince American legislators to boost funding and troop numbers for the war in Afghanistan.
Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, a three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops, ordered the operation, Rolling Stone Magazine reported in a story published late on Wednesday.

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This is some 1984 bullshit right here.

Gov. Wanker, Madison officials would like a word....or two. Also, PolitiFact rules.

Cieslewicz rebukes Walker for talk of disrupting demonstrations

Governor Scott Walker told a caller this week that he "thought about" sending in troublemakers to disrupt demonstrations outside the state Capitol.

That's got Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz furious.

"The governor of Wisconsin actually thought about planting people in the crowds who might turn these peaceful protests into something ugly?" declared the usually easy-going mayor.

"For the governor of our state to suggest that he even considered disrupting these peaceful protests is a serious thing," continued Cieslewicz, who says that the governor needs to explain his talk of deliberately inciting trouble at the Capitol.


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Madison police chief asks Walker to explain 'troubling' statements

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray Thursday asked Gov. Scott Walker to explain his "troubling" and "unsettling" statements captured in a secretly recorded phone conversation that he "thought about" planting troublemakers among the thousands of peaceful demonstrators at the Capitol.

The protests, heading into their 11th day, are aimed at a bill Walker proposed to strip most bargaining rights from state and local unionized employees in Wisconsin.

"I spent a good deal of time overnight thinking about Governor Walker's response, during his news conference yesterday (Wednesday), to the suggestion that his administration 'thought about' planting troublemakers among those who are peacefully protesting his bill," Wray said in a statement issued this morning." I would like to hear more of an explanation from Governor Walker as to what exactly was being considered, and to what degree it was discussed by his cabinet members.


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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says out-of-staters account for “almost all” in Madison protests

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got right to the point when he was chatting Feb. 22, 2011, with a prank caller  pretending to be a major Republican power-broker: The protests in Madison are dying down.

And changing to mostly out-of-state residents.

In the secretly-recorded call, Walker assured a New York blogger posing as industrialist David Koch -- a contributor to Walker’s campaign and many GOP causes -- that things were under control at the Capitol.

"Well, we’re actually hanging pretty tough," Walker said in the call, which was taped and made public Feb. 23, 2011. "I mean, you know, amazingly there’s a much smaller group of protesters almost all of whom are in from other states today."

We know Wisconsin is awful popular these days. And the battle over the budget-repair bill is national news. But are "almost all" of the protesters in from other states?

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Also, mods.....wondering if we could get a "Police ftw!" (or something else postive regarding police) tag.  Seeing as we have the negative angle covered already, it'd be great when we can highlight the occasions when they do the right things, too.




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  • homasse

Rush Limbaugh Attacks Michelle Obama For Not Looking Like An Ethiopian

Rush Limbaugh Attacks Michelle Obama For Not Looking Like An Ethiopian

On his radio show today Rush Limbaugh attacked First Lady Michelle Obama for not looking skinny enough. Limbaugh said, “The point is. If you are going to do this, if you are going to tell everyone to eat twigs and berries and gravel and all this other stuff, you’d better look like an Ethiopian.”

Here is the audio from Media Matters.

Limbaugh said, “The previous caller said and I ought to know this, that it doesn’t matter what we eat, but how much. Well, okay, fine, but Moochelle Obama is trying to tell us what we can and can’t eat, not how much, and the point is, it just, and the point is. If you are going to do this, if you are going to tell everyone to eat twigs and berries and gravel and all this other stuff, you’d better look like an Ethiopian. You’d better look like that’s what you eat. Otherwise, it’s going to fall on deaf ears. It’s just that simple.”

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Rush Limbaugh can sit his ass down and STFU. He also recently got on Michelle's case about her eating ribs when she was telling others to "eat roots, berries and tree bark" and ended with:

"I'm trying to say our first lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue or of a woman [Yankees star] Alex Rodriguez might date every six months, or what have you."
Ass man

Virginia passes bill to regulate aborition clinics.

With the backing of two Democrats and a tie-breaking vote cast by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, Republicans in the Virginia Senate today won approval of an amended health bill that would require the state's abortion clinics to be regulated like hospitals. The 20-20 vote on Senate Bill 924, which now heads to Gov. Bob McDonnell, represents a significant victory for anti-abortion activists, who have been trying for years to restrict access to abortion in Virginia, only to have bills killed in the Democrat-controlled Senate Education and Health Committee. McDonnell has indicated he would sign the legislation.

Democratic lawmakers and women's rights advocates decried legislation, which was altered on the floor of the House earlier in the week through an amendment tacked onto an unrelated bill by Del. Kathy Byron, R-Campbell and came to the Senate without being debated or discussed in committee. They said it would effectively restrict a woman's access to abortion services by forcing the state's 21 clinics to meet standards set by the Board of Health regulating hospitals -- standards that include things like expanded hallways, parking lots and elevators that most clinics could not afford. Currently, first-trimester abortions are considered medical procedures that can be performed in physicians' offices, similar to medical procedures such as colonoscopies, vision correction surgery, cosmetic surgery and dental surgery. Abortions in the second trimester or later must be performed in a hospital setting.

The amended legislation would require that any medical office performing more than five first-trimester abortions per month be classified as a hospital and subject to regulations devised by the State Board of Health -- a body that is appointed by the governor. The vote followed a long and impassioned debate on the floor of the Senate, where Democrats hold a 22-18 majority. It was swung by the votes of two Democrats in moderately conservative districts -- Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, and Sen. Charles J. Colgan D-Prince William, a devout Catholic and longtime opponent of abortion. Neither rose to speak on the bill. The entire Senate and House of Delegates are up for election this fall.


I suppose if they can't outlaw abortion outright, limiting access is the next trick up their sleeve.
N. K. Krupskaya

Getting tough on Minutemen.

The anti-immigration activist who was convicted last week of first-degree murder for her involvement in the May 2009 murders of nine-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul, has been sentenced with the death penalty.

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I am largely against the death penalty. However, I'm not going to play tone argument here. Something as heinous as killing a little girl should be rewarded with a similar punishment, and life in prison is not sufficient.

... are you fucking shitting me!

Guy who punked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is running for Congress as Green Party candidate
by Christopher Mims
24 Feb 2011 5:42 PM

The story of Ian Murphy, the editor of the Buffalo Beast who convinced Wisconsin State Governor Scott Walker that he was billionaire David Koch and then recorded their union-bashing, possibly illegal phone conversation, just keeps getting better. Murphy just revealed to Samantha Henig of The New Yorker that he's going to run for Congress, under the banner of the Green Party.

[For those who missed the first act of this story: Prank call proves billionaire David Koch owns Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP]

Murphy doesn't seem to think his odds are all that great. He told Henig, "I was in the process of figuring out how I could possibly get thirty-five hundred signatures or entice some loser party like the Green Party to endorse me— not that I think they're losers, their politics are great, but I think they're going to lose," but that "seemed completely undoable."

The fame that has come with becoming the 'Andrew Breitbart of the left' can't hurt his chances, unless the left concludes that Murphy is more valuable as a prankster. Who else in memory has convinced the leader of an entire state that he was his number one backer, for whom no confidence was off limits?

Apparently Murphy achieved this feat of impersonation by just kind of picturing himself as "older, rich, and horrible."

Another obstacle to Murphy's candidacy could be his guilelessness:

Eric Jones, co-chair of the New York Green Party, told me that he would be meeting Murphy Wednesday evening to discuss politics. When asked if they would talk about Murphy running for Lee's seat, Jones replied, "I'm kind of shocked he brought that up with you."

But even that is is [sic] probably irrelevant in light of Murphy's aspiration to announce his candidacy in a clown costume. Really.


sports - tex - berkman.

Transgender woman runs for mayor in Amarillo, Texas

Sandra Dunn, 53, formally announced her candidacy for Amarillo mayor in a news conference at Furrbies, 210 W. Sixth Ave.

Dunn, a transgender woman, said friends convinced her to enter the race in part to oppose David Grisham. Grisham is a pastor and director of Repent Amarillo, a religious, fundamentalist group. He announced he was running for mayor last week, and last year called for a boycott of Houston for its election of a gay mayor.

Paul Harpole, a car salesman and former city commissioner, has also announced his candidacy for mayor.

Dunn listed her occupation on the candidate application as a full-time student. She was formerly employed by the city of Amarillo. Dunn said she was a business partner to Ray Vaughan, 63, who last year was found murdered at their business, Ft. Williams Military Surplus and Supplies Depot, 703 N. Williams St.

Dunn said during her news conference supports single-member districts with the possibility of two "at large" candidates. She opposes a smoking ban.


I lived here until last August. For those who don't know, Repent Amarillo is basically Amarillo's version of the WBC. Disgusting organization. I wish Ms. Dunn the best of luck.
mus | like a bird in a cage

Manitoba judge criticized for saying victim's clothing, attitude factors in rape

WINNIPEG - A legal expert says a Manitoba judge's comment during a rape sentencing that "sex was in the air" is a troubling legal throwback.

Justice Robert Dewar of Queen's Bench Court made the remark when he gave a man a two-year conditional sentence which allows him to remain free in the community.

The judge also pointed to the way the victim and her friend were dressed — tube tops, no bras, high heels — and noted they were wearing plenty of makeup.

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