February 27th, 2011

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Police Shuts Down Dough Dealers. Cookie-Dough Addicts to Find Fix Somewhere Else

Donuts Industry Celebrates Crackdown. Cookie Cartel Still a Threat to Community

Georgia Girl Scout Troop's Cookie Booth Shut Down By Police (VIDEO)


A Georgia Girl Scout troop selling cookies Wednesday must not have had enough badges of honor to gain the trust of police.

Troop 7984 had set up shop at a strip mall when a police officer told the group to pack up their boxes and go get a peddler's permit, WXIA-TV reports.

Troop leader Kathy Crook says they had to turn away the customers who were ready to buy.

One Girl Scout says the girls were actually frightened.

"It was scaring us because we thought all the adults were going to go to jail."

The mayor said it was a veteran police officer who questioned the troop and that it was simply a misunderstanding.

To make amends, the city is offering the Girl Scouts a pizza party and a tour of the police department.

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The G.O.P.’s Abandoned Babies

Republicans need to figure out where they stand on children’s welfare. They can’t be “pro-life” when the “child” is in the womb but indifferent when it’s in the world. Allow me to illustrate just how schizophrenic their position has become through the prism of premature babies.

Of the 33 countries that the International Monetary Fund describes as “advanced economies,” the United States now has the highest infant mortality rate according to data from the World Bank. It took us decades to arrive at this dubious distinction. In 1960, we were 15th. In 1980, we were 13th. And, in 2000, we were 2nd.

Part of the reason for our poor ranking is that declines in our rates stalled after premature births — a leading cause of infant mortality as well as long-term developmental disabilities — began to rise in the 1990s.

The good news is that last year the National Center for Health Statistics reported that the rate of premature births fell in 2008, representing the first two-year decline in the last 30 years.

Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, the president of the March of Dimes, which in 2003 started a multimillion-dollar premature birth campaign focusing on awareness and education, has said of the decline: “The policy changes and programs to prevent preterm birth that our volunteers and staff have worked so hard to bring about are starting to pay off.”

The bad news is that, according to the March of Dimes, the Republican budget passed in the House this month could do great damage to this progress. The budget proposes:

• $50 million in cuts to the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant that “supports state-based prenatal care programs and services for children with special needs.”

• $1 billion in cuts to programs at the National Institutes of Health that support “lifesaving biomedical research aimed at finding the causes and developing strategies for preventing preterm birth.”

• Nearly $1 billion in cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its preventive health programs, including to its preterm birth studies.

This is the same budget in which House Republicans voted to strip all federal financing for Planned Parenthood.

It is savagely immoral and profoundly inconsistent to insist that women endure unwanted — and in some cases dangerous — pregnancies for the sake of “unborn children,” then eliminate financing designed to prevent those children from being delivered prematurely, rendering them the most fragile and vulnerable of newborns. How is this humane?

And it doesn’t even make economic sense. A 2006 study by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies estimated that premature births cost the country at least $26 billion a year. At that rate, reducing the number of premature births by just 10 percent would save thousands of babies and $2.6 billion — more than the proposed cuts to the programs listed, programs that also provide a wide variety of other services.

This type of budgetary policy is penny-wise and pound-foolish — and ultimately deadly. Think about that the next time you hear Republican representatives tout their “pro-life” bona fides. Think about that the next time someone uses the heinous term “baby killer.”

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Subject: Ariz. Senate leader stopped after fight with girlfriend

PHOENIX — Scott Bundgaard, the Arizona state Senate majority leader, was involved in a domestic violence dispute with his girlfriend, but was not arrested because he has legislative immunity, police said on Saturday.

Republican Bundgaard's girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, 34, was booked for domestic violence assault, police said.

Phoenix police responded to a report on Friday night that Bundgaard was pulling Ballard out of a car stopped next to the median on State Route 51.

When officers arrived, they encountered Bundgaard and Ballard, and saw both had marks on their bodies showing they had been in a physical altercation, said Police Department spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

Bundgaard and Ballard were both detained, but Bundgaard told officers that under Arizona law he is immune from arrest while the legislature is in session, police said.

Police found Bundgaard could correctly claim immunity, but the case was submitted to prosecutors for review.

Bundgaard released a statement on Saturday saying he was innocent of wrongdoing. He said the physical altercation began when he had stopped the car, and his girlfriend moved into the driver's seat and refused to get out.

"I had no choice but to pull her from the driver's seat, which resulted in marks on her knees," Bundgaard said.

"I had also had no choice but to stop her from punching me and risking highway safety, all of which resulted in a black eye for me and a busted lip," he said.

He added, "I waive any and all 'legislative immunity.' If I did something wrong, charge me. I did not."

Bundgaard is the co-sponsor of controversial Arizona state legislation seeking to challenge the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the state whose parents are illegal immigrants or other non-citizens.

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Women of the revolution should be shaping the future

As the euphoria of Egypt's revolution fades and the world's attention is captured by the massacres in neighbouring Libya and Bahrain, it is worth taking a moment to acknowledge that for Egyptians - particularly women - the battle is really only just beginning.

On February 15, Egypt's military ruling council appointed an Islamist judge, Tarek al-Bishry, to oversee the constitutional panel that will be responsible for drafting the new constitution. The panel, handpicked by Bishry and consisting mostly of fellow judges and politicians, does not feature a single woman.


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Todd Palin loses in last leg of snowmobile race



FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Todd Palin had trouble with his snowmobile skis toward the end of the world's longest snowmobile race as a rival team to surged to victory Saturday.

Tyler Huntington and Chris Olds crossed the finish line near Fairbanks to repeat as Iron Dog champions for the second straight year. They passed the team of Palin and Eric Quam in the final 100 miles of the 2,000-mile race across Alaska.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that Palin had to stop to fix his skies and that gave the rival team the break needed as it finished 14 minutes ahead of the second place Palin team.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was on hand last Sunday to see her husband off. He is a three-time winner in the race.

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I'm only posting this to see how many people do what my girlfriend did, which was read (aloud, to me), "Todd Palin loses leg in snowmobile race," and then, "Todd Palin loses last leg in snowmobile race," and then, "OHHHH."
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I AM RAGING RIGHT NAO!

Dattebayo Siezed By ICE Homeland Security Investigations



(Dattebayo is No More)
 

In a move that makes no fucking sense, ICE Homeland Security Investigations has seized dattebayo.com, based on a warrant served by the United States District Court; many of you may have tried to access the website the past couple days only to discover this blasphemy (Image Right).

The fan-sub group that brought America and the world two of the longest running and most beloved anime in the United States has been seized. All I can say is "WHAT THE FUCK".

Dattebayo has been around since 2004, but even before that many of their members come from the older fan-sub group
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Dattebayo brought anime series to the states that anime fanatics, including myself wanted to see, while they were not the best translators, they were known as a speed subbing group, within one or two days of an anime’s premiere on Japanese television, Dattebayo would have it translated and uploaded for the rest of the world to see. Not only were they fast, they also did a decent quality of translating the material to English; a higher quality than most professional anime subbers I might add.

Dattebayo also worked hard to get the anime they worked on, to United States soil, and they took great regard for the material. When Crunchyroll began to start making tracks around the world, and was able to make deals with many of the studios to bring their material to the states; Dattabayo supported their efforts 110 percent. Sending hordes of their followers to sign petitions and start subscriptions with Crunchyroll.com, something many less reputable fan-sub groups wouldn't do. As soon as shows such as Naruto and Bleach were finally available via a legit outlet, Dattebayo stopped the subbing of the material
and with the exception of two lesser known series has almost completely stopped fansubbing by February 2011.

The efforts of Dattabayo over the past decade is the main reason anime has so flourished in the United States. This court ordered warrant is a travesty, and a pure spittle in the face of every anime fan in America. Many companies are reaping the benefits of all the hard work that Dattebayo put in all these years. (Which the Dattebayo staff didn't get paid for I might add.) Only to be dissed and shut down at a moments notice, and by an organization put into place by the most unconstitutional act this country has ever known. This is a sad day my friends, and I pity our country and morn over the loss of its freedoms. Dattebayo you will be missed, but you will be remembered, and know that in whatever upcoming battles your staff has to make, myself and many others like me will be behind you 100 percent.

BTW: Hopefolly, I haven't just been trolled................

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Look out guys, the white men are feeling "excluded" in the college admissions process

Texas Group Will Offer Scholarships to White Men Onlythose they say are undersupported in higher education: white men.

The group, called the Former Majority Association for Equality, was formed by Texas State University student Colby Bohannan and others and hopes to provide four $500 scholarships to white men by July (donations are being accepted via the group's website).

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Believe me I am crying so many tears for the poor oppressed white men in this country. It must be hard to look up at all of the old paintings and pre-1983 posters hung around our 250-year-old+ university campus and see only themselves in the pictures.

For good measure, here is the Former Majority Association for Equality's website. Doesn't the name just make you want to hug them up and donate all your monies?
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Assassination of PM Palme baffles Swedish police 25 years on

Swedish police are still stumped over who murdered Prime Minister Olof Palme 25 years ago. After decades of investigation, some 130 confessions and numerous conspiracy theories, the search for the killer goes on.

The investigation that surrounds the 1986 murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is as dense and intricate as that surrounding the conspiracy-laden assassination of late American President John F. Kennedy.

Swedish authorities are still officially in the dark when it comes to who pulled the trigger on a Stockholm street on February 28, 1986.

Palme was gunned down after having left the Grand Cinema. One bullet pierced his spine and vital organs, the other grazed his wife, Lisbet, who was with the Prime Minister. Hours later, Palme was dead, setting authorities on a manhunt that remains unresolved until today.

Three years after the shooting, Christer Pettersson, a petty Stockholm criminal, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder. Later on that year, however, Pettersson was acquitted and released after it came to light that authorities had influenced Lisbet Palme's identification of the man from a police lineup.

130 confessions and counting

In 1998, the Swedish Supreme Court rejected an appeal to reopen the case against Pettersson, reopening the search for the killer in what has become one of Sweden's largest murder investigations.

Numerous conspiracy theories have been put forward - ranging from plots by secret services in several countries, Kurdish separatists and domestic extremists.

Detective Superintendent Stig Edqvist has led the investigation since 1997. He says around 130 people have confessed during the over two-decade-long investigation. Each of those accounts, however, was deemed false.

Last year, the Swedish parliament decided to abolish the 25-year statute of limitations for serious offenses such as murder, allowing the Palme investigation to continue indefinitely.

"It would have been terrible if a decisive puzzle piece had come in and could not be used," said prosecutor Kerstin Skarp, who has also been involved in the investigation since 1997.

Anniversary to bring surge of 'new leads'

Palme was prominent internationally as a vocal critic of the military junta in Chile and the apartheid system in white minority-ruled South Africa at the time. He had also served as mediator between Iran and Iraq.

At home, he was regarded as a controversial politician by some and was on "at least 20 death lists," detective Edqvist said.

Investigators have found it difficult to explore leads pointing to major intelligence authorities, for instance the CIA in the US and the KGB of the former Soviet Union.

Edqvist says he and his team expect a flood of information from the public on and around the anniversary of the murder. At national police headquarters, a vault containing the so-called Palme archives houses at least 3,600 binders.

Despite the mounting information, most of which has proved misleading, and the disconcerting fact that there are "very few really hot leads right now," detective Kerstin Skarp is reluctant to give up hope.

"I wish I could say that it will be solved, but I will never say that it won't," Skarp said.

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Dead for 25 years, still hated by the right and loved by the left. Either way, he is an extremely important figure in modern Swedish history, which is why I'm posting this.
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Kathryn Lopez: Only whores use contraception

Contraception is Not the Solution



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Why are Republicans waging war on contraception? It's not the first time the question has been asked, and it won't be the last. Truth be told, Republicans aren't engaging in battle on that front -- but the phrase gets close to a legitimate fight.

Congress, for its part, held an unprecedented vote in the House in February to end funding of Planned Parenthood. It's not a permanent or final vote; it was attached to a short-term move to keep the government funded. The debate in Congress was given momentum by the Live Action investigatory videos, which raised significant questions about what exactly Planned Parenthood is doing; but the rest of us need to discuss why we've let Planned Parenthood step in as a mainstream Band-Aid, throwing contraception and even abortion at problems that have much more fundamental solutions.

While women may want love and marriage, they don't expect it. Justice Sandra O'Connor wrote in the Planned Parenthood v. Casey opinion that women had "organized intimate relationships, and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail." And why wouldn't they? Who, nowadays, encourages them to want more?

We've come to expect less for and from ourselves, and for and from one another. In part, it's the fruit of the contraceptive pill. New York magazine recently observed in a cover feature: "The pill is so ingrained in our culture today that girls go on it in college, even high school, and stay on it for five, 10, 15, even 20 years." That, of course, has had all kinds of fallout: a false sense of freedom, security. And it has ravaged women's fertility, as it seeks to mute exactly what women's reproductive power is all about.

That's why I want to turn back the clock -- to a time when we valued love and marriage and didn't expect, support and even encourage promiscuity. Life and history don't work that way, obviously, there is no actual rewind. But we do have opportunities to learn from our mistakes.

The spending fight over Planned Parenthood in Congress is about a number of things. It's primarily about good stewardship, as so much of the spending debate is. But beyond legislation, beyond anything Congress can or should do, it is a call to arms for a new sexual revolution. It's about wanting more for ourselves and for those whom we love. It's about ending the surrender to a contraceptive mentality that treats human sexuality as just another commercial transaction.

Perhaps nothing better illustrates that than a recent commercial for a contraceptive called Beyaz. Women walk into a store and literally shop for men. "It's good to have choices." A woman happily shakes her head at the stork and its offerings in a sassy "we girls can do anything" kind of way, promenading through an adult Barbie commercial complete with Ken, a dream house and a trip to Paris.

That commercial does not, needless to say, do justice to the pain and desperation many women suffer when they find themselves thinking about an abortion, or popping pills in pursuit of something that masks itself as satisfaction but is really just a bad substitute, oftentimes making true happiness all the more illusory.

As evidence of the reckless and dangerous callousness at institutions supposedly dedicated to women's health -- failure to report the sex trafficking of minors, failure to report child abuse -- continues to emerge, we can't afford to lose sight of another, more fundamental conversation that we've got to have, among friends, in our homes and churches -- a talk about what it means to be human.

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Canada To Ban All Financial Dealings With Libya



Ottawa has imposed binding sanctions on the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, a move that government sources say will keep his family from withdrawing millions of dollars from Canadian banks.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the sanctions on Sunday evening, saying they were implemented in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution passed a day earlier.

The sanctions include an arms embargo to prevent the sale or purchase of weapons with Libya, inspecting cargo bound for the North African country, a travel ban on Gadhafi and 15 of his close associates, and an asset freeze on Gadhafi and his family.

"The murder of its own citizens by the Libyan regime and the gross violations of the population's human rights will not be tolerated by the international community and will carry serious consequences," Harper said.

Government sources told CTV News that Gadhafi's family has millions of dollars tied up in several Canadian financial institutions, and were planning to withdraw it all on Monday.

The sanctions also mean that oil giants like Calgary-based Suncor Energy, which has already paid more than $3 billion for drilling contracts in Libya, will not be able to collect payment. Neither will Quebec-based SNC-Lavalin, which is in the midst of building a prison, a dam and an airport in the North African country.

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HOLY SHIT.