September 7th, 2011

IHOP shooting: Nevada gunman kills four in diner

The police and FBI descended on the restaurant on Carson City's main road

A gunman wielding an AK-47
assault rifle has killed four people at a pancake restaurant in the
Nevada state capital Carson City, officials say.

Six others were wounded in the attack at the International House of Pancakes chain at 09:00 (16:00 GMT).

Three of the four people killed were National Guardsmen in uniform, with several other Guards injured.

The suspect, named by police as Eduardo Sencion, 32, then shot himself and died later at a hospital in Reno.

Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said Sencion had no known
connection to the military and no known reason to attack the National
Guard.


'Petrified'

Nevertheless, police said that once he entered the restaurant he took aim and shot every National Guard member in uniform.


Carson City Sheriff"s Office photo shows Eduardo Sencion


Gunman Eduardo Sencion, 32, shot himself and died later

Special Agent Patrick Turner, spokesman for the FBI Nevada
office in Las Vegas, said that seven people had been wounded. One of the
wounded later died of her injuries in hospital.

The police and FBI descended on the restaurant in South Carson Street, also known as US 395, the city's main route.

Witnesses said a man with a rifle pulled up outside the IHOP,
shot at a man on a motorcycle and then walked inside the restaurant.

A local restaurant owner told the Associated Press he tried
to shoot the attacker with his own weapon, but he entered the pancake
restaurant before he had a chance to take aim.

"But when he came at me, when somebody is pointing an
automatic weapon at you - you can't believe the firepower, the kind of
rounds coming out of that weapon," said Ralph Swagler, who owns Locals
BBQ & Grill.

The owner of a nearby diner told the Reno-Journal Gazette
that the man had left after several minutes and continued firing in the
nearby shopping centre.

Gigi Lee Tzow, an insurance agent, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper that she heard the shooting and saw a young man who may have been an IHOP employee run for cover.

"It sounded like a machine-gun," she said. "It was going off for a long time.

"Then there was a second round of firing, and then stopped.

"A kid ran up and hid behind the pillar in front of my store. He seemed petrified. I called 911 and locked my door."

The pancake restaurant is located some four miles (7km) from a National Guard base, according to to reports.

One Nevada National Guardsman expressed shock and sadness at the shooting.

"It's hard to believe something like this would happen to really good people," Specialist Lee Amato, 33 told AP.

"It's mind-boggling and hard to comprehend."

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14813982

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Bloggers Don’t Follow the Script, to ConAgra’s Chagrin

By ANDREW ADAM NEWMAN


In August, food bloggers and mom bloggers in New York were invited to dine at an underground restaurant in a West Village brownstone run, apparently, by George Duran, the chef who hosts the “Ultimate Cake Off” on TLC.

Sotto Terra, the invitation said, was “an intimate Italian restaurant” where attendees would enjoy a “delicious four-course meal,” Mr. Duran’s “one-of-a-kind sangria,” and learn about food trends from a food industry analyst, Phil Lempert. The invitation continued that upon confirming — for one of five evenings beginning Aug. 23 — bloggers would receive an extra pair of tickets as a prize for readers and that the dinner would include “an unexpected surprise.”

The surprise: rather than being prepared by the chef, the lasagna they were served was Three Meat and Four Cheese Lasagna by Marie Callender’s, a frozen line from ConAgra Foods. Hidden cameras at the dinners, which were orchestrated by the Ketchum public relations unit of the Omnicom Group, captured reactions to the lasagna and to the dessert, Razzleberry Pie, also from Marie Callender’s.

“Our intention was to really have a special evening in a special location with Chef George Duran,” said Stephanie Moritz, senior director of public relations and social media at ConAgra.

“The twist at the end was not dissimilar with what brands like Pizza Hut and Domino’s have done in the recent past with success,” she said, referring to hidden-camera advertising campaigns. ConAgra expected to use the footage for promotional videos on YouTube and its Web site, and for bloggers to generate buzz when they wrote about being pleasantly surprised.

But it was the marketers, not the diners, who were in for the biggest surprise.

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TL;DR PR people should LURK MOAR.
it's not about you

What teachers really want to tell parents

By Ron Clark, Special to CNN


This summer, I met a principal who was recently named as the administrator of the year in her state. She was loved and adored by all, but she told me she was leaving the profession.

I screamed, "You can't leave us," and she quite bluntly replied, "Look, if I get an offer to lead a school system of orphans, I will be all over it, but I just can't deal with parents anymore; they are killing us."

Unfortunately, this sentiment seems to be becoming more and more prevalent. Today, new teachers remain in our profession an average of just 4.5 years, and many of them list "issues with parents" as one of their reasons for throwing in the towel. Word is spreading, and the more negativity teachers receive from parents, the harder it becomes to recruit the best and the brightest out of colleges.

So, what can we do to stem the tide? What do teachers really need parents to understand?

For starters, we are educators, not nannies. We are educated professionals who work with kids every day and often see your child in a different light than you do. If we give you advice, don't fight it. Take it, and digest it in the same way you would consider advice from a doctor or lawyer. I have become used to some parents who just don't want to hear anything negative about their child, but sometimes if you're willing to take early warning advice to heart, it can help you head off an issue that could become much greater in the future.

Trust us. At times when I tell parents that their child has been a behavior problem, I can almost see the hairs rise on their backs. They are ready to fight and defend their child, and it is exhausting. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I tell a mom something her son did and she turns, looks at him and asks, "Is that true?" Well, of course it's true. I just told you. And please don't ask whether a classmate can confirm what happened or whether another teacher might have been present. It only demeans teachers and weakens the partnership between teacher and parent.

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We know you love your children. We love them, too. We just ask -- and beg of you -- to trust us, support us and work with the system, not against it. We need you to have our backs, and we need you to give us the respect we deserve. Lift us up and make us feel appreciated, and we will work even harder to give your child the best education possible.

That's a teacher's promise, from me to you.


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I have friends who recently became teachers, and within two months started racking up horror stories about helicopter parents. One received death threats from a mother because her daughter didn't do any work and failed the class.

Mods, can we get teachers and parents tags?
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The ACLU on Obama and core liberties

The ACLU decided to use the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack to comprehensively survey the severe erosion of civil liberties justified in the name of that event, an erosion that -- as it documents -- continues unabated, indeed often in accelerated form, under the Obama administration.  The group today is issuing a report entitled A Call to Courage: Reclaiming Our Liberties Ten Years After 9/11; that title is intended to underscore the irony that political leaders who prance around as courageous warriors against Terrorism in fact rely on one primary weapon -- fear-mongering: the absence of courage -- to vest the government with ever-more power and the citizenry with ever-fewer rights.  Domestically, the "War on Terror" has been, and continues to be, a war on basic political liberties more than it is anything else.  The particulars identified in this new ACLU report will not be even remotely new to any readers here, but given the organization's status among progressives as the preeminent rights-defending group in the country, and given the bird's-eye-view the report takes of these issues, it is well worth highlighting some of its key findings.

Let's begin with the ACLU's summary assessment of what President Obama has done with regard to these matters:

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Source: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/09/07/liberties/index.html

this is what you get when you mess w/us

Profiting from the WTC attacks

9/11: The Winners
For some people, the terrorist attacks have been a gold mine



For the past ten years, a former volunteer firefighter named Vincent Forras has turned 9/11 into a high profile career that has taken him on overseas trips, gotten him photographed with mayors, governors, princes, and pro athletes, had him interviewed by national television personalities, has yielded a range of financial benefits, and an endorsement from none other than Don Imus for U.S. Senate.

Forras, now 54, of Ridgefield, Conn., certainly tells a compelling story. In an account he has told to dozens of reporters over the years, he claims that as a South Salem N.Y. volunteer firefighter, he rushed to Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001 and toiled there for weeks, leaving only once to celebrate his daughter's birthday. He claims he got trapped under the rubble for two hours and only a vision from God illuminated his escape, after he promised to devote his life to charity.

He goes on to say that he got sick from the air at the site almost immediately, and became desperately ill to the point where he could barely make it up the steps of his own house. He has many times been sought out by the media as a kind of spokesman for ailing responders.

The problem is that while Forras's general account remains somewhat consistent, the details seem to change from interview to interview, and among former associates, there's no small amount of skepticism about his claims.

"He was a phony," says Donald Hayde, a distinguished FDNY battalion chief with the elite Rescue battalion, "one of those guys who manipulate half-truths to put himself in a good light." In addition, several of his former colleagues at the South Salem fire house tell the Voice that they simply don't believe his story of being trapped.

Forras, however, is just one of a range of people, companies, charities, and agencies who have found ways to benefit from one of the nation's worst disasters.

The September 11, 2001 attacks have been a symbol of many things and many causes, but like the lavish, flag-draped rebuilding of the site, it has also been a vehicle for enrichment. From corporations to politicians to government officials to nonprofits to the security industry to publishers to the health industry (not to mention the incidents of outright fraud over the years), many people have found ways to profit from one of the nation's biggest disasters. 9/11 has created an economy all its own.

"The intersection of 9/11 and money is a busy intersection," says retired New York City firefighter Kenny Specht.

Glenn Corbett, a professor of fire science at John Jay College, active in a range of 9/11 issues, puts it this way: "Lots of people have got their hand in the till. A lot of people and a lot of companies have made a lot of money off of 9/11."

Is it sacrilege to point this out?

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Mich. governor signs 48-month welfare limit

Lansing, Mich ---- Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law a stricter, four-year lifetime limit on cash welfare benefits, prompting advocates for the poor to warn that tens of thousands of residents will find themselves without cash assistance on Oct. 1.

Michigan's first-year Republican chief executive said the state will offer exemptions to the limit for those with a disability who can't work, those who care for a disabled spouse or child and those who are 65 or older and don't qualify for Social Security benefits or receive very low benefits.

Some recipients who are the victims of domestic violence also may be temporarily exempted.

"We are returning cash assistance to its original intent as a transitional program to help families while they work toward self-sufficiency," Snyder said in a statement. He noted that the state still will help the poor by offering food stamps, health care coverage through Medicaid, child care and emergency services.

Then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, signed a bill that created a four-year limit starting in 2007. But that law exempted many welfare recipients, including those whose caseworkers said they were making progress toward finding employment.

The 2010 election of Snyder and the simultaneous Republican takeover of the Michigan House gave the GOP a free hand to set its own course on public assistance.

The change gives Michigan the Midwest's toughest welfare time limit, according to a survey by The Detroit News. It said there are five-year limits in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Indiana has a two-year limit for adults — but none for children.

Gilda Jacobs of the Michigan League for Human Services said she expects about 41,000 people to lose their cash assistance payments on Oct. 1 when the state's new budget year begins. That includes 29,700 children, according to the Michigan Department of Human Services.

"We're very, very concerned," Jacobs said. "As the days go by, new people will be meeting the 48-month limit. ... More will be falling off that cliff."

The new law will reduce the number of children and adults receiving cash assistance by nearly a fifth, from more than 221,000 to around 180,000. Enforcing a four-year limit will save the state more than $60 million annually, according to a House Fiscal Agency analysis.

Jacobs said it's hard to see how 11,000 adults will find a job when Michigan's July unemployment rate was 10.9 percent, tied with South Carolina for third-highest in the nation.



We still have to preserve a safety net for people who, through no fault of their own, can't find a job," she said, noting that most cash assistance goes to help poor residents pay their rent. "There's obviously a lot of anxiety out there. Folks aren't sure exactly what this means to them."

State officials say they're working with nonprofit organizations to direct welfare recipients to other services and provide a "soft landing" as they lose benefits. Recipients will be connected with other resources, given housing and job placement assistance for up to three months beyond October and mentored by trained job navigators.

"Michigan continues to face financial challenges, and the fiscal reality is that we cannot afford to provide lifetime cash assistance to recipients who are able to work," Health and Human Services director Maura Corrigan said in a statement. "Enforcing lifetime limits for cash assistance ensures that available funds are targeted toward those recipients who need a helping hand while they find employment."

Michigan ranked 38th in child poverty for 2009, defined as income below $21,756 for a family of two adults and two children. About 23 percent of Michigan's children lived in poverty in 2009, compared with 20 percent nationally. In 2000, only 14 percent of Michigan children lived in poverty. The average age of a child in a family receiving cash assistance is around 7 years old.

Snyder, a Republican, has said reducing the number of children living in poverty is a priority of his administration.

The Michigan Catholic Conference has objected to the four-year limit. The conference said the effect will be felt for years by society and by children who lose services.

Source:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44416871/

"Synder, a republican, has said reducing the number of children living in poverty is a priority of his administration."

The new law will reduce the number of children and adults receiving cash assistance by nearly a fifth, from more than 221,000 to around 180,000. 
"...she expects about 41,000 people to lose their cash assistance payments on Oct. 1 when the state's new budget year begins. That includes 29,700 children..."

Reducing child poverty by...taking away money used to feed and clothe them. Riiiight. 
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Top DOT official tells staff not to mention free voter ID cards to the public — unless they ask

An internal memo from a top Department of Transportation official instructs workers at Wisconsin's Division of Motor Vehicles service centers not to tell members of the public that they can obtain voter identification cards free of charge -- unless they know to ask for it.

The memo, recently obtained by The Capital Times, was written by Steve Krieser and sent to all state Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles employees on July 1, the same day employees were to begin issuing photo IDs in accordance with a controversial new Voter Photo ID law adopted earlier in the year.

As laid out in the memo, failure to check a box when applying for photo ID with the Division of Motor Vehicles will result in the payment of $28. Interviews conducted about the memo suggest the state is more interested in continuing to charge the fee, which is required for a photo ID used for non-voting purposes, than it is in removing all barriers and providing easy access to a free, photo ID.

"While you should certainly help customers who come in asking for a free ID to check the appropriate box, you should refrain from offering the free version to customers who do not ask for it," Krieser writes to employees.

Krieser, who was recently promoted to executive assistant to the DOT secretary, instructs staff that customers should "self certify" their eligibility for the free ID. They can do that, he writes, if they meet the documentation requirements; if they are at least 17 years old; if they have checked the correct certification box on the new forms; and, most significantly, if they are "asking for a product that is available for free issuance."

The law, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker on May 25, requires Wisconsin residents to present identification before they can vote. Republicans said it was necessary to combat voter fraud.

Acceptable forms of identification under the law include Wisconsin driver's licenses, certain student identification cards, passports, and voter identification cards for the thousands of residents who may not have any of those documents.

Democrats fought hard against the law, and the internal memo will likely provide further ammunition to charges that it is a modern-day version of the poll taxes once used to disenfranchise voters in the South, most of them African-American. Typically under those laws, citizens were required to pay to vote unless they had a father or grandfather who had voted prior to the abolition of slavery. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1966 that such laws were unconstitutional.

"It was clear to me from the beginning that people would be disenfranchised because of this law," says state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, D- Madison, after reading a copy of the memo. "Now we have the proof that people are not going to be getting these IDs unless the say the ‘magic words.'"

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MPs reject call to change abortion advice

MPs have rejected a bid to change the law on counselling for women considering an abortion.

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries had put forward four amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill.

They included calls to bar groups which provide abortions from giving NHS-funded counselling to women.

MPs voted on a call to offer women the "option" of independent counselling instead - but it was rejected by 368 votes to 118.

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Home electricity demands are falling

Shocker: Power demand from US homes is falling
Source - AP News
Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer, On Wednesday September 7, 2011, 3:01 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- American homes are more cluttered than ever with devices, and they all need power: Cellphones and iPads that have to be charged, DVRs that run all hours, TVs that light up in high definition.

But something shocking is happening to demand for electricity in the Age of the Gadget: It's leveling off.

Over the next decade, experts expect residential power use to fall, reversing an upward trend that has been almost uninterrupted since Thomas Edison invented the modern light bulb.

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What to speak if you can't speak good American
Source - MSNBC
By Rob Neill


Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. And if you’re a European, or Asian, or ... pretty much anyone who is not a U.S. citizen, you’ve heard it before.

What do you call a person who only speaks one language? An American.

Certainly the U.S. lags much of the world in foreign language education. So what’s a parent to do to prepare their young’un for a future where the United States, and all its monolinguistic citizenry, must compete in a global economy?

Learn Chinese? Good guess.

In a ranking of languages, other than English, that are useful in world business, Bloomberg put Mandarin Chinese as No. 1.

What is surprising is those French classes weren’t nearly as much of a waste as you thought. French came in second, according to Bloomberg, which ranked languages based on number of speakers, number of countries where the language is official and other factors including the population and the financial power of those countries.

Arabic ranked as the third-most useful language other than English.

What language do you think is most useful for the new generation of workers?


I had some Japanese knowledge, until the last 2.5yrs of school pushed it all out of my brain. I'd like to learn French and Arabic, but Spanish is more useful for me in healthcare.
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Bachmann Gushes, Says Schlafly "Most Important Woman In The United States In The Last 100 Years"


A few weeks we wrote a post noting that, at her core, Michele Bachmann was just a Religious Right activist who got elected to Congress and now hopes to become president.

In that post, we compared Bachmann to fringe right-wing activist Janet Porter but it would probably have been more accurate to compare her to Phyllis Schlafly, as that is what Bachmann herself did on a recent "Tea Party Cyber-Town Hall and Webcast" where she lauded Schlafly as her heroine, mentor and everything that Bachmann hopes to be while also calling her the most important woman in the US in the last century:

"If I could just say a couple of words about Phyllis Schafly, she is my heroine and my example as a forerunner. As a young bride and a young mother, I read faithfully "The Phyllis Schlafly Report;" she was my lifeline to what was happening in the world.

She truly is the mother of the modern conservative movement ... I think she is the most important woman in the United States in the last one hundred years.

Whatever Phyllis Schlafly says, it's important that we listen because she's there on every issue, on every front. She is our hero, our heroine, our stalwart and I absolutely adore her. So God bless you, my dear mentor and the person that I hope to be some day. So thank you very much, Phyllis."


Really? We should listen to whatever it is that Schlafly has to say? You mean like how feminists are "bitter, unhappy and not successful women" and how men should not marry "career women" and how the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech was the fault of the English Department and how, by getting married, women have consented to sex and therefore cannot be raped by their husbands?

Source with links and audio: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/bachmann-gushes-says-schlafly-most-important-woman-united-states-last-100-years
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Let Me Tell You Internet, It Is So Hard To Be White In America

Two-thirds of viewers who say Fox News is the news source they trust most believe discrimination against whites is as big a problem as discrimination against minority groups, according to a study by the Brookings Institution and the Public Religion Research Institute released Tuesday. The number, 68 percent, is an exact reversal of the percentage of black people in the same poll who say that discrimination against whites is not as big a problem as discrimination against minorities. The study was based on polling conducted by PRRI*.

The Brookings/PRRI study uses "reverse discrimination"—an unfortunate term that suggests a difference in kind, not in degree—to describe anti-white discrimination. Nevertheless, the revelations about the views of consumers who most trust Fox News are disturbing:

Among Americans who say they most trust Fox News, 26 percent say reverse discrimination is a critical issue, nearly twice as many as say discrimination against minority groups is a critical issue (14 percent). At the other end of the spectrum, only 8 percent of Americans who most trust public television say reverse discrimination is a critical issue, compared to 27 percent who say discrimination against minorities is a critical issue.

The financial crisis wiped out twenty years of minority wealth gains, and minority incarcerationand unemployment rates are far higher than those of whites, but white Americans have nevertheless become more receptive to the idea that whites face as much discrimination as minorities. While the numbers for those who trust Fox News are much higher, a majority of whites in the study, 51 percent, also say they believe discrimination against whites is as big of a problem as discrimination against minorities. That's despite relatively low levels of interaction between whites and minorities. According to the study, "More than 8-in-10 Americans report having a conversation with an African-American person at least once a day (43 percent) or occasionally (40 percent)." Most of these exchanges, apparently, involve black people callously turning down whites applying for jobs or home loans. Nevertheless, while opinions of Muslims and immigrants vary by age and political perspective, demographic groups surveyed expressed positive impressions of African-Americans across the board. (Otherwise they might be racist or something.)

When it comes to Muslims, the study shows that the funders of the more than 40 million dollar Shariah panic industry are getting their money's worth. Although two-thirds of Americans say that Muslims are not trying to establish Shariah law in the U.S., "Over the last 8 months agreement with this question has increased by 7 points, from 23 percent in February 2011 to 30 percent today." The number of Republicans who buy that Muslims are trying to establish sharia law in the U.S. is up 14 points since August 2011, from 31 percent to 45 percent. 

Fox News is a crucial outlet for formenting Shariah panic. According to the study, "There is a strong correlation between trusting Fox News and negative views of Islam and Muslims," as "Nearly 6-in-10 Republicans who most trust Fox News believe that American Muslims are trying to establish Shari’a law in the U.S.," and 72 percent of "Fox News Republicans" agree that Islam is "at odds with American values." If you're a Republican, you're more likely to think that white people are as discriminated against as minorities and that American Muslims represent a fifth column trying to subvert the Constitution. But if you're a Republican who watches Fox News, then you're far more likely to believe those things, thanks to a steady media diet of racial resentment and Muslim-baiting paranoia.

*Updated to reflect the fact that the poll was done by PRI and the study was a joint venture.

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Ed Wheldan Discovers That There Are Gay Lawyers At The DOJ, Fears Rainbows

National Review blogger Ed Whelan has found a terrible case of politicization at the Justice Department! It turns out that two Justice Department attorneys assigned to a case involving whether or not a religious school is excepted from federal anti-discrimination laws are in same-sex relationships!

What does this have to do with the merits of the case? Unclear, except that gay people, wanting all those special rights and whatnot, don't really belong in a case involving a religious organization, since gay rights infringe on the rights of religious people to discriminate against gays, even though that's not what the case is about. It's about a teacher who claims she was fired because of her narcolepsy, and whether or not the so-called "ministerial exception" to federal anti-discrimination laws applies in this context. But you let gays near religious freedom cases, and pretty soon they'll be…something terrible:

A reader passes along that Schuham’s same-sex partner is (or, at least as of the 2009 White House Easter Egg Roll, was) Chris Anders, federal policy director for the ACLU’s LGBT Rights project.

Another of the attorneys on the DOJ brief is Sharon M. McGowan. As another reader calls to my attention, McGowan was also a staffer on the ACLU’s LGBT Rights project, and the New York Times announced last year her same-sex marriage to the Family Equality Council’s “federal lobbyist on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender family issues.”

Thus, insofar as personnel is policy,* it may well be that the Obama DOJ’s hostility to the ministerial exemption in the Hosanna-Tabor case is part and parcel of a broader ideological agenda that would have gay causes trump religious liberty.

Part of Whelan's problem is that since both Schuham and McGowan have backgrounds in civil rights law, they have no business um, working on civil rights cases. This is kind of a meme on the right these days, it's part of an effort by veterans of the notoriously politicized Bush Justice Department to accuse the Obama administration of being just as bad.

But Whelan's bigger problem, judging by his value-added, is that only straight people should be allowed near the law, lest it get all gayified. In April Whelan complained that the judge in the California Prop 8 case, Vaughn Walker, should have recused himself because he was in a same-sex relationship and so he stood to benefit directly from overturning the law. Of course by the logic of anti-gay rights advocates like Whelan, a straight judge trying to preserve his "traditional marriage" would also benefit directly, and should also recuse themselves. But since the latter wouldn't have "trumped" the right of conservatives like Whelan to define and limit the civil rights of same-sex couples that wouldn't have been so terrible.

This is getting complicated. All you need to know is there are gay people in Obama’s Justice Department. They’re doing stuff. And that's really bad.

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Bachmann: I Would Let Congress Be Superior To The President If Elected


Michele Bachmann says that she would let Congress be superior to the presidency, in line with her interpretation of the Federalist Papers, (incorrectly credited to Jefferson,) in an interview at Senator Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum on Labor Day Monday. Bachmann accused the Supreme Court of imposing “their own personal morality on the rest of the nation.”
Bachmann also said she would support a constitutional amendment to prohibit abortion.


The Huffington Post adds,

During a Republican presidential primary forum designed to test the candidates’ conservative bona fides, Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, said that if he were elected president, he wouldn’t enter a showdown with the Supreme Court — which ruled in 1973 that abortion is allowed under the constitution — by passing a bill through Congress to make abortion illegal. Bachmann, a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, said she would.

If the Supreme Court, by a plurality of the justices, may impose their own personal morality on the rest of the nation, then we are quite literally being ruled by those individuals as opposed to giving our consent to the people’s representatives,” Bachmann said.

Pressed whether she would be prepared for “a confrontation” with the court, Bachmann said: “Most assuredly.”

The panelist pressing the abortion question was Robert George, a Princeton professor and constitutional scholar who also chairs the National Organization for Marriage. Tea Party favorites Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Steve King (R-​Iowa) asked questions alongside George.

George pressed each of the five candidates who took part in the forum over whether they would utilize Section 5 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution to contravene the Supreme Court on the issue of abortion and put the judiciary in its proper place as one of the three branches of government. The 14th amendment insists that no state “shall deprive any person of life … without due process”; section five adds — critically, in the eyes of anti-​abortion scholars — that “Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

George called the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision “usurpative,” and compared it to the court’s “Dred Scott” decision, which ruled that black slaves in the U.S. were not protected by the Constitution and could not be citizens, that the Congress could not prohibit slavery in U.S. territories, and that slaves could not be taken away from their owners without due process for the owner.

George said the Court, in that 1857 decision, “usurped the authority of the elected representatives of the people, the Congress and the president, and purported to bind their hands indefinitely and decisively.”


Omg, Dear Reppublicans PLEASE don't elect this woman to run for president.





 



The Huffington Post adds,

During a Republican presidential primary forum designed to test the candidates’ conservative bona fides, Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, said that if he were elected president, he wouldn’t enter a showdown with the Supreme Court — which ruled in 1973 that abortion is allowed under the constitution — by passing a bill through Congress to make abortion illegal. Bachmann, a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, said she would.

If the Supreme Court, by a plurality of the justices, may impose their own personal morality on the rest of the nation, then we are quite literally being ruled by those individuals as opposed to giving our consent to the people’s representatives,” Bachmann said.

Pressed whether she would be prepared for “a confrontation” with the court, Bachmann said: “Most assuredly.”

The panelist pressing the abortion question was Robert George, a Princeton professor and constitutional scholar who also chairs the National Organization for Marriage. Tea Party favorites Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Steve King (R-​Iowa) asked questions alongside George.

George pressed each of the five candidates who took part in the forum over whether they would utilize Section 5 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution to contravene the Supreme Court on the issue of abortion and put the judiciary in its proper place as one of the three branches of government. The 14th amendment insists that no state “shall deprive any person of life … without due process”; section five adds — critically, in the eyes of anti-​abortion scholars — that “Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.”

George called the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision “usurpative,” and compared it to the court’s “Dred Scott” decision, which ruled that black slaves in the U.S. were not protected by the Constitution and could not be citizens, that the Congress could not prohibit slavery in U.S. territories, and that slaves could not be taken away from their owners without due process for the owner.

George said the Court, in that 1857 decision, “usurped the authority of the elected representatives of the people, the Congress and the president, and purported to bind their hands indefinitely and decisively.”

 



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MPs Vote Through Controversial Health Bill; Dorries abortion counselling reforms rejected

Traitors Lib Dems vote with Tories on NHS reform

Controversial plans to overhaul the NHS came one step closer to becoming reality after MPs voted through the latest draft.

They gave their backing to the "third reading" of the Health and Social Care Bill which means it passes from the Commons to the Lords.
The Government had feared a rebellion from Liberal Democrat MPs but instead won with a healthy majority of 65.


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Fukushima’s Long Link to a Dark Nuclear Past

Fukushima’s Long Link to a Dark Nuclear Past

ISHIKAWA, Japan — Kiwamu Ariga skirted the paddies of ripening rice, moving briskly despite his 81 years to reach a pile of yellowish rocks at the foot of a steep, forested hillside.

It was here that, as a junior high school student in the final months of World War II, Mr. Ariga and his classmates were put to work hacking rocks out of the hill’s then exposed stone face until the blood ran from their sandaled feet. The soldiers told them nothing beyond instructing them to look for stones with brown or black spots.

Then one day, Mr. Ariga recalled, an officer finally explained what they were after: “With the stones that you boys are digging up, we can make a bomb the size of a matchbox that will destroy all of New York.” Mr. Ariga said he did not learn other details of Japan’s secrecy-wrapped efforts to build an atomic bomb until years after the war.

“We had no idea what we were doing here, in our bare feet, digging out radioactive uranium,” Mr. Ariga said, standing between cedar saplings as spindly as his aging legs. “Now, 66 years later, we are exposed to radiation again.”


This quiet mining town, nestled amid gentle green mountains, is located in Fukushima Prefecture, the rural district that is home to the radiation-spewing nuclear plant that bears its name, just an hour’s drive over mountains to the northeast. The accident five months ago has prompted aging residents like Mr. Ariga to speak out about how Fukushima, a name that has now become synonymous with civilian nuclear disaster, also has an older, lesser-known link to an even darker side of atomic energy.

Now in their 80s, the former schoolchildren who worked Ishikawa’s uranium mines find themselves making increasing appearances in major Japanese media.

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Calvin & Hobbes: Pure essence of evil
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U.N "Peacekeepers" keep on having the ability to induce rage and disgust and nausea

Video of U.N. Peacekeepers’ Sexual Assault of Haitian Prompts Calls to Focus on Post-Quake Rebuilding



AMY GOODMAN: The commander of the Uruguayan Navy’s United Nations mission in Haiti has been dismissed after the circulation of a video that allegedly shows Uruguayan peacekeepers sexually assaulting an 18-year-old Haitian man. Haitian President Michel Martelly yesterday condemned the alleged abuse and said the victim had been subjected to, quote, "collective rape."

The attack occurred in July, but graphic cell phone video of the alleged attack only surfaced in recent days. The video appears to show four U.N. troops in camouflage attacking the young man, named Johnny Jean.

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Stephen Harper is once again a bigoted asshat

Harper says 'Islamicism' biggest threat to Canada
Prime minister says Conservatives will bring back controversial anti-terrorism laws


In an exclusive interview with CBC News, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the biggest security threat to Canada a decade after 9/11 is Islamic terrorism.

In a wide-ranging interview with CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge that will air in its entirety on The National Thursday night, Harper says Canada is safer than it was on Sept. 11, 2001, when al-Qaeda attacked the U.S., but that "the major threat is still Islamicism."

"There are other threats out there, but that is the one that I can tell you occupies the security apparatus most regularly in terms of actual terrorist threats," Harper said.


Harper cautioned that terrorist threats can "come out of the blue" from a different source, such as the recent Norway attacks, where a lone gunman who hated Muslims killed 77 people.

But Harper said terrorism by Islamic radicals is still the top threat, though a "diffuse" one.

"When people think of Islamic terrorism, they think of Afghanistan, or maybe they think of some place in the Middle East, but the truth is that threat exists all over the world," he said, citing domestic terrorism in Nigeria.

The prime minister said home-grown Islamic radicals in Canada are "also something that we keep an eye on."

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Source has video of the bigoted, Islamophobic douchecanoe

I vaguely remember learning about some kind of legal thing in grade school. I think it was called the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This whole 'let's arrest and detain random people without a warrant and force them to testify and incriminate themselves' thing might go against it. But I'm sure the Charter isn't that important.

Also, Harper doesn't like scary brown people. But we knew that already.