September 19th, 2011


Backmann: How Obama Betrayed Our Egyptian Ally, Hosni Mubarak.

Conservatives Pledge to Preserve America's Freedom and Israel's Safety From Arab Extremists by Finding New Totalitarian Oppressors.

Bachmann: Obama Just ‘Sat On His Hands’ And Let Mubarak Fall

Michele Bachmann argued that President Obama should have tried to stop Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from falling, saying that “we saw President [Hosni] Mubarak fall while President Obama sat on his hands.”

Bachmann was speaking to about 400 people at the California Republican convention Friday, and as the National Journal reports, blamed President Obama’s for “the hostilities of the Arab spring,” which saw the toppling of regimes in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya and pro-democracy protests across the region.

“We saw President [Hosni] Mubarak fall while President Obama sat on his hands,” Bachmann said, referring to the former Egyptian President. “And we’ve also seen now the rise of radical elements all across the Middle East region.”

In the same speech, Bachmann got big applause when she repeated her criticism of what she called President Obama’s “indefensible” call for Israel and the Palestinians to make a deal that would return to pre-1967 borders with land swaps — a position that was also held by the previous administrations of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Bachmann Calls Arab Spring ‘Radical’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Friday  decried the “Arab Spring” that has toppled three dictators and given rise to pro-democracy protests across the Middle East for promoting the “rise of radical elements” across the region.

In a speech to about 400 Republicans gathered for the state party’s fall convention here, the three-term Minnesota congresswoman blamed President Obama for “the hostilities of the Arab spring” and expressed regret that “we saw (Egyptian) President (Hosni) Mubarak fall while President Obama sat on his hands.”

She got her biggest applause line of the evening when she accused Obama of asking Israel to return to its “indefensible” pre-1967 borders. Obama in May said a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians should be based on the borders -- with land swaps --before the Six-Day War in 1967 between Israel and its Arab neighbors, a position that angered some in Israel and Israel's conservative supporters in the U.S.

Popular uprisings have forced the ouster this year of longtime strongmen who ruled Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, but some conservatives are worried that the movement has cost the U.S. key allies in the region and is in danger of being hijacked by Islamic fundamentalists hostile to American interests.

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Anti-Gay Christian Right-Wing Activist Says ‘There’s No Proof’ LGBT People Exist

Linda Harvey
, the founder of Mission America, says that LGBT people don’t exist. She made the comments during her weekend broadcast while she was attacking the Gay, Lesbian, And Straight Education Network.

Harvey was particularly perturbed by the GLSEN Sports Program which works towards “creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principles of respect, safety and equal access for all students, teachers and coaches regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.”

Harvey believes there is no need for such a program because according to her, there is no proof that LGBT people exist.

Harvey: “There’s one big fact that’s not backed up. There is no proof that there’s ever anything like a gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgendered child, or teen or human. One of the other things you’re gonna see as I mentioned is a big campaign GLSEN’s gonna roll out this year calling for ‘respect,’ respect! Not just for people, but for homosexual lifestyle. The PR campaign to hold up gay as a good thing: the lifestyle, not the person, because there are no such humans.”

Mission America’s major area of focus is homosexuality from a conservative Christian viewpoint, particularly as it relates to American youth. It also opposes the influence of pagan and feminist spirituality, and provides a range of apologetics for Christianity.

Linda Harvey is hateful and in denial. There are many LGBT people in the public eye who are living proof that gay people exist like Rachel Maddow, Barney Frankz, and Ellen DeGeneresz, just to name a few. If you are part of the LGBT community, feel free to contact Harvey and her organization to let them know that you exist.

Mission America
Phone: (760) 200-2707
Fax: (760) 200-8837
Mail: Mission America Coalition
P.O. Box 13930
Palm Desert, CA 92255

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The Geithner mystery solved

Reviewing "Confidence Men" -- Ron Suskind's new book critically examining President Obama's management of the financial crisis -- The New York Times' Michiko Kakutani ponders this mystery raised by Suskind:

[] Mr. Suskind suggests that the administration's problems in dealing with the fiscal crisis began with the president's choice of his economic team. He wonders why Mr. Obama turned away from the advisers who had seen him through the campaign (including more progressive thinkers like Mr. Stiglitz, Robert Reich and Austan Goolsbee), and relied instead on two men associated with the deregulatory policies of the past, Mr. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, and Mr. Summers, the chief economic adviser. Both men had served in the Clinton administration (with Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, who would later join Citigroup as a senior adviser and board member); their actions, Mr. Suskind contends, "had contributed to the very financial disaster they were hired to solve."

Of course, one might ask the same of Obama's penchant for filling the most important positions in his administration -- including his Vice President, Secretary of State, and Defense Secretary -- with supporters of the Iraq War.  But about Geithner, Suskind unwittingly solved the mystery he raised: Kakutani notes that "one top banker quoted in these pages refers to [Geithner] as 'our man in Washington' for helping avert more systemic changes affecting Wall Street."

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Another article about Obama's untrustworthyness here.

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Walmart and Gender-Washing

September 15, 2011 by Martha Burk

“Wal-Mart Launches Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative; Effort Includes Goal to Source $20 Billion from Women‑Owned Businesses in the U.S.”
read the headline on Wal-Mart’s press release announcing a new “gender washing” initiative.

Well, ok, it didn’t say “gender washing.” I made up the term to convey the same meaning as “green washing” when it’s used to describe companies that try to look environmentally responsible–while doing little or nothing to actually change themselves or improve the environment.

Still, $20 billion is a lot of money. Or is it? According to The New York Times, the $4 billion a year that Wal-Mart will spend sourcing from women-owned U.S. businesses amounts to about 5 percent of the company’s annual operating expenses.

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Just another way for Walmart to try to draw attention away from how horrible they are.
Murasaki Shikibu
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'Stalking' phone app causes alarm

'Stalking' phone app causes alarm / Software can show a phone's geographic location, reveal owner's movements

Spy software that can be installed in a smartphone to monitor the activities of the phone's user has sparked controversy and drawn complaints to the company that makes it.

The "Karelog" downloadable software application, released on Aug. 30, enables users to see the current whereabouts, phone call logs, remaining battery power and other personal data of a smartphone's owner on the screen of a personal computer.

As the software may be abused for stalking, the service operator company received many protests and was forced to discontinue part of the service.

According to Manuscript, the Tokyo-based firm that operates the Karelog service, the application software can be installed in smartphones with the Android operating system.

At the time of installation, users are given a registration ID. If they input the ID into a PC, the PC screen will display the smartphone's location, remaining battery power and other data.

Initially, the Karelog software could also display phone call logs. In addition, it was difficult for owners of smartphones to notice that the software has been installed in their handsets.

Although the company officially says the software should be installed only with the smartphone owner's permission, it is possible for others to install or use the Karelog software when the owners are away from their smartphones.

The company took part in editing a book promoting the software. The book promotes the app by saying, "You can trace and check what your lover is doing now," and even, "This is the ultimate application for stalking."

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I saw a story on this last night, and UGH UGH UGH DNW. D:

Al Sharpton joins MSNBC

As an MSNBC Host, Sharpton Is a Hybrid Like No Other
Published: September 18, 2011

At 50 minutes to airtime, the Rev. Al Sharpton, in pinstripes and cufflinks, was sitting in his office at Rockefeller Center, tinkering with Tuesday’s introduction to “PoliticsNation,” his new nightly show on MSNBC.

Two TV sets hung from the wall: one tuned to “Hardball,” the other to CNN. A procession of producers — he has six on staff — whisked through to give him updates on their segments. Just before he rose for his makeup session, he turned to his executive producer. “Let’s not forget,” Mr. Sharpton said, casually employing the TV vernacular, “to put that Ron Paul sound bite in the D-block.”

Only days before, a more familiar version of Mr. Sharpton was on display: at one of his weekend rallies at the House of Justice, a power-lifter’s gym turned headquarters in Harlem. Dressed in shirtsleeves, using preacherly tones, he opened, as he always does, with his protest mantra — “No justice! No peace!” — and then went on to talk about Denise Gay, the Brooklyn woman shot and killed this month, possibly by the police. At the rally’s end, a choir appeared. Mr. Sharpton, 57, soloing at times, joined them in “Amazing Grace.”

His ascension to MSNBC’s 6 p.m. anchor slot signifies yet another episode in the long-running, much-debated drama called “The Transformation of Al Sharpton”: from the street-level firebrand who made his name supporting Tawana Brawley in 1988 to a political candidate (twice for Senate, once each for president and mayor of New York) to the Twitter posting, Facebooking, radio-show-hosting modern media figure.

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So, _p, is this a sign that Sharpton's completely sold out? Or is it a sign that the corporate media have made a decision that's catastrophic to their own interests and greatly beneficial to the proles, as it were? Is this or is this not any different from Keith Olbermann's political contributions? Is this or is this not any different from Glenn Beck and his rallies, or Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert and their rally, or actual politicians like Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, etc. who've joined "news" networks? Discuss... (Also, mods: no Al Sharpton tag?)

Anti-terrorist police arrest seven in Birmingham

West Midlands police question suspects over alleged plot to carry out act of terrorism

Counter-terrorism officers have arrested seven people, fearing they were in the "advanced stages" of planning a mass-casualty attack on the British mainland, the Guardian has learned.

The arrests were made in Birmingham, with six men arrested under counter-terrorism laws, and a woman arrested on suspicion of failing to disclose information.

Police say the plot, which they believe to be al-Qaida inspired, was thwarted after counter-terrorism officials received or developed intelligence about the men.

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There are police vans on my road and a daily mail journalist just asked my Dad if we knew the people that have been arrested. We didn't as they're a few houses up. It's very strange.

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Dale Farm: Travellers win injunction delaying eviction

Travellers at the UK's largest illegal travellers site, at Dale Farm, Essex, have won a court injunction delaying their planned eviction.

Residents won the injunction restraining Basildon Council from clearing the site pending a further High Court hearing on Friday.

Earlier bailiffs urged campaigners to stop obstructing the eviction process as they prepared to access the area.

As many as 400 people have been living on 51 unauthorised caravan plots.

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The Guardian live-blogged all proceeding HERE

Tommy disapproves.

Italy Actually Going Through With Manslaughter Trial of Seismologists

A while back I noticed, but didn't post about, the fact that several Italian scientists had been charged with manslaughter for failing to predict a 6.3 earthquake that devastated the town of L'Aquila in 2009 and killed dozens of people. The reports were a little short on details and I guess I thought that not even the Italian justice system was so defective that it would actually prosecute seismologists for not predicting an earthquake. Turns out I was wrong.

The journal Nature reports that six top scientists and one government official will actually be put on trial starting this week for manslaughter in connection with the quake. The thinking, apparently, is that had they provided accurate risk information to the public in the days before the quake, citizens might have done things differently. The main problem with that thinking is that providing sufficiently accurate risk information would have been impossible because no one in Italy or anywhere else knows how to predict earthquakes.

The prosecutor assigned to the case insisted he was not crazy, and said that "[t]he basis of the charges is not that they didn't predict the earthquake." Rather, "they had certain duties imposed by law, [namely] to evaluate and characterize the risks ...." You mean like the risk that there is about to be an earthquake?

There are quakes in that area all the time; L'Aquila was previously leveled by one in 1703. As the scientists said in a meeting in the days before this quake, at any particular time it's unlikely a major quake will hit, but it can't be ruled out. That's the best science can do right now, and no one hearing it, especially in a town that has previously been trashed by an earthquake (like the town I'm currently in) should feel especially reassured.

"This isn't a trial against science," said a resident who is a party to a similar civil action, though he then immediately said he feels "betrayed by science." He seemed a little unclear on what this "science" thing is all about, to be honest. "Either they didn't know certain things, which is a problem, or they didn't know how to communicate what they did know, which is also a problem." Yes, those are both problems, but not the kind that make somebody liable, let alone criminally liable. At least in the U.S. (theoretically). I'm not sure what the procedure is in Italy - maybe they just put them on a scale and see if they weigh more than a duck. How much does Amanda Knox weigh?

The indictments have been condemned by national and international scientific bodies as well as thousands of individual scientists, 5,000 of whom signed an open letter to the president of Italy explaining how crazy this prosecution is. (Well, that's just what you'd expect scientists to say, isn't it, the president of Italy probably thought.) If convicted, the defendants face up to 15 years in jail, and the civil plaintiffs are seeking over $30 million in damages.

The defendants might take some comfort in the fact that another Italian scientist, namely Galileo, has been officially forgiven for claiming that the Earth goes around the Sun. Since that took 359 years, though, not too much comfort.

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A Republican tea party candidate running for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District declared Monday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was a “socialist.”

David Lewis told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that he hopes to defeat Boehner in the Republican primary by running on the tea party platform.

“John Boehner is a socialist,” Lewis explained. “I’m not calling him names.”

“Socialist!” Cavuto objected. “Now, David, come on. That’s a little extreme.”

“It’s an economic policy. I’m not calling names,” Lewis insisted. “Here is someone that refuses to phase out Social Security. What I would do as a U.S. House member is work to phase out Social Security totally. 100 percent. That includes Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps. These are socialist policies.”

“Does the tea party have your back?” Cavuto asked.

“I believe so… The tea party is still trying to figure out whether they believe in socialist policies,” Lewis replied.

“David, that’s a strong term to use. You know, many have been using it about liberals and those in Congress who want bigger and better government and all of that stuff. But you can call John Boehner probably a lot of things, but the socialist thing, don’t you think that’s a little over the top?” Cavuto wondered.

Last September, Cavuto didn’t seem to mind as much when Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus told him that President Barack Obama was a “socialist at heart.”

Watch this video from Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto, broadcast Sept. 19, 2011. (at source)


yeah aside from the insane sfit he's spouting, he's at least somewhat humorous.