March 21st, 2012

Obama hate on an update!

Fox Nation Fearmongers Over Executive Order That Even Conservatives Call "Nothing To Worry About"

March 20, 2012 12:55 pm ET - by Remington Shepard

On March 16, President Obama updated the National Defense Resources Preparedness executive order, per the powers vested in the presidency by the Defense Production Act of 1950.

Fox Nation subsequently fearmongered over the executive order, linking to a New American post on March 19 that claimed Obama could use it to "ascend to a level of supervision witnessed in all the former republics of history just before their devolution into mobocracy and mayhem": 

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Santorum: "I don't care" about unemployment rate

Republican White House hopeful Rick Santorum said on Monday he did not care about the U.S. unemployment rate, perhaps the nation's most closely watched economic indicator, despite being embroiled in a campaign largely focused on the still-sputtering economy.

"I don't care what the unemployment rate is going to be. It doesn't matter to me. My campaign doesn't hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates," Santorum said during a campaign appearance in Illinois, which on Tuesday holds the next contest in the state-by-state battle for the Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania known mainly for a strong religious conservatism, is battling Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and the frontrunner in the race to oppose President Barack Obama in the November election.

Santorum used his economic comments to attack Romney as not being a true conservative.

"We have one nominee who says he wants to run the economy. What kind of conservative says the president runs the economy? What kind of conservative says, "I'm the guy because of my economic experience that can create jobs?' I don't know. We conservatives generally think government doesn't create jobs," Santorum said.

Romney, who is also a former private equity executive, has made his business experience the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, contending that it makes him the best candidate to steer the economy. His campaign leaped on Santorum's remarks, by saying it added to Romney's contention that Santorum is an "economic lightweight." Santorum walked back from his comments later in remarks to reporters. "As far as my political campaign ... of course I care about the unemployment rate. I want the unemployment rate to go down, but I'm saying my candidacy doesn't hinge on whether the unemployment rate goes up and down. My candidacy is about something that transcends that; it's about freedom. It's not about Governor Romney's idea that he is going to fix the economy," he said.

The U.S. unemployment rate is currently 8.3 percent.


Does he just, like, enjoy backpedaling?
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Another Repub Saying Questionable Things

Idaho lawmaker sparks anger with abortion comments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican Idaho lawmaker's suggestion on the Senate floor that a doctor should ask a woman who says she was raped if the pregnancy could have been "caused by normal relations in a marriage" brought a rebuke from another legislator who said it's insensitive and suggests women may lie to get an abortion.

Sen. Chuck Winder of Boise, the Senate assistant majority leader, was speaking during closing testimony on a bill to require a woman to get an ultrasound before an abortion, when he addressed foes of the legislation who said it provided no exemptions for medical emergencies — or in cases of rape or incest.

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Toulouse shootings: police arrest man and corner suspect in early swoop - live updates

"Three police officers wounded in shoot-out during pre-dawn swoop in Toulouse to arrest suspects in Jewish school shooting"

1.36pm: Reuters notes both BFMTV and i-Tele are reporting that Merah has been arrested after a standoff lasting nearly 12 hours.

One police source who is not directly linked to the investigation confirmed the arrest to Reuters, but several other sources said they were not aware of it.

The TV channels cited police sources for the information, without providing further details. It was not immediately possible to confirm this.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to speak to the nation this afternoon.

1.22pm: Breaking news: BFMTV are reporting that Merah has been arrested ...

1.20pm: Angelique Chrisafis has been talking to people near the scene of the standoff in Toulouse. She has sent this dispatch:

On the streets near the apartment block under siege, several young men gathered who claimed they knew the suspect from Les Izards, a mixed neighbourhood of Toulouse where he had grown up. A 25-year-old French man, whose parents were born in Algeria, said: "I grew up with him. I'm totally shocked and surprised, I can't believe that he could do this. His mum was French of Algerian origin — she brought him up alone. He didn't have a dad. This has absolutely nothing to do with Islam, or with us, and I really hope that all the young people of our type of neighbourhood won't be sullied by this. It has always been hard enough living in France with prejudice but now it's going to be much worse."

Another man who said he was 24 and a warehouse worker, but did not give his name, said he knew the family, in particular the suspect's brother. He said: "I came down here because I wanted to see what was going on. I heard someone at work listening to the news say this morning, 'It's an Arab, It's an Arab' … He was the kind of kid who got into trouble, but he was a banal young guy. Over the past two years he had changed a lot. He wasn't into having fun, he became harder. He didn't really go to the mosque, he seemed more likely to meet people in obscure flats."

Many said they didn't know the suspect had moved to the Côte Pavée neighbourhood where the raid was taking place. The father of one resident in the block of flats said he had moved in at around the same time as his son about a year ago, and had helped him move a sofa but that he didn't know him well.

One woman said: "I knew his family and his mother, his father had died. There was nothing to suggest he would have acted like this. The North African community is doubly hit, first by the grief for the victims and what happened, and also that we're from the Magreb and people will be pointing fingers at us. I appeal to the French, don't mix up the whole community with what has happened. Never never has Islam said to kill people."

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This is a continuation of this story. Thank you to sobota for providing a better, English-language source.

edit: News that the killer contacted FRANCE 24, confirming claimed ties with Al Qaeda and saying the shootings so far are "only the beginning".
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Controversial Painter Depicts Obama With Burning Constitution

Provo, Utah – Jon McNaughton, a controversial artist who often mixes religion and politics in his work, has released a new painting.  In “One Nation Under Socialism,” President Obama holds the U.S. Constitution as it burns.

While McNaughton previously depicted Obama stepping on the nation’s founding document, “One Nation Under Socialism” glowers directly as if challenging the viewer. His right hand is holding the Constitution and his left hand is pointing to the flames.

McNaughton tells CBSDC that the hands “represents his recognition of what is happening (to the Constitution) as it goes up.  There are numerous symbols and subtleties in this painting, and I’m not ready to reveal all of them,” McNaughton said.

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Lionel Messi and Barcelona accused of elaborate Syrian rebel weapons plot.

Lionel Messi and Barcelona have found themselves at the centre of one of the most surreal conspiracies theories of all time, after a state-owned Syrian television channel claimed the Catalans were aiding the smuggling of weapons to Syrian rebels.

While the situation in the Middle East is clearly no laughing matter, Al Dunya TV have left internet users gobsmacked following an outrageous report that Barcelona helped anti-president Bashar Assad radicals plot arms smuggling routes through the country.

Using an El Clasico clip from last December, a video report on Sunday claimed Barcelona’s formation plots specific locations on a map, with the players representing the smugglers and the ball’s position signifying the current location of weapons.

The report concludes Messi's final passes to set up Pedro’s goal against Real Madrid indicates the successful handover of the arsenal to the rebels in Dir al-Zur.


OP: I think I've probably heard it all now.

Job seekers get asked in interviews to provide Facebook logins

SEATTLE - When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.

Bassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldn't see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information.

Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didn't want to work for a company that would seek such personal information. But as the job market steadily improves, other job candidates are confronting the same question from prospective employers, and some of them cannot afford to say no.

In their efforts to vet applicants, some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person's social networking profiles and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around.

"It's akin to requiring someone's house keys," said Orin Kerr, a George Washington University law professor and former federal prosecutor who calls it "an egregious privacy violation."

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Peaceful protest greets controversial lecturer

WATERLOO — More than 100 people protested peacefully outside a University of Waterloo auditorium on Tuesday night as an American scholar known for his anti-gay views spoke inside.

And the protestors — lined up behind temporary fencing and carrying rainbow flags and homemade signs — outnumbered those who had come to hear University of Notre Dame professor emeritus Charles Rice.

Addressing the half-empty Modern Languages Theatre, Rice, 80, said he was surprised that his selection by a university committee to deliver the annual Pascal Lecture on Christianity and the Universe had generated such controversy. “I’m just a guy from Mishawaka, Indiana.”

And Rice — an accomplished and respected legal scholar — took great pains to explain that his talk wouldn’t stray from its focus on such concepts as conscience, reason and natural law.

But his reputation — as a devout Roman Catholic who believes same-sex marriage and abortion are wrong and who views homosexuality as a “moral disorder” — preceded him to the University of Waterloo and drew dozens who wanted to ensure Rice knew they don’t agree.

“I’m a practicing Roman Catholic and I cannot conceive of anybody in this day and age talking the way he talks,” said Jean Coughlan of Waterloo.

“I thought we had put this behind us,” she said. “I thought we had a society that was accepting of everyone.”

Melissa Sky and partner Shelley Secrett brought their six-year-old son, Liam, to the protest.

“The university chose to honour someone who blatantly discriminates against our family,” said Sky, a UW alumnus. “We’re not here to silence him. We’re here as a counterpoint.”

The university beefed up security inside and outside the theatre on Tuesday, with at least four paid-duty Waterloo Regional Police officers on hand to bolster the ranks of several campus police officers. No incidents were reported and no one disrupted the talk.

Rice told the audience that he respected the protestors. “I admire, as a matter of fact, their tenacity and their fervour.”

But before launching into a lecture sprinkled with humour and philosophical questions, he defended his contentious beliefs.

“I adhere to and advance the teachings of the Catholic Church on same-sex marriage and other issues, and I plead guilty.”

Rice’s visit to UW includes teaching a philosophy class and giving a private seminar to select faculty. Another group plans to protest his visit by holding a symposium on tolerance and inclusivity in Christianity on Thursday evening, after Rice will have left the campus.


The funny thing is, Rice is apparently too much of a coward to face his critics, so he went in through a back door and we never saw him.
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Obama’s sign language goes viral

He sings. He looks great in sunglasses. He hasn’t tried to punish the American female population for having uteruses lately. Barack Obama may be far from perfect, but he’s pretty goddamn cool.

The latest evidence? His encounter with 26-year-old Prince George’s Community College student Stephon, who was born deaf. As Districon reports, the president was appearing at an energy policy event with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley when the young man got close enough to shake his hand. That’s when Stephon told him in sign language, “I’m proud of you.” And Obama smiled and signed back, “Thank you.” Afterward, Stephon signed on YouTube that what transpired between them “was so amazing… I was just speechless.”

It wasn’t the first time Obama has demonstrated that he has some basic signing skills – he similarly delighted the blogging community four years ago when he signed to a fan on the campaign trail. But his latest interaction was both a lovely moment of bonding and empathy and a swell reminder to all of us of the stunning power of being able to communicate, even a little, in another language.

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Women's HERstory Month Day 21: Rigoberta Menchu and Indigenous Rights

Rigoberta Menchú was born on January 9, 1959 to a poor Indian peasant family and raised in the Quiche branch of the Mayan culture. In her early years she helped with the family farm work, either in the northern highlands where her family lived, or on the Pacific coast, where both adults and children went to pick coffee on the big plantations.

Rigoberta Menchú soon became involved in social reform activities through the Catholic Church, and became prominent in the women's rights movement when still only a teenager. Such reform work aroused considerable opposition in influential circles, especially after a guerilla organization established itself in the area. The Menchú family was accused of taking part in guerrilla activities and Rigoberta's father, Vicente, was imprisoned and tortured for allegedly having participated in the execution of a local plantation owner. After his release, he joined the recently founded Committee of the Peasant Union (CUC).

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Summary of UK Budget

Budget 2012 at a glance: George Osborne's key points


From April 2013, the 50p top rate of tax will be cut to 45p.

Personal income tax allowance raised to £9,205 from April 2013, making 24 million people £220 a year better off, including higher rate earners.

But 300,000 more people will be drawn into the higher rate - 40% - tax band from 2013/14 as the threshold is reduced from £42,475 to £41,450.

New general anti-tax avoidance rule to be introduced.

Age-related allowances to be removed for new pensioners from April 2013, and replaced with a single personal allowance for all. Allowances for those already of pension age to be frozen.

George Osborne said "no pensioner will lose in cash terms", but HM Revenue and Customs estimates that in 2013-14, 4.41 million people will be worse off in real terms with an average loss of £83. (OP: triple locking pensions will mean pensioners gain £275)


Will be phased out when someone in a household has an income of more than £50,000. It will fall by 1% for every £100 earned over £50,000.

Only those earning more than £60,000 will lose the entirety of the benefit.


Independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) revises up UK growth forecast for 2012 to 0.8% - from 0.7%.

Forecast for 2013 is 2%, for 2014 is 2.7%, and in each of the two years after that 3%.

Eurozone growth forecast for this year revised down from 0.5% to -0.3%.

UK inflation forecast to fall from 2.8% this year to 1.9% next year.

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31 Keio University Hospital patients had bone marrow harvested without knowing

31 Keio University Hospital patients had bone marrow harvested without knowing

Two Keio University researchers took bone marrow from a total of 31 patients without permission, it was revealed at a March 19 press conference on the ongoing case of illicit marrow harvesting at the prestigious university.

The two researchers, a professor and a lecturer of Keio University Hospital's respiratory surgery section, harvested the marrow for use in a clinical study from cancer patients during surgeries -- without the patients' knowledge.

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Medical ethics, ur doin it wrong.
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Barber: Blagojevich's hair to turn gray in prison

CHICAGO (AP) -- Rod Blagojevich's famously thick, dark hair is dyed and will turn gray within months as he serves his 14-year sentence in a Colorado prison, where dyes are strictly banned, the former Illinois governor's longtime barber said Wednesday.

Peter Vodovoz, Blagojevich's Chicago-area barber for more than two decades, told The Associated Press that the 55-year-old ex-governor has dyed his hair for years and that his last dye will fade within three months.

"His hair will turn gray, like Jay Leno's," Vodovoz said, speaking a week after Blagojevich entered federal prison to serve his sentence on corruption charges.

John Sell, a spokesman for the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood outside Denver, where Blagojevich is held, said hair dyes are prohibited because prisoners could potentially use them to disguise their appearance in attempted escapes.

Vodovoz said he gave Blagojevich some friendly advice the ex-governor may have a hard time taking: He told him not to worry about his hair in prison because no cameras will be around to document his change in appearance.

"'There's no media, so don't worry,' I told him," he said. "Who's going to care?"

The one-term congressman and two-term governor was closely identified with and parodied for his thick helmet of hair that was a throwback to a Beatles mop top. A drawing of his hair alone could be enough for political cartoonists to indicate Blagojevich.

So obsessive was he about ensuring his hair looked perfect, Blagojevich famously had a security official carry around a hair brush everywhere he went when he was governor.

And some in the disgraced politician's dwindling fan base remain awed by his hair. After he gave a parting farewell statement outside his house a day before walking through the prison gates, one woman in a crowd of well-wishers reached out to caress his hair. (ew, weird.)

But it's not all bad hair news for Blagojevich.

Prison rules allow him to wear it at whatever length and in whatever style he wants - though barbers available to him in prison likely won't take the same care as Vodovoz.

The 48-year-old who emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1990 said he thought Blagojevich's more than decade long sentence was far too harsh.

"In the Soviet Union, you have to kill someone to get a sentence like that," Vodovoz said in a thick Russian accent. "Blagojevich should have been given community service or something. Now, his life is destroyed. His children's' life is destroyed."


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Right Wing Journalism Fail: Interviews ‘Bono’

This is just classic. Last night, the geniuses at were trumpeting a HUGE EXCLUSIVE STORY, in which their ambush specialist Jason Mattera scored an EXCLUSIVE interview with U2 singer Bono.

Only problem with this BOMBSHELL: it wasn’t Bono. Apparently, Mattera encountered a guy with an Irish accent wearing sunglasses who looked sort of like Bono, and conducted an EXCLUSIVE BOMBSHELL INTERVIEW that blew up in his face: ‘DC’s Bad Boy Reporter’ Ambushes Bono Impersonator by Accident.

(Update: actually, this Bono impersonator doesn’t even have an Irish accent.)

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The video is just priceless. A few questions in the impersonator DEFINITELY knows what's happening and is more than happy to let Mattera dig himself deeper with his indignant questions. The scary music in the background is icing on the cake.


Lynndie England thinks she's the real victim of Abu Ghraib

Eight Years After Abu Ghraib, Lynndie England's Not Doing So Well

Lynndie England, the woman smiling in a number of the horrible photos showing the torture and abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, can't find a job, can't sleep and certainly can't get a date. In an interview Monday with The Daily, England explained that she's haunted by the fact that the photos from Abu Gharib cost American lives but not necessarily apologetic to the victims she was torturing in those photographs.

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Hundreds March for Trayvon Martin

NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of a black teenager shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain in Florida told hundreds of people at a march in his memory on Wednesday that they won't stop until they get justice for him.

"My son did not deserve to die," the teenager's father, Tracy Martin, said after thanking the crowd.

Martin's son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was killed Feb. 26, in Sanford, Fla. He was returning to a gated community in the city after buying candy at a convenience store. He was unarmed and was wearing a hooded sweat shirt, called a hoodie.

The neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, has not been charged in the shooting. Zimmerman has said the teen attacked him and he shot him in self-defense.

On Wednesday night, demonstrators chanted "we want arrests" during the Million Hoodie March in Manhattan's Union Square.

The teen's mother, Sybrina Fulton, told the crowd: "My heart is in pain, but to see the support of all of you really makes a difference."

The demonstrators greeted the teen's parents with "God bless you!"

The case has ignited a furor against the police department of the Orlando suburb of 53,500 people, prompting rallies and a protest in Gov. Rick Scott's office on Tuesday. The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division said it is sending its community relations service this week to Sanford to "address tension in the community."

Earlier in the week, the federal agency opened a civil rights probe into the shooting, and in Florida, Seminole County State Attorney Norm Wolfinger said a grand jury will meet April 10 to consider evidence in the case.

Tracy Martin said he and his son's mother found out about the march after arriving in New York City, where they have done interviews about the case. They got in touch with the organizers to say they would attend and speak to the crowd.

The timing of the teen's parents being in the city when the march was happening was "incredible," said one of the organizers, Daniel Maree, who heard about the case earlier this week.

"I was outraged and wanted to do something about it," Maree said.

In recent days, information surrounding the teen's death has been coming out, including 911 calls and an account from his family's lawyer of a conversation he had with his girlfriend in the moments before his death.

Tracy Martin, asked how he was holding up, said he was trying to stay strong.

"I don't feel this is the time to break down, even though it's a very troubling time in my life," he said. "I've told myself, when I get justice for Trayvon, then I'll have my time to break down."


I am just heading home from the protest now - I will update with photos once I'm back.

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Lol I of course forgot that ontd-p had moderated posting!

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A rally happened/is happening today as well here in NYC -- and there are rallies being planned for DC and Florida. Get involved!