March 26th, 2012

Rick Santorum lashes out at New York Times reporter

FRANKSVILLE, Wis. — On the eve of the U.S. Supreme Court’s debate over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health-care law, Rick Santorum declared that Mitt Romney’s support for a similar law in Massachusetts made him “the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.”

But when pressed by reporters about the sharp statement, Santorum grew agitated, saying that his comments regarding Romney were confined to the issue of health care. The former Pennsylvania senator has said if he fails to win his party’s nomination, he will support whoever does.

“Quit distorting my words. It’s bull——,” Santorum told a New York Times reporter who pressed the question.

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Women's HERstory Month Day Twenty-Three: A Short History of Women Inventors and Scientists

Oh God, I am so sorry for getting so behind, everyone!

This is an excerpt of The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz, as part of Neatorama’s review (and giveaway contest) for the book.

Even though it’s said that "necessity is the mother of invention," women’s contribution to inventing and science have been, in the past, often overlooked. It’s likely women have been using their creativity and intelligence to engineer new ideas and products since the beginning of human experience, but nobody really kept track of such things until a few years ago. Below we’ve assembled some of our favorite daring women inventors, scientists, and doctors – from Nobel Prize winners to crafters of practical devices, from women who revolutionized the way diapers were changed to women whose revolutionary ideas changed the world.

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Black friend defends shooter of Florida teen

Black friend defends shooter of Florida teen

George Zimmerman is not a racist and cried for days after shooting dead a black Florida teenager, a black, longtime friend of Zimmerman said on Sunday in a sympathetic portrayal of a man maligned by critics as a trigger-happy bigot.

Zimmerman, 28, a white Hispanic, shot Trayvon Martin, 17, in what he said was self defense during an altercation in the gated community Zimmerman was watching on February 26 in Sanford, Florida. After attracting little notice initially, the case gained widespread attention, sparking protests and renewing a national debate about race.

"He couldn't stop crying. He's a caring human being," Joe Oliver, 53, a former television news reporter and anchor in Orlando who has known Zimmerman for several years, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Oliver's wife is a close friend of Zimmerman's mother in law, who told him Zimmerman cried for days in remorse after the shooting. He also spoke directly with Zimmerman on Saturday.

"I mean, he took a man's life and he has no idea what to do about it. He's extremely remorseful about it," Oliver said.

Oliver's account differs from the withering criticism Zimmerman has sustained from demonstrators across the country who have demanded his arrest and accused him of racial bias in targeting Martin.

Celebrities have taken up the cause of justice for the teen, many wearing the "hoodie" or hooded sweatshirt that Martin wore in a style popular with black youth. President Barack Obama said "all of us have to do some soul-searching" as a result of the tragedy.

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Oh, and Black Panthers? NOT HELPING.
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20 Obvious Lies That Will Shock Conservatives (If They Ever Bothered To Read A Book Or Two)

20 Obvious Lies That Will Shock Conservatives (If They Ever Bothered To Read A Book Or Two)
March 6, 2012
By Justin "Filthy Liberal Scum" Rosario

Whenever conservative bloggers try to be clever and “expose” liberal myths, you just know it’s time to pull out the rain coat, ’cause there’s gonna be a whole lot of bullshit flying around. The latest example of this is John Hawkins’ “20 Obvious Truths That Will Shock Liberals” whose real title should be “20 Easily Disprovable Stories That Conservatives Chumps Buy Hook, Line & Sinker.” Let’s take a look shall we?

1) The Founding Fathers were generally religious, gun-toting small government fanatics who were so far to the Right that they’d make Ann Coulter look like Jimmy Carter. That’s nice. They also thought leeches could cure illness. Does that mean we should stop advancing medicine or building on their ideas for a better future? I’ll keep this mind the next time some gibbering buffoon demands that “original intent” be the only guide for interpreting the Constitution. The original intent of the Founders was that slavery was just fine, black people counted as only 3/5 of a man and women couldn’t vote at all. Let’s get back to basics!! Warning: you might find that women and African-Americans have some objections.

As for “small government?” Pure ignorance. They had laws dictating what kind of public behavior was acceptable and what size barrel could be used to transport food stuffs. Small government? Don’t make me laugh.

2) The greatest evil this country has ever committed isn’t slavery; it’s killing more than 50 million innocent children via abortion. Tell that to a slave. But, in reality, abortion is a very complicated issue. Far more complicated than the bumper sticker mentality of your typical conservative can process. I’ll help conservative make their case, though. All a conservative has to do to convince me that they truly consider abortion to be the murder of a human being is explain to me why they do not have a funeral for miscarriages and demand a death certificate be issued.

Good luck with that.

3) Conservatives are much more compassionate than liberals and all you have to do to prove it is look at all the studies showing that conservatives give more of their money to charity than liberals do. Only a conservative can equate money to compassion. You’re pro-death penalty, pro-war, anti-gay, anti-universal healthcare, anti-Medicare, anti-Medicaid, anti-Social Security but you give some money to a church that might use it to feed the homeless but could just as easily use it (and millions more) to deny gay couples the right to marry. Therefor, YOU are more compassionate than a liberal who wants an end to war and poverty.


(the author must take a break to catch his breath)

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My first post I hope its ok. I saw this & really had to share with y'all. I hope my tags are right too. Resubmitting & didn't forget the source this time! Hope the LJ cut works sorry everyone

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Family Of Ramarley Graham, Unarmed Black Teen Killed By NYPD, Rallies For Justice In The Bronx

The family of Ramarley Graham, the unarmed Bronx 18-year-old shot and killed by an NYPD officer in February, says they will hold rallies and marches every Thursday for 18 weeks to demand justice, CBS reports.

We’re not waiting patiently. We will be here this Thursday, next Thursday and Thursdays beyond that until we see some type of movement,” the family's attorney Royce Russell said to a large crowd of supporters at a rally Thursday.

Graham’s father, Franclot Graham, said “there’s not a day [that] goes by that I don’t cry," adding, “All we want for our son is justice.”

Security footage from the February incident shows Ramarley Graham entering his grandmother's home and police following him shortly thereafter. Cops said they had witnessed Graham participate in a drug deal and thought he had a gun. They illegally entered the home without a search warrant.

Inside the home Graham went into the bathroom, where he may have been trying to flush some marijuana down the toilet, when Officer Richard Haste--now on restrictive duty while Internal affairs investigates the incident--fired one shot and killed the teen.

Graham did not have a gun.

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Source at HuffPo. They have a slideshow.
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Ontario Appeal Court nixes brothel ban; gives government one year to rewrite law

A ban on brothels puts prostitutes at risk and is therefore unconstitutional, Ontario's top court ruled Monday.

However, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the ban on soliciting as a reasonable way to protect communities.

It also "read in" wording to the criminalization of living on the avails of prostitution to make it clear that exploitation of prostitutes should be illegal.

"Prostitution is a controversial topic, one that provokes heated and heartfelt debate about morality, equality, personal autonomy and safety," the court wrote in a split decision stretching to 132 pages.

"It is not the court's role to engage in that debate. Our role is to decide whether or not the challenged laws accord with the constitution."

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Of course he did.

O’Reilly Defends Geraldo Rivera On Hoodie

On Friday, Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera sparked a backlash when he seemingly blamed Trayvon Martin for his own death, saying the Florida teen should not have gone outside wearing a hoodie. “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was,” he said.

Few came to Rivera’s defense, including his own son, who was ashamed of his father, according to Rivera himself. But on Friday night, Rivera finally found someone in his corner — Fox host Bill O’Reilly.

Appearing on The Factor that night, O’Reilly said he agreed with Rivera, explaining that he faced a similar public outcry over a separate event in which people thought the host was blaming the victim. Saying they were both simply offering “a cautionary tale,” O’Reilly said he and Rivera were doing the “exact same thing” and that “your advice was good advice, my advice was good advice.” “If you dress like a wannabe gangster, some knucklehead is going to take you at your word,” Rivera added. Watch it:


Remember folks, if you meet the appearance requirements for someone else's definition of a 'wannabe gangster' you're just asking to be shot! So, as part of the All Knowing and Ever Wise, White Male Demographic, I just want to advise all People of Color in this community not to wear a hoodie, or they'll be gunned down by Racist Assholes. Oh, and Ladies, don't wear skirts, because Men will be overcome with lust and rape you. Women of Color, don't wear either, just wear a Hijab or something...wait, scratch that, then you'll be beaten to death by xenophobic assholes. JUST DON'T GO OUTSIDE.
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Woman demanding care at St. Mary's hospital is arrested for trespassing, dies in jail

Anna Brown wasn't leaving the emergency room quietly.

She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary's Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn't stand.

She had already been to two other hospitals that week in September, complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle.

This time, she refused to leave.

A police officer arrested Brown for trespassing. He wheeled her out in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up.

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This story is complicated and incredibly tragic. I have questions about how they missed the clots repeatedly, and how she was just deemed "a faker" in jail with nothing done to ensure this guess... but I also wonder why the middle of this article is even provided. The way she lost her house is very sad, but the way she lost her job and eventually her kids is not really relevant and also seems to be there to provide room for doubt that she was speaking reliably about her own health (when the doctors who chose to discharge her wouldn't have even had that information.)
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warning: character death spoilers if you have not seen the movie or read the books

Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed

The good news? The Hunger Games made $155 million at the box office its opening weekend, making it the third-best debut in North American box office history.

As CNN reports, "Only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Dark Knight — both sequels, with the strength of a franchise behind each — recorded bigger opening weekends." Plus, unlike those two flicks, Hunger Games was written by a woman and stars a woman — a true lady-centric blockbuster franchise.

Now as you may know, Katniss, the main character in the book and film, was described as having "straight black hair" and "olive skin." It's a post-apocalyptic world, so she could be a mix of things, but some pictured a Native American. Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jennifer Lawrence won the part and dyed her hair dark.

But when it came to the casting of Rue, Thresh, and Cinna, many audience members did not understand why there were black actors playing those parts. Cinna's skin is not discussed in the book, so truthfully, though Lenny Kravitz was cast, a white, Asian or Latino actor could have played the part.

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A Catholic Classmate Rethinks His Religion

*Trigger Warning: Mention of Female Circumcision*

I MOVED into my freshman-year dorm at the University of North Carolina after many of the other men on the hall. One had already begun decorating. I spotted the poster above his desk right away. It showed a loaf of bread and a chalice of red wine, with these words: “Jesus invites you to a banquet in his honor.”

This man attended Catholic services every Sunday in a jacket and tie, feeling that church deserved such respect. I kept a certain distance from him. I’d arrived at college determined to be honest about my sexual orientation and steer clear of people who might make that uncomfortable or worse. I figured him for one of them.

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Here We Go.....

Trayvon Martin case: Martin was the aggressor, police sources say

By Rene Lynch

March 26, 2012, 9:25 a.m.

As Florida braced itself for what could be the biggest day of protest yet in the Trayvon Martin case, police revealed new details that depict the slain 17-year-old as the aggressor and appear to support George Zimmerman's claim that he was acting in self-defense when he shot the teenager.

Martin was killed one month ago today. That's one month of justice denied, according to protesters who are expected to amass throughout the day to continue their demand for Zimmerman's arrest in the Sanford, Fla. case.

A forum hosted by CNN commentator Roland Martin is being held at noon today in that city, followed by a 4 p.m. rally that is expected to draw thousands. Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson plans to lead protesters to the Sanford City Commission meeting being held this evening, and attended by the slain teen's parents. And students at Florida State University, the University of Florida and Florida A&M University will hold rallies on their campuses.

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that police sources say Martin was the aggressor on Feb. 26, knocking Zimmerman to the ground with a single punch and then climbing on top of the 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain and slamming the back of his head into the ground. Police say this account, given by Zimmerman, is supported by eyewitnesses, according to the Sentinel's report.

One such witness reportedly told police that he saw Martin on top of Zimmerman, striking the man, while Zimmerman cried out for help. The attack left Zimmerman bloodied, police sources told the Sentinel, and led him to fire at Martin in self-defense.

Police say Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose, had a fat lip and confirm that the back of his head was cut. He received first aid at the scene but refused to go to the hospital and received medical treatment the following day, according to the Sentinel's sources.

The Sentinel's story also makes public new details about the circumstances leading up to the deadly confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin.

At the time, Martin was suspended from high school after he was found to be in possession of an empty marijuana baggie, according to the Sentinel. Martin's school has a "zero-tolerance" drug policy, the newspaper added.

Zimmerman was heading to the grocery store when he spotted Martin and called police to report a black youth acting suspiciously, possibly on drugs.

Zimmerman stepped out of his SUV to follow Martin, even though a police dispatcher told him he didn't need to do so.

Zimmerman told police he he'd lost sight of Martin and was heading back to his car when the youth suddenly stepped into his path. According to the Sentinel, Martin asked Zimmerman if he had a problem. Zimmerman said no and reached for his cellphone. Martin then said something like, "Well, you do now" and punched him, according to the Sentinel's sources.


If we can't see your face, black people, then you're up to something!

Geraldo Rivera Defends Hoodie Remark by Stereotyping Blacks and Latinos

Geraldo Rivera dedicated most of his live radio programs on Monday to the Trayvon Martin story, and defended his remarks that Trayvon’s decision to wear a hoodie contributed to his shooting by George Zimmerman. “I didn’t say the hoodie specifically was a menace, I said the circumstances were menacing,” Geraldo explained to Juan Williams, who was a guest on Geraldo’s live New York broadcast. But after initially seeming to walk back his inflammatory statement, Geraldo then proceeded doubled down on his hoodie remarks. “You see a black or Latino kid and they’ve got their hoodies pulled over them so that you can’t see their expressions. What are you thinking? You’re not thinking high style, you’re thinking trouble,” said Geraldo to a caller who disagreed with him.


It doesn't matter if they're wearing a hood, it's the fact that we live in a society that has this fear and paranoia of black men and latinos. Lemme give an example: A few years ago, in the middle of July, a young black-man came to my parents' door, dripping with sweat, gasping for breath, and begging for water, so we took him in to get something to drink. As he was cooling off, he told how he had walked to our suburb and spent the last three hours wandering around the development, selling magazine subscriptions to raise money for his church. In that time, he had been accosted four times by the other residents, demanding to know what he was doing here, and twice somebody called the police on him, in the belief he was up to no good. And what attire was the young man in to invite such suspicion? A button-shirt, tie, and slacks. The only thing that made him a 'suspicious element' was being black in a primarily white neighborhood. We offered to give him a ride back to the entryway of the development, but he declined, saying he'd walk back himself. I feel kinda guilty about it, we never did buy any of his subscriptions. So...TLDR, you can blame the hoodie all you want, the real issue is racist paranoia.
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Wisconsin Anti-Transgender Law Struck Down

There are particular moments in the movement for transgender equality when we consider it a great victory when a court refuses to hear a case—and today is one of those moments. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal brought by the State of Wisconsin after Lambda Legal, the ACLU and the ACLU of Wisconsin successfully challenged a state law that prohibits medically necessary treatment for transgender people in prison.

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Who killed Trayvon Martin?

Who killed Trayvon Martin?
George Zimmerman may have pulled the trigger, but he didn't act alone - he was aided and abetted by Florida's lawmakers.

Because it wasn't officially released, Bob Dylan's early song: "Who Killed Davey Moore?" never really got the respect it deserved, but the more I learned about the murder of Trayvon Martin, the harder it was to get "Davey Moore" out of my head. Davey Moore was a boxer, killed in the ring, and Dylan's song questioned everyone involved, beginning with the referee who "could’ve stopped it in the eighth/An’ maybe kept him from his fate/But the crowd would’ve booed, I’m sure" and ending with the fighter who "hit him, yes, it’s true/But that’s what I am paid to do/Don’t say ‘murder’, don’t say ‘kill’/It was destiny, it was God’s will" - with verses in between for the angry crowd, his manager, the gambling man, and the boxing writer. Each in turn explains how blameless, how innocent they are. And yet, Davey Moore is dead all the same, and not just dead, but brutally so.

Ostensibly, it's a song about the brutality of boxing - an odd counterpoint to his more well-known song, "Hurricane", about the falsely convicted boxing champion Hurricane Carter. But actually, it's about the denial of personal responsibility by the very same sorts of people who just love to lay the blame on others for their lack of responsibility. It's no surprise really - if you're going to shift the blame for things off yourself, it goes without saying that you have to shift it onto someone else. So why not - as many commentators on a Fox News story did - blame it on the victim?

Not being a conservative, I don't think like that. Instead, as the Dylan song suggests, I keep noticing who it was that had a hidden or not so hidden hand in the murder of Trayvon Martin.

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Today's Perpetuation of Hoodie Panic brought to you by one of New Orleans' finest

NOPD officer under investigation in shooting is suspended after online comments
Published: Monday, March 26, 2012, 3:00 PM Updated: Monday, March 26, 2012, 3:52 PM
By Brendan McCarthy, The Times-Picayune

A New Orleans police officer under investigation in a recent police-involved fatal shooting has been suspended indefinitely without pay for posting intemperate remarks on an online news story, suggesting that a young man wearing a hooded sweatshirt deserved to die because he "acted like a thug." Officer Jason Giroir posted "Act like a Thug Die like one!" on an online WWL-TV article posted Sunday about local citizens rallying to protest the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old Florida boy who was killed Feb. 26 while wearing a hooded sweatshirt and walking through a gated community.

Martin's encounter with a gun-wielding citizen in his Florida neighborhood has become a flashpoint of national debate, hitting on contemporary issues of race and profiling, and a citizen's right to bear arms.

After an online commenter named Eddie Johnson criticized Giroir's comments as racist and questioned whether a hooded sweatshirt makes someone a thug, Giroir responded: "Eddie come on down to our town with a 'Hoodie' and you can join Martin in HELL and talk about your racist stories!:-P"

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Pride & Prejudice

Tory MP complains of Gurkhas “sitting” and “wandering” in his town

Tory MP Gerald Howarth told BBC Surrey Breakfast this morning that people were “fed up” of elderly Gurkhas in their local town of Aldershot.

He also said they “don’t understand our customs” and that they were “just basically wandering around”.

The discussion on BBC Surrey centred around whether Gurkhas will still be allowed to serve in the British army.

Gerald Howarth told BBC Surrey: 'I was walking around in Aldershot on Saturday and everywhere I went there were Nepalese just basically sitting out in the open … sitting out on the park benches.

'You may find this bizarre, but some of my constituents say ‘if I go into town, I haven’t got a park bench to sit on because they are all taken by the Nepalese’.'

I don’t even where to start.

The Tory MP is of course talking about Nepalese Gurkhas, who are soldiers and risk their life for this country. And he’s complaining about them taking up all the park benches?

Howarth went on to criticise what he called the “pretty disgraceful campaign by Joanna Lumley” to get Gurkhas settled in the UK.

He also said: 'Quite clearly, people in Aldershot I tell you are absolutely fed up and had enough of this. They feel powerless, if they say something they get accused of being racist. It’s their town they are entitled to a view on it.

'People are telling me: “we’re moving, we’re leaving this town’, and this is not fair on them and not fair on the elderly Gurkhas…'

Nearly 4000 Gurkhas serve in the British army.

Many Nepalese army families have ended up settling in Aldershot.

Those Gurkhas, honestly. Coming over here, fighting for our country, sitting on our park benches...

Government expert joins Nazi party

In the government's investigation he claimed that apathetic children where faking.
Now, doctor Thomas Jackson, 59, joins the Party of the Swedes.
- Their party program is a necessary stance against multi culture, he tells Aftonbladet.

Psychiatrist Thomas Jackson was one of two doctors who were quotes as experts in the social-democratic government's inquest concerning children with  "resignation syndrome" in 2005. The doctors' conclusion was that the children were simulating their apathetic states after pressure from their parents.
The inquest faces great criticism. Child psychiatrist Per-Anders Rydelius participated in an expert group in Stockholm County doing a scientific survey over the field- and reached the opposite conclusion.

In collaboration with Save the Children Sweden the group released a new report in 2008.
- The apathetic syndrome has been well described in older child psychiatric literature. Thomas Jackson was not alone in his views. But even if a child were to simulate it is an expression of a very difficult life situation, Per-Anders Rydelius says.

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What Everyone Needs To Know About The Smear Campaign Against Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)

Over the last 48 hours, there has been a sustained effort to smear Trayvon Martin, the 17-year old African-American who was shot dead by George Zimmerman a month ago. Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said, “They killed my son, now they’re trying to kill his reputation.”

Thus far these attacks have fallen into two categories: false and irrelevant. Much of this leaked information seems intended to play into stereotypes about young African-American males. Here’s what everyone should know:

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