July 27th, 2012


Oh, Mitt: those Romney gaffes in full

Boobs, blunders, clangers – whatever you call them, Romney likes to drop them. And he's really outdone himself in London

From criticising the biggest sporting event Britain has held in over 40 years, to "looking out of the backside of 10 Downing Street", Mitt Romney's first foreign trip of his presidential candidacy hasn't gone quite as well as he might have hoped. As the former Massachusetts governor continues to gaffe his way acrosLondon, here's a round-up of Romney's red-facers. So far.

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videos n shit at the source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-news-blog/2012/jul/26/mitt-romney-britain-gaffes


Obama announces new education program focused on African Americans

Source Kristen Welker, NBC News

Locked in a tough re-election battle with Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama aimed to energize his core supporters – African American voters – by delivering a rousing speech and unveiling a new executive order at the Urban League’s annual convention in New Orleans Wednesday night.

The president told the largely African American crowd of roughly 3,700 people that the executive order will seek to improve educational achievement for African Americans at all levels “so every child has greater access to a complete and competitive education from the time they’re born to the time, all through the time they get a career” the president said to cheers.

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Never be sick on the Japanese Prime Minister and nine other diplomatic gaffes...

From dodgy anthems to queasy presidents, we take a look at 10 of the most memorable diplomatic gaffes...

As diplomatic blunders go, showing South Korea’s flag next to North Korean competitors takes some beating.

The error triggered a walkout by the deeply offended North Korean women’s football team – on the very first day of London 2012 events.

The hapless producer who made the video of the wrong flag stirred up seven decades of hatred between the countries.

But the mistake follows a rich tradition of diplomatic gaffes.

From dodgy anthems to queasy presidents, we take a look at 10 of the most memorable...

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Source which has video etc: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/north-korea-flag-mix-up-and-the-top-1173120

OP: To be fair it was really only the right-wing press that made an issue out of Obama giving Brown DVDs. Got plenty of time to watch them now though, eh? Every cloud and all that.
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Olympic Silence

Forty years after 11 athletes were murdered in Munich, Israel still mourns alone.

I was 11 years old and a fanatical sports fan. I could stay glued to the TV and radio for hours on end, rooting for my hometown teams. The pinnacle sporting event was the Olympics, providing not only a panoply of world-class athletics, but a once-in-four-year opportunity to root for my “special Jewish home team”: Israel.

The 1972 Munich Olympics started with a bang. Mark Spitz, the mustachioed Jewish-American swimmer (who proudly participated in Israel’s Maccabiah Games) entered seven swimming events – and promptly set an incredible seven world records in the course of winning a record seven gold medals.

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Court Documents: Alleged Colorado Shooter Was Seeing Psychiatrist

Court documents filed today by the defense team of the alleged Colorado shooter reveal for the first time that James Holmes was seeing a psychiatrist.

The documents also confirm news stories that on Monday, Aurora Police seized a package sent by Holmes to Dr. Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist and assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver.

"The materials contained in that package include communications from Mr. Holmes to Dr. Fenton that Mr. Holmes asserts are privileged," the defense team writes.

The defense claims that because the existence of this package and what was in it have been leaked to the media, it puts Holmes' "rights to due process and a fair trial by an impartial jury in serious jeopardy."

As Mark wrote, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, NBC and CNN reported that the package contained a notebook with drawings depicting the massacre.

The defense is arguing that under Colorado law, the notebook is part of his communication with his psychiatrist, therefore it cannot be used in his trial without his permission.

The prosecution filed a separate motion saying that the defense's argument is not based on fact.

"To put it bluntly, the People are extremely dubious of the media assertions that 'law enforcement sources' exist," the prosecution writes.

After all the reports showed up in the media, Arapahoe County (Colo.) District Court Judge William Sylvester reminded all parties that they are under a gag order and are to "refrain from disseminating information that presents a danger to the fairness of a trial in this matter ... and are prohibited from disseminating any information or material that appears to possibly be privileged or that defendant alleges is privileged, until issues of privilege can be fully litigated."

by Eyder Peralta

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Maryland Police Stop Possible Mass Shooting

"Employee told former co-worker of plans to kill his boss; Over 20 guns and 400 rounds of ammunition found."

Photo of firearms seized from Trescotts’ home on Thursday night. (Prince George’s County Police Department photo)

CROFTON, Md. (WJLA) - Authorities in Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties have foiled what they believe would have been a mass shooting by a man who was about to be fired from his job, police sources tell ABC 7 News.

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Law enforcement sources tell ABC 7's Brad Bell that the suspect, Neil Trescott, was arrested in Crofton on Thursday night. According to officials, the man was facing termination from his job at Pitney Bowes, the document, mailing and shipping company.

“I’m a joker and I’m gonna load my guns and blow everybody up,” he allegedly said, according to documents.

He was also wearing a T-Shirt that said: "Guns don't kill people. I do."

Investigators say a search of Trescott's home turned up more than 20 guns, including assault rifles and handguns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Law enforcement sources say the suspect allegedly called a former co-worker and threatened that he wanted to shoot his former boss. He allegedly made threats twice.

The threats were made on multiple times on separate phone calls, police say. Trescott even acknowledged that it wasn’t a good idea to say these things but said them anyway, police say.

Another law enforcement source says the suspect was prepared to act on his threat. Pitney Bowes' Maryland offices are located in Lanham.

A law enforcement source told ABC 7 that they believe the foiled shooting "could have been another Aurora," making reference to the mass shooting that happened last Friday in suburban Denver.

On July 20, a man shot more than 70 people inside an Aurora, Colo. movie theater during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. The accused shooter, James Holmes, will be formally charged in connection with the shooting next week.

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Amazon’s Founder Pledges $2.5 Million in Support of Same-Sex Marriage

Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com, and his wife, MacKenzie, have agreed to donate $2.5 million to help pass a same-sex marriage referendum in Washington State, instantly becoming among the largest financial backers of gay marriage rights in the country.

With the gift, the couple have doubled the money available to the proponents of Referendum 74, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state by affirming a law that passed the Legislature this year. Courts or lawmakers have declared gay marriage legal in six other states, but backers of such measures have never succeeded at the ballot box.

Proponents of the effort in Washington State called it a game-changing gift that gives them a fighting chance in November.

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Source - Michael D. Shear at the NYT.

Florida: Jennifer Carroll apologises for ‘inexcusable’ lesbian affair comment

Jennifer Carroll, Lieutenant Governor of the state of Florida, has apologised for saying black women who “look like [her]” don’t have lesbian relationships.

Ms Carroll has been part of a scandal after a former colleague, Carletha Cole, claimed she walked in on a sexual encounter between the lieutenant governor and her travel aide, Beatriz Ramos.

Ms Cole was fired from her job in Ms Carroll’s office last October after allegations that she passed illegal tape recordings of conversations to a reporter.

Responding to allegations of the lesbian affair, Ms Carroll had said: “The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out, it’s not just one person you’re attacking.

“It’s an entire family. My husband doesn’t want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. I mean, my kids know the type of woman I am. For 29 years – I’m the one that’s married for 29 years.

“The accuser is the one that’s been single for a long time. So usually black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that.”Collapse )