August 3rd, 2012


And the Award for Creative Eduction Goes to...

Eduction is Way Cooler and Superior than Your Average Liberal Education.

Disgraced Arizona State Senator Touts Phony Award From ‘Eduction’ Group

A campaign sign for Russell Pearce. Photo by Arizona New Times reporter Stephen Lemons.

Russell Pearce, the recalled Arizona senator responsible for the state’s xenophobic SB 1070 law, is trying to stage a political comeback in his old district by hoping voters forget his actual record on the issues in favor of misleading — and poorly spelled — lawn signs.

An Arizona New Times reporter snapped a picture of one such sign reminding voters about his “Golden Apple Award for Eduction [sic].” The award is handed out by the organization “Arizona Parents for Education,” a deceptively named organization that is in fact run by the president of the Arizona Virtual Academy, a loosely accredited, online-only, for profit home schooling program.

Another campaign sign touted his endorsement by the “Arizona Teacher’s [sic] Association,” a group with no website, no official state documentation, and as far as anyone can tell, no members. Education officials in the state contacted by a local TV news station say they have never heard of the organization and believe it to be a phantom group created by the Pearce campaign solely to endorse his candidacy:

One of those officials is Sam Politio, who has lobbied on education issues at the state Capitol for nearly 30 years.

He said he has no idea what the group is, but fears it’s a political ploy by Pearce to win votes in next month’s primary election.

“It’s deplorable to give the impression that the state’s 100,000 teachers are supporting him,” Polito said in a telephone interview.

As the spelling and grammar errors might suggest, Pearce’s relationship with “eduction” could be generously described as spotty. While a senator, he fought for deep cuts to education programs, and staunchly opposed a temporary penny sales tax increase designed to support public schools that have been forced to cut back on extracurriculars and other programming.

Pearce is best known as the chief architect and sponsor of the state’s unconstitutional SB 1070 law and its controversial “papers please” provision. Opponents

Last year, he became the first Arizona lawmaker in the state’s history to be thrown out of office in a recall election.


Boehner: Obama's 'never even had a real job for God's sake'

House Speaker John Boehner went over the top today when he ripped into President Barack Obama during an interview with Fox News Radio.

When talking to Kilmeade & Friends about Obama's speech in Ohio yesterday, Boehner said this:

"Sometimes I have to catch my breath and slow down because the rhetoric in this campaign is just so over the top. And that's because the President's policies have failed. Listen - 93% of Americans believe they're a part of the middle class. That's why you hear the President talk about the middle class every day, because he's talking to 93% of the American people. But the President has never created a job. He's never even had a real job for God's sake. And I can tell you from my dealings with him, he has no idea how the real world, that we actually live in, works."

Boehner also said it's been "months" since he's last interacted with Obama in a meaningful way.

"Eleven months ago, Labor Day last year, the president decided to check out," Boehner said. "And he's been AWOL from the legislative process ever since."

By Steve Frank, Thu Aug 2, 2012 4:06 PM EDT

Source includes an audio of the interview.

US resists control of internet passing to UN agency.

The US has confirmed it would resist efforts to put the internet under the control of the United Nations.

At present several non-profit US bodies oversee the net's technical specifications and domain name system.

They operate at arms-length from the US government but officially under the remit of its Department of Commerce.

There has been speculation that other nations will push for a change later this year, but they cannot force the US to comply.

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OP: Can anybody really 'control' the internet? Surely if they really could then they'd get rid of these vile child porn sites, right?
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Guy spends two years building amazing life-size, working WALL-E

Ever since he first rolled into our lives back in 2008, we've loved WALL-E, the lovable trash compactor robot at the heart of the Pixar film of the same name. He's cute, he's loving, he's brave, and he's just plain neat. Too bad he's only a cartoon, right? Well, not anymore.

Mike Senna, a California robotics enthusiast, was best known up until a little while ago for building a life-sized, working R2-D2. It started out as a hobby, then became something more when Mike began taking R2 to events for City of Hope, a pediatric cancer charity. After a while, it became apparent that it would be even more fun if he built a character with "more emotion," and Senna began work on WALL-E.

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Source has something in its eye.

If the video does not properly embed for you, I highly recommend going to the source and watching it. It's the gem of this article.
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Kelly Keisling, Tennessee Legislator, Mass Emailed Obama 'Staged Assassination' Rumor

WASHINGTON -- A Republican member of the Tennessee state legislature emailed constituents Tuesday morning with a rumor circulating in conservative circles that President Barack Obama is planning to stage a fake assassination attempt in an effort to stop the 2012 election from happening.

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Mitt Romney's Twitter Nemesis

Social media’s central role in the presidential campaign has elevated some unusual figures to positions of prominence. Mitt Romney probably imagined his official Twitter handle (@MittRomney) would be the provenance of his own campaign. Yet on many days, the most heavily retweeted mentions of @MittRomney—a standard gauge of popularity and influence—don’t emanate from the buttoned-down former governor, but from an account whose avatar reveals a large, hirsute man wearing nothing but a green Speedo. That’s Rob Delaney (@robdelaney), a ribald Los Angeles comic who, along with his half a million followers, has emerged as Romney’s chief tormentor on Twitter.

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Double Jeopardy

In China, the rich and powerful can hire body doubles to do their prison time for them.

In May 2009, a wealthy 20-year-old was drag racing through the city streets of Hangzhou, China, when his Mitsubishi struck and killed a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The car was traveling so fast that the victim—a 25-year-old telecom engineer of a modest, rural background—was flung at least 20 yards. Afterward, bystanders and reporters photographed the driver, Hu Bin, as well as his rich friends, who nonchalantly smoked cigarettes and laughed while waiting for the police to arrive at the scene.

These images, soon posted online, provoked a public outcry. Anger over the callous behavior of these wealthy Chinese youths was followed by accusations of a police cover-up. First, the local authorities admitted that they had underestimated the speed Hu’s vehicle was traveling by half. (Incredibly, the police had first suggested that Hu was going no more than 43 mph.) Public furor rose again when Hu received a three-year prison sentence, an exceptionally light punishment in a country where drunk drivers guilty of similar accidents can receive the death penalty.

But the most stunning allegation was that the man appearing in court and serving the three-year sentence wasn’t Hu at all, but a hired body double.

The charge isn’t as far-fetched as it may sound. The practice of hiring “body doubles” or “stand-ins” is well-documented by official Chinese media. In 2009, a hospital president who caused a deadly traffic accident hired an employee’s father to “confess” and serve as his stand-in. A company chairman is currently charged with allegedly arranging criminal substitutes for the executives of two other companies. In another case, after hitting and killing a motorcyclist, a man driving without a license hired a substitute for roughly $8,000. The owner of a demolition company that illegally demolished a home earlier this year hired a destitute man, who made his living scavenging in the rubble of razed homes, and promised him $31 for each day the “body double” spent in jail. In China, the practice is so common that there is even a term for it: ding zui. Ding means “substitute,” and zui means “crime”; in other words, “substitute criminal.”

The ability to hire so-called substitute criminals is just one way in which China’s extreme upper crust are able to live by their own set of rules. While Occupy Wall Street grabbed attention for its attacks on the “1 percent,” in China, a much smaller fraction of the country controls an even greater amount of wealth. The top one-tenth of 1 percent in China controls close to half of the country’s riches. The children and relatives of China’s rulers, many of whom grew up together, form a thicket of mutually beneficial relationships, with many able to enrich themselves financially and, if necessary, gain protection from criminal allegations.

Full article at Slate
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Company CFO Fired for Chick-Fil-A Drive-Thru Video

People on both sides of the Chick-fil-A debate seemed to agree that a Tucson man who made a viral video belittling a patient restaurant worker acted like a sanctimonious jerk, even his boss – make that ex-boss.

Adam Smith, who posted an online video of himself going through a Chick-fil-A drive-thru and ordering only the free water, was canned from his gig as chief financial officer of Vante, a Tucson medical manufacturing company, after the video made the rounds.

“Chick-fil-A is a hateful company,” Smith tells the employee. "I don’t know how you sleep at night,” Smith adds at another point. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values.”
After the employee, who never loses her composure, wishes Smith a nice day, he responds “I will. I just did something really good. I feel purposeful.”

Smith pulled the video from YouTube, but by then, it had already gone viral. People on both sides of the debate blasted him for his treatment of the woman in thousands of posts online.
On Thursday, Smith’s boss at Vante, CEO Roger Vogel, cashiered Smith.

“Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith and an employee at Chick-fil-A,” the company said in a statement. “Effective immediately, Mr. Smith is no longer an employee of our company.

“We hope that the general population does not hold Mr. Smith's actions against Vante and its employees,” the statement continued.

Vogel said he wasn’t weighing in on either side of the debate, which began when Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said he supports the “biblical” definition of marriage. Same-sex marriage advocates blasted the company, which in turn prompted a national outpouring of support for the chicken chain on Wednesday.

Smith previously taught as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Arizona, according to reports, but does not currently hold a position with university.

Video at the source.

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Opinion: I find it a contradiction that some of the Chick-Fil-A supporters support the firing of the CFO at the same time they support Cathy for his free speech. I guess free speech is allowed if it supports your agenda.

Disney Finds a Cure for the Common Stereotype With ‘Doc McStuffins’

For decades many African-Americans have voiced conflicted feelings about Disney.

Many fault this entertainment colossus for being slow to introduce a black princess as a peer to Cinderella and Snow White. (There is one now: Tiana, from “The Princess and the Frog.”) The racial stereotyping in early animated movies like “Dumbo” lives on through DVD rereleases. African-Americans can also bring up “Song of the South,” a 1946 film that Disney has labored to keep hidden because of its idyllic depiction of slavery.

Disney has worked overtime in recent years to leave that past behind, and a surprising groundswell of support from black viewers for a new TV cartoon called “Doc McStuffins” is the latest indication that its efforts may be paying off.

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Tennessee Democrats disavow party’s Senate nominee because he’s associated with a hate group

NASHVILLE — Embarrassed Tennessee Democratic Party leaders today disavowed their U.S. Senate nominee, Mark Clayton, charging he is “associated with a known hate group in Washington, D.C.”

“The only time that Clayton has voted in a Democratic primary was when he was voting for himself,” the party said in a statement. “Many Democrats in Tennessee knew nothing about any of the candidates in the race, so they voted for the person at the top of the ticket. Unfortunately, none of the other Democratic candidates were able to run the race needed to gain statewide visibility or support.”

Democrats went on to charge “Mark Clayton is associated with a known hate group in Washington, D.C., and the Tennessee Democratic Party disavows his candidacy, will not do anything to promote or support him in any way, and urges Democrats to write-in a candidate of their choice in November.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated Public Advocate of the United States, a Falls Church, Va., organization as “an anti-gay hate group.” Clayton is the group’s vice president.

He is now Tennessee Democrats’ nominee and will face U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in the fall. Clayton shot to the top of the seven-candidate Democratic field in Thursday’s primary election. Democratic leaders had favored actress Park Overall, but most candidates spent virtually nothing.

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