September 8th, 2012

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Jon Husted Apologizes "Misimpression" for Trying to Undermine a Federal Court injunction.

Promises to Be More Discreet in The Future Regarding Voting Suppression Nor Will Ever Try to Piss Off Another Federal Judge.

After Bucking Federal Judge On Early Voting, Ohio Secretary Of State Ordered To Appear In Court

Judge Peter Economus has set a hearing for September 13 to address Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s refusal to comply with the court’s ruling that the state must allow early voting on the three days leading up to the general election. Economus released a terse order Wednesday afternoon: “The Court ORDERS that Defendant Secretary of State Jon Husted personally attend the hearing.” The Obama campaign filed a motion earlier Wednesday asking the court to make Husted give way.

Husted issued a directive Tuesday stating that he would appeal the decision to restore early voting on those three days, claiming that changing the hours now would “only serve to confuse voters.” The directive “strictly prohibits county boards of elections from determining hours for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday before the election.”
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Californians spend freely on Amazon.com before sales tax deadline

With Amazon.com set to begin collecting sales taxes on California purchases Sept. 15, many tech-savvy consumers are cramming in some last-minute tax-free shopping.

Chris Cheng doesn't need 40 hand warmers right now, but the longtime Amazon.com customer is loading up on them anyway.

With the Internet retail giant set to begin collecting sales taxes on California purchases Sept. 15, the San Francisco resident is among many tech-savvy consumers trying to cram in some last-minute tax-free shopping.

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I'm kinda freaking out about this and I feel like this really hasn't been addressed and suddenly it's just going to pop-up on people and they are going to finally notice. No one seems to know about this! I do SO MUCH shopping on Amazon that this is really going to affect me.

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REM demand that Fox News stop playing 'Losing My Religion'.

Band sends cease and desist letter after the network allegedly uses 'Losing My Religion' without permission.

REM have sent a cease and desist letter to Fox News after the network allegedly used the band's music without permission.

Fox News played REM's classic 1991 single 'Losing My Religion' during its coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night (September 6). However, the US 24-hour news network apparently failed to acquire the proper authorisation first.

A statement posted on REM's official website earlier today (September 7) reads: "REM's 'Losing My Religion' was used in the Fox News coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night. REM today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song."

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Source: http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/65985?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fanpage-rem

OP: Shame they didn't play Megadeth's 'Symphony Of Destruction' during the RNC to show 'fair and balanced' reporting.
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Pakistan frees Christian girl accused of blasphemy

A young Christian girl accused of burning pages of Islam's holy book was freed Saturday from a jail near the capital where she had been held for three weeks, a Pakistani jail official said.

The release a day after a judge granted her bail is another step closer to ending an episode that has focused an uncomfortable spotlight on Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws, which can result in life in prison or even death for defendants. Many critics say the laws are misused to wage vendettas or target Pakistan's vulnerable minorities like the Christians.

The jail official, Mushtaq Awan, said the girl left the prison in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near Islamabad amid tight security.

An Associated Press reporter on the scene said she was taken from the prison in an armored vehicle and whisked to a waiting helicopter while covered with a sheet to protect her identity.

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Plans for compulsory "patriotism" class in Hong Kong schools off -- for now



Faced with tens of thousands of protesters contending that a Beijing-backed plan for “moral and national education” amounted to brainwashing and political indoctrination, Hong Kong’s chief executive backpedaled somewhat on Saturday and revoked a 2015 deadline for every school to start teaching the subject.


But the protesters were not mollified, demanding that the education plan be withdrawn entirely. Crowds of young people in black T-shirts continued to pour into the plaza and streets around the local government’s headquarters on Saturday evening after Leung Chun-ying, the chief executive, offered the compromise.



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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/world/asia/amid-protest-hong-kong-backs-down-on-moral-education-plan.html
Picture source: http://world.time.com/2012/07/30/hong-kong-divided-over-plans-for-patriotic-lessons-in-schools/
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Family Life According to the Brotherhood


Women in Cairo on Thursday. In premarital classes financed by the Muslim Brotherhood, women are told to be followers.
By MONA EL-NAGGAR
Published: September 4, 2012


CAIRO — Women are erratic and emotional, and they make good wives and mothers — but never leaders or rulers. That, at least, is what Osama Abou Salama, a professor of botany at Cairo University and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, told young men and women during a recent premarital counseling class.


What was striking, though, was the absence of any reaction. None of the 30 people in the class so much as winced.


“A woman,” Mr. Abou Salama said, “takes pleasure in being a follower and finds ease in obeying a husband who loves her.”


Since the Brotherhood rose to power and one of its former leaders was elected president, much of the uncertainty over its social agenda has centered on its plans for women. Will the Brotherhood try to impose a conservative dress code? Will it try to bar women from certain fields of work? Will its leaders promote segregation at schools?


But in a country where a vast majority of women already cover their hair and voluntarily separate from men in coed environments, for most people — women included — those questions are largely academic.


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Paul Ryan Cracks Joke As 71 Year-Old Citizen Is Forced To The Ground

The first video is self-explanatory, but I have transcribed as much of it here as possible because of the poor quality of the audiovisuals. This took place last fall at one of Congressman Rep. Ryan’s “Pay to Play” town hall meetings where he was discussing cutting Senior’s Social Security, and Medicare as a means of debt reduction. As you might imagine, one senior was not pleased.

Ryan: “Most of our debt in the future comes from our entitlement programs.”

Senior citizen: “Hey, (Garbled; Ryan continues to speak). I paid into that for 50 years, my unemployment and my Social Security and my Medicare, and now you’re gonna…” At this point you hear the police who are dragging him out shouting, “on the ground, on the ground”.

Ryan then jokes, “I hope he’s taken his blood-pressure medication”, and the room laughs with him.

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God Is Missing From the Republican Platform

When I look for signs of God, I follow the instructions Jesus gave us for finding him: "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me" (Matthew 25: 35-36). The hypocrite will answer: "Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?" (Matthew 25: 44). "Then he will answer them: 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.'"

Republicans have made much about the word "God" in the Democratic platform, the struggle over to retain it or omit it. Like the Pharisees, they stand ostentatiously in the front of the synagogue, congratulating themselves on their righteousness, giving thanks that they are not like other men (Luke 18: 12).

I have looked, and I cannot find God in the GOP platform.
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