November 9th, 2012


Boehner says he's the 'most reasonable, responsible person' in Washington

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner, talking about the prospect of negotiating with President Barack Obama on a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, said in an interview Thursday that he is the "most reasonable, responsible person here in Washington" and that Obama knew he was ready to hash out a plan.

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Hank the Cat places third in Virginia Senate race

The battle for the U.S. Senate between Tim Kaine and George Allen in Virginia may have been settled in the litter box instead of the ballot box if the tightly contested election had come down to about 6,000 votes given to a cat.

It’s entirely possible that third-place finisher in Virginia is Hank the Cat, a Maine Coon who ran on a pro-feline, job-creation platform.

In the current online results, Kaine is ahead of Allen by about 184,000 votes as of Thursday morning. The race was expected to be very close, and it was part of a record spending spree in the state that also featured a tight race between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

But an examination of the official voting ballot online shows that there apparently wasn’t a candidate from a known third party listed on the ballot below Kaine and Allen, unlike past years. There also isn’t a third-party candidate listed on the election board website among its election results.

Hank the Cat had been running for the U.S. Senate since last winter as a part of a spoof on the modern election process. He received extended coverage in The Washington Post in February.

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Father Hacks Zelda For His Daughter, Makes Link A Girl

Maybe Link doesn't need to be a young boy.

The father of one little girl decided he'd change the gender of one of Nintendo's most iconic characters so he hacked The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. While playing the 2003 Gamecube title with his daughter Maya, Mike Hoye had been reading the game's text to her, switching the pronouns to match her gender.

Tiring of that, Hoye went one better and actually wrote scripts that switched all gendered pronouns in the game from male to female.
In the blog post where he explains how he did it, Hoye explains that access to the infamous Dolphin emulator and some programming knowledge are required to pull off the feat. He poignantly lays out his motivation here:

You can pick your character's name, of course—I always stick with Link, being a traditionalist—but all of the dialog insists that Link is a boy, and there's apparently nothing to be done about it.

Well, there wasn't anything to be done about it, certainly not anything easy, but as you might imagine I'm not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don't get to be the hero and rescue their little brothers.

Like The Legend of Zelda, some of gaming's most storied franchises have been locked in with certain lead characters since their inception. As a result, it might be harder to imagine that the you that stares back from the mirror is the hero of, say, a Castlevania game. Nowadays, it's easy to take for granted that lots of games will let you play as any kind of character you want. But stories like Hoye's make clear just how important a seemingly bland feature like customization can be to players from all walks of life.

Source is enjoying the break from politics for a second, and encourages cute gif threads in the comments <3

Racist Teens Forced to Answer for Tweets About the ‘Nigger’ President

There was an abundance of hate speech on Twitter after Obama's reelection, with people hurling violent and racial epithets. Many of those tweeters were teenagers whose public Twitter accounts feature their real names and advertise their participation in the sports programs at their respective high schools. Calls were placed to the principals and superintendents of those schools to find out how calling the president—or any person of color, for that matter—a "nigger" and a "monkey" jibes with their student conduct code of ethics.

We contacted their school's administrators with the hope that, if their educators were made aware of their students' ignorance, perhaps they could teach them about racial sensitivity. Or they could let them know that while the First Amendment protects their freedom of speech, it doesn't protect them from the consequences that might result from expressing their opinions. (For example, an adult woman is currently being investigated by the Secret Service for calling President Obama a "nigger" and suggesting he be assassinated on her Facebook page.)

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Conservative Media Turn On Governor Christie Following Romney Defeat

After President Obama's re-election, conservative media figures attacked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his praise of the president's leadership following Hurricane Sandy. Their attacks followed News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch's pre-election statement that Christie would be to blame if Obama won the election.

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CIA Director David Petraeus resigns, cites extramarital affair

CIA Director David Petraeus resigned Friday, citing an extramarital affair and "extremely poor judgment."

As first reported by NBC News and in a letter released to the CIA work force on Friday afternoon, Petraeus disclosed the affair, and wrote: "Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours."

Petraeus told President Obama of his affair and offered his resignation during a meeting on Thursday, a senior official told NBC News. In a phone on Friday, Obama accepted the resignation.

In a letter released to the CIA work force on Friday afternoon, Petraeus disclosed the affair, and wrote: "Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours."

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In Obama's 2nd Term, Will Democrats Challenge US Drones, Killings?

During Democracy Now!'s seven-hour election special last night, investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill asks Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich about the secret drone war that has expanded under President Obama's first term and the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen struck by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year.


AMY GOODMAN: Let’s go to the issue of progressive politics. I want to play an excerpt from our six-hour election special last night, about the secret drone war that’s expanded under President Obama. Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill asked Congressmember Dennis Kucinich on our show about the case of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year.

JEREMY SCAHILL: I just wanted to ask you—I was talking about you earlier and saying that with the loss of you, or with you not being in the House anymore, there basically isn’t another Democrat who filled the space that you did, particularly on civil liberties issues, on foreign policy issues. And I was—I was just remembering the last time that I visited you in Washington.
We were talking about how you put forward this bill after it became clear that President Obama had authorized the killing of a U.S. citizen, Anwar Awlaki, who had not been charged with any crime, had not been indicted with any crime. And this was well before Awlaki was killed. Of course, he was killed in a drone strike in September of 2011, along with another U.S. citizen, Samir Khan, who had also not been indicted and whose family had been told by the FBI that he had not committed any crimes. Then two weeks later, Awlaki’s 16-year-old son Abdulrahman was killed while he was having dinner with his teenage cousins and friends. And there’s been no explanation as to why that young American citizen was killed in this drone strike. So you had Obama killing—or authorizing operations that killed three U.S. citizens in a two-week period.
And when you, a year before this happened, put forward legislation in the Congress, that didn’t mention Awlaki by name but just said that the president does not have the right to unilaterally authorize the assassination of a U.S. citizen without due process, only six of your colleagues signed on to that legislation. I mean, to me, that’s one of the sort of enduring symbols of your legacy in Congress, the fact that you were one of only half-a-dozen members of Congress—not a single senator—to simply state on the record that American citizens have the right not to be assassinated by their own government without due process.
What—what is your—I mean, what is your sense of how much damage this administration has done to those core causes that you fought for for so long?
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Source written 2 days ago

Mods, can we get a "drones" tag?
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Woman Arrested for Voting

Here are two things I did not know until recently:

  • Susan B. Anthony was actually arrested, tried, and convicted of the crime of voting while female.

  • The "B" stood for "badass."

    According to "The Trial of Susan B. Anthony," part of Professor Douglas Linder's cool Famous Trials website, Anthony was arrested in 1872 after she persuaded some officials in Rochester, New York, to let her vote. Actually, "persuaded" is not really the word:
    On November 1, 1872, Anthony and her three sisters entered a voter registration office set up in a barbershop.... As they entered the barbershop, the women saw stationed in the office three young men serving as registrars. Anthony walked directly to the election inspectors and, as one of the inspectors would later testify, "demanded that we register them as voters."

    The election inspectors refused Anthony's request, but she persisted, quoting the Fourteenth Amendment's citizenship provision and the article from the New York Constitution pertaining to voting, which contained no sex qualification. The registers remained unmoved. Finally, according to one published account, Anthony gave the men an argument that she thought might catch their attention: "If you refuse us our rights as citizens, I will bring charges against you in Criminal Court and I will sue each of you personally for large, exemplary damages!"

    BOOM! Susan B. drops the E-bomb!

    For some reason I can't say "large, exemplary damages" without doing it in a high-pitched Monty-Python-in-drag lady voice, which is not meant to take away from its awesomeness.

    Flustered by the onslaught of the Anthony sisters, the men eventually gave in. At least one local paper promptly called for the arrest of all those involved. "Citizenship no more carries the right to vote that it carries the power to fly to the moon," said an editorial in the Rochester Union and Advertiser dictated by some jowly patrician. "If [these women] take the oaths and the Inspectors receive and deposit their ballots, they should all be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

    On Election Day, Anthony and several other troublemakers did in fact managed to vote. (According to Linder, "Anthony's vote went to U.S. Grant and other Republicans, based on that party's promise to give the demands of women a respectful hearing.") This was followed by a great foofaraw and hullabaloo.

    Also the real badassery. Anthony was charged with unlawful voting, and the local functionary sent word to her to "call at his office." She said no thank you. A deputy marshal was then sent:
    He sat down [Anthony later said]. He said it was pleasant weather. He hemmed and hawed and finally said Mr. Storrs wanted to see me...."What for?" I asked. "To arrest you." said he. "Is that the way you arrest men?" "No." Then I demanded that I should be arrested properly. [She then insisted on being handcuffed.]

    She also refused bail because she wanted to file a habeas petition as a quicker way to get Supreme Court review, but her attorney decided to pay it out of his own pocket, saying that he "could not see a lady [he] respected put in jail." This probably pissed her off to no end, but she probably cheered up in January 1873 when she was indicted for wrongful voting, "the said Susan B. Anthony being then and there a person of the female sex." Gadzooks!

    These dummies had thereby given Anthony the perfect platform to lobby for the right to vote, which she did for the next four months. Among other things, this resulted in a change of venue on the theory that her speeches and calls for jury nullification might have prejudiced potential jurors. The trial was moved to another county, where she immediately launched another lecture tour and spoke for the next 21 days in a row.

    The main factual defense at trial was that Anthony did not "knowingly" cast an illegal vote because she reasonably believed that she was in fact entitled to vote. Her lawyer actually called himself to testify that he had advised her it was legal (this is really unusual but not technically improper). But maybe he had to do that, because the judge ruled his client was "not competent as a witness on her own behalf." The main legal argument, which her lawyer set forth in a three-hour closing, was that the then-recently passed Fourteenth Amendment applied to women, too. None of it seemed to matter, because when closing arguments were done the judge pulled out a previously written opinion and read it, finding Anthony guilty. (He did not let the case go to the jury.)

    Linder's description of the sentencing hearing is great, and worth reading in full, but too long to set out here. One lesson that could be learned from it is not to start by saying, "Has the prisoner anything to say?" when the prisoner is Susan B. Anthony. Because she certainly did.

    When he was able to get a word in, the judge fined her $100, to which she responded, "I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty." And she never did.

    (Source: Prof. Douglas Linder (UMKC Law School), Famous Trials.)

    Lowering the Bar
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    Nadine Dorries to go ahead with TV show after learning of Tory suspension

    Nadine Dorries has decided to stay in Australia despite being told about her suspension from the Conservative party over her decision to go on the reality TV show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

    ITV confirmed on Friday that Dorries was now aware that the Tory chief whip, Sir George Young, had suspended her on Tuesday after she flew to Queensland to take part in the jungle-based reality show, which will run daily from Sunday and could see her away from constituency and parliamentary duties for up to a month.

    The MP has decided to stay and go ahead with her appearance.

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    Bonus quote from the Telegraph:

    Nadine has explained that she is doing the TV show to speak directly to 16 million people, raising concerns around the campfire about important issues such as reducing the abortion limit from 24 weeks.


    Is it wrong that I feel a bit gleeful that she's been suspended from the party? Really glad she's not going to have a voice at the table any more, all the vile stuff she spouts. But likewise a bit gutted that she's going to get to spew it to such a large audience on this programme anyway. Meh

    PS Mods, third time lucky I hope - sorry for being such a ditz!

    Voting is the Best Form of Revenge

    Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold.

    How the GOP’s War on Voting Backfired

    Since the 2010 election, Republicans passed new voting restrictions in more than a dozen states aimed at reducing the turnout of Barack Obama’s “coalition of the ascendant”—young voters, African-Americans and Hispanics.

    “This is not rocket science,” Bill Clinton said last year. “They are trying to make the 2012 electorate look more like the 2010 electorate than the 2008 electorate.” By pushing voter suppression laws, Republicans wanted the 2012 electorate to be older, whiter and more conservative than the young and diverse 2008 electorate.

    But the GOP’s suppression strategy failed. Ten major restrictive voting laws were blocked in court and turnout among young, black and Hispanic voters increased as a share of the electorate relative to 2008.

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    now what

    What happens to those who lose a presidential campaign? Some can do it with heads rightly held high, and go on to give valuable service to the nation. We were reminded of this just two weeks before the recent election, when George McGovern died. Though he underwent a humiliating defeat by Richard Nixon forty years before, he was a man of integrity, some of whose ideas were continued by people who worked in his 1972 campaign, like Bill and Hillary Clinton, veterans of his Texas office that year. McGovern was re-elected to the Senate after his presidential loss, where he performed important services, like defying the cattle, egg, and sugar lobbies to set up national dietary standards. This was a long-time commitment of his. Even before he went into the Senate, he had served as President Kennedy’s point man in the Food for Peace Program. In 1998, President Clinton appointed him his ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, where he worked effectively to curb world hunger. Above all, though he was a heroic flyer in World War II, he was a principled opponent of useless militarism.

    What public service do we expect from Mitt Romney? He will no doubt return to augmenting his vast and hidden wealth, with no more pesky questions about where around the world it is stashed, or what taxes (if any) he paid, carefully sheltered from the rules his fellow citizens follow.
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    The moment when the Minnesota gay-marriage ban was blocked, caught on tape

    At 1:45 a.m. local time, the vote on the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota was still too close to call. Then, just as Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom prepared to send the staff and volunteers home to get some sleep, they were informed they had successfully defeated an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment for the first time in U.S. history. Luckily for us, a camera was rolling to capture this beautiful moment for the whole world to see. Skip to 2:32 for the best part.


    Guys, I may have tears on my face right now.... ;_; 

    Papa John's CEO John Schnatter Says Company Will Reduce Workers' Hours In Response To Obamacare

    Papa Johns Obamacare

    In the wake of President Obama's reelection, one CEO is doubling down on his criticisms of Obamacare.

    Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter said he plans on passing the costs of health care reform to his business onto his workers. Schnatter said he will likely reduce workers’ hours, as a result of President Obama's reelection, the Naples News reports. Schnatter made headlines over the summer when he told shareholders that the cost of a Papa John’s pizza will increase by between 11 and 14 cents due to Obamacare.

    "I got in a bunch of trouble for this," he said, referring to the comments he made in August, according to Naples News. "That's what you do, is you pass on costs. Unfortunately, I don't think people know what they're going to pay for this."

    Schnatter went on to say he's neither in support of, nor against the Affordable Care Act, even admitting that "the good news is 100 percent of the population is going to have health insurance.” But he’s not the only one in the chain restaurant industry to admit that workers hours may be reduced, since Obamacare mandates that only employees that work more than 30 hours per week are covered under their employers health insurance plan. For example, Darden restaurants, the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster, has already experimented with reducing workers hours in anticipation of the legislation.

    Others have responded to the added costs of Obamacare more harshly, includingApplebee's which has said it won’t hire new workers because of the law. Just this week, a Georgia business owner also claimed he cut employees due to Obamacareand in fact had specifically laid off those who he thought had voted for President Obama.


    Welp, yet another reason to patronize my local pizza place (that and their pizza isn't total shit...Go Amante is Seattle!) Also, yeah--I realy believe that this douchcanoe is totally neutral on Obamacare. Riiiiight.
    YES. ♥ ♥ ♥
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    Charles Darwin gets 4,000 write-in votes in Athens against Paul Broun

    A follow-up to a post a month back: GA Congressman: evolution is "lies from hell"

    By Jim Thompson
    updated Friday, November 9, 2012 - 2:00pm

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    Source: Athens Banner-Herald Online (local paper cited in major national news articles on this)

    OP: Saw Rachel Maddow gleefully report on this and thought I'd share. ;)

    Nye 2014?