Saturday, March 15, 2008

Nickelodeon offers kids'-eye view of immigration

Immigration: Look, Linda Ellerbee is hosting this show, so its will be pro-illegal. Trying to stress that it won't take that position is a flat out line considering the audience it is trying to indoctrinate.

Indiana fails to pass illegal immigration bill.

Immigration: Killed off by businesses and elected officials who feel they answer to no one.

Indiana is unlikely to begin cracking down on businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants anytime soon.

Lawmakers apparently killed a proposal to do just that late Thursday night after a legislative conference committee could not agree on a final version of a bill that would have yanked the license of offending employers.

Business and manufacturing lobbyists were all smiles and handshakes afterward, but declined to comment until the session ends today.
Hispanic leaders were jubilant.

"My phone has been ringing off the hook," said Mary Jane Gonzalez, the president of the Indiana State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "Our community has been celebrating because our voice had an influence."

This is the third state adding Utah and Virginia where they have just said screw it and listened to business and illegal alien supporters over the citizens of this country.

Alaska GOP party starts to clean up.

Politics: This is what I like to see, there needs to be more cleaning out of party members who are disruptive to the GOP nationwide.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A state Republican convention that could have unified a troubled party descended into infighting Friday, with the lieutenant governor announcing his intention to unseat a congressman and the governor calling for changes in GOP leadership.
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell said he would challenge U.S. Rep. Don Young, the 18-term incumbent who's the subject of a federal investigation that includes his campaign finance practices.

"The days of unquestioning loyalty are gone," Parnell said a few hours later after filing candidacy paperwork. "It's time for principled leadership."

Gov. Sarah Palin escorted Parnell into the Division of Elections office and immediately endorsed him over Young. She gave no thought to the protocol of an endorsement months before the August primary, she said.

"When something's right, it's right," she said. "There's no time like the present to state your case and speak candidly about what you believe it. And I believe in his candidacy."

Some lawmakers and party members characterize the turmoil as a healthy family spat, but other observers see it as symptomatic of bigger issues within the party.

"The Republican brand has suffered from corruption issues," said John J. Pitney, a former researcher at the Republican National Committee who teaches government at Claremont McKenna College. "It's a major reason John McCain became the (GOP presidential) nominee. It's their best chance to remove the taint of corruption."

The state's old guard has taken a shellacking of late. Three of the GOP's former state lawmakers have been convicted of bribery and two- thirds of the Alaska's congressional delegation is under federal investigation.

Officials at the Republican National Committee refused to comment on Alaska's political strife, but Pitney said the committee is probably quietly encouraging the state's party to clean up its act, and soon.

Banned Boondocks episodes to air in Canada.

Entertainment: Alright you canucks, you better have these "ready" after they air for the rest of us.

"The Boondocks" is about to take a detour into Canada.

Two episodes of the edgy, animated series, which is based on Aaron McGruder's explosive comic strip, are airing on Teletoon's adult-themed "Detour" programming block after being pulled from their originating U.S. broadcaster, the Cartoon Network. The episodes in question, "The Huey Freeman Hunger Strike" and "The Ruckus Reality Show," air this Sunday night and next Sunday at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The episodes in question, however, are not banned in America due to concerns over taboo language or sexual content. Rather, the Turner Cable-owned Cartoon Network yanked the two half-hours because they savage another cable network, BET.

BET's CEO, Debra Lee, is depicted in Sunday's episode as "Debra Lee-vil," a sinister Dr. Evil clone who kills underlings and rants about creating a network "that would accomplish what hundreds of years of slavery, Jim Crow and malt liquor couldn't - the destruction of black people."

BET entertainment president Reggie Hudlin - once a "Boondocks" executive producer - is depicted as Dr. Lee-vil's Harvard-educated lieutenant whose bright idea is to steal five-year-old reality show ideas from MTV and graft them onto the BET brand.

Clearly, McGruder hates BET, and it is hard not to see the depictions in this episode as personal attacks. It's like sitting in on the first giddy draft of a satiric sketch in the writers' room, only to realize that it was painstakingly inked and animated. (A request was made through Teletoon to interview McGruder but he was unavailable in time for this article.)

McGruder pushes parody to the limits in a relentless attack which continues in the next episode, where Uncle Ruckus, a self-hating black man (voiced by Gary Anthony Williams), gets his own offensive BET reality show.

The Cartoon Network has not acknowledged that the BET attacks were the reason for pulling the "Boondocks" episodes. All a spokesperson there would say is that Turner Cable was not contacted by BET, Lee or Hudlin.

Clip from Hip Hop DX( NSFW and strong language)

Muslims Nations: Defame Islam, Get Sued?....Profit!

World: Not that there aren't countries and people in the West who wouldn't sign up for this without hesitation.

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Muslim world has created a battle plan to defend its religion from political cartoonists and bigots.

Concerned about what they see as a rise in the defamation of Islam, leaders of the world's Muslim nations are considering taking legal action against those that slight their religion or its sacred symbols. It was a key issue during a two-day summit that ended Friday in this western Africa capital.

The Muslim leaders are attempting to demand redress from nations like Denmark, which allowed the publication of cartoons portraying the Prophet Muhammad in 2006 and again last month, to the fury of the Muslim world.

Though the legal measures being considered have not been spelled out, the idea pits many Muslims against principles of freedom of speech enshrined in the constitutions of numerous Western governments.

"I don't think freedom of expression should mean freedom from blasphemy," said Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade, the chairman of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference. "There can be no freedom without limits."

Delegates were given a voluminous report by the OIC that recorded anti-Islamic speech and actions from around the world. The report concludes that Islam is under attack and that a defense must be mounted.

UK: Military uniforms in public ‘risk offending minorities’

UK: What a disgrace. The worst part is the RAF leaders praising this sort of nonsense.

Certain areas in Britain will still have to remain off-limits for servicemen and women in military gear, despite the Government’s desire for a nationwide uniform free-for-all, senior RAF sources acknowledged yesterday.

After the ban on uniforms in Peterborough, ordered by the station commander at nearby RAF Wittering, one senior air force source said that military commanders had to be aware of potential problems of personnel wearing combat and other military clothes in the street.

“We’re aware of the sensitivities, for example, in some ethnic minority communities which is why we need to have a dialogue with local authorities and police if we don’t want to cause a problem,” the source said.

Group Captain Ro Atherton, station commander at RAF Wittering, was praised by her superiors for taking the “sensible precaution” of advising personnel under her command to wear civilian clothes in parts of Peterborough after a number of incidents of abuse by members of the public.

The RAF said the ban would be reviewed but there was no question of overruling Group Captain Atherton who was in the best position to make a judgment, after taking advice from the military police and the local police force.

“This was not a blanket ban for the whole of Peterborough but service personnel were advised to watch out for certain areas,” the senior RAF source said.

Yesterday it emerged that students at University College London voted to ban the military from setting up recruitment stalls there. They also backed a ban on the Officer Training Corps at the college campus.

A meeting of the students’ union supported a motion condemning British Forces for waging “an agressive war overseas”.

Obama being black is a great reason to vote for him!

Politics: Its good to see Euro white liberals like Michael Tomasky come out and say that electing a black liberal is a good enough reason to vote for Obama.

It most definitely isn't supposed to be said by black people. As I noted in a column in Monday's print paper, while Hillary Clinton can say she'd be proud to be America's first woman president, Obama can't say the same thing about being America's first black president; the white establishment would go ballistic. By the same token, black supporters of Obama, whenever they're interviewed, understand that they're not supposed to say to the white press that they back Obama because of his race. They know that they're supposed to say they're for him because they think he's the best person for the job.

Many of them may and probably do believe this of course. But even the ones who are essentially for Obama because he's black have to pretend that isn't the case. (In contrast, women don't have to lie in this way about their support for Hillary, because female solidarity isn't nearly as threatening to powerful white people as black solidarity.)

Well, I'm not on television and I'm not black, so I am here to say that yes, the fact that Barack Obama is a black man is an important factor on his behalf. There is no earthly reason that it should not be. This country has a history on the question of race with which you may be familiar. The idea that we might elect a black president would indeed in my mind help redeem that hideous legacy, and it would change our present in a million small ways that would benefit the whole society. He'd be an incredible role model for young black men, and, assuming he was even a reasonably successful president, a better role model for old white men who didn't believe an African-American could do the job.

His election would also - far, far more than the election of another war-mongering white man, and yes, even considerably more than the election of a woman - send an unimaginably powerful message to the rest of the world, where most of the people are darker than most Americans are by this shade or that.

.....If they feel that way, I reckon their counterparts in most countries of the world probably feel that way. The election of a black American president would arrive as an earthquake around the world. It might even persuade the good citizens of a country or two that, if America could manage to do that, then maybe they could overcome some discomforting piece of their own past.

As with liberals that inferiority complex and need to be loved by the rest of the world comes into play. Its the self aware self loathing that strikes me as funny when reading the likes of Michael Tomasky.

Teacher/School sued for waking sleeping student

Edumacation: Unless it was The Incredible Hulk teaching, this is one of the worst nuisance lawsuits I have ever seen. The sleeping troglodyte punk ought to be ridiculed right out to another school. The parents should be ashamed of themselves.

DANBURY -- Take one early morning high school math class.

Add a drowsy student who may have been up late the night before.

Multiply it by the sound of the teacher's hand slamming down on the sleeping scholar's desk.

What do you get? A lawsuit -- or at least the possibility of one.

That's the product of an incident at Danbury High School in December, according to documents on file in the Town Clerk's office at City Hall.

Attorney Alan Barry has notified Danbury school officials he intends to sue them for injuries sustained by his client, 15-year-old Vinicios Robacher, that were allegedly caused by the teacher who woke him up.

Robacher suffered pain and "very severe injuries to his left eardrum" when teacher Melissa Nadeau abruptly slammed the palm of her hand on his desk on Dec. 4, Barry said.

The injuries, and Robacher's resulting hearing loss, may be permanent, he said.

"Many of us have fallen asleep in class and had the teacher wake us up. But what happened here was more in the nature of an assault and battery," he said. "My client is an extraordinarily bright young man. He's a computer wizard who works late into the night, and that's probably why he fell asleep."

The papers at City Hall are only a preliminary notice, a state requirement that must be met before an actual lawsuit can be filed.

Elio Longo, finance director for the Board of Education, said the claim has been forwarded to the city's insurance carrier. He declined further comment.

Rolling Stone Magazine covering Obama's rear?

Politics: LGF pointed this out.

Rolling Stone Trying to Cover Up Obama's 'Radical Roots'?
Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 5:55:49 pm PDT

Rolling Stone has changed the title of this story, but you can still see it in the page title and the web address: Campaign ‘08: The Radical Roots of Barack Obama.

The new title: “Destiny’s Child.”

Here is the cover for that issue.

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Rev. Wright has left the Obama camp but Obama's apology is full of holes as he denies he never heard the lines.
The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church.

As people are pointing out this is a nice dodge if you are not paying attention, he keeps his denial to these specific lines. But as NYTIMES citing the above Rolling Stone magazine article points out, he knows what is said because he disinvited Rev. Wright last year when he was announcing his presidency. Via S&L.

In Monday’s interview, Mr. Wright expressed disappointment but no surprise that Mr. Obama might try to play down their connection.

“When his enemies find out that in 1984 I went to Tripoli” to visit Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, Mr. Wright recalled, “with Farrakhan, a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell.” Mr. Wright added that his trip implied no endorsement of either Louis Farrakhan’s views or Qaddafi’s.

Mr. Wright said that in the phone conversation in which Mr. Obama disinvited him from a role in the announcement, Mr. Obama cited an article in Rolling Stone, “The Radical Roots of Barack Obama.”

According to the pastor, Mr. Obama then told him, “You can get kind of rough in the sermons, so what we’ve decided is that it’s best for you not to be out there in public.”

Obama better hope no one has video or pics of him at any of these sermons where he or Michelle are nodding or clapping in agreement. The explanation is just not plausible.

EU transports demands America pay carbon tax.

EU: Jacques Barrot making a lot of demands that I can see under an Obama or Hillary presidency will meekly say yes too.

US airlines must pay for their carbon dioxide emissions or face a curb on flights to the European Union, the EU transport commissioner warned yesterday.

The green ultimatum was issued by Jacques Barrot as the transatlantic airline market undergoes its biggest shakeup in 30 years when limits on flights between the EU and US are lifted this month. Barrot said negotiations on a second phase for the treaty will include a demand that US carriers join the EU emissions trading scheme or an equivalent system in the US.

He added that requests by Washington for data on passengers overflying the US are disproportionate and will not be accepted by the EU, which fears that security measures across the Atlantic are becoming too draconian.

Discussions on a second phase with the US department of transportation begin in May and Barrot said the EU had the power to withdraw flying rights if a deal is not reached.

"It's always possible to imagine reducing the number of flights or suspending certain rights," he said, adding that a member of the US Congress environment committee believed a deal will be possible once the Bush administration ends.

"He told me that attitudes are changing. Particularly with Bush and Cheney gone, there is a real hope of things moving on. The new administration will be under pressure to take new measures."

....European carriers want foreign rivals coopted on to the scheme because airlines who refuse to buy carbon credits will offer lower fares. The transport secretary, Ruth Kelly, also waded into the argument last year, accusing the UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation of committing a "very great failing" in not setting up a global emissions scheme for airlines.

Barrot will also demand that the US government lift restrictions on foreign ownership of airlines and accept EU security procedures. Under the open skies terms, EU states can suspend flights from the US to Europe if insufficient progress is made on a second phase by 2010. The suspensions can take place from 2012.

Barrot described a request for data on all passengers flying over the US as excessive. "Any demand has to be a proportionate response to existing security problems."

To summarize, EU wants America to pay carbon taxes, open up more of our airlines to foreign ownership and accept their security procedures but refuse anything we ask for in return. Notice how these demands are rising with the possibility of a Dem White House?

Friday, March 14, 2008

Netherlands wants wimpy statement about Freedom of Speech.

EU: It is just sad to see the Neatherland government on their knees like this.

The Netherlands will not ask for an EU statement that explicitly defends freedom of expression. This freedom in fact has limitations, suggested Premier Jan Peter Balkenende in the Lower House.

The Netherlands is seeking support from the EU in relation to the possible consequences of the Koran film that MP Geert Wilders wants to show on or around 28 March. The formal Dutch position is that both freedom of expression and freedom of religion must be respected.

The Netherlands hopes that its view can be incorporated in a joint EU statement if the film leads to violence. Balkenende does not want this statement drawn up yet. "A statement beforehand is problematic, as we do not know what the contents of the film is," he told the Lower House in a debate.

The premier plans to say to his EU colleagues at the Spring European Council today that a centuries-long battle was waged for freedom of speech and "that we need to cherish this." At the same time, this freedom is "no absolute right" but a right to which "responsibility" is attached.

The conservatives (VVD) called on the premier to ask the EU to state in the declaration that freedom of speech is only restricted by the ban on discrimination and incitement to violence. "Insulting or 'decency' do not come under this," said VVD MP Han ten Broeke. But Balkenende disagreed.

Lots of Israel haters in Australia's Parliament.

Australia: Or Jew haters, these days you can't tell the difference most of the time.

More than a dozen ministers and Labor backbenchers were absent from Parliament yesterday when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd moved an motion to congratulate Israel on its 60th birthday.

Although some Liberal MPs also snubbed the event, the absence of Labor MPs was notable in the chamber when Mr Rudd's motion was strongly supported by Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson.

As Mr Rudd rose to speak, a woman was removed from the public gallery for interjecting, "What about the UN resolution?"

Several protesters rallied outside Parliament criticising Israeli incursions into Palestinian territory.

The Government defended its decision to debate the motion despite opposition from within its own ranks and from the unions.

Dutch Minister Accepts Refusal to Shake Hands

EU: Did the Dutch just say screw it and whatever Islamic leaders demand we will do it? The rolling over is amazing.

THE HAGUE, 14/03/08 - Integration Minister Ella Vogelaar does not see it as her job to interfere in Amsterdam, where Islamic public officials are permitted to refuse to shake hands with women.

Amsterdam's Labour (PvdA) Mayor Job Cohen permits 'street coaches' to refuse to shake hands with women on the basis of their religion. "Cohen is free to make his own decisions"," Vogelaar (PvdA) wrote yesterday in a letter to parliament.

Street coaches are (Islamic) citizens who assist the police in combating nuisance by (Islamic) youths. Cohen and Achmed Marcouch, the leader of Slotervaart district council, recently stated that street coaches in Slotervaart, even though they are public servants, do not have to shake hands with women. This ran into opposition from PvdA leader Wouter Bos, but he has meanwhile withdrawn his opposition.

"Shaking hands is the norm. Period," Bos said recently. But this week, he found that there could be "exceptions" after all. Vogelaar, too, considers that public servants "must due to their position be prepared to shake hands with everyone" because this is the social custom in the Netherlands, but that exceptions are no problem.

SNL to go pro-Obama this week?

Politics: They have to because they are getting kicked around for being pro-Hillary and this bit of news should be no surprise to anyone.

Both men said that most members of the cast and writing staff favored Mr. Obama as a presidential candidate, and Mr. Downey said that he would definitely vote for him if he were nominated. (Mr. Downey said he was a registered Democrat.)

“I would imagine that most of the comedy world is for Obama,” he said. The show’s head writer, Seth Meyers, has contributed to Mr. Obama’s campaign.

Mr. Michaels gave money to Senator John McCain’s campaign earlier in the race. He said he had mainly supported Democrats and had also contributed this year to Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut on the Democratic side. Both Senators Dodd and McCain were presenters when Mr. Michaels was awarded the Mark Twain prize for humor in Washington in 2004.

Mr. Michaels noted that Mr. McCain had been a host on the show and acknowledged, “I have real affection for him.” But he predicted that the show would be tough on the Republican candidate and that he would not give more money to Mr. McCain’s campaign now that he is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party.

The wretched incompetence of the GOP "leaders"

Politics: If you are a conservative you have to be horrified and wonder who the hell did these people ever get into power in the first place. First they can't find a fricking challenger to run against a first term Dem in a red state and now we have dropped expectactions in November to just hope to hang on.

The Senate Republican campaign committee’s motto from early on in the 2008 cycle has been “Two Seats” — the net gain it needs in November to retake the majority.

But a resigned National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John Ensign (Nev.) said this week that goal is a “very long stretch” at this point, and he conceded that recruitment failures and an unhelpful Senate GOP conference have hindered his efforts in what was already a perilous cycle.

A difficult week on the recruiting front has further prevented the committee from playing much offense in 2008, as wealthy candidates in New Jersey and South Dakota opted out and the window for recruiting top-tier candidates has apparently passed in most of the NRSC’s top-targeted states.

Ensign said about half of the Senate’s 49 GOP members are “not even close” to being on pace to raise the amount of money they are expected to for the committee and fellow candidates. The members are expected to raise between $750,000 and $3 million, depending on seniority and stature.

In recent days, wealthy businesswoman Anne Estabrook (R) dropped out of the race in New Jersey, a large-scale recruiting effort failed on former South Dakota Lt. Gov. Steve Kirby (R), and the filing period passed for Sen. Mark Pryor’s (D-Ark.) seat without one GOP candidate on the ballot.

The filing deadline for two other targeted races, Iowa and Montana, is Friday and Thursday, respectively, and no major or well-funded candidate has yet signed up for either one.

With the West Virginia deadline already passed, the committee is basically limited to recruiting in New Jersey and South Dakota. It has less than a month, though Ensign said he hopes to have an answer from a candidate in the latter this weekend.

But a lack of targets hardly means a lack of action. Ensign could have to defend upwards of 12 Republican-held seats in November, as Democrats have landed solid candidates in even some long-shot races.

Member giving and fundraising is a huge part of assembling the funds necessary, and Ensign said that aspect of his job is looking up, even though lots of members are still slacking off.

These are the sort of plans that should have been in place a couple of months after 2006. There is a Dem congress that would be a hanging curve ball to hit against except our batters has no arms. I suspect some wouldn't mind being in a permanent minority because they can get their pork easy and not actually have to put much effort other than to put on a show as being the opposition. Blow the whole leadership and national groups up to start over because with this bunch nothing will get done.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Paramount's Stop-Loss campaign to fool the public.

Politics: Yet another Anti-War,Iraq,Military movies coming to the plexes but this time trying to at least get a first week boost, Paramount is trying to lie about the content. Even the Hollywood Reporters embarrassingly tries to cover for the subject matter.

With its morally complex story of soldiers who have served in Iraq, Paramount's upcoming "Stop-Loss" offers a more direct and gritty account of a current soldier's experience than any commercial feature to date.

Yet you wouldn't know it from the trailer, which emphasizes a young cast in moments of camaraderie in Texas. Or from the poster, which has the vibe of a "Friday Night Lights" or "Varsity Blues" as much as "Platoon" or "Full Metal Jacket."

Such is the paradox of Kimberly Peirce's "Stop-Loss," which, after being moved from the fall to avoid the boxoffice hacksaw faced by other war pictures, holds its premiere Monday in Los Angeles before opening wide March 28. The movie addresses the complexities and pressures of those currently serving in the modern military in ways arguably no studio has.

And yet the recent boxoffice fate of Iraq movies has prompted Paramount to take a notably careful approach that downplays the war. The movie is being sold as an MTV Films picture with an attractive young cast (Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt) that will lure people to theaters for other reasons.

Those who worked on earlier Iraq pictures say that, while they hope someone finally can reverse the genre's fortunes, they're pessimistic that marketing, subject matter and timing will change their fate. "Anything that isn't full-on entertainment is going to struggle," said an exec involved with a fall Iraq movie. "You can try to sell it about the narrative or other things, but it's not like you can fool people. I wish it wasn't true, but we're all in a sinking boat."

But some experts point out that "Stop-Loss" should be judged differently.

"The problem is previous movies have been pretentious and preachy without saying anything new," Box Office Mojo's Brandon Gray said. "People want movies to take a stand. They don't want them to be mealy-mouthed."

Congress endorses a whole bunch of tax hikes and earmarks.

Nation: There is a good way to get the economy back on track, hike the taxes and spend on welfare programs like drunken sailors.

WASHINGTON - Both houses of Congress endorsed the idea of tax increases for millions of Americans Thursday as Democrats pressed ahead with budget plans that would allow some or all of President Bush's reductions to die after he leaves office.

....As for the $3 trillion federal budget plans, the House version would provide generous increases to domestic programs but bring the government's ledger back into the black by letting all of Bush's tax cuts expire at the end of 2010 as scheduled. That five-year plan passed the House on a 212-207 vote with Republicans unanimously opposing it over what they argued was $683 billion in tax increases.

In the Senate, John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting, voted to extend the full roster of tax cuts, which he opposed seven years ago as being tilted in favor of the wealthy. Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois both voted against them.

Clinton and Obama did vote for $340 billion in tax cuts over five years for middle- and higher-income taxpayers, investors and people inheriting businesses and big estates.

But they joined with Democrats and a couple of maverick Republicans to reject, 52-47, an additional $600 billion in extensions of income tax rate cuts, more generous estate tax cuts and relief from the alternative minimum tax.

Cutting back earmarks? Perish the thought.

Separately, the moratorium on pet spending projects seemed headed for defeat despite the backing of all three of Bush's potential successors.

Earmarks have exploded in number and cost in recent years, accompanied by charges of abuse and public outrage over egregious examples like the proposed "bridge to nowhere" in Alaska.

"Too many senators have confused the founding fathers of the earmark favor factory with the Founding Fathers of the United States of America," said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

On the subject of tax cuts, Democrats in the House defeated a GOP plan that would have extended Bush's reductions — and went further by eliminating the alternative minimum tax, which was originally designed years ago to make sure rich people pay at least some tax but now threatens more than 20 million additional taxpayers with increases averaging $2,000.

Britons hit by a whole lot of 'sin taxes'

UK: If its bad for you as in the killjoys don't like it, let it be taxed.

Kids arrested at Heathrow with coke strapped to their legs.

Crime: Here is the mom of the year.

Two Mexican children were intercepted at Heathrow airport after 15kg of cocaine were allegedly found strapped to their legs.

The boy, 13, and girl, 11, have been placed into the care of social services.

A woman, believed to be their mother, has been charged with drug smuggling following the discovery of the haul.

Mexican Elisa Vazquez Sanchez, 40, was arrested after the drugs, with an estimated street value of £675,000, were discovered by Customs on Tuesday.

Officers at Terminal 4 carried out a search after Sanchez and the children arrived on a British Airways flight from Mexico City around lunchtime.

Bob Gaiger, HM Revenue & Customs spokesman at Heathrow, said: “We never cease to be amazed at the lengths to which some people will go to hide drugs from us when they pass through our controls.”

Hollywood liberals to judge Obama moveon ads.

Politics: Same old stuff as they do their civic duty to push propaganda, maybe if moveon had run their General Betray-us ad before some judges they wouldn't have got pummelled for it.

Sen. Barack Obama's advertising team is getting some friendly competition from film pros with some Oscar clout like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

The liberal group, reprising a 2004 ad contest against President Bush, has enlisted the actors to help select an ad supporting Obama's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. MoveOn plans to air the winning commercial on national television, but organizers hope the real benefit could come simply from media attention, Internet buzz and the star power behind it.

"The spirit of the contest is to put into video form what it is that you think will help push Obama over the top." said Iliyse Hogue, the campaign director for Political Action. "It's a great thing for aspiring ad makers and film makers who want to participate in a meaningful way."

Participants in the "Obama in 30 Seconds" contest will have until April 1 to submit their entries. MoveOn members, which the organization places at 3.2 million people, will be able to vote on their favorites by watching them on the MoveOn Web site. The top 15 entries will then be judged by a panel of liberal activists, recording artists and Hollywood notables.

Among them will be Affleck and Damon, both Academy Award winning actors and writers. Also judging will be actor Steve Buscemi, film director Oliver Stone, singer songwriters Moby, Eddie Vedder and John Legend, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons.

Prince William County crackdown working?

Immigration: Two methods of success, the Latino soccer is fielding less players.

As Prince William proceeds with its crackdown on illegal immigrants, one result is a shake-up and shrinking of the area's entrenched Hispanic soccer leagues. The reason is simple, organizers say: Players and fans, among them many illegal immigrants, are so worried about being detained by authorities en route to or at games that they are avoiding local fields. Legal immigrants are also wary, for themselves or their illegal relatives, organizers say.

"I have never felt as good as I felt in Manassas," said Hector Bardales, 26, a Sterling mechanic who plays in four of the region's leagues but most loved the crowds who cheered him on when he donned his Honduras de Manassas uniform. But he is in the country illegally, so Manassas is now no man's land, he said. "I would play in any county except Prince William."

Officials have said the policy is not meant to intimidate but to remove illegal immigrants, particularly those who commit crimes. The imperiled leagues draw little sympathy from backers of the county's enforcement program.

"I would hope that the soccer leagues didn't depend on illegal aliens to make them viable," said Greg Letiecq, president of Help Save Manassas, an anti-illegal-immigration group. "It just doesn't seem like a valid reason for overturning the rule-of-law resolution: because without the illegal aliens, the soccer clubs will all fall apart."

I wonder if ICE read this and took down names of those dumb enough to have it printed even though they are illegal?

2) English learning classes are way down.
The Prince William County school board says hundreds of students learning English as a second language have left in the middle of the academic year.

School board members say the loss of 630 students in the English for Speakers of Other Languages program illustrates that immigrants are leaving after an illegal-immigration crackdown was approved.

School officials say the ESOL population rose by more than 1,500 students in October to about 13,400, but then began to decline. The county's new illegal-immigration policy was approved October 17th.

Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart says the drop in ESOL students is "the first concrete data" to indicate the county's new policy is working.

Obama used his middle name/race as a selling point.

Politics: Way back in October of 2007. This piece brings up his "global" view of how America should be aka a lapdog for everyone else.

Sometime before Barack Obama's middle name slipped into the realm of the unmentionable, it was supposed to be a selling point of his candidacy. "Well, I think if you've got a guy named Barack Hussein Obama, that's a pretty good contrast to George W. Bush," Mr. Obama told PBS's Tavis Smiley on October 18, 2007. "If you believe that we've got to heal America and we've got to repair our standing in the world, then I think my supporters believe that I am the messenger who can deliver that message."

There are many reasons the idea of an Obama presidency appeals to so many Americans, and not the least of them is that it appeals to so many non-Americans. He blends his several identities so seamlessly as to seem to be part everything -- and so for everyone, everywhere, to feel as if they have a part of him. He combines style, eloquence, youth and a common touch in a way the world hasn't seen in an American president since 1961.

His soft-left brand of foreign policy, with its emphasis on global "challenges" rather than American interests, is broadly appealing to the rest of the world (or at least the segment that's in the business of writing op-eds that are later quoted back to American audiences).

Dolphin saves whales from death in New Zealand

Culture: Awesome.

Moko the dolphin had already won over humans at Mahia Beach, where she plays with swimmers in the New Zealand surf and pushes kayaks along with her snout.

Now the friendly bottle-nosed has shown her empathy for other species, by saving two whales from almost certain death after they became stranded.

Human attempts to guide the two pygmy sperm whales through a narrow escape route from the beach had consistently failed, and all seemed lost until the dolphin intervened.

Moko, a regular visitor to Mahia Beach on the east side of North Island, appeared to communicate with the whales before guiding them to open water.

Malcolm Smith, a field worker for the New Zealand Department of Conservation, said that he had almost given up and was contemplating killing the whales to prevent further distress, until Moko arrived.

“It was amazing,” he said. “It was like she grabbed them by the flipper and led them to safety. We worked for over an hour to try to get them back out to sea . . . but they kept getting disorientated and stranding again.”

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Churches Ask Wilders Not to Show Film

EU: There is some sad twisted reasoning by the church leaders.

The Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) has appealed to MP Geert Wilders not to broadcast his Koran film. "Would it not be a proof of real freedom if you decided not to show the film?" the PKN asked rhetorically.

PKN represents the protestant churches in the Netherlands. Its Secretary General Bas Plaisier invites Wilders to show the film privately at the PKN head office in Utrecht so that they can enter a debate with him if the film is offensive.

"We will watch the film with respect for you and your convictions and discuss the content of the film with you," Plaisier writes in the protestant opinion magazine Centraal Weekblad. "It is possible that all the commotion is unwarranted, and if so, we will say so honestly. But if your film could hurt people and put many thousands of people around the world in danger, will you then reconsider your intentions?"

Plaisier says the church "does not properly understand" what Wilders is trying to do. "Have you ever considered not making use of your freedom to say what you think? Would it not be a proof of real freedom if you decided not to show the film? We would esteem you for this."

When you start not making use of something, eventually it becomes useless.

Totalitarian School suspends kid over Skittles.

Culture: This is the well off area version of the Wire.

Contraband candy has led to big trouble for an eighth-grade honors student in Connecticut.

Michael Sheridan was stripped of his title as class vice president, barred from attending an honors student dinner and suspended for a day after buying a bag of Skittles from a classmate.

School spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo says the New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a districtwide school wellness policy.

Michael's suspension has been reduced from three days to one, but he has not been reinstated as class vice president.

Superintendent Reginald Mayo said Wednesday that the principal was just trying to keep students safe, but that he would review the decision to suspend Michael.

Michael says that he didn't realize his candy purchase was against the rules, but he did notice that the student selling the Skittles on Feb. 26 was being secretive.

Bunch of 8th graders near the locker room touting they got the fun size packs of skittles at 50 cents a pop. Hey, if you got to learn to deal, start off with the easy stuff.

Totalitarian obnoxious green college students on the movie.

Enviro: I really loathe Gen Y'ers, they are turning out more obnoxious and self righteous than even I could have imagine.

A youthquake of activism is hitting college campuses as students — armed with cellphones, lots of contacts and political savvy — tackle global warming.
Plans have begun at campuses across the nation to implement initiatives discussed in "Focus the Nation," a national teach-in on the climate that took place in late January.

Almost 2,000 schools and faith and civic institutions, and about 75 national and state political leaders were part of the event. Organizers say about 1 million people participated.

"This is not a protest movement. It's an engagement movement," says Eban Goodstein, the economics professor at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., who founded the non-profit organization, also called Focus the Nation, in 2006 to spearhead climate activism.

At the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, "everyone's looking at what's our next step," says junior Katelyn McCormick. "People are planning campaigns. Freshmen are really excited."

McCormick was among the students who gathered in Washington, D.C., in November for Powershift 2007, the first national youth summit on the climate crisis. At a special congressional hearing chaired by U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., McCormick spoke about how schoolchildren in West Virginia are affected by proximity to a coal-mining operation.

Scientists have tied climate change to the release of heat-trapping "greenhouse" gases into the atmosphere, fueled by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal.

"Global warming, environmental injustices and social injustices are so closely tied together that you can't separate one from another," McCormick says. "I definitely have found my passion and plan to make this part of my life."

I figure once they get out of college and have to get a real job all this hippy crap will stop.

Hillary says sorry, Geraldine quits.

Politics: The Clinton machine got what they wanted and will get it from Geraldine which is plant the seed that Obama is only where he is at because he is black.

WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton did something Wednesday night that she almost never does. She apologized. And once she started, she didn't seem able to stop.

The New York senator, who is in a tight race with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, struck several sorry notes at an evening forum sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a group of more than 200 black community newspapers across the country.

Her biggest apology came in response to a question about comments by her husband, Bill Clinton, after the South Carolina primary, which Obama won handily. Bill Clinton said Jesse Jackson also won South Carolina when he ran for president in 1984 and 1988, a comment many viewed as belittling Obama's success.

"I want to put that in context. You know I am sorry if anyone was offended. It was certainly not meant in any way to be offensive," Hillary Clinton said. "We can be proud of both Jesse Jackson and Senator Obama."

"Anyone who has followed my husband's public life or my public life know very well where we have stood and what we have stood for and who we have stood with," she said, acknowledging that whoever wins the nomination will have to heal the wounds of a bruising, historic contest.

"Once one of us has the nomination there will be a great effort to unify the Democratic party and we will do so, because, remember I have a lot of supporters who have voted for me in very large numbers and I would expect them to support Senator Obama if he were the nominee," she said.

The Clintons long have enjoyed overwhelming support from black voters, but that has been eclipsed during the primaries and caucuses by enthusiasm and support for Obama, who has pulled huge margins among black voters. Arguments over the role of race and gender have flared up repeatedly throughout the contest between Obama, who would be the nation's first black president, and Clinton, who would be its first female one.

Earlier in the day, Hillary Clinton supporter and fundraiser Geraldine Ferraro gave up her honorary position with Clinton's campaign after she said in an interview last week that Obama would not have made it this far if he were white. Obama said Ferraro's remarks were "ridiculous" and "wrong-headed."

Of Ferraro's comment, Hillary Clinton told her audience: "I certainly do repudiate it and I regret deeply that it was said. Obviously she doesn't speak for the campaign, she doesn't speak for any of my positions, and she has resigned from being a member of my very large finance committee."

As first lady and senator, Clinton rarely cedes an inch to her critics. On the issue of her vote to authorize the Iraq war, for instance, she steadfastly has refused to apologize, coming close by saying she regrets it, despite calls from many anti-war voters in the party to make a more explicit mea culpa.

Kwame Kilpatrick plays the race card for sympathy.

Politics: It has pretty much come down to this though I am not saying he is lying but at least Spitzer realized he had to go, Kwame doesn't have a clue.

DETROIT - Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick stood before hundreds of people last summer and triumphantly proclaimed: "Die, N-word, and we don't want to see you 'round here no more."

But although Kilpatrick and other black leaders symbolically buried the racial slur in a mock funeral last July, he uttered it in his State of the City address Tuesday, which was carried live on local television and radio stations.

Facing possible perjury charges from testimony during a whistle-blowers' trial and criticism over sexually explicit text messages he sent to his former top aide, a defiant Kilpatrick lashed out at the media and opponents. He said he and his family have been subjected to racial slurs, as well as threats over the past month.

"In the past 30 days, I've been called a nigger more than anytime in my entire life," said Kilpatrick, 37. "In the past three days, I've received more death threats than I have in my entire administration."

Kilpatrick's use of the slur drew a sharp response from state Attorney General Mike Cox, who called it "race-baiting on par with David Duke and George Wallace" on Wednesday and said the mayor should step down for the good of the city and region.

"What he said cannot be unsaid, and he is not fit to be mayor anymore," Cox, who is white, said in an interview on WJR-AM. "He's a very talented guy, but he has overstayed his day. He should resign, he should quit, whether he's charged or not."

Kilpatrick spokesman James Canning said Cox "has the right to his opinion" but said the mayor will remain in office. He said Kilpatrick used the slur in his speech as an example of how hurtful the epithet can be.

South African children playing "rape me" games.

Africa: South African schools sound like hell on earth.

South African schoolchildren are so affected by crime that they play games of "rape me, rape me" and mimic robberies in the playground, according to the country's human rights commission. In a report on school violence published yesterday, the commission said schools were the "single most common" site of crimes against children, such as robbery and assault, including rampant sexual violence, some of it by teachers.

The commission said it had identified a number of games pupils played in response to the violence, including one in which they pretended to rape each other. "This game demonstrates the extent and level ... brutalisation of the youth has reached, and how endemic sexual violence has become in South Africa," it said.

The commission also found that some boys committed what they called "corrective rape" on lesbians, justifying the assault by claiming that it would make the victims heterosexual. "There is a growing phenomenon of corrective rape. This refers to an instance where a male learner rapes a lesbian female learner in the belief that after such a sexual attack the learner will no longer be lesbian," the report said.

A separate study by the Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme found that a quarter of secondary school students said that forced sexual intercourse did not necessarily constitute rape.

UK: Stop prayers or face being sued, council told

UK: As their version of the human rights bill is being used to try and stop prayers because they might offend.

A town council is being advised to stop prayers before meetings or face the threat of legal action under race discrimination or human rights laws.

The warning has come from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

Bideford town council in Devon has been told by the association that councillors and members of the public could argue that their right to practise any religion could be infringed by the saying of short Christian prayers before meetings.

Bideford council was planning to hold a meeting to discuss a possible ban but it is understood the matter will be adjourned until Hazel Blears, the Local Government Secretary, has made the Government's position clear.

NALC has urged the authority to stop the traditional practice of prayers before council meetings to "eliminate any risk" of challenge in the courts.

In January Bideford council voted to keep the pre-meeting prayers after a Liberal Democrat councillor tabled a motion to scrap them.

Geoffrey Cox, the Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon, who is a QC, criticised the NALC, saying its advice "is quite simply misleading and wrong".

Mr Cox added: "This situation is proof of a disturbing tendency to try to use spurious legal arguments under the Human Rights Act and equality legislation to eliminate the Christian faith from the fabric of our public life."

Rolling Stone prays to Obama aka BLACK JESUS!

Politics: See! Liberals are gettin religion and it is Black Jesus as their savior. We have progressed in a short time to it. First there was Spiegel

Then the AP.

Now, The Rolling Stone has converted! though they may be confused between Luke Skywalker, Super Saiyan Goku and Black Jesus which is blasphemy. But.....

Welsh Muslims snub assimilating into Welsh society.

Culture: This story started out as being happy happy joy joy, but it took an ugly turn around the middle.

Cardiff is home to the oldest Muslim community in Britain, the descendants of Somali and Yemeni seamen who settled with their families in the docks over 100 years ago. The community has expanded in recent decades with Pakistanis and Bangladeshis who came as migrant workers to northern England in the 1970s.

There are now over 30 mosques in Wales. At the Cardiff Muslim Primary School in Wales, housed in an old Church of Wales school formerly known as Saint Monica's, enrolments are increasing. "Last year we had roughly 50 children and now there's 95 and a waiting list", said school principal Clare Fox-Rashad, who converted to Islam 12 years ago and is married to a Libyan.

She said the state school system offends many Welsh Muslims because it teaches that all religions are "right".

"We know what we believe is right," Ms Fox-Rashad said. "They push Christmas a lot and Easter and these types of things and it's not something that we can get involved in". Children are taught the Koran and Arabic instead of Welsh.

The school does not follow the national curriculum and is not subject to rigorous inspections by local government, Ms Fox-Rashad said.

At some point some person in authority who doesn't have PC ethics is going to have to take a look at this because this sounds like the makings of a disaster.

Social conservative and journalist Melanie Phillips, the author of the provocative book Londonistan, has argued that British authorities turned a blind eye as London became a hub for Islamic extremists in the 1980s and 1990s. Welsh officials take pride in the fact that radicalisation is not yet a problem in Wales. They say this is because they have experienced "oppression" at hands of the English and are more embracing of ethnic and religious diversity.

However, there have been a number of racial attacks against Welsh Muslims in recent years.

Mohammed Ashghar, a Muslim MP with the Welsh National Party Plaid Cymru who wears britches and is known in his party as "Oscar", said barriers still needed to be broken down.

"There is still distance, people are not fully integrated, they are not fully merged yet, definitely there is a barrier," he said. Mr Ashghar said that immigrant communities had tried hard to adopt Welsh culture and now the Welsh need to embrace the immigrants.

"We do enjoy a Christmas, our children enjoy Christmas, but I'm yet to see the indigenous community celebrating Eid, which is not happening," he said.

This idiotic notion that for every move the immigrant makes, the host majority has to reciprocate is wrong, stupid and highly annoying. Its a low level form of cultural blackmail.

Ed Norton shopping Obama documentary.

Politics: As the typical ties of Hollywood and combine yet again.

Edward Norton and his Class 5 Films are prepping to shop a feature documentary about the historic presidential campaign mounted by Sen. Barack Obama.
Class 5 has engaged Endeavor partner Ari Emanuel and lawyer Andrew Hurwitz to make a distribution deal for a film the company is producing for release in 2009. Doc has financing in place from Good, Green Film Co. and Citi Prods.

Amy Rice and Alicia Sams are directing the as-yet-untitled pic. They began shooting footage before Obama’s declaration of candidacy to become the Democratic Party’s 2008 presidential nominee. Emanuel, who guided the sales of Sacha Baron Cohen’s pseudo-docs "Borat" and "Bruno," and the Michael Moore docs "Sicko" and "Fahrenheit 9/11," has been an outspoken supporter of Obama. The brother of Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) has organized meet-and-greets in Hollywood and hosted fund-raisers for Obama. Norton, a longtime Endeavor client, has also been a supporter, reportedly donating to Obama’s campaigns.

Norton said the motivation behind the film was not to glorify its subject. Its genesis came during a chat between Norton, his Class 5 partners Bill Migliore and Stuart Blumberg and the directors right after Obama raised his national profile with a memorable speech during the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

"We were all so struck by Barack’s speech and talked about how exciting it was to see someone from our generation, not our parents’, make his presence felt in such an inspiring way," Norton told Daily Variety. "It was akin to the way I remembered my dad describing how he felt when Kennedy gave his inauguration speech.

"At the time, he was the new senator from Illinois. None of us had voted for him or contributed to his campaigns. None of us was saying, ‘I want to back this guy for president.’ It was more this generational experience, of seeing someone we felt represented us in a very unique and fresh way, and the desire to explore what would happen to the first person our age who staked a claim to national leadership."

BBC launches Arabic television service

Media: Now they can kiss up fully in the native language 24/7. I give it six months before a report on how BBC Arabic is beholden to the Arab Street and spiking stories.

Britain's public broadcaster the BBC launched an Arabic television service on Tuesday with funding from the government to provide what it said would be independent news, analysis and current affairs.

The corporation said the channel would broadcast for an initial 12 hours a day to anyone with a satellite or cable connection in North Africa, the Middle East or the Gulf, before moving to a 24-hour operation later this year.

It will complement the BBC Arabic radio service that is already available and, both of which have been relaunched.

"We are encouraged that independent research consistently shows an appetite for a BBC Arabic television channel," Nigel Chapman, the director of BBC World Service, said in a statement.

"The main reason people give is quite simple -- it is because they believe the BBC will provide an independent news service they could trust."

I laugh derisively in your direction.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Bye, Martina Navratilova and just stay the hell away.

Politics: Lets give her this much credit, she is the first whiny lib to threaten this sort of action and actually leave.

Martina Navratilova has regained Czech nationality more than 30 years after fleeing a Communist regime she now compares favourably to that of her adopted country America under President George Bush.

The nine-time Wimbledon champion and one of the world's greatest ever tennis players, Ms Navratilova was born in Prague. She fled in 1975 at the height of the Cold War after being denied the right to compete in professional tennis in the US, where most major tournaments were then played and to where she later moved.

After angering the Communist authorities and living in America for six years, she became a US citizen.

Yesterday, however, she told a press conference in Tokyo that she now has her home citizenship back. "I lost it at the time I defected. I got it back on 9 January," she said.

The widely respected star had previously spoken of her disdain of the government of her adopted nation. "The thing is that we elected Bush," she told the Czech newspaper Lidove Noviny. "That is worse. Against that, nobody chose a Communist government in Czechoslovakia."

1 in 4 teen girls has an STD from ho'ing around.

Culture: What happens when morals and values are dismissed in the public sphere or parents stink at raising their kids. Why is it that the attitude of well the kids are doing it anyway so lets give them this, this and this seem to be making matters worse at younger ages?

At least one in four teenage girls nationwide has a sexually transmitted disease, or more than 3 million teens, according to the first study of its kind in this age group.

A virus that causes cervical cancer is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection in teen girls aged 14 to 19, while the highest overall prevalence is among black girls -- nearly half the blacks studied had at least one STD. That rate compared with 20 percent among both whites and Mexican-American teens, the study from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

About half of the girls acknowledged having sex; among them, the rate was 40 percent. While some teens define sex as only intercourse, other types of intimate behavior including oral sex can spread some infections.

For many, the numbers most likely seem "overwhelming because you're talking about nearly half of the sexually experienced teens at any one time having evidence of an STD," said Dr. Margaret Blythe, an adolescent medicine specialist at Indiana University School of Medicine and head of the American Academy of Pediatrics' committee on adolescence.

But the study highlights what many doctors who treat teens see every day, Blythe said.

Dr. John Douglas, director of the CDC's division of STD prevention, said the results are the first to examine the combined national prevalence of common sexually transmitted diseases among adolescent girls. He said the data, from 2003-04, probably reflect current rates of infection.

"High STD rates among young women, particularly African-American young women, are clear signs that we must continue developing ways to reach those most at risk," Douglas said.

Obama gets blacks, Clinton gets whites and McCain...

Politics: gets the conservatives and white, born-again and evangelical Christians who are really not all that thrilled with him.

Whites largely shunned Barack Obama in Mississippi's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday as the Deep South showed once again its reluctance to embrace him across racial lines.

While nine in 10 blacks lined up behind the Illinois senator, about three-fourths of whites supported Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to preliminary figures from an exit poll of voters across Mississippi. That made the state's contest one of the most racially divided this year.

That division was all Obama needed because voters were split evenly between the two races.

While Obama has typically received lopsided numbers of black votes and Clinton, a New York senator, generally has won among whites, Tuesday's racial polarization was stark.

Only in two other states have more than seven in 10 whites backed Clinton, and both were in the South — next-door Alabama and Arkansas, where she was first lady while her husband, Bill Clinton, was governor.

Further underscoring the importance of race, nearly four in 10 blacks said race was important in choosing their candidate. Of that group, nine in 10 supported Obama.

Among whites, about two in 10 said they considered race when deciding their vote. Nine in 10 of them voted for Clinton.

.....On the Republican side, McCain — who has locked up his party's nomination — easily carried loyal Republicans, conservatives and white, born-again and evangelical Christians. Yet nearly one in five said they were dissatisfied with him as the nominee, while four in 10 said he is not conservative enough.

Geraldine Ferraro is partly right about Obama

Politics: Face facts and stop being politically correct. Obama possesses great oratory skills, charisma and the whole hope and change sermon that would have made him a viable candidate.

But being black and non-threatening is also a part of it considering his biggest base before Clinton/South Carolina happened was upper middle white liberals who wanted to make history and are enthralled by Obama. Just search up at the top for "Black Jesus" and "Magic Negro" for previous posts on this annoying trait.

But what really irritates Ferraro and other feminists is the fact they may be blocked out of getting their fav woman in the White House by yet another man who to them is helped out by his color. But the identity politics doesn't work here because its attacking another love of liberals which is color. So Ferraro is even more frustrated and goes into more identity politics.

But far from backing off from her initial remark, Ferraro defended it and elaborated on it.

“Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let’s address reality and the problems we’re facing in this world, you’re accused of being racist, so you have to shut up,” Ferraro said. “Racism works in two different directions. I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?”

The fems have no idea how to stop Obama from blocking their path to the White House. Via Mickey Kaus Obama's camp call Ferraro comments about if Obama was white he wouldn't be in this position offensive.

But why is it "offensive"? It is, after all, true. Maybe that's the problem. Is it 'offensive' to hit too close to the sensitive weak spot of Democratic race-preference ideology in a Democratic primary? I guess.

Hillary Clinton, Spizter, Kilpatrick, Newsom, Villaraigosa

Politics: Hillary has really poor judgement of men. She better hope Kwame Kilpatrick is a Obama supporter or she will be 0 for 4.

Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton carefully sidestepped questions Monday about the sex scandal engulfing Eliot Spitzer, her home state governor and political ally.

"I don't have any comment on that. Obviously I am sending my best wishes and thoughts to the governor and to his family," Clinton said, opening her first campaign swing through Pennsylvania, which holds its presidential primary April 22.

No stranger to the public humiliation of sex scandals, the former first lady stood by her husband in 1998 through the investigation of his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and subsequent impeachment.

Coincidentally, a handful of Clinton's high-profile supporters have been forced to apologize for sexual misbehavior.

Early in 2007, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom publicly apologized for having a relationship with the wife of a top political aide. He blamed alcohol dependence for his actions and checked into rehab.

Shortly after endorsing Clinton in May 2007, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a rising Hispanic star in the Democratic Party, announced he was divorcing his wife after carrying on monthslong affair with a local television news anchor.

Chief praises dumb Sydney police officers.

Australia: Its like a bad keystone cop comedy.

It's easy enough to leave the keys in your car - but the consequences can be a good deal more embarrassing if you're a police officer ... especially if the suspect you're after finds them before you.

That's what happened in Sydney last night when two officers saw a stolen silver Toyota driving erratically on Parramatta Road in Strathfield.

The car was also suspected of being used in a nearby armed robbery about an hour before.

The chase began and the car, driven by a 23-year-old woman with the man in the passenger seat, had two collisions before smashing into a sign at a Five Dock petrol station.

The driver ran from the petrol station but was caught by a female officer.

But the male passenger got away, then doubled back to the petrol station to steal the empty police truck.

Burwood police commander Arthur Katsogiannis said a "debrief" had been held with the officers involved.

He denied the force had been left red-faced by the theft.

"It's not embarrassing at all, in fact we need to put things in context and say what a good job the police officers did,'' Supt Katsogiannis told reporters.

"They did what was instinctive at the time which was to chase and arrest the female driver.''

Supt Katsogiannis conceded police training stipulated the removal of keys from the ignition of police vehicles in such situations.

But he said in this case it "wasn't practical in the circumstances''.

The officers had been under the impression that either one or both of their quarry was armed with a knife, he said.

"It's more important to save a member of the public than a police car,'' Supt Katsogiannis said.

The Chav and Santa Burka Design.

UK: Yeah, someone is going to bitch.

CHECK these out . . . cheeky designers have come up with some chav-tastic new burkha outfits for Muslim women.

The Burberry print, popular with chavs everywhere, and the Father Christmas-like creation — complete with white beard — were designed for an International Women’s Day show.

Other burkhas at the weekend event in Norway capital Oslo included one of camouflage gear and another bearing a balloons pattern.

Veil be dancing in the streets if they catch on.

This is why the RNC and NRCC gets no money from conservatives.

Politics: As a conservative why bother when you can't even field a fricking candidate in a damn red state. Just give the Dems a free pass.

Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor ’s bid for a second Senate term soared from highly likely to virtually certain Monday, when no Republican challenger met the state’s congressional filing deadline at noon central time.

CQ Politics has changed its rating on Pryor’s race to Safe Democratic from Democrat Favored, reflecting the fact that he is the first Senate incumbent running this year to officially draw no major-party opponent.

It was likely that this rating change would have been made even if the GOP had fielded a candidate. Republicans’ hopes for seriously competing faded after Asa Hutchinson, a former House member and former high-ranking official at the federal Department of Homeland Security, declined a Senate bid. Then former Gov. Mike Huckabee stuck to his pledge not to run for the Senate this year, even though he dropped his presidential campaign last week after Arizona Sen. John McCain won enough delegates to clinch the Republican nomination.

The GOP’s chances of even fielding a candidate fell to Tom Formicola, a medical technology company manager and former city councilman, who publicly considered the race but ultimately did not file to run, according to the office of Arkansas’ Secretary of State. Formicola’s only congressional campaign experience was a failed 2006 bid to win the GOP nomination to run against 2nd District Democratic Rep. Vic Snyder .

Still, the Republicans’ inability to field any Senate candidate in a Southern state that twice favored Republican George W. Bush for president this decade is yet another blow for a party that lost six seats and its Senate majority in 2006, and is mainly playing defense against further Democratic gains this year.


Corn-based ethanol will worsen 'dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico

Enviro: The hits just keep on coming. Give it a couple of years and some enviro group will sue to stop making it.

In the first study of its kind, Donner and Chris Kucharik of the University of Wisconsin quantify the effect of biofuel production on the problem of nutrient pollution in a waterway. Their findings will appear in the March 10 edition of the Proceedings of the National Journal of Sciences.

The researchers looked at the estimated land and fertilizer required to meet proposed corn-based ethanol production goals. Recently, the U.S. Senate announced its energy policy aims of generating 36 billion gallons annually of ethanol by the year 2022, of which 15 billion gallons can be produced from corn starch. The corn-ethanol goal represents more than three times than triple the production in 2006.

“This rush to expand corn production is a disaster for the Gulf of Mexico,” says Donner, an assistant professor in the Dept. of Geography. “The U.S. energy policy will make it virtually impossible to solve the problem of the Dead Zone.”

Nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural fertilizer have been found to promote excess growth of algae in water bodies – a problem that’s common across North America and in many areas of the world.

Circuit City tries to reinvent itself

Business: Only way for CC to gain any ground is to stop with the rebate sales and better customer service.

GOP trying to push immigration measure.

Immigration: I doubt it will work because I have no confidence in the GOP actually mounting an effort even with the blue dogs.

House Republicans are trying to force action on a Democratic-written immigration enforcement measure, the latest GOP attempt to elevate the volatile issue into an election-year wedge.

Republican leaders hope that by pushing the bill — endorsed by 48 centrist Democrats and 94 Republicans — they can drive Democrats into a politically painful choice: Backing a tough immigration measure that could alienate their base, including Hispanic voters, or being painted as soft on border security in conservative-leaning districts.

The move would be a rebuke to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who opposes the Shuler bill unless it's paired with measures to allow undocumented workers a chance at legal status and allow legal immigrants to bring more family members to the United States. Democratic leaders have been working behind the scenes to craft an alternative that could dissuade their more conservative members who back Shuler's bill from joining the GOP effort to press forward on it.

They are considering pairing a widely popular measure by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., to allow more seasonal workers to come to the United States under so-called H-2B visas with proposals aimed at speeding the process of granting immigrants' spouses and minor children visas to join their parents in the U.S., among others. Also under discussion is a bill that would allow nonresident immigrants serving in the military to become citizens.

It's not clear whether Republicans can gather enough support for a vote on the bipartisan enforcement bill, which couldn't take place until April at the earliest. GOP leaders relish the idea of calling attention to Democrats' rifts on the issue in advance of Congress' 14-day Easter recess starting next week. They plan to blast Democrats who have endorsed the legislation but not signed onto the effort to force a vote on it.

Boeing to protest tanker contract.

Nation: Boeing gonna protest and congress critters playing games that will likely delay the new tankers by a year.

Boeing Co. said Monday it will formally protest the refueling tanker contract awarded to European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp.

While that official protest, to be filed Tuesday, puts the contract under review of the Government Accountability Office, it doesn't take Air Force officials out from under intense pressure.

Those officials return Tuesday to Capitol Hill, where rhetoric and furor have accompanied the high-stakes deal since the Air Force late last month gave the job to a European company instead of an American one.

The backlash has been led by lawmakers from Washington, Kansas and other states that would have gained jobs had Boeing won. Air Force officials have said the impact on American jobs was not one of their criteria for awarding the contract.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Democrats, Bill Clinton tried to reach out to FARC?

Terrorism: Via Miami Herald. Now the mystery is which Dems tried the reaching out and it had to be high up well known connections for Bill Clinton name to pop up. I wonder if the Obama camp will push this?

Colombia's FARC guerrillas discussed contributing up to $100,000 to the campaign of Rafael Correa six weeks before he was elected president of Ecuador in 2006, Colombia's Semana magazine reported on Sunday, citing a document found on the laptop of slain rebel leader Raúl Reyes.

Another document reportedly found by Colombia's National Police is a letter from 2000 that asks Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for a $100 million loan so the guerrillas could buy weapons, including surface-to-air missiles. There's no evidence that the deal went forward.

Among the other 14 new letters cited by Semana describe:

• How the FARC was planning to keep an undisclosed amount of money from a Colombian drug trafficker imprisoned in the United States. This letter and another discussing ties between the FARC and drug traffickers ''provide direct evidence that the FARC is a drug trafficking cartel,'' said former Colombian Justice Minister Carlos Medellín.

• Suggestions by FARC leader Manuel Marulanda on how the FARC could blame someone else when gunfire killed 11 Colombian state legislators held by the guerrillas in 2006.

• An apparent effort by Democrats in the United States to employ Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez as a go-between to arrange possible negotiations with the FARC in Panama, possibly with the assistance of former President Bill Clinton.

• Meetings with senior Venezuelan officials, including the head of the police, a congressman and the minister of justice and internal security.

This is the second batch of letters made public from Reyes' laptop. No outside entity has verified the initial set of documents, but Colombian journalists have been treating them as authentic.

A senior police official would neither confirm nor deny to The Miami Herald on Sunday the authenticity of the letters cited by Semana, which is highly respected.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Spanish Socialists win short of overall majority

Spain: Mr. Bean the coward of Spain party won general election gaining 5 seats and the PP conservative party also gained 5 while the small leftist parties lost ground.

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's governing Socialist Party won Sunday's election but fell short of the absolute majority that might have helped them act more quickly to cushion an economic slowdown.

"I will govern for all people, thinking first of those who have nothing," Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told thousands of supporters cheering and waving red flags outside the Socialist headquarters.

With 96 percent of votes counted, the Socialists were projected to win 169 seats in the 350-seat lower house, up five from the previous legislature.

The conservative Popular Party (PP) won 153 seats, also up five from 2004, when voters turned against them after they rushed to blame the Basque separatists of ETA for election-eve train bombings that turned out to be the work of Islamists.

The night's big losers were small left-wing parties.

"We're the political party that gained more seats than any other in Spain, in votes and in percentage," PP leader Mariano Rajoy told supporters.

The economic slowdown and a sharp rise in unemployment dominated the election campaign until Friday, when a former Socialist councilor was shot at point-blank range in the Basque Country. Both main parties blamed ETA.

Zapatero has won popularity with liberals around Europe over the last four years by pushing through social policies such as legalizing gay marriage. But his next term will pitted with more serious problems as Spain's economic boom comes to a sudden end.

In the last nine months, 300,000 people have joined the jobless queues, most of them from the construction sector.

Several analysts have cut their 2008 growth forecasts to about 2 percent after 3.8 percent growth last year and some worry that things could get worse if property companies start defaulting on their huge piles of debt.

The economic package is all about spending the surplus to subsidies programs, Zappo will also have to deal with all those illegals he gave amnesty too plus other EU citizens who rushed in to during the boom over the next couple of years.

But he is starting to make the young people expect the government to be their mommy.

Zapatero has been trying to cushion the pain by offering rental subsidies for young people and pledging to boost public works spending and cut taxes if reelected.

That is the only way a liberal can stay in power by making the people dependent on the government.

Australia joins Kyoto on Tuesday.

Enviro: As all the people who want to feel good about themselves do self pat on the back. All of this is just useless nonsense.

Andrew Macintosh, associate director of the Australian National University's Centre for Climate Change Law, said the country would have no chance of meeting its Kyoto targets without generous concessions negotiated in 1997.

Macintosh said Australia "pulled a swiftie" when its Kyoto goal of capping greenhouse gas emissions to 108 percent of 1990 levels by 2012 was being hammered out.

At the time, Australia insisted it would include greenhouse gas emissions from land clearing in its 1990 total, the only industrialised nation to do so.

Macintosh said that because Australia cut down an unusually large amount of forest in 1990, the concession effectively added 129 million tonnes of carbon dioxide to Australia's 2012 emissions target.

He said without the loophole, known as the "Australia clause", the country's emissions would be about 130 percent of 1990 levels by 2012, well above the 108 percent target.

"We're actually among the worst performing countries in the world," he told AFP.
"Both energy generation and transport emissions are up substantially (since 1990), in the 30-40 percent region."

Macintosh said the Labor Party's good intentions on climate change while in opposition were likely to be scaled back now they faced the political realities of being in power.

"There's a willingness and a desire to do things, yet to temper that there's a desire to make sure they get re-elected and not spook the horses," he added.

....Greenpeace has called for Australia to reduce emissions by 25-40 percent of 1990 levels by 2020, but Macintosh said the government was likely to look at much more modest goals.

"Anything beyond a five percent cut I'd be reasonably surprised with. Beyond 10 percent, I don't think realistically that it's going to happen," he said.

It is such a blow to the idealists of the world when reality sucker punches them in the mouth.

Whites fleeing racially mixed schools in Australia

Australia: The explanation is those white parents want to avoid the ethnics, no word on if the schools they are fleeing are bad or they don't like the secular nature or what sort of values are being taught they may disgree with or solid proof everyone is racist.

PARENTS should be happy for their children to undergo a multicultural experience in NSW public schools, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard said.

Ms Gillard was responding to a report that public schools in NSW were suffering "white flight" as Anglo-European students avoided racially diverse institutions.

Ms Gillard, the federal education minister, said parents always had the choice of the best school for their children.

"Part of growing up and part of being an adult in Australia today is you have got to have the ability to mix in multicultural Australia," she told ABC Radio.

"I would have thought that parents would value as part of the education experience, their child being in multicultural Australia, learning about different cultures, learning about diversity because that is the nation they are going to live in."

The 2006 survey conducted by the NSW Secondary Principals' Council found that in some parts of Sydney and NSW the students were avoiding public schools in favour of independent ones.

Fairfax newspapers reported that public schools were being avoided because they were predominantly attended by Lebanese, Muslim, Asian or Aboriginal students.

"This is almost certainly white flight from towns in which the public school's enrolment consists increasingly of indigenous students," the report said.

"The pattern is repeated in the Sydney region. Based on comments from principals, this most likely consists of flight to avoid Islamic students and communities."

See, nothing about educational levels or if they is something else other than racism. When diversity becomes the defacto reason to send your child to school, you run like a sumabitch from it. There is a lot more to white flight from public schools than just racism, that is just an easy excuse. I guarantee if you dig deeper you will see minority parents who are moving their kids away from public schools and higher income levels of all groups have their kids being moved away from public schools. Very shallow reporting overall considering there is a bigger story here.

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Malaysia elections results powered by blogs and youtube?

World: The ruling coalition party got hammered this weekend.

Malaysia's prime minister may have made his biggest political blunder by calling early elections that only exposed public anger over simmering racial tensions and his perceived missteps.

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's ruling coalition was dealt a string of defeats in Saturday's general elections, which analysts said Sunday will place him under pressure to resign.

"He misread the signs. A lot of people were voting against Badawi," said Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, a human rights lawyer and political commentator. "He became the face of the mismanagement of the country. People were beginning to really, really dislike him despite his affable demeanor."

...The National Front is a coalition of 11 small parties and three major ones that represent Malaysia's main ethnic groups — the majority Muslim Malays who make up 60 percent of the 27 million population, the Chinese at 25 percent and Indians at 8 percent.

Traditionally, Malays have voted for UMNO, the Chinese for the Malaysian Chinese Association and the Indians for the Malaysian Indian Congress.

The power-sharing arrangement has worked as long as the three races believed only their parties could look after their respective communities' interests. But the minorities have become increasingly disappointed with their parties.

The Chinese and Indians are angry about an affirmative action program known as the New Economic Policy that has given Malays preference in jobs, education, business, housing, finance and religion since 1971.

They also worry that their religious rights are being eroded by the government. Several Indian temples were destroyed by authorities last year, purportedly for illegal construction, and many courts presiding over religious disputes ruled in favor of Muslims.

Ordinary Malays also are unhappy, many charging that the benefits of the New Economic Policy are being reaped only by rich and well-connected Malays.

Blogs and youtube were used to get around the MSM there and restrictive campaign rules.

Malaysia's weak opposition was up against a hostile mainstream media and restrictive campaign rules, but it can chalk up much of its stunning success in Saturday's election to the power of cyberspace.

Voters exasperated with the unvarnished support of the mainstream media for the ruling National Front furiously clicked on YouTube and posted comments with popular bloggers about tales of sex, lies and videotapes in the run-up to Saturday's election.

Jeff Ooi, a 52-year-old former advertising copywriter who made his name writing a political blog, "Screenshots" ( won a seat in northern Penang state for the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP).

Elizabeth Wong, a human rights activist and political consultant who runs a blog (, won a state assembly seat in the central state of Selangor.

YouTube, the phenomenally popular video Web site, did as much damage as any opposition figure could hope to inflict, after netizens uploaded embarrassing videos of their politicians in action on hot-button issues.

Malaysia's blogging community offer alternative views in a country where the government keeps a tight control on mainstream media. The government said last year it might compel bloggers to register with the authorities to curb the spread of malicious content on the Internet.