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  • Newest GOP Attack on Women: Just Say No to Tampons

    03/02/2012 11:03:59 AM PST · by kanawa · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Free Wood Post ^ | February 29, 2012 | Sarah Wood
    In recent weeks, the GOP attack on contraceptives and women’s rights has been returning to the legislative tables, and causing a stir among women’s rights activists and media outlets nationwide. Now it seems that many within the Republican party who strive to ban contraceptive use also see it as a necessity to prohibit the use of tampons, and seek to ban the sales of these and similar products as soon as possible. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) recently put together an all male panel for discussion at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the contraceptive coverage rule...
  • Arpaio investigates Obama's birth certificate

    03/02/2012 12:58:39 AM PST · by Rabin · 10 replies · 418+ views
    cbs news ^ | March 1, 2012 3:47 AM | staff
    The controversy over the certificate has been widely debunked
  • Attorney General: US Set for BP Oil Spill Trial

    03/01/2012 7:56:40 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies · 4+ views
    rigzone ^ | February 29, 2012 | Climate Spectator
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said "his team" is ready to proceed with a civil trial next week to determine responsibility for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill from the BP Plc well…The Obama administration's criminal probe is also making progress, Holder told a House of Representatives subcommittee. The civil trial to determine who is responsible for the blowout and related penalties was due to start this week … The Justice Department has been looking also into whether to bring criminal charges related to the disaster.
  • Joaquin Serrapio, Miami Man Who Threatened to Kill Obama, Loves Ron Paul, Racism and Journey Covers

    02/29/2012 11:11:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Miami New Times ^ | Tue., Feb. 28 2012 | Kyle Munzenrieder
    Joaquin Serrapio, Miami Man Who Threatened to Kill Obama, Loves Ron Paul, Racism and Journey Covers By Kyle Munzenrieder Tue., Feb. 28 2012 at 12:56 PM Comments (25) Categories: Crime Share 81digg ​Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr., the Miami man arrested for making online threats to kill President Barack Obama while he spoke at the University of Miami last week, has a large internet footprint. Serrapio went by the stage name of "Jay Valor" online, and fronted a local bar band known as the Jay Valor Band. On his Jay Valor Twitter account he made several disturbing Tweets in which he...
  • Hard-right elements tarnishing Republicans' chance at White House (Another Laff Riot)

    02/29/2012 9:22:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 2+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | February 28, 2012 | Linda Ocasio
    The prospect of Rick Santorum winning the Republican nomination for president has made a lot of Republicans nervous. Sure, the slugfest with Mitt Romney will continue beyond today’s primaries in Michigan and Arizona. But party leaders and pundits are already assessing the damage wrought by those who have dragged the party to the far-right fringes of conservative thought. New York Times columnist David Brooks writes that this is a real problem for the party seeking to capture the White House: “All across the nation, there are mainstream Republicans lamenting how the party has grown more and more insular, more and...
  • Media Promotes False Republican Gas Price Attacks on Obama (Seriously?!)

    02/29/2012 12:15:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 3+ views
    California Progress Report ^ | February 28, 2012 | Randy Shaw
    With President Obama’s approval numbers rising, the traditional media has created a new issue it claims raises “political perils:” rising gas prices. Working in lockstep with Republican backers of the Keystone XL pipeline and the “drill, baby, drill” crowd, the media is inflating an issue that a close look at the facts shows has never swayed presidential voters, and will not do so next November. Even worse, the media’s framing of the issue as putting Obama “on the defensive” is reactionary. It promotes the Sarah Palin view that environmental elites are stopping the United States from drilling its way to...
  • Juan Williams: Thanks to the stimulus, our economy is better off than it was 4 years ago

    02/28/2012 11:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 28, 2012 | Juan Williams
    President Obama’s poll numbers are getting better every day. But one clear weakness remains in the public mind — his performance in handling the U.S. economy. The most unpopular element of his economic stewardship is the stimulus, officially titled "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act." It turned 3 years-old last week. A new Pew poll finds 41 percent of Americans disapprove of the 2009 stimulus while 37 percent approve. In 2010, a CNN poll found three quarters of the public felt most of the stimulus was wasted and did not help the economy. Later in 2010 a Rasmussen poll found...
  • Sex with animals still not OK in U.S. military

    02/26/2012 10:01:56 PM PST · by Rabin · 25 replies · 3+ views
    stars & stripes ^ | December 8, 2011 | Leo Shane III
    (UCMJ), Article 125: any service member who “engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same sex or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy. Offenders face court-martial for any violations. Pentagon officials say the deletion of (The section covering carnal copulation with cats and rats and elephants), Article 125, bestiality is a legal technicality and does not represent any fundamental change in the military’s moral code for service members (and service animals). (WND), Les Kinsolving, asked (Quisling), Jay Carney: “Does the commander in chief approve or disapprove of bestiality in our armed forces?” Carney...
  • Obama Torching Bible Mimics Crazed Reign of Tamburlaine the Great

    02/26/2012 6:20:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 26, 2012 | Kelly O'Connell
    Don’t be shocked that Barack has a literary precursor birthed during the turbulent Tudor age in all its manic creativity and grandeur. First modern playwright Christopher Marlowe, whose demons eventually overcame prodigious dramatic gifts, is a fitting author for the backdrop of the sordid tale of Barack Obama. Predating Shakespeare’s feats, Marlowe’s epic Tamburlaine the Great is the story of an unprincipled, megalomaniac, demented ruler whose psyche breaks as his demise is delivered. At the end of this superb play, King Tamburlaine throws down the Koran in an ill-fated and cursed symbol of his war against God. For immediately after...
  • Douglas Kennedy, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, charged with hospital assault

    02/26/2012 8:50:05 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 211 replies · 4+ views
    Media Spy ^ | 2-26-2012 | Tim Blight
    Fox News reporter charged with hospital assault Tim Blight February 26, 2012 Douglas Kennedy, Fox News correspondent and son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, has been charged with assault after a 7 January incident in a New York hospital. 2 nurses at the Mt Kisco hospital alleged that Kennedy became violent after they tried to prevent him from taking his newborn son Bo outside of the ward. Kennedy says he wanted to "get some fresh air" and had already received permission from other nurses on duty, Reuters reports. The confrontation began after nurses issued a "code pink", an alert...
  • 1 hot ticket: Burning Man 'fiasco' pits us v. them on dark side of the desert playa in Nevada

    02/25/2012 9:13:40 AM PST · by redreno · 14 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | 02/25/2012 | SCOTT SONNER and CRISTINA SILVA
    RENO, Nev. - The biggest prior threats to Burning Man's annual regeneration in the Black Rock Desert were U.S. land use laws, undercover cops and the media-perpetuated perception that the largest outdoor arts festival in North America is really just an excuse to get naked and do drugs. But that was before the teeth-gnashing "ticket fiasco." Two decades after the free spirits moved their party from San Francisco's Baker Beach to a dried up ancient lake bed 120 miles north of Reno, the annual pilgrimage with its drum circles, decorated art cars, guerilla theatrics and colorful theme camps has become...
  • Maryland Attorney General Reveals Gov. stacked court to ensure same sex marriage.

    02/24/2012 8:19:03 AM PST · by Delegate Dwyer · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Equality Maryland video ^ | 2/24/2012 | Delegate Don Dwyer
    Gansler speaks to Equality Maryland
  • [Homosexual] Hair Stylist Refuses to Cut Anti-Gay Governor's Hair (Susana Martinez, R-NM)

    02/22/2012 2:12:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 2+ views
    SheWired ^ | February 22, 2012 | Staff
    It's been a long-running joke (though seldom enforced) among LGBT folks, particularly gay men who work in the creative-service spaces: If you discriminate against the gay community, we will refuse to cater/plan/decorate your weddings, design and make your dresses, or make you look pretty for your next big event. Now, it seems, one gay hair stylist hasn't just made that joke, he's lived up to his word. Antonio Darden (left) styled Governor Susana Martinez of New Mexico (right) on three separate occasions. Martinez is a Republican who got Sarah Palin's endorsement in 2010, and though she may believe that the...
  • Scroogle unplugged for good this time.

    02/21/2012 10:51:13 PM PST · by Rabin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 21st February 2012 | Kelly Fiveash
    Scroogle - a not-for-profit search engine that offered users something of a pro-privacy antidote to Google - has been killed... Daniel Brandt (its creator), called it quits after his servers were repeatedly targeted by DDoS attacks on Scroogle. (NOT) Google to once again attempt to banish the site from the interwebs, but.... a number of DDoS attacks that hit Scroogle, rendering the site utterly useless. “Scroogle.org is gone forever,” Brandt told BetaBeat. “Even if all my DDoS problems had never started in December, Scroogle was already getting squeezed from Google’s throttling, (DATE SORT) and was already dying. It might have...
  • I am sure everyone wants to know what I think. (YIKES)

    02/20/2012 12:11:03 PM PST · by dt57 · 298 replies · 2+ views
    ok, guess this is what is called a vanity. Not sure because this is my first post. So give me a break ok? WE are now down to 4 candidates. Here is how I see it. There will be no surprizes for anyone who has read my posts. 1. Ron Paul. A true fiscal conservative that I would vote for in a heart beat if he had a clue about our enemies and how much they hate us and want to destroy us and our way of life. 2. Mitt Romney. All he has to offer is that he really,...
  • 'People who make anti-gay comments to their youngsters are child abusers': Ricky Gervais

    02/17/2012 7:55:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 2+ views
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 17, 2012
    Ricky Gervais has hit out at parents who 'put the fear of God' into their children for being gay or threaten them if they ever come out as being homosexual. The outspoken comedian will appear on CNN's Piers Morgan show tonight where he opens up about his atheist views as well as gay marriage and his weight loss. Known for speaking his mind and never shying away from controversy, the 50-year-old had some choice words for people who make homophobic comments to their children. (VIDEO AT LINK) Ricky is an admitted atheist and says although he respects others' beliefs, he...
  • Blowing in the wind

    02/15/2012 10:42:04 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | February 16, 2012 | Editorial Staff
    Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday announced that NStar [NST] — as part of its bid to merge with Connecticut-based Northeast Utilities — has agreed to buy 27.5 percent of the electricity that will be generated by the yet-to-be-built Cape Wind project. And by “agreed” we really mean “succumbed to unprecedented pressure from Patrick’s team, designed to ensure that the offshore wind project may some day, with enough government coaxing, actually break ground.”
  • Alan Gross draws 15-year sentence in Cuba

    02/13/2012 10:24:19 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post. ^ | March 12, 2011 | Mary Beth Sheridan
    Gross’s work involved distributing computer and satellite phone equipment to members of the island’s Jewish community so they could use the Internet, according to his family and U.S officials.
  • Letter: Palin’s GOP too far-right for me

    02/13/2012 8:02:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies · 1+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | February 13, 2012 | Rob Sarnowski
    Did you ever think that perhaps “conservat­ive enough” by Sarah Palin’s standards might be too far right for the rest of us Republican­s and independen­ts? Most of us are not wealthy and are neither racist nor homophobic. We are not all evangelica­l Christians. We are merely commonsense people, most of whom have faith in God, but respect people who do not share our faith (we pray for them rather than judge them); we believe strongly in fiscal restraint, less government intrusion in our lives, a fair taxation system and an agenda that is not only without discrimination but also includes...
  • With April calendar, high court clears the decks

    02/10/2012 9:28:13 PM PST · by Rabin · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Law.com ^ | February 8, 2012 | Tony Mauro
    The Supreme Court (has) scheduled 5 ½ hours of (Obama Care) oral argument for the week of March 26. The Court released its argument calendar for April, the final argument cycle of the term. It was almost certainly a clear-the-decks move by the Court, aimed at giving the justices more time to write their opinions before the end of June on the multiple complex issues raised by the challenges to the Affordable Care Act...