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  • Former Obama Adviser Brews A Different Tea Party (Van Jones)

    07/31/2011 2:36:09 PM PDT · by Drango · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/31/11 | NPR
    Van Jones was President Obama's special adviser for "green" jobs when he was hit with a wave of criticism from conservative pundits about his past associations. The controversy forced him to leave his post in September 2009, but it wasn't the last we'd hear of him. That same conservative wave went on to make a major splash in Congress through the Tea Party. Jones decided to fight back, founding a group called the "American Dream Movement." Some people call Jones' group a liberal version of the Tea Party. His inspiration, he tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz,...
  • Denver officials clash over police discipline after brutal video released

    08/16/2010 4:07:57 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 45 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 08/13/2010 | Christopher N. Osher
    Denver officials are deeply divided over the proper level of punishment for a police officer who was seen on video tackling and beating a 23-year-old man who was doing nothing but talking on a telephone outside a LoDo nightclub. The video of Officer Devin Sparks repeatedly hitting Michael DeHerrera of Denver with a department-issued piece of metal wrapped in leather, picking him up roughly and slamming a car door on his ankle has prompted Independent Monitor Richard Rosenthal to push for the firing of Sparks and Corporal Randy Murr.
  • Manning up (Retro-Sexual Look is in Style!)

    04/07/2010 6:53:18 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 137 replies · 3,365+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 04/07/2010 | Lini S. Kadaba
    Leo Mulvihill looks the classic man's man. The hat is one clue. Displaying an old-school flair for style, the 25-year-old law student at Drexel University walks around campus sporting a vintage Brooks Brothers three-piecer and authentic 1960s Florsheims, his trilby cocked just so. --snip-- Say goodbye to the sensitive guy who cries at the drop of a pink tee, or the slacker living with his mother, playing video games. This new man has ambition and aplomb, brawn and brains. Think Cary Grant, Teddy Roosevelt, or Ernest Hemingway.
  • Sean Penn in talks for 'Fair Game' (Plame/Wilson Biopic)

    02/24/2009 4:41:35 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 24 replies · 806+ views
    Variety ^ | February 24, 2009 | MICHAEL FLEMING
    "Fair Game," the drama about the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson, has come together with Naomi Watts starring, "Mrs. and Mrs. Smith" helmer Doug Liman directing and William Pohlad's River Road financing. But the big question is whether Oscar-winning "Milk" star Sean Penn will close a deal to play Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Penn is negotiating, but no deal has closed.Pohlad has a strong relationship with Penn: he was a producer on the Terrence Malick-directed "Tree of Life," which stars Penn and Brad Pitt, and Pohlad also was a producer and financier for "Into the Wild," which Penn directed....
  • Is Barry Manilow a Closet Libertarian? (He Gave $2,300 to Ron Paul's Campaign)

    09/18/2007 9:08:04 AM PDT · by lormand · 162 replies · 251+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | July 17, 2007 | Nick Gillespie
    Check it out here, at The New York Times' Contributions to Presidential Campaigns page. 3 Manilow, Barry Woodland Hills CA 91367 Self employed $2,300 Hillary Clinton 4 Manilow, Barry Woodland Hills CA 91367 Self employed $2,300 John Edwards 5 Manilow, Barry Woodland Hills CA 91367 Self employed $2,300 Barack Obama 6 Manilow, Barry Woodland Hills CA 91367 Self $2,300 Ron Paul 7 Manilow, Barry Woodland Hills CA 91367 Self $2,300 Joe Biden
  • Gov Perry's HPV vaccination order angers pro-family group

    02/06/2007 8:46:59 AM PST · by HuntsvilleTxVeteran · 126 replies · 1,334+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | February 6, 2007 | By Jim Brown AgapePress
    (AgapePress) -- A Texas pro-family group says Governor Rick Perry's executive order mandating HPV shots for schoolgirls entering sixth-grade not only usurps the authority of the State Legislature, but also the rights of parents. In addition, the American College of Pediatricians has recommended against the vaccine for young girls. A conservative group in Texas is raising strong objections to Republican Governor Rick Perry's executive order mandating HPV shots for 11- and 12-year-old female students. On Friday, Governor Perry signed an order that requires all Texas schoolgirls entering sixth grade to get Gardasil, Merck & Company's new vaccine against the Human...
  • Black Group Condemns Cartoonist for Racist Strip About Condoleezza Rice

    07/19/2004 6:30:20 AM PDT · by mhking · 70 replies · 3,595+ views
    Project 21 ^ | 7.19.04 | David Almasi
    Black Group Condemns Cartoonist for Racist Strip About Condoleezza Rice; Project 21 Asks Civil Rights Community to Join in Call to Hold Cartoonist to 48 minutes ago   To: National Desk Contact: David Almasi of The National Center for Public Policy Research, 202-371-1400, ext. 106 or Project21@nationalcenter.org WASHINGTON, July 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Because of the racially-insensitive content of a recent cartoon, members of the African-American leadership network Project 21 are asking Universal Press Syndicate to cease the distribution of comics drawn by Ted Rall. Project 21 also is challenging several other civil rights-oriented groups to join in the demand....
  • I DETEST THIS FILM ..WITH A PASSION [Christopher Hitchens on the Passion of the Christ]

    02/27/2004 3:40:31 AM PST · by ejdrapes · 469 replies · 728+ views
    The Mirror ^ | February 27, 2004 | Christopher Hitchens
    I DETEST THIS FILM ..WITH A PASSION A FEW years ago, Mel Gibson got himself into an argument after uttering a series of crude remarks that were hostile to homosexuals. Now he has made a film that principally appeals to the gay Christian sado-masochistic community: a niche market that hasn't been sufficiently exploited. If you like seeing handsome young men stripped and tied up and flayed with whips, The Passion Of The Christ is the movie for you. Some people used to go to Ben-Hur deliberately late, and just watch the chariot race while skipping the boring quasi-Biblical stuff. Alas,...