Thursday, November 25, 2010

Headlines - Thursday November 25

Holiday travel fun in Salt Lake.
Former GOP House Majority Leader Tom Delay Found Guilty Of Money Laundering

Former Republican House majority leader and one-time Dancing With The Stars contestant Tom Delay has been convicted of multiple counts of money laundering. Delay was found guilty of funneling almost $200,000 to the campaigns of GOP House and Senate candidates.
"I still maintain that I am innocent," DeLay told reporters. "The criminalization of politics undermines our very system. I'm very disappointed." Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg said the verdict showed no one was above the law. "This case is a message from the citizens of the state of Texas that the public officials they elect to represent them must do so honestly and ethically, and if not they'll be held accountable," Lehmberg said. DeLay's sentencing was set for December 20, and he faces a possible maximum prison term of 99 years on the money laundering charge and 20 years on the conspiracy charge. Two other men facing charges in the case are awaiting trial. DeLay, a conservative Republican, helped Newt Gingrich spearhead the GOP revival in 1994 that won control of the House and Senate in the first midterm election under Democratic President Bill Clinton.
In 2006 Delay resigned from the House in the face of the scandal.
Fun fact from 2005:
President Bush said yesterday he is confident that former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) is innocent of money-laundering charges.....
Randall Terry Will Run For President In Order To Air Graphic Anti-Abortion Ads

Infamous anti-abortion activist Randall Terry says that he will run for president in 2012. But he's doing so in order to exploit advertising rules that prevent television stations from refusing or editing the ads of political candidates. Terry plans to solicit donations that will allow him to air graphic images of aborted fetuses on stations nationwide. Catholic Online reports that the strategy was successfully test-run this year in a local Washington DC race:
The 2010 campaign for the seat of Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives for Washington, DC, was also a test run for Pro-life candidates as Missy Smith used pro-life graphic ads that illustrated the truths of abortion. While Eleanor Holmes Norton was re-elected, Smith's ads were allowed to run and we seem by scores of people in and beyond the District of Columbia. The ads were run more than 235 times with repeats given during media coverage of the campaign. Smith's Campaign Manager, Randall Terry, indicated this past Friday that, based on the results of the Washington campaign strategy, they are planning to enlist 25 new candidates to run in the 25 largest media markets in America for the 2012 elections.
Randall Terry: "I am under no delusion that I can win. But we know that debate concerning the truth of abortion could brought into the political spotlight just by carefully placing one ad on national TV before Super Tuesday."


Interesting how there's no trickle down
Record $1.659 trillion corporate profit under Obama's socialist jackboot undercuts GOP spin on government economic policies.

Remember, the bad guys hate us for our freedoms.

The next step in tightened security could be on U.S. public transportation, trains and boats.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary.

"[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through," Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on "Charlie Rose."


Via PoliticalWire:

In an interview on the Laura Ingraham Show, Sarah Palin blasted back at Barbara Bush's recent comments suggested she "stay in Alaska."

Said Palin: "I think the majority of Americans don't want to put up with the blue bloods. And I say it with all due respect because I love the Bushes. The blue bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners."

Blue blood vs trailer trash. That pretty much sums up the state of the Republican party nowadays.


Science Friday

Why do dentists, doctors, med techs, etc.. who work in other x-ray environments gladly wear these exposure detectors on their clothing but TSA employees do not or cannot?

Because then the world would know beyond the shadow of a doubt how dangerous those scanners are. We'll find out in a few years anyway when the cancers show up.
Ray McGovern writes about Bush's dismay at failure to get us in a war with Iran
There's nothing I hate more than seeing people smeared for daring to speak up. It would be an exaggeration to compare this to the ballad of Graeme Frost, but it's not that far off. The Nation should be ashamed, and it's good to see that some staff members are.
Texas Bug Man Fumigated
A good Thanksgiving story

Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps wasn't able to picket the funeral of a 20-year-old soldier yesterday:

By 9 a.m., an hour before the funeral of Army Cpl. Jacob R. Carver, an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people, many of them waving American flags, lined nearly a half-mile of the street in front of the church, making sure Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church/family congregation were crowded out, peacefully kept far from shouting distance of the funeral.[...]

"He was a really good kid," said Principal Doug Dahman, who joined a group of letter jacket-clad students in the line in front of the church.

Next to him was a man from Platte City, who got up at 4:30 a.m. Farther down was John Yeager, who came as part of a group of Blue Springs firefighters.

"We're here for the family," Yeager said. "Nobody should have to hear that on this day."


When asked to explain her success on Dancing with the Stars, Bristol Palin replied, "I was praying all the time and just relying on God and knowing that He is on our side."

Oops. I don't think he was.


Jill: The story of terrorism, and the fight against terrorism in this country, always contains a question: Who Benefits?


Gotcha journalism, redoux.


Good thing global warming is a hoax, otherwise this would be a real problem. "The number of people living in African cities will triple over the next 40 years and by 2050 60% of Africans will be city dwellers, a UN report has said. In five years Lagos in Nigeria is set to overtake the Egyptian capital Cairo as Africa's biggest city. UN-Habitat's Joan Clos said Africa needed to invest urgently in housing. He told the BBC that sub-Saharan Africa could learn from North Africa as Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia had almost halved slum areas in the past 20 years. Some 199.5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live in slums, the highest number in the world, the UN said earlier this year. According to UN-Habitat's State of African Cities 2010 report, urbanisation is happening faster in Africa than anywhere else in the world."


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