Thursday, December 1, 2011

Headlines - Thursday December 1

As Cain Drops Out, Pro-adultery Voters Shift to Gingrich
Biggest GOP Voting Bloc, Experts Say

CONCORD, NH (The Borowitz Report) – Herman Cain withdrew from the Republican presidential race today, a move that resulted in millions of pro-adultery voters shifting their support to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The shift in support is significant because pro-adultery voters represent the single largest voting bloc in the Republican Party, experts say.

Tracy Klugian, a prominent adulterer from Concord, New Hampshire, said he was sorry to see Mr. Cain leave the race "because he was very committed to the one issue I care about: namely, adultery."

But he added that he had been in touch with many other adulterers in the state and that they were all switching to Mr. Gingrich.

"Even when we were supporting Cain, a lot of us were supporting Gingrich behind his back," the adulterer said.  "I guess that's how we do.


Borowitz: BREAKING: Gingrich says he will leave Afghanistan "only if it has cancer."


They've got plans for us - 4 scary stories:

Senate Votes To Let Military Detain Americans Indefinitely, White House Threatens Veto: WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a controversial provision to let ...the military detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them indefinitely without trial -- prompting White House officials to reissue a veto threat. The measure, part of the massive National Defense Authorization Ac...
iPhones Secretly Track Your Every Move, Researchers Say (VIDEO): ‎[UPDATE:] Separate research has found that Android devices are caching location data in much the same way as Apple devices. ---
Drones cleared for domestic use across the US — RT: What do you know about drones? You know drones — those robotic, unmanned planes ...that fire missiles for the American military across Afghanistan, Pakistan and anywhere else the United States needs to get away with murder.

So, the bastards who stole all those trillions get government protection,
and the whistle-blower is having evidence withheld from his legal team?

Petition: Ask Obama To Veto Indefinite Military Detention of AMERICAN CITIZENS 
Seriously? Not a single prosecution against Wall Street for the collapse of 2008 but he wants people to give a damn about IP violations for Hollywood and the recording industry? Instead of boot-licking for the 1%, maybe he could find some time to prosecute the real trouble makers. Wake me up when there's a Democrat who is significantly different from a Republican so I can vote for real change. What we're getting now is not change and not worthy of support. Wired.
And it isn't just Eric Holder.

Have you ever embedded a music video that's posted on YouTube on your blog? Have you ever excerpted an article? For that matter, have you ever VISITED YouTube?

Your blog, this blog, even right-wing blogs, plus YouTube, and many other sites could be shut down under the sledgehammer that Congress is wielding as part of the Intellectual Property Protection Act, which is being voted on this week.

I'm disgusted to say that among the sponsors of this bill are the following Democratic Senators, ALL of whom should be receiving e-mails from everyone enlightening them as to the implications of what they are about to pass:

Charles Schumer (NY)
Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
Chris Coons (DE)
Richard Blumenthal (CT)

The full name of this travesty is "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011." It sounds fine on the surface, right? The creative endeavors of others SHOULD be protected. Hell, I get plenty pissed off when I see my blog posts reposted in full on other blogs without attribution or permission. But this is a case of wielding a sledgehammer where a scalpel is required, and is reminiscent of those days when
Dick Armey would talk about kids being able to hack into Pentagon computers with the V-Chip, or Ted Stevens explaining the internet as "a series of tubes" (and yes, THIS is still the best YouTube video ever made).

The bill appears on its surface to address foreign servers from delivering copyright-infringing content, but the implications that appear to have not even been considered by the bill's authors (or worse, perhaps they have been,
have been identified by the Center for Democracy and Technology (see report PDF), and include:

  • creating a notice-and-cutoff system that allows private parties
    to trget a website's financial resources
  • altering DNS results in a way which, if done as required under the bill, can compromise cybersecurity
  • force ISPs to patrol ALL user traffic
  • tag many if not all social media sites as infringement facilitators
  • any claim of infringement, by any individual, could cause a site to be taken down. Imagine Catholic League head Bill Donohue's lawyers having a field day with this.

The IP protection has NOTHING in it about fair use. Under this bill, everything from counterfeit medications to one-minute clips from last Sunday's Family Guy to snippets of articles from newspapers would be fair game. I recognize that there is a consumer protection aspect to this as well as protecting the interests of Big Entertainment. But there are ways to protect legitimate interests without running roughshod over kids sharing the latest Rihanna video on Facebook and on blogs whose function is to entertain, inform, and comment. And shame on any Democrat (and yes, I'm also talking to YOU, Mr. Franken) who is too lazy or cowardly or craven to understand the difference.

MSNBC: A notary public who signed tens of thousands of false documents in a massive foreclosure scam before blowing the whistle on the scandal has been found dead in her Las Vegas home.

Tax free love: A small Pike County church has voted not to accept interracial couples as members or let them take part in some worship activities.


According to a tweet from NBC News' Jamie Novogrod, Bachmann responded to the recent raiding of the British embassy in Iran, by saying that if she was President, she would close down the U.S. embassy there.

There's just one problem: The U.S. has not had an embassy in Iran ever since the Iranian hostage crisis, when revolutionaries from the budding Islamic state held 52 Americans for 444 days.

Fun fact: Bachmann is on the Intelligence Committee.


The NDAA amendment the Senate just voted on is the thing that would remove the ability of the government to hold us in indefinite detention, so voting for the amendment is a good thing; voting against the amendment is voting against the Constitution and Bill of Rights, essentially. (US Senate: Legislation and Records) Not surprisingly, both of mine voted against it.

President Obama signed an executive order the day he took office to close Guantanamo. Since then, Congress has voted no less than four times to continue policies that keep Guantanamo open. Congress has voted unanimously against civilian trials for detainees, voted against funding the closure of Guantanamo, and voted for indefinite detention.

In this case, President Obama has issued a threat to veto the legislation, but because it is attached to an overall omnibus defense bill, it's difficult to veto without adversely effecting servicemen and women deployed around the world who have nothing to do with the antics of congress. An obviously cynical congressional ploy.

The idea that President Obama lied about closing Guantanamo Bay irritates me more than possibly any other political meme out there, because saying that means you are willfully overlooking and excusing the actions of congress.


Your "reasonable" Republican:

"We've got real issues to talk about not the latest bimbo eruption." Jon Huntsman on coverage of the Herman Cain campaign

It's unbelievably sexist to label all of Cain's accusers as "bimbos" — especially the women who Cain sexually harassed. The word implies the women are sexually promiscuous and stupid. Weird how Huntsman jumped to that conclusion.


The Obama administration continues to allow ocean rapist BP to continue to drill for oil and suck up billions in taxpayer subsides while the millions of people along the Gulf Coast die slowly from their BP-poisoned economy.

But not every country in the Americas is that stupid.

From William K. Wolfrum:

There is something odd happening here in Brazil. There is an oil spill - courtesy of Chevron - off the coast here. That's not the odd part. In fact, it increasingly seems like a normal occurrence. Chevron has thus far lied about the oil spill and has shown a lack of preparation in dealing with it. But there's nothing strange about that, either.

No, the odd part is this - there are no sectors of Brazilian politics or the media that are rushing to defend Chevron on the oil companies for this spill, nor is the government working to help Chevron's public relations team. In fact, the Brazilian government is working hard to make Chevron responsible for the spill, which is coming from a leak at more than 1,000 meters below the sea in the Frade oil field off the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro.

(Last week), the Brazilian government banned Chevron from drilling in Brazil (all of Chevron's drilling activities are in the Frade oil field) while the government investigates the reasons for the spill.

Isn't there a World Trade Organization rule preventing democratically-elected governments from persecuting fossil fuel giants?


Your feel-good story of the day -- viva the 99%! "Yesterday, a Deutsche Bank branch in Atlanta had requested the eviction of Vita Lee, a 103-year-old Atlanta woman, and her 83-year-old daughter. Both were terrified of being removed from their home of 53 years and had no idea where they'd go next. ... But when the movers hired by the bank and police were dispatched to evict the two women, they had a change of heart. In a huge victory for the 99 Percent, the movers "took one look at" Lee and decided not to go through with it."


Christ chased the money-changers from the temple, so there is biblical precedent for this action. "Even though their profits are rising, Wall Street banks have begun getting bad news from the 99 Percent Movement. More than 40,000 people moved their money from banks to credit unions on Bank Transfer Day earlier this month, bringing total new credit union enrollment up to more than 650,000 since the beginning of October. For the 10 largest banks, that could mean about $185 billion in lost deposits next year alone. ... Now, a new coalition of groups is planning to move even more money off of Wall Street. Angered by predatory and often discriminatory mortgage lending practices that continue to come to light, an inter-faith coalition of churches and religious organizations is pledging to move as much as $1 billion away from the nation's biggest banks. ... The Move Our Money campaign is the latest sign of religious organizations joining in the 99 Percent Movement's struggle. As of Monday, churches had already moved more than $55 million from Wall Street banks, and about 100 leaders from Christian, Jewish, and Muslim groups have pledged to move more than $100 million more in the coming days."


They must be so glad that we invaded, killed all their parents and destroyed their economy. "One Afghan child in 10 will die before their fifth birthday, while maternal mortality rates have declined, Afghanistan's ministry of public health. The Afghanistan Mortality Survey found the highest childhood mortality rates occurred in children born into poorer families in rural areas, the ministry announced in a presentation on Wednesday. Around half of deaths of under-fives were caused by respiratory infections or infectious and parasitic diseases. These diseases are most commonly transmitted through contaminated drinking water. Nearly a quarter of Afghanistan's city dwellers and half of its rural population do not have access to clean water. Recent data from UNICEF showed Afghanistan had the second highest mortality rate for under-fives in the world."


The Federal Election Commission today will consider freshman Sen. Mike Lee's (R-UT) proposal to add a super PAC component to his leadership PAC. The move would mark another step toward unraveling campaign-finance restrictions that require outside groups to act independently of candidates.

Sociopathic kleptocrat billionaire Micheal Bloomberg came back from his castle on Bermuda to announce that buying three terms as New York's mayor is the bestest present he could buy someone as awesome as himself, because he has "the seventh biggest army in the world" in the form of the NYPD, his own personal military force. You know who else had their own huge army, before their heads rolled into a handcrafted French basket? READ MORE »
Tax free Tony Perkins: Christians Need To Work Harder To Destroy The Lives Of Gays

"I think it's time for us to occupy. Not going down and setting up tents out in front of city hall, but it's time for us to be gainfully involved in boldly proclaiming truth and not backing down in the face of intimidation, whether it be from a school principal, kids if you're listening obviously talk with your parents first, and parents, don't be intimidated by school officials, don't be intimidated by the ACLU. [snip]

"Should we be angry? No. But we should understand that it is the truth that sets people free and those in the homosexual community that are looking for fulfillment, that are looking for the approval that they are trying to get by forcing society to embrace homosexuality, they will never get it that way. They'll only get it when they come to grips with the truth, that they are created in the image of God and God has a plan for their lives, and it's not the destructive path that they're on." - Hate group leader and KKK affiliate
Tony Perkins, speaking on his radio show.

NOTE: Despite Perkins' notorious past and present affiliations, he continues to be the go-to "social issues conservative" for television news. In the past month he has appeared on virtually every network.

Tax free FRC also thinks DADT Repeal Will Lead To Bestiality:
Tax free AFA - Poll Of The Day

You may recall that would-be social worker Jennifer Keeton told the administrators of the masters program at her Georgia college that she could not counsel homosexuals. School officials then told her to attend a diversity program in order meet graduation requirements. She refused and is suing the school for trampling her religious freedom to graduate with her own personal version of required courses.

Oh, and the tax free AFA says Barney Frank gave everyone AIDS.
Bob Vander Plaats, whose Family Leader organization produced the infamous 14-point marriage fidelity pledge, is reportedly tweaking the pledge so that Newt Gingrich, the thrice married man who had an affair while his wife was in the hospital with cancer, may sign it and gain their endorsement.

Nothing says family values like that, aye?


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