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  • [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...
  • Hitler's absurd pose in shorts is Mein Camp

    02/09/2012 6:00:41 AM PST · by Daffynition · 122 replies · 1+ views
    TheSun.co.uk ^ | 02.09.2012 | ANDY CRICK
    HISTORY knows him as an evil Nazi monster — but Adolf Hitler was quite happy camping it up in the woods. This rare archive picture shows him in lederhosen and knee-high socks lounging against a tree. Unsurprisingly, the Fuhrer banned the snap — and several taken by his personal photographer in the late 1920s — calling it "beneath one's dignity". In another shot Hitler tilts his head and tries a mean and moody stare to camera, topped off by a military cap. He never wore the hat again.
  • Anonymous challenges FBI again

    02/06/2012 7:48:39 PM PST · by Rabin · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 06 February 2012 | RAPHAEL SATTER
    LONDON – Trading jokes and swapping leads, investigators from the FBI and Scotland Yard spent the conference call strategizing about how to bring down the hacking collective known as Anonymous, responsible for a string of embarrassing attacks across the Internet. Unfortunately for the cyber sleuths, the hackers were in on the call, too – and now so is the rest of the world.
  • Congress and the US were all Hollywood in masks...My work is done (oops ZOTTED) here

    02/02/2012 8:21:51 AM PST · by modest proposal · 176 replies · 2+ views
    obama - adam sandler george w - jeff bridges clinton - brad pitt george bush - MAYBE mel gibson al gore - chris cooper kareena gore - kim basinger hillary clinton - sharon stone chelsea clinton - rebecca gay heart jenna bush - bree olsen barbara bush jr - jennifer love hewitt barbara bush - susan sarandon romney - harrison ford ann romney - natalie portman joe lieberman - dana carvey? napolitano - phoebe cates John edwards - tom cruise elizabeth edwards - ginnifer goodwin santorum - jack dempsey ? howard dean - kevin spacey mark sanford - christian bale...
  • STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD OF

    02/01/2012 10:28:01 PM PST · by Rabin · 21 replies · 2+ views
    DEPARTMENT of JUSTICE ^ | FEBRUARY 2, 2012 | ERIC H. HOLDER, JR.
    Over the last three years, we’ve made a number of significant improvements, including policy and personnel changes… the steps that we have taken to ensure that the flawed tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious – and in earlier operations under the prior Administration – are never again used. We also have provided Congress with documents to show how inaccurate information was initially conveyed in a letter sent to Senator Grassley on February 4, 2011. These documents (intended to) ) show that Department officials relied on information provided by supervisors from the relevant components in the best position to know...
  • Maddow Brands Gingrich’s Attack On Obama’s Singing ‘Racial Allusions,’ ‘Minstrelsy’

    02/01/2012 12:01:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite ^ | January 31, 2012 | James Crugnale
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow lambasted Newt Gingrich’s speech in Florida tonight, criticizing him for singling out President Obama’s singing. “Newt Gingrich brought back the food stamps president thing — and then tonight, he went to ‘President Obama ought to stop singing, ought to stop being the Entertainer-in-Chief.’ Sort of caricaturing him in a way that calls out to minstrelsy!” “He’s going after a southern mentality, and racial allusions, always wrapped around when he refers to the president, when he talks about this food stamp stuff,” MSNBC anchor Rev. Al Sharpton observed. “These are — Newt Gingrich is many things, stupid is...
  • Meghan McCain on Why Newt Gingrich Should Quit After Florida Primary ("Daddy, make bad man leave!")

    01/31/2012 6:13:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 31, 2012 | Meghan McCain
    Today is the day of the Florida primary, and it will most likely be the day that Mitt Romney clinches the 2012 Republican nomination for president. I admit that I have a terrible track record of predicting the outcome of elections, but I think it’s pretty safe to say Romney is going to win Florida. The most recent Rasmussen poll has him leading Gingrich by 16 points. The right wing of the party might have fought tooth and nail against Romney, but after a long and arduous primary process, he has now proven that he is in fact the strongest...
  • Going Underground in Hard Times

    01/29/2012 9:05:32 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies · 2+ views
    ips news (Lisbon) ^ | Jan 28, 2012 | Mario Queiroz
    The underground economy generates more than 52.6 billion dollars a year - half the amount of the international troika's bailout plan… The study indicates that the size of the unreported economy in Portugal is larger than average for the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) countries, where it varies between 16 and 18 percent of GDP. Portugal has the third largest underground economy relative to GDP in the EU, after Italy and Greece.
  • John McCain and Sarah Palin: Like Two Peas in a Pod - Not Anymore

    01/29/2012 4:22:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Moderate Voice ^ | January 29, 2012 | Dorian De Wind
    Of course two people — even if they were once on the same ticket for president and vice president of the United States — can, three years later, change some of their views and root for and endorse different candidates in the GOP presidential primaries. It happens to the best of us, and in the best of families, including husband and wife — just look at James Carville and Mary Matalin … Thus it should not be surprising to see, today, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, John McCain, fervently endorsing Mitt Romney for President and his running mate, Sarah Palin,...
  • It will be Romney/Rubio vs Obama/Clinton

    01/28/2012 6:23:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 2+ views
    The Examiner ^ | January 28, 2012 | Dwight L. Schwab Jr.
    One future presidential nominee needs someone with a totally different ethnic and social background. The incumbent needs someone who doesn't trip over their tongue and has star power to rekindle his fading one. The future looks bright for a showdown of major proportions this November. The stakes have never been higher and both sides will send their biggest players to the sandbox for the tournament that produces just one winner. Hillary Clinton is tired of traveling the world as this country's Secretary of State (who can blame her) and she's ready to park it for four years. Where better than...
  • The 10 Worst Moments of Disrespect Towards President Obama (Sniff, sniff ... Boo-hoo!)

    01/27/2012 1:48:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies · 1+ views
    Politic365 ^ | January 27, 2012 | Lauren Victoria Burke
    It starts from the Superiority Syndrome: People acting as if they’re more important than a U.S. President — when they clearly are not. To fingers in the face. To people questioning his already established and proven citizenship. The incidents of disrespect towards President Obama continue. When people criticize Administration policy, that’s just politics. But several incidents directed at this President appear to find new lows. Of course, people can disagree with the President. But, why can’t people respect the Office of the Presidency? The very public nature of disrespect towards President Obama is noteworthy. Did Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) have...
  • Obama and his attorney are acting like frightened 5 year olds.

    01/25/2012 1:40:28 PM PST · by jcsjcm · 113 replies · 2+ views
    Orly Taitz web site | January 25, 2012 | Orly Taitz
    Obama and his attorney are acting like frightened 5 year olds. In his letter he ignores the other 2 attorneys, but is pretty much saying ‘I am afraid of Orly”. See the letter attached. What Obama is asking now, is totally insane. He is asking the Secretary of State of GA to take the trial away from the judge on the eve of the trial. He is mostly crying on the shoulder of the Secretary of State of GA and saying that Orly is bad, because she issued all of those subpoenas. So after the judge told Obama, that the...
  • [Daily Kos Founder/Owner] Markos Moulitsas: Dems happy for Gingrich (Bucket suggested)

    01/24/2012 4:40:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2012 | Markos Moulitsas
    Just one week ago, I used this column to concede that the GOP establishment had prevailed in its primary process, and that Mitt Romney was likely headed to the nomination. What a difference a week makes, huh? Fueled by his performance in the two pre-primary debates last week, as well as lingering distaste for Romney, Newt Gingrich enjoyed a breakout electoral win in South Carolina. His double-digit blowout has translated to serious momentum. Gallup’s tracking poll, which had given Romney a 10-point national lead over Gingrich early last week, clocked in Monday with a statistically insignificant 1-point Romney edge. And...