Tuesday, July 21, 2009
(Kudos to Joe @ Joe.My.God)
“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.” ― Paul Krugman
FishbowlDC reports this is not Bruns’ first run-in with the law,” TV Newser notes. “He dropped out of the University of Michigan in 1999 after being arrested on charges of distributing child pornography.”(Remainder.)
TVNewser’s Chris Ariens continues, “So why wasn’t Bruns checked out by Fox News? A network spokesperson tells TVNewser criminal background checks were not instituted until 2003. Bruns was hired in 2002.”
According to a 1999 AP story not available on the web, Bruns was sentenced to three years’ probation after “6,000 pornographic images of children” were found on his computer’s hard drive.
Smoking Gun has a copy of the explicit arrest warrant affidavit which was filed in U.S. District Court.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Back in Black - Health Care Reform|
"The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property is based in Pennsylvania. This week the group is in Maine with signs and handouts about marriage. The group says gay marriage is harmful to society because children do not have a mother and father. They also claim that marriages performed at City Hall, without God present, are not really marriages. However the group is not arguing that issue while in Maine."So your marriages also mean nothing if you're straight and weren't married at a church.
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
SANCHEZ: Roy Blunt is joining us now. He is a congressman from Missouri. He is good enough to talk to us now.(Remainder.)
Congressman, thanks for being with us. I imagine the news that you are hearing, that there are problems here in the city, are ones you would have expected. But let me start you somewhere else and ask you, OK, what would your plan be?
BLUNT: Actually, that's the interesting thing about this debate, I think, Rick, is everybody agrees on the top line issues. We believe, I believe, as the leader of our group on our side that's tried to bring our committees together to work on this, I think we are in generally broad agreement.
We need a plan that has -- we need a health care system that has access for everybody regardless of preexisting conditions, one that has more competition, more choice in a way that would make it more affordable, and one that ensures that people have the maximum opportunity to make their own choices about their doctor and their health care....
Who the hell is Ralph to call this kid a liar from a TV studio in the US. The first thing we all should do in the absence of solid info, is to give the kid a freakin' break. He deserves the benefit of the doubt and for jackasses like Peters to start calling him a liar based on a completely inaccurate concept is pathetic.Does anybody else within the GOP Noise Machine want to sign off on BlackFive's comments? ...(Original.)
He may turn out to be a deserter, or an idiot, or a drunk or just screwed in the head and if so there will be plenty of time to call him names. Heck Ralph they may even kill the incompetent liar. But for the time being it would be nice if all the arm chair mouth pieces sat down and had a nice cup of STFU!
QUINN: Why don't you listen very carefully to this?Obama is very clearly referencing the lyrics of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" -- an 1899 song by James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson that is often referred to as "The Black National Anthem" and is the NAACP's "official song." From the end of the song's first verse:
OBAMA [audio clip]: Let it be said that this generation did its part; that we, too, ran the race; that full of faith that our dark past has taught us, full of the hope that the present has brought us, we faced, in our lives and all across this nation, the rising sun of a new day begun.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,(Remainder.)
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on 'til victory is won.
Barton, former vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party, is a self-styled “historian” without any formal training in the field. He argues that separation of church and state is a “myth” and that the nation’s laws should be based on Scripture. He says, for example, that the Bible forbids taxes on income and capital gains. Yet even such groups as Texas Baptists Committed and the Baptist Joint Committee have sharply criticized Barton’s interpretations of the Constitution and history.(Remainder.)
The Peter Marshall Ministries website includes Marshall’s commentaries sharply attacking Muslims, characterizing the Obama administration as “wicked,” and calling on Christian parents to reject public education for their children.
Conservative economists are worried that the government-mandated raise will force small businesses to lay off workers. They note that the job market has deteriorated since Congress approved the 10.7 percent pay raise two years ago. In the summer of 2007, the U.S. unemployment rate was running at about 4.7 percent. Today, it is 9.5 percent. Mandating higher wages could force some employers to cut jobs, the argument goes.(Remainder.)
But liberal economists say this summer is the perfect time for a wage hike: It will put more money into the pockets of people who need it most. Fatter paychecks will stimulate spending and help the economy, they say. Kai Filion, a policy analyst for the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning research group, says this wage hike will generate $5.5 billion in consumer spending over the next 12 months....
Not many people in the LGBT community or the world know who Paul Cameron is.The post is worth a read. Cameron keeps rearing his ugly head. Unlike the cameo in Bruno, most of the time, Cameron is given credibility when he should have none....(Remainder.)
But we all should.
Paul Cameron is the grandfather of all anti-gay junk science.
When the religious right compares us to pedophiles, when they claim that we have a short life span, when they talk about how "how homosexuality has dangerous physical and medical consequences," it's his discredited "data" that they are inferring.
Paul Cameron is probably singlehandedly responsible for every lie, every distortion, every bastardization of science that has plagued the lgbt community since the onset of the AIDS crisis.
"Every time now that I tell my testimony, talk about that change is possible, quote the science from the American Psychiatric Association, from the Human Genome Association, from professional organizations like N.A.R.T.H., I'm going to be persecuted," he argues. "The way this legislation reads, I could be arrested; I could be sued; I could be charged with a hate crime."An interesting claim, considering this is the same Greg Quinlan who just last year was caught misquoting Dr. Francis Collins (the Human Genome Project official who was recently appointed Director of the National Institutes of Health) in a way that goes against Dr. Collins' own expressed wishes. And the same Greq Quinlan who, after Collins' own words were presented to him, proceeded to accuse Ex Gay Watch, the site who obtained the clarifications, of making up the Collins comments. So it would seem that when it comes to Greg's "testimony," scrutiny is more than understandable.
Ex-'gays' would suffer under 'hate crimes' law [ONN]