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October 22, 2009

White House, Pentagon concerned over implementation of Franken's amendment

GOP senators who voted against anti-rape law refuse to explain why | Raw Story
Not one of the 30 Republican senators who voted against Sen. Al Franken's anti-rape amendment agreed to explain their rationale when MSNBC came calling, news host Rachel Maddow told her audience Wednesday evening. Jamie Leigh Jones, the woman whose alleged gang rape at the hands of co-workers at defense contractor KBR was the inspiration for the amendment, appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show Thursday night to laud its passing in the Senate earlier this month. The amendment prohibits the government from contracting with companies that refuse to allow employees to pursue rape allegations in court.... As Rachel Slajda reported at TalkingPointsMemo, despite the horrible optics of appearing to be in favor of rape, both the White House and the Pentagon are opposed to the amendment, at least in its current form.

John McCain: Our Stupidest Hero

Just fucking stupid. McCain introduces bill to block Net neutrality | Raw Story
Republican strategy is to paint Net neutrality as government 'control' of Internet Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bill in the Senate on Thursday that would effectively allow Internet service providers to slow down or block Internet content or applications of their choosing. The move came the same day as the federal government decided to move forward on an official Net neutrality policy that would prevent ISPs from making those types of decisions. The FCC's new rules would prevent ISPs, for example, from blocking or slowing bandwidth-hogging Web traffic such as streaming video or other applications that put a strain on their networks or from charging different rates to users. McCain's bill, the Internet Freedom Act, would block the Federal Communications Commission from making Net neutrality the law of the land. The rule preventing ISPs from slowing down certain types of content would create "onerous federal regulation," McCain argued in a written statement.

October 21, 2009

President of the Congo in trouble for forging foreward by Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Foundation accuses Congo president over fake foreword - Telegraph
The cover of Straight Speaking for Africa by President Denis Sassou-Nguesso proudly proclaims "Foreword by Nelson Mandela". Inside, Mr Mandela. 91, is purported to hail a man who came to power in a coup in 1979 and after losing elections regained power by winning a civil war as "one of our great African leaders". But the anti-apartheid leader's foundation, which guards his legacy, said in a statement: "This is a false claim. "Mr Mandela has neither read the book nor written a foreword for it. We condemn this brazen abuse of Mr Mandela's name." Verne Harris, its acting chief executive, said the foundation was consulting its lawyers on the issue. "It's outrageous," he said. "Absolutely no request has ever been received and nothing has been signed off by Madiba [Mr Mandela's clan name, by which he is widely referred to in South Africa]."

October 20, 2009

Bernard Kerik: A failed human being

250px-Rudy_Guiliani_at_a_NYFPC_briefing.jpgThis asshole was Rudi Guilani's right-hand Nazi. George Bush wanted to annoit him Gruppenfurher of Fatherland Security. Married, he fucked his mistress -- disgraced anti-semite book editor Judith Regan -- in an apartment donated to New York City to use as a base of operations for Ground Zero. Despite all my Third Reich references, what the man is, at heart, a shameless mobster.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A federal judge on Tuesday revoked bail for former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and sent him to jail to await a corruption trial scheduled to start next week. Calling Kerik "a toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance," Judge Stephen Robinson said he was revoking the $500,000 bail because Kerik disclosed sealed case information to the trustee of his legal defense fund. The trustee shared some of the secret information with the Washington Times, which didn't publish it. The judge said he did not believe Kerik's claim that the trustee had been hired as a lawyer and was therefore allowed to see the information. Kerik was being jailed to make sure he was unable to "influence witnesses or prospective jurors," Robinson said. "My fear is that he has a toxic combination of self-minded focus and arrogance, and I fear that combination leads him to believe that his ends justify his means," Robinson said. "The failure of Mr. Kerik to abide by the direct order of this court ... must be appropriately addressed."