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October 15, 2008

The racist fantasies of panicked conservatives

Conservatives must clean house and destroy racist douchebags like Rush Limbaugh. Filth like him makes you all look bad. Crooks and Liars | Rush Limbaugh Says Angry Blacks Are In 30 Year Plot To Train Black Children as Militants
As we are witnessing, the conservative movement is in shambles now and the only thing they can do is spew racist hatred out into the world and hope it sticks to their audience in droves. And how is the conservative right going to make sure race is all you can think of when you think of the name Obama? How about by making the case that blacks in general are lazy, angry, and engaged in a 3 decades old plot to train black children as militants against the US? It's those scary black terrorists again. Don't think anyone would actually SAY that? Think again. Listen to it in Rush Limbaugh's own words.

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October 13, 2008

"We need slaves to build monuments"

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad visits the impoverished camps for the men building the skyscrapers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi | World news | The Guardian

The heart of Dubai's architectural boom is full of slaves.

"What life? We have no life here. We are prisoners. We wake up at five, arrive to work at seven and are back at the camp at nine in the evening, day in and day out."

Outside in the yard, another man sits on a chair made of salvaged wood, in front of a broken mirror, a plastic sheet wrapped around his neck, while the camp barber trims his thick beard. Despite the air of misery, tonight is a night of celebration. One of the men is back from a two-week break in his home village in Pakistan, bringing with him a big sack of rice, and is cooking pilau rice with meat. Rice is affordable at weekends only: already wretched incomes have been eroded by the weak dollar and rising food prices. "Life is worse now," one worker told me. "Before, we could get by on 140 dirhams [L22] a month; now we need 320 to 350."

October 12, 2008

In Britain, bodies left unburied due to credit problems

Now bodies of the dead are not being buried as effects of credit crunch spread across Britain | Mail Online

In a bleak new sign of the growing economic crisis, hard-up families are having to wait more than two months before receiving Government money for funerals.

Organisations representing undertakers accused the Government of putting them in an 'impossible' position by dragging their feet over burial costs for poor families.

Previously, undertakers would pay for the cost of funerals and wait to be reimbursed by the State, but the lack of credit in the banking system means many firms can no longer afford to do so.

October 10, 2008

Connecticuit legalizes same-sex marriage

Conn. High Court Rules Same-Sex Couples Can Marry - washingtonpost.com

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry, making the state the third behind Massachusetts and California to legalize such unions.

The divided court ruled 4-3 that gay and lesbian couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry under the state constitution, and Connecticut's civil unions law does not provide those couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.

October 03, 2008

Gawker blogs firing staff left and right

PSAs: Consumerist Forced To Cut Staff

The Consumerist and Valleywag both just announced they were laying off staff in the anticipation of lowered ad revenues. They will also be cutting the pay for still-employed bloggers.

Denver police sell T-shirts bragging about beating peaceful protesters

Police Union Shirt Pokes Fun At DNC Protesters - Denver News Story - KMGH Denver

DENVER -- The Denver police union is selling T-shirts that poke fun at protesters at last month's Democratic National Convention, but the main target isn't laughing.

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October 02, 2008

I Like My Presidents Like I Like My Coffee . . .

Obama Sticker > I like my coffee like I...

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October 01, 2008

The Swill Milk scandals of New York City

Op-Ed Contributor - The Swill Is Gone - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com

THE milk was marketed as pure and wholesome, and it looked fine to the naked eye. How were the mothers to know they were poisoning their babies? They had paid good money for it on the open market. It would take thousands of sick children before lawmakers did anything to stop it.

China in 2008? No, New York City in 1858. Missing from the coverage of the current Chinese baby formula poisoning, in which more than 53,000 babies have been sickened and at least four have died, is how often it has happened before.

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