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Kathy Lee thinks Pagans are nasty and bad|
Kathy Lee Gifford, on the Today Show made a comment about "nasty, bad Pagans.
You can view the segment here:http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/25368216#25368216
the comment is at 4 minutes 25 seconds into the segment.
Her incredibly inadequate and almost offensive apology can be seen here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiGaEYAjGnk
watch it to the end.
There is a petition going to get a more comprehensive on-air apology here.http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/quotnasty-bad-pagansquot-protesting-hate-speech-on-nbc
you can also call 212-664-4249,
press 1, which is for suggested program ideas, and ask to speak with
Jim Bell, who is the Producer of the Today Show, and speak directly
to him to ask for an apology.
Starhawk Deported from Israel|
So, Starhawk (ethnic Jew, religiously Pagan) was deported from Israel on Wednesday. It is possibly due to past criticisms of certain Israeli policies, although no offical reason was given.
She was scheduled to give a presentation on permaculture, which has now been cancelled. Some have claimed that this was the reason for the deportation, as Israel discourages growing food crops on private land as part of its agricultural/economic policy.
Post Caucus stuff|
So, people keep asking me "Now what?" and "What does that mean?" Regarding the caucus results. So, here is how it works.
Delegates were selected in each precinct for the candidates. These delegates then go to the county convention, where they select from among themselves delegates for the district convention, and at the district convention they select delegates for the state convention. The estimated number of delegates to the state convention, assuming that all delegates show up and still support the candidate for which they pledged, will be about 940 for Obama, 744 for Edwards, 737 for Clinton, 53 for Richardson, 23 for Biden, 1 for Dodd, and 3 uncommitted. At the state convention, they pick 45 delegates, which would likely go 16 for Obama, 15 for Edwards, and 14 for Clinton. There are also 12 "superdelegates" who are not selected from caucuses. These 57 people attend the national convention and cast their votes as to who will be the candidate that the party supports.
I'm a delegate to the county convention and would love to go all the way to national. We'll see. I'll have to be sure to wear my "power tie" to the convention. Although dems wearing red is a bit... odd.
Politics matter people, pay attention|
So, I am very disappointed in the American public for their lack of knowledge about the current political race. When asked about the positions held by various candidates, the American public gets it wrong a lot. Apparently, about 50% of Ron Paul supporters think that he is pro-choice, but he is not. Almost 60% of Richardson's supporters think that he supports gay marriage, but he does not. Granted, this poll was of a very small number and has a rather large margin of error, but the fact that anybody claims to support a candidate and not only does not know their stance on major issues, but thinks their stance is the opposite of what it actually is, is a bit disturbing.
The same is true for larger polls, asking people which Democratic candidate is the most progressive. For some reason, Clinton, Richardson, and Obama top that list, when in fact these are three of the four least progressive Democratic candidates. John Edwards polls as the least progressive, but in actuality is by far the most progressive of the major candidates, and is at least tied with the minor candidates. The same goes for the furthest to the left and furthest to the right. People have it backwards.
Essentially, if you want to support the Democratic candidate who is furthest to the left, you want to support Kucinich (or Edwards if you are looking only at the top candidates), if you want the one furthest to the right, you want Richardson (or Clinton if you are looking only at the top candidates). Of course, politics is far more complicated than that, but if people paid attention, they would at least know this.
Personally, at the caucus I am supporting Edwards, without any doubt. However, if my district doesn't have enough support to win him a delegate, I will caucus for Kucinich (even though I think he's a bit off his rocker and uses too much rhetoric and not enough actual info), but I'm not positive about this. Obama would probably be my third choice, maybe Gravel or Biden as forth, Clinton being fifth, and Richardson the only candidate for whom I would not caucus. However, this ranking could change, as I am paying attention.
My birthday party is tonight at 1220 Sierra Dr NE, for the one or two of you actually in Cedar Rapids.
Gay Marriage in Iowa|
So, it happened. A judge in Polk County, Iowa ruled that preventing same-sex couples from marrying is unconstitutional. About 20 same-sex couples got marriage licenses. Iowa has a 3 day waiting period from when you obtain a marriage license and when you can marry, so nobody is legally married yet, with one exception. Sean Fritz and Tim McQuillan got a waiver from the county clerk of court to bypass the 3 day waiting period and got married.
Supreme Court fucks up, twice|
So, the US Supreme Court has ruled that schools can not bus students or otherwise determine districting with race as a factor. Welcome back segregated schools. The court was split 5-4 on the decision, along conservative/liberal lines.
The court also overturned an almost 90 year old anti-trust law. Manufacturers are no longer prohibitted from setting minimum sale prices for their items. This means that if Geoff's Discount Store wants to carry Kleenex brand tissues, Kleenex can set not only the price at which I will buy it from them, but also the minimum price at which I must sell it. So, I would not be able to not turn around and sell an item for less than the suggested retail price if I choose.
Fox News and Black People|
So, only about two weeks after Fox News ran a piece on voting fraud and only showed black people voting, it appears that the confusion was all Fox's fault. You see, Fox seemed to think that these voters were all the same people, just as they thought that William Jefferson and John Conyers, two black Congressmen, were the same person. They have apologized for the mistake and blamed it on the new guy.
To clarify, Fox has said that none of the voters shown in the footage were fraudulent voters and that the precinct in which the footage was shot was not known to have any fraud. They have also said that they did not mean to show a picture of John Conyers when talking about an indicted Congressman, as Mr. Conyers is not accused of any crimes.
At least I think it was Fox News. All of those cable news networks look alike to me.
So, we have attacked a village in Somalia. We shelled it from one of our ships and blew most of it to pieces. Apparently, there was some al-Qaeda member who had just arrived there. I did not really miss our presence in Somalia, I am hoping that this does not mean that we are sending troops back in there.
Livejournal admits it messed up|
So, LJ I logged into LJ and saw the following:
Journals being restored
As promised below we have reviewed the journals that have been suspended and are now in the midst of unsuspended about half of them.
The class of suspensions that are being reversed are;
1. All Fandom journals
2. All fiction journals
3. All journals who that had problems in their profile only
A large number of journals that are clear violations of our policies will remain suspended.
I will write a post in more detail soon but I wanted to get this up now as promised.
We are truly sorry for the mess, we have more work yet to do.
So, apparently, the guilty until proven innocent approach wound up with at least half of the journals being removed without cause. Can censorship which goes beyond the scope of policy simply be undone? I am afraid that some of the damage may be longer lasting.
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