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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday Morning News

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: We added 227,000 jobs in February—that's the third consecutive month of solid job growth. The unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent. If employment continues to grow, then it will most likely give Obama a boost in his campaign.

Awkard, aloof and doesn't drink: That pretty much sums up Mitt Romney—for people who worked with him anyway. Apparently the Mitt even had his own private elevator back in the day.

... But he has a playlist: And Kid Rock, Johnny Cash, Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Willie Nelson, Nat King Cole, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, and Toby Keith are all on it. Carrie Underwood is the only woman on it.

Ron Barber: Gabriel Gifford's aide who was by her side when she was shot and suffered injuries himself will run for her seat. “Because Gabby asked me to,” Barber says. “And I really haven’t ever said no to Gabby.”

Annan meets Assad: U.N. Arab League envoy Kofi Annan meets Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to ask for a cease fire. Syria's year long uprising and bloody crackdown has resulted in thousands dying.

Emo haircuts not cool in Iraq: Activists are saying that dozens of Iraqi teenagers were stoned to death by the Moral Police in the country because of how they are cutting their hair.

Putin protests: Big numbers gone.

Pink Slime OK!: The USDA is defending the use of ammonia-treated ground in school lunches saying that it meets the highest standards of food safety.

50 shades of Grey: You know, that book everyone is talking about? That erotic novel by that obscure author also being called "Mommy porn" and "Twilight" for adults?

Courthouse Attack: Police are focusing on "a person of interest" in the Gray's Harbor shooting case in which a judge and deputy were wounded. But they are not 100 percent sure.

And finally, sushi.


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Vince 1
Emo haircuts are forbidden but murdering innocent people is fine!?!. This is the country we've spent trillions of dollars and thousands of Americans live to"liberate"? This is the "freedom" we deliver? The Iraqi government has betrayed us. It's time we demand a returrn of our money!
Posted by Vince on March 10, 2012 at 9:14 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 2
Thank you, Vince. I was thinking much the same thing.

Anyone who calls himself a Republican should be appalled that they were naive enough to elect that moron and his criminal handler.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on March 10, 2012 at 9:18 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 3
#1 and #2 yes yes yes. And you know why the Media in the states won't cover this? Because it's a "faith based" killing thing. YUP Kentucky just passed a law that allows for "conscience refusal" of services, it's a similar mind set. This is one more example of why ALL AMERICANS that care about living here and being American need to stand up against Radical Religious Extremists. It's not hysteria to understand this. It might have happened in Iraq, but an American was fired from his job for getting married! Again it's the same attitude taken to extreme.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on March 10, 2012 at 9:24 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 4
Lead in error: Gabriel Giffords, not Barbara Giffords.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 10, 2012 at 9:33 AM · Report this
treacle 5
Here's the corrected pink slime link:…
Posted by treacle on March 10, 2012 at 9:39 AM · Report this
Mommy porn? I might have read that book, who doesn't enjoy a little literary porn, complete with a bit of BDSM. But between some of the reviews of the actual writing and the fact that it's labeled as mommy porn, no thank you. Mommy porn. Is it going to induce mommy orgasms?

Posted by catballou on March 10, 2012 at 9:41 AM · Report this
A little tired of every move of the economy being reported as if its only importance is to the campaign.
Posted by floydthedog on March 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM · Report this
What? These easily titillated urban, middle-class women never heard of "The Story Of O"?
Posted by COMTE on March 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM · Report this
Geraldo Riviera 9
Kid Rock's first album?

And the best type of oochie coochie
Is the type that tastes like sushi
Eat it, watch a girl get frisky
And then wash it down with a shot of whiskey

Oh, I love them mountain thighs
And a pizza pie before my eyes
But before I taste them juices
I make sure this Sally douches
Posted by Geraldo Riviera on March 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM · Report this
A victory for the center. A small budget stimulus with most in the form of tax cuts, brings America back. Obama and his his centrit policies will shape America for the rest of the decade.
Posted by The loony left must hate Obama on March 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM · Report this
OuterCow 11
@1 You realize most of the money we spent "in" Iraq actually went to Halliburton, Blackwater/Xe, and the like, right? So I'd suggest starting with them first when asking for our money back. Though the right thing to do with that money would be to give it directly to the families of the ~100,000 Iraqi civilians who died because of our war for freedom and democracy.
Posted by OuterCow on March 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 12
The problem is the kids are being killed by mudslime religious zelots because they went to look dress and act like Americans.

Hearts and minds.

I was against the Iraq war, timeing wasn't right and it was pretty much the only country in the Mid East with a secular governemnt. Fact of the matter is that Islam is not compatable with an enlightened modern western civilutaion that beleives in such ideals as free speach and civil rights.

In time every western nation will grow sick of the ignorant fanatism that is Islam. It will come to a head, and we, as western civilization will have to crush it so that the human race can move forward.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on March 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM · Report this
What about Romney's media-tailored song list? My god, it's boring. And this is the attempt to seem more human. Somehow, I don't doubt that this is really what he listens to, whenever he does listen to music.

And 'December, 1963', a.k.a. 'Oh, What A Night!'? Words can't express the consummate hatred I feel for that song. Nothing makes me yearn for a fully loaded automatic rifle like that song.
Posted by floater on March 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM · Report this
As for the religious zealotry in Iraq and much of the Middle East, it's not because they're Muslim and that somehow precludes them from having a free and democratic society that honors civil rights (anymore than our Christianity prevents us - though it tries, at times), but did anybody really expect that that's how things would turn out?
Posted by floater on March 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM · Report this
OuterCow 15
@12 "Fact of the matter is that Islam is not compatable with an enlightened modern western civilutaion that beleives in such ideals as free speech and civil rights."

Hardly any religion is compatible with the ideals of freedom and civil rights, as all religions includes ideas you're not allowed to question (else they wouldn't be religions). The reason religions can coexist with such societies is because of the massive ability of our species to be cool with cognitive dissonance and compartmentalization. Christianity was dragged kicking and screaming from Europe's Dark Ages where it held incredibly sway, to the Enlightenment. Do you really think Fundamentalist Christianity as it's being practiced in America today, with it's war on the rights of women, homosexuals, terrorist attacks on abortion clinics and providers, etc is really compatible with ideals of freedom and civil rights?
Posted by OuterCow on March 10, 2012 at 12:56 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 16
15 and 14

I don't like radical Christianity either, I am an atheist/agnostic myself. In the end Christians are a minority group of little consequence, they lose more members every day. Muslims are 2 billion strong and growing. If you think what the fundamentalist Christians want to do to this country it is child's play compared to the Muslims. Yea, fundamentalist Christians are against gay marriage, Muslims stone gays TO DEATH on a daily basis. When was the last time you heard about Christians having state sanctioned stoning and beheading? Yea the dark ages were pretty dark, but they were over 1000 years ago, even the inquisition was over 500 years ago, Islam's dark ages are today, right now.

Y'all pretend to be enlightened progressives because you hate Christians and Republicans. But sit there with your tail between your legs hiding being the banner of "diversity" when it comes to confronting the real evil in the world.

"it's not because they're Muslim and that somehow precludes them from having a free and democratic society that honors civil rights"

Actually it is exactly what precludes them from having a free and democratic society. Islam is by definition theocracy that rules by religious law. These are people who riot and kill people because they didn't like that someone drew a picture of their illiterate child molesting prophet muhammed. They simply are not compatible with modern enlightened thinking and democratic ideals.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on March 10, 2012 at 1:19 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 17
@16, thank you for that. Too bad the children here will stick their fingers in their ears and say "la-la-la, I can't hear you."
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on March 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM · Report this
venomlash 18
>implying every other religion doesn't call for the establishment of a theocracy run according to religious law
And if you want to see radical Christians committing atrocities against minorities, look no further than sub-Saharan Africa. You think that Christians don't stone gays to death in Uganda, where they recently tried to enshrine such a policy in law?

Islam has nothing to do with it, speaking as someone who actually knows a thing or two about the religion, its different denominations, and its origins. Being an impoverished shithole will make any nation, of any faith, into a hotbed of oppression.
Posted by venomlash on March 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
OuterCow 19
Shorter #16: "Muslims scary!"
Posted by OuterCow on March 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 20
> Implying anyone cares about Sub-Sahara Africa

But let us pretend for a moment that we do, and look, what do we see, Oh wow it is Muslims committing atrocities and genocides in: Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda.

But this goes beyond the impoverished shit holes, to oil rich Arab states. Some are developing nuclear material, others like the Saudis are buying top tier military technology from the US and European sates. Meanwhile the Saudis are propping up the Taliban and stone women to death on their own streets BinLaden and the 9/11 hijackers did not come from impoverished shitholes, these are people who are college educated from wealthy families who share a common belief system. A belief system that denies the inalienable human rights anyone who's is not a Muslim male.

We have Muslims doing honor killings in downtown London, Denmark, Norway and even on our own soil, hardly backwater impoverished sub-Saharan Africa.

You can keep mewling "But Christians are bad." but around the corner lurks something much much worse.

We are coming to a crossroads, if we want Humanity to thrive and prosper, we cannot allow Islam to survive in its current form. That said the Sufi's seem all right, but the rest of the Muslims hate them as much as they hate us.

These kids are getting killed for being "satanic" no surprise these people also consider America to be "the great Satan."

>implying every other religion doesn't call for the establishment of a theocracy run according to religious law

No, as a matter of fact they don't , being someone as yourself who "knows a thing or two" about religion, seems you should have known that.

Also with such recent developments like, The Catholic Hospital System, it's Protestant counterparts, the Red Cross, The Salvation Army, The YMCA, and countless other Christian charity organizations many who work for the benefit of mankind beyond the ideas of class, creed, religion, gender and sexual preference. I really think Christianity has done more good than harm in recent history, you cant say the same for Islam.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on March 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 21
I always have a lot of respect for you opinion. No one sees the world as it is like LEOs. And by the looks of the comments, you are right yet again.

Yea a billion screaming, irrational religious zealots, potentially armed with nuclear weapons scares the shit out of me. The fact that they see, women, gays, and infidels like you and me as something less than human doesn't help the situation any.

Posted by Cascadian Bacon on March 10, 2012 at 4:22 PM · Report this
Donolectic 22
@21 - the Catholics have the Vatican, which has a seat in the UN. But hey, they just rape kids and use their massive resources to cover it up, while also using those resources to politically smack down anyone who doesn't believe like they do.

Also, I see your Red Cross and raise you a Red Crescent.

I'm obvously blinded.
Posted by Donolectic on March 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM · Report this
venomlash 23
>implying that Christians don't commit genocides in sub-Saharan Africa as well
>implying that Christians don't also murder children who come off as Satanic to them
Give it up, dickhead. I know a bit more about Islam than you do.
Posted by venomlash on March 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 24
The Red Cross started the Red Crescent and the Red Crescent remains under the umbrella of the red cross.

As for sanctioned child rape, yea the Catholic has done that, as has probably every other church and a lot of secular people and organizations as well. But if Child rape is really your thing, check out Islam, where young girls and boys are regularly sold into sexual slavery, either as child brides or dancing boys. After all Islam was founded by a pedo who took a 6 year old wife when he was 52.

Yes you obviously know SO much about the subject you have to resort to ad hominem attacks. But that is pretty much the norm for you, being a cowardly piece of shit and all.

You caught the part where I said I wasn't Christian right? Or was that a little too much reading comprehension?
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on March 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM · Report this
venomlash 25
@24: One, calling you a dickhead is not an ad-hominem attack, but rather name-calling. I do not think you understand what "ad hominem" means.
Nothing I put forth hinges on you being Christian. The point I am making is that you are unfairly characterizing Islam as inherently evil and bloodthirsty in a way that other widespread religions aren't. The truth is that Islam isn't much better or worse than any other major religion, as far as humanitarianism goes. (Well, maybe you could claim the higher moral ground for Zen Buddhism, but hey.)
By the way, Aisha was 6 at betrothal, not at marriage, and her marriage to Mohammed wasn't consummated, according to the sources we have, until puberty. Arranged marriage? Sure. Pedophilia? Nope.avi
Also, don't conflate what happens in majority-Muslim countries with what happens under Islam. Otherwise, you might as well blame the Holocaust on Christianity.
Posted by venomlash on March 10, 2012 at 8:06 PM · Report this
@22 child rape seems to sanctioned by American public schools as well. Somehow it doesn't generate as much outrage as the Catholic Church.

Posted by bornhere on March 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 27
"Islam is by definition theocracy that rules by religious law."

I searched the googler and couldn't find anything whatsoever to back such an assertion. And aren't there several million American Muslims who'd dispute your claim at face value?
Posted by mikethehammer on March 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM · Report this
Donolectic 28
@22 - I didn't realize that public schools shuffled teachers around to different cities and spent millions as a worldwide organization to cover it up.

Source please?
Posted by Donolectic on March 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM · Report this
@4 Her name is Gabrielle, not Gabriel.

Also, this is hardly news. As evidenced by the date on the story you linked to, this happened over a month ago.
Posted by miguelcolina on March 11, 2012 at 11:08 AM · Report this

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