Monday, November 30, 2009

Alec Baldwin to quit acting in 2012

Enjoy '30 Rock' while you can because Alec Baldwin may quit Hollywood altogether when his contract expires in 2012.

"I don't have any interest in acting anymore," the Emmy winner, 51, said in an interview for the December issue of Men's Journal. "Movies are a part of my past. It's been 30 years. I'm not young, but I have time to do something else."

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Baldwin stars alongside Meryl Streep in the upcoming holiday comedy 'It's Complicated' and will co-host the 2010 Oscars with Steve Martin. He was nominated for an Oscar for his 2003 performance in 'The Cooler.' Still he avoids his own movies and insists he has no future on the big screen.

"I consider my entire movie career a complete failure," he told the magazine. "The goal of moviemaking is to star in a film where your performance drives the film, and the film is either a soaring critical or commercial success, and I never had that."

So what will he do next? Baldwin has flirted with the idea of running for public office.


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Florida State coach Bobby Bowden finally resigns

Bobby Bowden is 80 years of age and the Rightardia staff was not too excited of seeing a coach pass away on the football field.  He coached for 34 seasons and only trails Penn State's Joe Paterno with 388 wins. We wish him well.

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Did the Mayans predict the election of Sarah Palin and Glen Beck?

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Geoffrey Dunn: Palin's Latest Gaffe is World Class

There have been so many lies and distortions pointed out in Sarah Palin's Going Rogue since it was released last week that her memoir has already become something of a gag line [on late night TV.]

But perhaps the most embarrassing gaffe so far is her mis-attributed quote to UCLA basketball legend John Wooden.

As the epigram to Chapter Three, "Drill, Baby, Drill," Palin assigns the following remarks to the Hall of Fame hoops coach:

Our land is everything to us... I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember our grandfathers paid for it--with their lives.

Only the quote wasn't by John Wooden. It was written by a Native American activist named John Wooden Legs in an essay entitled "Back on the War Ponies," which appeared in a left-wing anthology, We Are the People: Voices from the Other Side of American History, edited by Nathaniel May, Clint Willis, and James W. Loewen.

Here's the full quote:

Our land is everything to us. It is the only place in the world where Cheyennes talk the Cheyenne language to each other. It is the only place where Cheyennes remember the same things together. I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember our grandfathers paid for it--with their life. My people and the Sioux defeated General Custer at the Little Big Horn.

Oops! That's not quite the sentiment that Sister Sarah was trying to convey as she guzzled down sugar-free Red Bull and cranked up Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now?" while jumping on her patriotic high horse at the opening of the third chapter.

There's also no small amount of irony in the quote, given Palin's abysmal record on Alaska Native issues during her truncated term as governor.

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Do you have the mind of a serial killer?

A scientist who studies the brains of serial killers discovers he has the genetic markers of one. Jim Fallon, a neuroscientist at the University of California, discusses his research on his family and the biology of violent offenders. WSJ's Gautam Naik reports.

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Is Mike Huckabee's political career over?

Could this be the end of Mike Huckabee's presidential aspirations? Rightardia beleives he would be a stronger candidate than Sarah Palin, but he would run into trouble in the North East and the left coast because of his right wing religious views.

Nor is our staff fooled by Huckabee's 'Fair Tax' which is another GOP Trojan Horse. The Fair Tax is a regressive tax that would disproportionately affect the middle class. The middle calss and the poor pay prorpitionally more of their income in taxes than the rich.

This is a graphic from Rush Limbaugh's web site:

You might think the rich are taking a hosing, but all Limbaugh is pointing out is that the rich pay higher Income Taxes because Income Tax is a progressive tax. Of course, the rich also have far bigger incomes and much of their money is made through capital gains which is taxed at the 17 per cent rate. Limbaugh doens't mention the capital gains tax at all. George W. Bush suspended the other progressive tax in the the US, the Estate Tax.

Most American taxes such as sales tax, municipal taxes such as real estate are regressive. or example, the payroll tax system (FICA), a 12.4% Social Security tax on wages up to $106,800(for 2009) and a 2.9% Medicare tax (a 15.3% total tax that is often split between employee and employer). these taxes are regressive taxes on income with no standard deduction or personal exemptions but in effect is forced savings with returns to the payer in the form of retirement benefits and health care.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities states that three-fourths of U.S. taxpayers pay more in payroll taxes than they do in income taxes. 

Don't let the right confuse you on taxes. The middle class and the poor pay their fair share because most American taxes are regressive.  The GOP says little about regressive taxes because they have less impact on the affluent. 


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The Fino-Soviet Winter War remembered

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It was a war one of the sides involved would rather forget, while the other fights to keep the memory alive. Finns are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of the Winter War against the Soviet Union.

After months of ultimatums, on November 30, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Finland.

With a sizeable advantage in manpower, tanks and aircraft, the Red Army command expected victory within weeks.

“We could not understand why. The Soviet Union was so big, so why would they take something from us?” says Lars Loflund, Finnish war veteran.

Just months earlier, the Soviet Union and Germany had signed a non-aggression pact, which contained a secret protocol dividing North and East Europe into spheres of influence. Finland fell under the USSR's.

That fitted in with Stalin's plan to expand the Soviet border from its second city of Leningrad. However, the Soviet Union had underestimated the Finns.

The Finnish Commander, General Mannerheim, had ordered the construction of a powerful line of fortifications. Although poorly equipped, the defenders knew the rugged terrain, and were better prepared for the plunging temperatures.

“In the conflict zone there were no roads, no settlements – just forests and lakes. Nothing to get your bearings from”, says Viktor Lavskiy, Russian War Veteran, adding, “The soldiers and the equipment were not ready, and the reconnaissance was insufficient.”

As losses mounted, the Soviets pumped more and more troops into the theater of conflict to finally break through the Finnish fortifications. Despite making inroads, the cost of the war was proving too high for the USSR.

On March 12, 1940, it accepted the offer of a ceasefire less than six months after the first shots were fired. While Finland ceded around a tenth of its territory, it retained its independence.

It had been a short but bloody war. Twenty-five thousand Finns were lost, but the number of Soviet casualties was up to five times bigger.

“During Soviet times, people were reluctant to even mention this war. It was difficult, not particularly successful, and however you try to spin it, the Soviet Union was the aggressor,” says Aleksandr Golubev, Historian from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In Helsinki, commemorations of the Winter War are everywhere. Local celebrities chose the city’s biggest mall to hand out badges in support of the few surviving veterans.

“These guys saved us and that is why we live in Finland today,” Mati Vatanen, singer with the Leningrad Boys, told RT.
There are exhibitions which remember the fallen, though the mood is solemn, not defiant.

Lars Loflund, one Finnish war veteran, believes there was nothing wrong with the Russian people. It was the system that was wrong.

After World War II, Finland would go on to become one of the USSR’s closest partners in the West.

Despite the passage of time, it is clear that in Finland, the Winter War is forever frozen into the nation's conscience.

Although Finland never signed the Tripartite Pact and legally (de jure) was not a part of the Axis, it was Axis-aligned in its fight against the Soviet Union. The common term used in that kind of relationship is co-belligerence. Finland signed the revived Anti-Comintern Pact of November 1941. Finland lost the Kola peninsula due to the war and about 30 per cent of its economy.

The Soviet Army did poorly in Finland due to Stalin's purges of the officer corps. This purge also negatively affected the performance of the Russian Armed Forces against the Nazis in the first two to three years of World War 2.

Although Stalin liquidated tens of thousands of officers and Communist Party members, he did not perceive himself as a military leader and let his generals make the military decisions.

Hitler, on the other hand, thought he was more able than his field marshals and made some terrible military blunders that led to the defeat of the Third Reich.


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ONN: Horrific 120-Car Pileup A Sad Reminder Of Princess Diana’s Death

Horrific 120-Car Pileup A Sad Reminder Of Princess Diana’s Death

Our writers always wondered why the media has a feeding frenzy when a celebrity like Princess Diana, Anna Nicole Smith or the King of Pop, Michael Jackson dies.

The media covered all of these deaths for weeks. As Benjamin Franklin once said, "Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

Perhaps the conservative strict constructionists are not aware of this quote because they seem to think the US Constitution was poured into cement or written by the hand of God.

Death and taxes are inevitable. So is change.

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Today is Cyber Monday

One in three Americans will shop online today! Black Friday saw sales up 1/2 per cent which is below average compared to last year.

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The White House Blog: Who Do You Trust?

Posted by Ann Widger on November 30, 2009 at 10:25 AM EST

As one of the people in the Office of Public Engagement who work every day with citizens, groups, and organizations on health insurance reform, I’m constantly amazed at the overwhelming show of support from every corner and every constituency you can think of. When I say the list goes on and on, I mean it literally goes on and on, and is made up of some of the most trusted groups in America.

And nobody has been more important, more of a pleasure to work with, or more trusted for that matter than America’s doctors and nurses. We invited the heads of two groups representing the people who know our heath care system best to take part in this special video with the Vice President, to tell us all why they think reform is so important:

Workers Independent News: Immigrants Good for Economic Growth

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November 29, 2009 - 5:43pm
By Doug Cunningham

Funded by SEIU 32BJ and the Carnegie Foundation, the Fiscal Policy Institute report assessed immigrant economic impact in the 25 largest U.S. metro economies. It found that instead of hurting the economy, immigrants contribute to the economy in the same proportion as their numbers in the population. Hector Figeuroa is Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU 32BJ in New York City.

[Figueroa]: “What we are finding with this study and a lot of other studies out there who look at the impact if immigrants in the economy is that immigrants are not part of the problem. They’re really part of the solution.”

The report finds that areas with the highest levels of immigration growth also have experienced among the highest economic growth. Figueroa says while employers do exploit undocumented workers to drive wages down, the answer to that is unionization and giving equal labor law protections to all immigrants.

[Figueroa 2]: “What we’re saying is that the problem will never go away until we change the laws and it allows millions of people -who are contributing to our economy like this reports suggest - to be able to do that with the same rights as everybody else.”

Other studies have indicated that immigrants primarily affect jobs that Americans who lack high school education seek. The employer really has the primary responsibility for verifying that a person is qualified to work in the US.
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Al Jazeera: Irish ask for World Cup spot

Thierry Henry's handball could have far-reaching consequences in the sport. The Republic of Ireland has asked to be allowed to compete at the World Cup as a 33rd team.

Giovanni Trapattoni's side were knocked out of a qualifying playoff by France this month when Henry deliberately handled the ball in the buildup to the winning goal.

World governing body FIFA will consider the request at an emergency meeting in Cape Town on Wednesday, two days ahead of the World Cup draw.

And in more fallout from the controversy, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said extra match officials would be considered at South Africa 2010 "because players are cheating".

FIFA has already rejected a call by the Irish for a replay. Blatter told the Soccerex business conference in Johannesburg that the Irish asked: "Can we be team number 33 at the World Cup?"

He also said that Henry's handball showed that referees needed more help on the field.

If FIFA's executive committee agrees, the proposal will go before football's rule-making International Board in Zurich in March for a final decision.

'Lack of respect'

"There is a lack of discipline and respect in the game by the players because they are cheating," Blatter said on Monday. "This is human beings trying to get an advantage and this is not good and we have to fight against that.

"We have only one man on the field of play who shall intervene in this matter. He has two assistants for the time being, perhaps more in the future."

"There is a lack of discipline and respect in the game by the players because they are cheating"

FIFA president Sepp Blatter: "He (the referee) has to make an immediate decision. He has only two eyes. So match control is now is on the agenda. How shall we avoid such situations as we have seen in this very specific match?"

Henry's clear handball, first with his arm and then with his left hand, stopped the ball from going out of play before he crossed to teammate William Gallas to score an equaliser for a 1-1 draw with Ireland at Stade de France.

That remained the scoreline and France, who had won 1-0 in Dublin, qualified 2-1 on aggregate.

Because of the clamour for FIFA to take action to help the match officials, the debate is likely to be between using TV technology or extra referees. As an experiment in the Europa League, Uefa uses five officials, one standing at each end of the field, to help the referee settle disputes in the area, including whether the ball has crossed the line.

Blatter said he was not in favour of using TV technology to settle such disputes. "With technology, you have to stop a match. You have a look at cameras," he said.

"We have to maintain the human face of football and not go into technology. I think that goalline technology, when accurate, we can accept it in international football."

Rightardia agrees. Americans fottball games plod on for hours because of an excessive amount of timeouts and play reviews. The last 10 minutes of a close Pro football game take 30 minutes because of timeouts, runs to the sideline and balls thrown away to stop the clock.

Then there is the ridiculous two minute warning that stops the game. FIFA should avoid the trap of getting everything perfect that America football has fallen into. Soccer is exciting because of the continuous action.

However, the Irish should have won the match with the French. Let them play in Johannesburg as the 33rd team. That will put a human face on the sport.


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Sunday, November 29, 2009


As always, Satan's shopping list of Christmas gifts are guaranteed to make any Christian parent call their state Senator after slapping their rebellious child across the face for ruining Christmas! 
We'd like to prevent that from happening.  At least the slapping part. The following Christmas toys are banned from purchase.  Be warned: 
If one of these items is found in your home or on your person,  then you'll have to find yourself another place to worship, for you are no longer welcome at Landover Baptist Church.
Click on the images or name of any toy below to be taken to the Liberal owned, where you can read their own deceitful descriptions and purchase or burn any of these sinful products!

Click Here to Purchase and Burn Dora Products in BULK from Amazon.com1. Little Dora (All Dora Products Banned Until Further Notice!):
The Little Dora character was cooked up a few years ago by liberals as a tool "to force conservative children into questioning their racial identity and Christian heritage." This year, Dora looks more "Oriental." A modification obviously made so that children who play with her, will be more accepting of President Obama's loose policies toward Japan and China. Children who are exposed to Little Dora, will grow up to be the next generation of liberal adults who embrace a world currency and help destroy America by toppling the United States' status as the world's most powerful nation. If you love your child, and you love America, please keep them away from Little Dora and any of her related products, including the Fisher Price Dora Kitchen set (an underhanded attempt to target the conservative female child demographic).

Click Here to read liberal propaganda about this toy on Amazon.com2. Toy Story 3 Talking Buddies:
Our Christian mole in Hollywood informs us that Buzz Lightyear and Woody will be planning a gay toy marriage in their next film.  As part of Hollywood's marketing campaign, and in a liberal effort to desensitize children to the homosexual agenda, Disney is releasing the "Talking Buddy" set this Christmas. "Let's take this friendship to another level," says Woody (that name is already enough to make a Christian parent flinch). Even more disturbing is that each character comes with a removable shirt. Do you want to see your conservative child playing with topless toys under the Christmas Tree? Look to for updates as we petition Congress to put an R rating on Toy Story 3 before it is released next year.*

Click Here to Read Liberal Propaganda About this toy on and purchase and burn one!3. Scientific Explorer's Mind Blowing
Science Kit:

When will scientists learn that a Holy Bible and a box of chicken bones provides children with more knowledge and fun than any silly science kit they can ever come up with? This so-called, "kit," will have your child performing dangerous experiments that will make them question the existence of our omniscient God. The Mind Blowing Science Kit, at least does what it says it does - it blows a child's mind wide open!  An open mind is the Devil's Playground - susceptible to demonic spirits! Atheist liberals sell these kits to promote "rational thought." Well, as any True Christian™ will tell you, there is NOTHING rational about Evolution and science. Children who are exposed to this kit will one day die and go to Hell, where they will have all the time in the world to use "rational thought" to figure out why they are being burned alive in a lake of fire while being sodomized by demons for all eternity!

Click Here to see this disgusting toy on and purchase and melt one of your own!4. Radio Flyer Little Red Roadster:
The beloved, innocent toy of our Christian youth has been retrofitted and redesigned by sodomites to resemble a drooping, semi-aroused red penis! Is there no shame left in this world? How a Godly little red wagon turned into a symbol for Gay rights, and passes unnoticed to even the most conservative family is beyond the Christian imagination! Who wants to see their Baptist child giggling in glee as they ride a mockery of Americana down a public sidewalk in open support of the Homosexual Agenda? While conservatives sleep and do nothing, gays are actively taking over everything we hold dear! And that includes the Radio Flyer Association™! So, even if you want to purchase an old-fashioned flyer that doesn't look like an engorged penis, your money will most certainly go to helping place homosexual teachers in your local elementary school!

Click Here to Purchase and Burn this Book in the Fireplace on Christmas Morning!5. Barack Obama: Son of Promise,
Child of Hope Book:

We're all for Black people feeling better about themselves, and what better way to raise a colored child to grow up to be a waiter who doesn't spit in your food, or a sanitation worker who doesn't spill your garbage on the curb. This book could have accomplished that, but since it was written by an angry, liberal racist, it is "Pro Obama." Which means that any child who reads it will grow up to become a person who spits on American values and spills the hard earned cash of decent, God-fearing Americans onto the gravel and dirt driveways of the lazy and incompetent! It has NO place in a Christian home!

*Please Note:
When you click on a the image or text link to any of these toys, you will be taken directly to an page that gives you "the liberal view" of each toy. 
If you chose to purchase one of the toys to burn, or anything else on, the Landover Baptist Church will receive partial proceeds from your purchase and will place those funds into the Campaign to Place an "R" Rating on Toy Story 3
Thank you for your service and contribution to this amazing cause, in God's precious and Holy Name.
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Attention T-Baggers: Betty Bowers explains your constitutional rights

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FHA Loans in trouble

FHA Loan Probe Sun Nov 29 15:48:46 PST 2009

The Federal Government's home mortgage insurer is at risk of running out of money itself. As Hari Sreenivasan reports, a federal agency has been helping the housing market, but this is risky.

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Mario Piperni: Fox News needs a mathlete

Another reason why Fox News should be part of the Comedy Network.

63 + 70 + 60 = 193

Not bad. Their pie chart was only off by 93. Perhaps a bar graph would have worked better.


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More 'leaders' like Rush are needed

Rush will help the Democrats win more seats in 2010. Fortunately, the Republicans will not understand what has happened to them until it is too late.

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Haaretz: Likudniks blast 'enemy of the Jews' Obama over settlement freeze

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By Chaim Levinson, Haaretz Correspondent

Rank-and-file Likudniks and lawmakers in the ruling Likud party lambasted the Obama administration at a gathering on Saturday, in response to Israel's decision to temporarily freeze construction in West Bank settlements.

MK Dani Danon organized the meeting after Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat (Likud) launched a verbal attack over the matter on U.S. President Barack Obama's administration, which she branded "terrible."

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately distanced himself from her comments, the activists at Saturday's conference leveled further criticism at Obama over the moratorium, which Israel undertook to carry out in the wake of tremendous U.S. pressure.

"The Obama administration is an enemy of the Jews and the worst regime there ever was for the State of Israel," said Yossi Naim, the head of the Beit Aryeh regional council, at the Ra'ana meeting. "I announce to Obama: You won't be able to stop us."

The mayor of the West Bank settlement of Ariel, Ron Nahman, called Netanyahu's announcement of the settlement freeze a disgrace.

Directing his comments to Livnat, he said: "I am proud and happy that you said what you said, because you had the public courage to say what most of the public feels ever since Obama came to power."

Nahman repeatedly referred to the U.S. leader as "Hussein Obama," omitting his first name.

Ya'alon cancels lecture in Kiryat Arba in face of rightist protest

Meanwhile, Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) cancelled a appearance at the settlement of Kiryat Arba on Saturday, due to a plan by right-wing activists to stage a protest the settlement freeze.

Ya'alon, who also strategic affairs minister, was meant to speak about "taking responsibility" to hundreds of teenagers at a gathering organized the local council.

But a group of right-wingers, including prominent activists Itamar Ben-Gvir, Noam Federman and Baruch Marzel, went to the hall where Ya'alon was meant to speak, with the intention of protesting against the minister's support for the settlement freeze.

Ya'alon's security representative saw the rightists, who were holding placards, and announced that the minister could not enter the building while they were still there. Following a 40-minute discussion, Ya'alon decided to leave the site without speaking.

Ben-Gvir said in response: "Whoever voted in favor of strangling the settlements will not be surprised that people want to protest against him."


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Obama ratings bounce back again 11/29/2009

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PM Vladimir Putin is a funny man

An example of Russian humor?

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One in eigth Americans now on food stamps

MARTINSVILLE, Ohio — With food stamp use at record highs and climbing every month, a program once scorned as a failed welfare scheme now helps feed one in eight Americans and one in four children.

The situation is worse than 2008 the map portrays 

It has grown so rapidly in places so diverse that it is becoming nearly as ordinary as the groceries it buys. More than 36 million people use inconspicuous plastic cards for staples like milk, bread and cheese, swiping them at counters in blighted cities and in suburbs pocked with foreclosure signs.

Virtually all have incomes near or below the federal poverty line, but their eclectic ranks testify to the range of people struggling with basic needs. They include single mothers and married couples, the newly jobless and the chronically poor, longtime recipients of welfare checks and workers whose reduced hours or slender wages leave pantries bare.

While the numbers have soared during the recession, the path was cleared in better times when the Bush administration led a campaign to erase the program’s stigma, calling food stamps “nutritional aid” instead of welfare, and made it easier to apply.

That bipartisan effort capped an extraordinary reversal from the 1990s, when some conservatives tried to abolish the program, Congress enacted large cuts and bureaucratic hurdles chased many needy people away.

From the ailing resorts of the Florida Keys to Alaskan villages along the Bering Sea, the program is now expanding at a pace of about 20,000 people a day.
There are 239 counties in the United States where at least a quarter of the population receives food stamps, according to an analysis of local data collected by The New York Times.

The counties are as big as the Bronx and Philadelphia and as small as Owsley County in Kentucky, a patch of Appalachian distress where half of the 4,600 residents receive food stamps.

In more than 750 counties, the program helps feed one in three blacks. In more than 800 counties, it helps feed one in three children. In the Mississippi River cities of St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans, half of the children or more receive food stamps. Even in Peoria, Ill. — Everytown, U.S.A. — nearly 40 percent of children receive aid.

Nationwide, food stamps reach about two-thirds of those eligible, with rates ranging from an estimated 50 percent in California to 98 percent in Missouri. Mr. Concannon urged lagging states to do more to enroll the needy, citing a recent government report that found a sharp rise in Americans with inconsistent access to adequate food.

“This is the most urgent time for our feeding programs in our lifetime, with the exception of the Depression,” he said. “It’s time for us to face up to the fact that in this country of plenty, there are hungry people.”

The program’s growing reach can be seen in a corner of southwestern Ohio where red state politics reign and blue-collar workers have often called food stamps a sign of laziness. But unemployment has soared, and food stamp use in a six-county area outside Cincinnati has risen more than 50 percent.

By contrast, in the federal cash welfare program, states until recently bore the entire cost of caseload growth, and nationally the rolls have stayed virtually flat. Unemployment insurance, despite rapid growth, reaches about only half the jobless (and replaces about half their income), making food stamps the only aid many people can get — the safety net’s safety net.

Support for the food stamp program reached a nadir in the mid-1990s when critics, likening the benefit to cash welfare, won significant restrictions and sought even more. But after use plunged for several years, President Bill Clinton began promoting the program, in part as a way to help the working poor. President George W. Bush expanded that effort, a strategy Mr. Obama has embraced.

The revival was crowned last year with an upbeat change of name. What most people still call food stamps is technically the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Now nearly 12 percent of Americans receive aid — 28 percent of blacks, 15 percent of Latinos and 8 percent of whites. Benefits average about $130 a month for each person in the household, but vary with shelter and child care costs.

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GOP opposes surtax to pay for Afghan War

Sam Stein

First Posted: 11-29-09 11:12 AM   |   Updated: 11-29-09 11:53 AM 
Two former advisers to George W. Bush had a spirited debate on Sunday morning over the possibility of a surtax to pay for a troop escalation in Afghanistan.

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Dan Senor, a neoconservative war hawk who served as Bush's spokesman in Iraq, called proposals for taxing the rich to pay for the war a backdoor effort to derail any surge in forces. He was opposed by another Bush hand, former communications honcho Matthew Dowd -- a GOP traditionalist -- who said it was unfair to have an increase in troops without a shared social sacrifice.

The whole exchange is worthwhile, but the below portion was particularly illuminating:
SENOR: Let's be honest about what this is about. It's about a campaign against President Obama's troops surge. It's not really about paying for it. It's about arguing against it.
GEORGE WILL: And there's going to be no surtax. We all agree on that. So everyone, relax.
DOWD: I agree with you. There is not going to be a tax. But I think this goes to a fundamental value that I think we lost, which is that we can get things for nothing. That we can go to war and not have to pay for it either by cutting the budget or doing something else.
We have a war; we don't have a draft. All of these sorts of things, that we think, 'Oh, by way, we can go fight the most important war in the history of our country, but we're not going to have a draft, we're not going to pay for it, we're not going to do anything that causes anybody to sacrifice.'
SENOR: If [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and [House Appropriations Committee Chairman David] Obey were being intellectually honest about this they would wage a war against the President's surge policy Wednesday morning. As opposed to doing this via some proposed surtax.
DOWD: David Obey's idea I think underlines the problem that we don't ask people -- when we say these things are important -- we don't ask the country to come together for them.
Coming days before President Obama is set to announce an increase in roughly 30,000 to 35,000 troops in Afghanistan, the debate between Senor and Dowd provides a window into the Republican Party's internal divisions.

Rightardia comment: As the cost of the Iraq War approaches $ 1 trillion (see, people like Dan Senor whine about taxes. The blood of the poor and the middle class have paid for most wars while the rich have financed them.
Of course, Bush started two wars and was the first president in US history who did not raise taxes to pay for them. Instead he cut the top two tax brackets for the most affluent American, cut the capital gains tax to 17 per cent and suspended the Estate Tax. The tax cuts and the wars doubled the US national debt.

Keep in mind, too, that recessions invariably follow the end of a wars and the US is already in one of the worst recessions in its history. The simplest way to pay for this war would be to increase the capital gains tax and restore the Estate Tax. Let the people who benefited most from the Bush tax cuts pay for this war. We don't need another regressive surtax on the middle class.

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More than one in three Young African-American Workers unemployed

Submitted by Jesse Russell on November 26, 2009 - 2:41pm

Economists might be calling it a recession, but for the young and black in America it likely feels more like the Great Depression. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for black men between the ages of 16 and 24 in the United States hit 34.5 percent in October.

The national unemployment rate for all workers between the ages of 16 to 24 was 19.1 percent in October. The national unemployment rate for African Americans overall was 15.7 percent.

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Huff Po: Decline of Colonialism

This video presents a neat visualization of the evolution of four maritime empires (British, French, Spanish and Portuguese) year-by-year over the course of the last two centuries. As these empires eventually decline, bits of the circles break off to represent the countries that gained independence from the various imperiums. Needless to say, by the end of the video the circles have all but disappeared. (h/t Kottke.)

Visualizing empires decline from Pedro M Cruz on Vimeo.

source: Huffington Post

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mad Magazine introduces new super hero

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Sir Jeremy Greenstock: US hell bent on iraq War

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The Bush Administration was  unwilling to work with the UN to get approval for the invasion making the Iraq War illegitimate.

In addition, the US has spent nearly $ 1 trillion on the war, See and the life cycle cost will be a lot more than $1 trillion. This war will exceed the cost of the reforming the US health care system.

Essentially the GOP pissed away a trillion dollars on a fruitless war.

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Electronics Arts breaks record with FIFA 10

Oct 8 (01:53)


The latest title in Electronic Arts' soccer franchise sold 1.7 million copies at European retail outlets in the first week, ahead of its release in North America. The game has exceptionally realistic graphics and children can scan their own faces onto their favorite players.

Rightardia is a big advocate of soccer because it is an international sport that is less violent than US football. Children can play in boys and girls recreation leagues most of the year in many parts of the US. soccer leagues usually start at age five an continue in adult leagues. Unlike American football, there is no stigma against young women playing soccer.

Soccer is a great family sport and Secular Human spent many Saturdays with his wife watching his two children play.

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Washington Whispers: Obama Report Card Week 45

Three weeks of C-. No wonder his ratings are falling.  How about a B next week?

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Wal-Mart launches probe into Chinese labor abuse allegations

By Chen Hong (China Daily)
Updated: 2009-11-27 07:54

United States retailing giant Wal-Mart yesterday launched its own investigation into the findings of a New-York based human rights group, which levied serious labor abuse allegations against the company after inspecting five of its supplier factories in China.

"We take such reports very seriously," a statement from Wal-Mart said.

"We will take prompt remedial action if our investigations confirm any of the alleged findings."

A China Labor Watch (CLW) report, which was made public on Wednesday, alleged that employees in a number of Chinese supplier factories of the US retailer have been forced to work up to 77 hours a week in "poor working conditions".

As the world's largest retailer, "Wal-Mart leverages its massive product orders to purchase goods at low prices, and the workers have to bear the financial burden", CLW said in a statement.

Good workers get an annual bonus of no more than 100 yuan, the report said.

Li Qiang, the founder and executive director of CLW who has been looking into Wal-Mart's practices for nearly a decade, said the retailing giant "deserves moral condemnation at a time when Chinese workers cannot sue the company over poor work conditions".

Wal-Mart, which has more than 250 stores across China.

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Tiger Woods Injured by Wife

Posted Nov 28th 2009 6:08AM by TMZ Staff
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Rightardia has never been a fan of Tiger Woods. We remember when Bill Clinton called to congratulate Woods about a big golf victory and all Woods could do was complain about his federal income tax.
Tiger Woods did not suffer lacerations from a car accident. They were inflicted by his wife, Elin Nordegren, according to a conversation Woods had Friday after the accident.

Tiger has not yet been formally interviewed by the Florida Highway Patrol. Tiger had a conversation Friday detailing what happened before his Escalade hit a fire hydrant.

We're told he said his wife had confronted him about reports that he was seeing another woman. The argument got heated and, according to our source, she scratched his face up.

We're told Woods became "distracted," thought the vehicle was stopped, and looked to see what had happened. At that point the SUV hit the fire hydrant and then hit a tree.

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LtSaloon: Tom Coburn’s Shame

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by RS Janes on Fri, Nov 27, 2009

If this lunatic has any capacity for shame, that is…

“Thirteen major military and veterans groups have joined forces to try to force one senator — Republican Tom Coburn of Oklahoma — to release a hold that he has placed on a major veterans benefits bill.
Coburn has been identified by Senate aides as the lawmaker preventing consideration of S 1963, the Veterans’ Caregiver and Omnibus Health Benefits Act of 2009, by using an informal but legal practice of putting a hold on a bill.”
– Rick Maze, “Coburn Named As Senator Holding Up Vets Bill,” Marine Corps Times, Nov. 3, 2009.

Finally, sanity prevailed in spite of the embarrassing Coburn…

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation Thursday to provide financial aid to caregivers of disabled veterans, ending a stand-off with Sen. Tom Coburn that drew national attention.” […]
“Coburn had objected for weeks to passing the bill using the Senate’s fast-track process, holding out for the opportunity to offer amendments.”

Chris Casteel, “U.S. Senate Approves Veterans Bill,” The Daily Oklahoman, Nov. 20, 2009.

Sen. Coburn is a C Streeter who tried to broker a deal for his C Street pal, Sen John Ensign, who was involved with an extra-marital affair with one his staffers. The C Street House is operated by 'The Family,' a shady Christo-Fascist organization headed by Doug Coe. Coe belives men like Coburn and Ensign are special people who are above the law like Adolf Htler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong.

Extra-legal nut jobs like this have crossed the line into sedition. There is nothing in the Bible that sanctions this sort of behvior. This is reminiscent of some of the religio-fascist ideas of Hitler and Mussolini.

Rightardia has been saying for along time that the GOP does not really have a voting record that is supportive of veterans. Sen. Coburn's obstructionism is another example.

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Ria Novosti: Bomb caused fatal train crash


MOSCOW, November 28 (RIA Novosti) An explosive device equivalent to more than 15 pounds of TNT caused Friday evening's deadly derailment of a train travelling from Moscow to St. Petersburg, the Russian federal security chief said on Saturday.

At least 26 people were killed when three carriages of the Nevsky Express came off the rails near the town of Bologoye in the Tver Region, some 160 kms from the Russian capital.

The death toll is expected to rise, with unconfirmed reports of as many as 39 deaths.

"Preliminary information indicates that improvised device equivalent to 7 kg of TNT exploded," Alexander Bortnikov said. Prosecutors have opened a criminal case on charges of terrorism.

The train, which can travel at 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph), was carrying some 650 passengers and 29 railroad employees.

"An unidentified explosive activated by unknown people went off," Vladimir Yakunin, president of railroad monopoly Russian Railways (RZD), said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has instructed Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu to take all necessary measures to extend assistance to those affected.

Adam Lambert is not helping the gay and lesbian community

Adam Lambert is a publicity seeking whore who is out of touch with American pop culture. Even the people on American Idol found him hard to take which probably explains why he finished second.

The gay kiss on prime time TV was in bad taste. The simulated sex act went way over the line. We hope the FCC fines him for indecency. We know his act was rehearsed and a wardrobe malfunction won't work in this case.

America has known Lambert is gay for a long time. That is fine with Rightardia. He should get a room next time "he gets carried away." Rightardia is a progressive blog but we found  Lambert's performance decadent and regressive. What do you think?

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Book Calls Jewish People an ‘Invention’

Published: November 23, 2009 

Despite the fragmented and incomplete historical record, experts pretty much agree that some popular beliefs about Jewish history simply don’t hold up: there was no sudden expulsion of all Jews from Jerusalem in A.D. 70, for instance. What’s more, modern Jews owe their ancestry as much to converts from the first millennium and early Middle Ages as to the Jews of antiquity.

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Other theories, like the notion that many of today’s Palestinians can legitimately claim to be descended from the ancient Jews, are familiar and serious subjects of study, even if no definitive answer yet exists.
But while these ideas are commonplace among historians, they still manage to provoke controversy each time they surface in public, beyond the scholarly world.

The latest example is the book “The Invention of the Jewish People,” which spent months on the best-seller list in Israel and is now available in English. Mixing respected scholarship with dubious theories, the author, Shlomo Sand, a professor at Tel Aviv University, frames the narrative as a startling exposure of suppressed historical facts. The translated version of his polemic has sparked a new wave of coverage in Britain and has provoked spirited debates online and in seminar rooms.

Professor Sand, a scholar of modern France, not Jewish history, candidly states his aim is to undercut the Jews’ claims to the land of Israel by demonstrating that they do not constitute “a people,” with a shared racial or biological past. The book has been extravagantly denounced and praised, often on the basis of whether or not the reader agrees with his politics.

The vehement response to these familiar arguments — both the reasonable and the outrageous — highlights the challenge of disentangling historical fact from the sticky web of religious and political myth and memory.

Consider, for instance, Professor Sand’s assertion that Palestinian Arab villagers are descended from the original Jewish farmers. Nearly a century ago, early Zionists and Arab nationalists touted the blood relationship as the basis of a potential alliance in their respective struggles for independence. Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, and Yitzhak Ben Zvi, Israel’s longest-serving president, made this very argument in a book they wrote together in 1918.

Harry Ostrer, director of the Human Genetics Program at New York University Langone Medical Center, who has been studying the genetic organization of Jews, said, “The assumption of lineal descent seems reasonable.”

Books challenging biblical and conventional history continually pop up, but what distinguishes the dispute over origins from debates about, say, the reality of the exodus from Egypt or the historical Jesus, is that it is so enmeshed in geopolitics.

The Israeli Declaration of Independence states: “After being forcibly exiled from their Land, the People kept faith with it throughout their Dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it.” The idea of unjust exile and rightful return undergirds both the Jews’ and the Palestinians’ conviction that each is entitled to the land.

 Since Professor Sand’s mission is to discredit Jews’ historical claims to the territory, he is keen to show that their ancestry lines do not lead back to ancient Palestine.

He resurrects a theory first raised by 19th-century historians, that the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe, to whom 90 percent of American Jews trace their roots, are descended from the Khazars, a Turkic people who apparently converted to Judaism and created an empire in the Caucasus in the eighth century.

Since Professor Sand’s mission is to discredit Jews’ historical claims to the territory, he is keen to show that their ancestry lines do not lead back to ancient Palestine. However, genetics also did not completely support the Khazar theory.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Republican Historical Revisionist Lie Number 1

Republicans have tried to portray their fascists brothers and sisters in Nazi Germany as godless socialists. Let's start with the godless part first.

Evidence of the alleged pro-Nazi sympathies of wartime pope, Pius XII is in the church's official annals,

For many scholars, though, he is at worst the Devil incarnate, "Hitler's Pope", and at best a coward who refused to speak out against the extermination of Jews, gypsies and homosexuals in gas chambers, even when he had compelling evidence that it was happening, lest his words attract Nazi aggression.

The Vatican's response to all such accusations is to issue a blanket denial, insisting that it was neutral throughout the conflict.

In the late 1990s, the Vatican allowed the British writer, John Cornwell, limited access to its papers about Pius XII. A cradle Catholic, ex-seminarian and the author of a book which conclusively refuted allegations that Pope John Paul I had been murdered, the church believed Cornwell could be trusted.

When Cornwell's book, Hitler's Pope, was published in 1999, it alleged that Pius was seemingly prepared to put up with any Nazi atrocity because he saw Hitler as a bulwark against the advance across Europe of godless communism from Russia. To paraphrase more recent politicians, the deaths of 6 million Jews was a price worth paying to protect the Catholic church.

Do you want more proof that the Nazis were fuelled by religion? This is the symbol they painted on their war planes:

What was the highest homor of the Nazis? that would be the Iron Cross they pinned on their soldier's chests.

Religion has always been associated with the right wing. This is why the association with C Streeters, evangelicals and fundamentalists with the GOP is alarming. It is not a coincidence either that evangelical church leaders sanctioned the Iraq War while mainstream churches including the Catholic Church refused to declare the Iraq War 'a just war.'


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