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Gingrich begins charging $50 for pics at events

Source: CBS

(CBS News) HOCKESSIN, Delaware - In a sign that his campaign is in need of fresh funds, Newt Gingrich on Monday began charging $50 to have a photograph taken with him following a campaign speech to Republican County groups here in the northernmost part of the state.

It was the first time the former House speaker has charged those attending one of his public speaking events to pose for a photograph with him. Lately, a member of his campaign staff has been snapping photographs of any interested attendee and later posting them online at the campaign's website, newt.org.

On Monday night, those paying for a photograph were also told they could find their photos on Gingrich's website, after they had filled out a form providing their credit card information.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57404902-503544/gingrich-begins-charging-$50-for-pics-at-events/

The smear campaign against Trayvon Martin - ThinkProgress has a good synopsis


1. Prominent conservative websites published fake photos of Martin. Twitchy, a new website run by prominent conservative blogger Michelle Malkin, promoted a photo — purportedly from Martin’s Facebook page — that shows Martin in saggy pants and flipping the bird. The photo, which spread quickly on conservative websites and Twitter, is intended to paint Martin as a thug. As Twitchy later acknowledged, it is not a photo of Trayvon Martin.

2. The Sanford Police selectively leaked irrelevant, negative information about Martin. The authorities told the Orlando Sentinel this morning that Trayvon was suspended from school for ten days “after being found with an empty marijuana baggie.” There is no evidence that Martin was under the influence of drugs at the time of his death, nor would prior possession of marijuana be a reason for killing him. It’s unclear what the relevance of the leak was, other than to smear Martin.

3. On Fox News, Geraldo said that Martin was dressed “like a wannabe gangster.” Bill O’Reilly agreed with him. The sole evidence is that Martin was wearing a hoodie. Geraldo added that “everyone that ever stuck up a convenience store” was wearing a hoodie.

4. Without any evidence, prominent right-wing bloggers suggested that Martin was a drug dealer. Right-wing blogger Dan Riehl advances the theory, also advanced in a widely linked peice on a site called Wagist. There does not appear to be any evidence to support this claim whatsoever.

5. Without any evidence, a right-wing columnist alleged that Martin assaulted a bus driver. Unlike Zimmerman, Trayvon has no documented history of violence. This allegation continues to be advanced by a blogger on the Examiner even after the real reason was leaked to the police and confirmed by the family.

6. Zimmerman’s friend says Martin was to blame because he was disrespectful to Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s friend Joe Oliver said that Martin would not have been shot to death if Trayvon had just said “I’m staying with my parents.” Of course, Zimmerman was not a police officer, and Trayvon had no duty to tell him who he was or where he was going.

The final part of the effort to smear Trayvon Martin is to link him and his supporters to irresponsible fringe groups like the New Black Panthers and marignal provocateurs like Louis Farrakhan. Threats by these groups are serious and should be investigated, but they have nothing to do with Martin or his supporters. The leader of the effort to associate Martin with these groups is Matt Drudge. You can see how he is framing the story today here.

Ultimately, whether Martin was a perfect person is irrelevant to whether Zimmerman’s conduct that night was justified. Clearly, there are two different versions of the events that transpired on February 26, the night Trayvon was killed. There are conflicting statements by witnesses and conflicting evidence as to who was the aggressor. Zimmerman has the right to tell his side of the story. But his opportunity to do this will come in a court of law after he is charged and arrested. In the meantime, Zimmerman’s supporters should stop trying to smear the reputation of a dead, 17-year-old boy.

"goons" (not -----) which is a "term of endearment" according to Zimmerman's best friend

This morning on ABC News, Oliver was asked about the moment on the 911 tapes when some believe that, just prior to killing Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman used a racial slur. Oliver suggested that Zimmerman did not use a racial slur but said “goons,” which Oliver described as a “term of endearment.” Watch it:


.....meanwhile near Orlando - Amway Arena only lasted 23 years (VIDEO)


....aaaaand Glen Beck's website joins the "Trayvon deserved it" rightwing chorus


The Blaze: Do We Know Trayvon Martin Wasn't An Arsonist Kidnapper?

In an article attacking MSNBC's Al Sharpton for "exploiting" the "racial controversy" surrounding Martin's death, The Blaze editor Mytheos Holt writes that "we're also learning more about Trayvon Martin. According to reporters he had been suspended from school." Martin's English teacher said that he had been suspended for "tardiness," but Holt says he has "doubts" and listed every single offense that could have resulted in Martin being suspended from school for 10 days -- to include arson, kidnapping, and murder:

"Obamacare" will be upheld 6-3. Why? Scalia (+Thomas). Great short read

Why Obamacare will survive in the Supreme Court

Published: March 06, 2011 Updated: March 06, 2011 - 12:00 AM

However, most constitutional experts do not expect this to be a close case.

The majority of at least six justices will include both Kennedy and one of the court's most predictably conservative votes, Antonin Scalia.


(Gonzales v. Raich) The court rejected the constitutional challenge in a 6-3 decision; the majority included both Kennedy and Scalia. In his concurring opinion, Scalia noted the commerce clause empowers Congress to regulate not only the "channels" and "instrumentalities" of interstate commerce but also intrastate activities that "substantially affect" interstate commerce, and that the constitution authorizes Congress to enact measures that are "necessary and proper" to effectuate its objectives when exercising authority under the commerce clause or any other enumerated power.


But if Scalia remains faithful to his analysis in Raich , the issue for him will not come down to whether the commerce clause itself extends to inactivity. The question will be whether the individual mandate is a permissible exercise of Congress' power under the necessary and proper clause, and based on his opinion in Raich, it is difficult to see how he could find the mandate unconstitutional.

In the final analysis, Obamacare's individual mandate may be imprudent, a product of haste, partisanship and political miscalculation, and a novel and expansive exercise of federal power. But however vociferous the objections may be, it is well within Congress' constitutional authority as understood by a firm majority of the Supreme Court, including Scalia.

Richard Bonnie is the Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law, and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy.

Justice Clarence Thomas compares the Health Care decision to shooting freethrows (NY Times)

WASHINGTON — Justice Clarence Thomas likens all the outside political pressure that the Supreme Court is facing over its review of the Obama administration’s sweeping health care law to the distraction faced by a free-throw shooter confronted with fans waving wildly behind the basket. Neither, in his view, has much impact in the end.

“Why do you think they’re never distracted? They’re focusing on the rim, right?” Justice Thomas said when asked at a forum two weeks ago about the pressures of the health care case. “That’s the same thing here. You stay focused on what you’re supposed to do. All that other stuff is just noise.”

“All that other background noise, I never — I don’t listen to all this stuff,” he said. “I don’t read the papers, I don’t watch the evening news.” If justices let outside pressures distract them, he said, “in my opinion, you have no business in the job.”


"noise"? that is the American people voicing their opinion

This article is dominated by the rightwing's opinion including the US Chamber of Commerce "hosting moot court sessions to prepare lawyers involved in the case" and, of course, "
the Montana Shooting Sports Association, which filed a 26-page brief opposing the law as a breach of states’ rights"

Page 2 provides discussion of Justice Kagan's lack of impartiality

January Jones wants all moms to eat their own placenta

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■Placenta pizza?

January Jones has a secret weapon to fight the exhaustion of shooting Mad Men and keeping up with her newborn son, Xander. Jones takes capsules filled with her own dehydrated placenta. You know, the stuff that looks like sausages covered in strawberry jam that comes out when you give birth? "It's not witchcrafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!" Jones told People. Apparently the processed afterbirth pills rejuvenate January when she's tired. There's been a recent rise in the companies and midwife services that offer "placenta encapsulation" to new moms


Christian sex shop offers wholesome dildos

Christian sex shop offers wholesome dildos

Christians who want to do the nasty without getting too nasty may want to visit the "Love Garden." Marc Angenent, a Dutch priest turned sex therapist, launched the Liefdestuin online store for "Christians who want to shop for sex toys but don't want to be inundated with pornographic images and crude language." The site's in Dutch, so we're taking After Dark LA's word that the not-so-angelic inventory includes dildos, penis-enhancing sprays and other sex-essories -- without the usual smutty pictures. The virtuous vibrators come in discreet packaging so only you and God (not the mailman) will know about your righteous raunchiness.


Today in the mind of Fox News website - No Trayvon, No Reason Rally


The only mention that I can find of Trayvon Martin is on the Videos tab and that is only concerning the media's role in the story.

Correction - there is an opinion piece on the rally

David Niose: Reason Rally is a coming out party for the secular movement
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