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Sue Swayze, the legislative director of Indiana Right to Life, told local radio station WBAA that that goal of the bill is to protect women’s safety and hold abortion clinics to higher health standards. She said she does not understand why it would be a problem to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds. “I got pregnant vaginally,” she said. “Something else could come in my vagina for a medical test that wouldn’t be that intrusive to me. So I find that argument a little ridiculous.”


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/21/double-ultrasound-bill-indiana_n_2734658.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

Report: Papal resignation linked to investigation into ‘blackmailed gay clergy’

Pope’s staff decline to confirm or deny La Repubblica claims linking ‘Vatileaks’ affair and discovery of ‘blackmailed gay clergy’

A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders.

The pope’s spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica.


The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called “Vatileaks” affair.


MORE:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/22/report-papal-resignation-linked-to-investigation-into-blackmailed-gay-clergy/

McConnell Can’t Tell Parody from Reality

Open Thread: McConnell Can’t Tell Parody from Reality
By Anne Laurie February 22nd, 2013

… Possibly because the entire Republican party has become a parody. From Spencer Ackerman at Wired:

Meet The Duffel Blog, if you haven’t already. A must-read for national-security nerds — and anyone who enjoys humor, really — it provides pitch-perfect military parody online, such as this piece about Syria hosting Iraq War reenactors (bylined by “G-Had”) or this one about a Google Street View Prius getting blown up in Kandahar. The Duffel Blog, as dutiful readers know, is America’s oldest online source for fake military news, founded in 1797 in a moment of farsightedness. It often gives more real talk than most legit journalistic institutions, but there is no way you can confuse it with the real news.

Unless you are a senior member of the United States Senate.

On November 14, 2012, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wrote to Elizabeth King, the Pentagon’s congressional liaison, with a an unusually credulous query. “I am writing on behalf of a constituent who has contacted me regarding Guantanamo Bay prisoners receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits,” McConnell wrote in a letter acquired by Danger Room. “I would appreciate your review and response to my constituent’s concerns.”…

MORE:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/02/mcconnell-duffel-blog/?cid=co5923824

http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/02/22/open-thread-mcconnell-cant-tell-parody-from-reality/

Explosive Bloomberg Editorial: Bank Profits are "almost entirely" Taxpayer Money

On television, in interviews and in meetings with investors, executives of the biggest U.S. banks -- notably JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Jamie Dimon -- make the case that size is a competitive advantage. It helps them lower costs and vie for customers on an international scale. Limiting it, they warn, would impair profitability and weaken the country’s position in global finance.

So what if we told you that, by our calculations, the largest U.S. banks aren’t really profitable at all? What if the billions of dollars they allegedly earn for their shareholders were almost entirely a gift from U.S. taxpayers?

Small as it might sound, 0.8 percentage point makes a big difference. Multiplied by the total liabilities of the 10 largest U.S. banks by assets, it amounts to a taxpayer subsidy of $83 billion a year. To put the figure in perspective, it’s tantamount to the government giving the banks about 3 cents of every tax dollar collected.


So three cents out of every tax dollar the government collects from you is pocketed by the 1%.



http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/21/1188894/-Explosive-Bloomberg-Editorial-Bank-Profits-are-almost-entirely-Taxpayer-Money
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-20/why-should-taxpayers-give-big-banks-83-billion-a-year-.html

Have you guys met "El Sequester"?

Black Nebraska lawmaker shames Republicans: Jesus ‘looked more like me than you all’

At one point, Chambers noted that Jesus “looked more like me than you all.”

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Sen. Ernie Chambers (I) shut down the legislative process for hours on Wednesday with his filibuster of Christensen’s Legislative Bill 52, which allows inmates at the McCook Work Ethic Camp to provide labor for “any charitable, fraternal, or nonprofit corporation.”

During his hours-long filibuster, Chambers blasted former Republican Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, who recently resigned after a paper revealed that he had made thousands of phone calls to women who were not his wife. Chambers was also critical of the Nebraska attorney general because he let former Sen. Brenda Council (D) off with a misdemeanor after she gambled more than $63,000 in campaign funds at casinos.


“Sheehy and Council commit crimes but aren’t charged,” Chambers said, noting that “some scruffy person” would not be so lucky, according to the Nebraska Watchdog.

“Why shouldn’t Sheehy be sentenced to do some free labor?” he wondered. “It would teach him good work habits, and it would let him know that crime of any kind doesn’t pay.”





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MORE:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/21/black-nebraska-lawmaker-shames-republicans-jesus-looked-more-like-me-than-you-all/

YES! Striking graph on Americans' desire to see minimum wage raised

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http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/

Ted Nugent KNOWS All:"Blacks Are Only Ones Who Don't Realize Democrats Are Destroying Black America"

Barack Obama, the guy who received roughly 93 percent of black American votes, is the clear and present engineer of the destruction of black America.

It's not all the president's fault, but the economic and social policies he endorses are destroying what is left of a once proud and strong black America.



The truth is that the Democratic Party has been the engineer of the destruction of black Americans, and everyone knows it except the very people who need to know it the most - black Americans.

The turbo-destruction will continue for black Americans until they realize that dirty Democrat politicians are their true enemy, not their salvation. Fortunately, some are beginning to embrace this self-evident truth.

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http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/02/21/ted-nugent-blacks-are-only-ones-who-dont-realiz/192754

Murdoch Tweets Opposition To Keystone XL: It Brings ‘Lots of Heavy, Dirty Oil Across Country’

Rupert Murdoch Tweets Opposition To Keystone XL: It Brings ‘Lots of Heavy, Dirty Oil Across Country’
By Rebecca Leber on Feb 21, 2013 at 10:37 am

Over the weekend, 35,000 Forward On Climate protesters called on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. They apparently had one surprising ally: News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch.

In a series of tweets Friday, Murdoch questioned if the Keystone XL project is worth the risk:

Rupert Murdoch ✔ @rupertmurdoch

Is Keystone Pipeline really good idea? Bringing lots of heavy, dirty oil across country, when fracked , cheaper, cleaner energy available
11:13 PM - 15 Feb 13



Rupert Murdoch ✔ @rupertmurdoch

Keystone Pipeline not needed for energy independence. Many opinions, let's discuss. And let's stop wasting money on ridiculous windmills.
11:17 PM - 15 Feb 13

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/02/21/1618011/murdoch-keystone-pipeline/

Laura Bush wants off gay marriage ad




Former first lady Laura Bush is asking to be removed from a bipartisan list of backers of same-sex marriage, according to a report.

Bush spokeswoman Ann McDonald told the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday that the First Lady “did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way.”

“When she became aware of the advertisement last night, we requested that the group remove her from it,” MacDonald told the paper.
Bush is featured along with two members of her husband’s Cabinet — former secretary of state Colin Powell and former vice president Dick Cheney — as Republicans who support same-sex marriage.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/laura-bush-wants-off-gay-marriage-ad-87904.html#ixzz2LY6wFbGZ
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