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Sorry, Mitt, but Saturday Night Live just can't find a way to make time for you

Mitt Romney will not be appearing on Saturday Night Live this season, Lorne Michaels said today. “We only have three shows left and they’re pretty jammed-packed,” the executive producer said during a conference call. “It might be in the fall, but we’ll never know, that’ll all depend on his availability.” SNL’s 37th season wraps up May 19. It will return in September in the heat of the presidential election campaign. In early April, Michaels extended an invitation to the former Massachusetts Governor to appear on the show, and Romney expressed interest in taking SNL up on the invite. “Of course,” Romney said, “it would depend on the nature of the skit. I want it to be funny.” Today Michaels confirmed he had some “communication” with the Romney campaign about the presumptive GOP nominee coming on, but then “the primaries overtook everything.”

http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/no-%E2%80%98snl%E2%80%99-for-mitt-romney-this-season-says-lorne-michaels/#utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

and the donkey loses his glasses....


http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/04/30/147143/mcclatchy-cartoons-for-the-week.html

Rodriguez & His Bushco Masters Torture America To Save Their Necks

Jose Rodriguez, Poster Boy
By Scott Horton

Why did Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the CIA’s clandestine service, destroy ninety-two tapes of interrogation sessions in which terrorism suspects were subjected to waterboarding and other torture techniques? On Sunday, Lesley Stahl put the question to him on 60 Minutes, and he provided an answer:

rodriguez: To protect the people who worked for me and who were at those black sites and whose faces were shown on the tape.

stahl: Protect them from what?

rodriguez: Protect them from Al Qaeda ever getting their hands on these tapes and using them to go after them and their families.


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Jose Rodriguez watched all of this happen. He would certainly appreciate the power of these historical precedents and the likelihood that the ninety-two tapes, if released, would come back to haunt him, and quite possibly send him to jail. That, I believe, is why he destroyed them.


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Indeed, why has Rodriguez not been charged and put on trial? That’s a question many are asking as he takes to the airwaves to push the idea that torture works. The only satisfactory answer lies in the doctrine of in pari delicto11. In pari delicto applies when both sides of a lawsuit have been involved in the same wrongdoing.—the Justice Department is itself so deeply enmeshed in Rodriguez’s crimes that it could hardly prosecute the case. But if this doctrine explains the DOJ’s failure to prosecute, it also suggests that someone else should be bringing the charges.


http://www.harpers.org/archive/2012/05/hbc-90008592

Contraception use on the rise as more teens delay sex: Study

Source: Raw Story/AFP

More US teenagers are postponing sex than in 1995, and hormonal contraceptive use is up among those who are sexually active, said US health authorities on Thursday.

However, disparities in safe sex practices remain, with white teenagers more likely to regularly use contraception than African-Americans or Hispanics, said the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The data came from the National Survey of Family Growth collected for 1995, 2002, and the period of 2006-2010, described as a nationally representative survey.


Over the period 2006-2010, 57 percent of teenage girls aged 15-19 years had never had vaginal intercourse, an increase from 49 percent in 1995, said the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/05/03/contraception-use-on-the-rise-as-more-teens-delay-sex-study/

Occupy Minnesota:WTF? Cops picking up sober Occupiers and Drugging them for "Training"???

THU MAY 03, 2012 AT 10:59 AM PDT
Occupy Minnesota:WTF? Cops picking up sober Occupiers and Drugging them for "Training"
byHorace Boothroyd IIIFollowforOccupy Wall Street

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Video documentation by local activists and independent media shows that police officers and county deputies from across Minnesota have been picking up young people near Peavey Plaza for a training program to recognize drug-impaired drivers. Multiple participants say officers gave them illicit drugs and provided other incentives to take the drugs. The Occupy movement, present at Peavey Plaza since April 7th, appears to be targeted as impaired people are dropped off at the Plaza, and others say they've been rewarded for offering to snitch on the movement.

Local independent media activists and members of Communities United Against Police Brutality began investigating police conduct around the Plaza after witnessing police dropping off impaired people at the plaza and hearing rumors that they were offering people drugs. We videotaped police conduct and interviewed participants, learning some very disturbing information about the DRE program.

Officers stated on record the DRE program, run by the Minnesota State Patrol, has no Institutional Review Board or independent oversight. They agreed no ambulances or EMTs were on site at the Richfield MnDOT facility near the airport where most subjects were taken. Multiple times, participants left Peavey Plaza sober, returned intoxicated, and said they'd been given free drugs by law enforcement. We documented on more than one occasion, someone being told they were sober by one officer, and then picked up by a different officer, and returning intoxicated.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/03/1088516/-Occupy-Minnesota-WTF-Cops-picking-up-sober-Occupiers-and-Drugging-them-for-Training-

(i have NO idea wtf THIS is???!!!)


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Minnesota police giving Peavey Plaza Occupy-ers drugs as part of impairment study, report says
http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2012/05/minnesota_police_giving_peavy_plaza_occupy-ers_drugs_as_part_of_impairment_study_report_says_video.php

President Describes The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden As The 'Most Important' Day Of His Presidency

A year after the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama reflected on the decision he made to carry out the deadly raid.

In an interview on "Rock Center With Brian Williams," which aired Wednesday night, Obama described the event as the "most important single day" of his presidency. Yet the death of the Sept. 11th mastermind was actually two decades in the making.

Both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush had attempted to capture and/or kill bin Laden, but were unable to complete the task. So the focus of the Obama administration, from the very beginning, was to get the al Qaeda leader.

"That was a piece of unfinished business that went to the honor, as well as the security of our country," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/barack-obama-rock-center-brian-williams-interview_n_1473390.html

Obama at 51%

Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval
http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Job-Approval.aspx

OBAMA 51% Romney 43%
http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/05/gallup-obama-at-51-percent-approval.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+andrewsullivan%2FrApM+%28The+Daily+Dish%29

BP Oil Spill Criminal Investigation May Ensnare Executives In Cover-Up

Source: Huffington Post

BP Oil Spill Criminal Investigation May Ensnare Executives In Cover-Up

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BP's internal flow-rate models -- and growing evidence that BP employees may have deliberately withheld from federal officials the damaging information found in them -- have emerged as a major focus of the Justice Department's two-year criminal investigation into the spill, according to legal experts and attorneys involved in litigation over the disaster.

Documents obtained by The Huffington Post also indicate that Kurt Mix, a senior BP engineer charged April 24 with obstruction of justice, shared information with more senior BP executives during the spill, including a senior vice president, Jonathan Sprague, who formerly managed BP's Gulf of Mexico operations.

Legal experts said criminal convictions for covering up the size of the spill could land senior BP personnel behind bars and swell the company's civil liability by billions of dollars.

Scott Dean, a BP spokesman, said the company was cooperating with the federal probe, but he declined to comment on the documents obtained by the HuffPost, or on the possibility that others at the firm may be indicted. Mix's attorney said in a statement the charges against her client are meritless. Michael Monico, a Chicago criminal defense lawyer representing Sprague, said his client would not comment on the charges against Mix. BP would not comment on Sprague's role as Mix's supervisor.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/bp-oil-spill-criminal-investigation_n_1472148.html

Catholic Protection

Look Who’s Running the Show

Look Who’s Running the Show
By John Cole May 3rd, 2012
I love this:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/mitt-romney-conservative-media-off-the-record_n_1472855.html

In an effort to reach out to conservative media, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney and wife Ann met for two hours Wednesday with several dozen conservative bloggers, reporters and columnists in an off-the-record gathering at a private Washington, D.C., club, according to attendees.
Romney, who struggled with some members of the conservative media during the Republican primary, is banking on their support in his campaign against President Barack Obama, regardless of whether they were previously in his corner or not.

The attendees came from numerous conservative sites and right-of-center publications, including National Review, Daily Caller, American Spectator, Washington Examiner, Right Wing News, Powerline, Townhall, Ace of Spades, RiehlWorldView, White House Dossier, and PJ Media. RNC chairman Reince Preibus also attended.


How dysfunctional is the Republican party that their nominee needs to get the approval of a guy who thinks vaginas remind him of play-doh and a guy who is afraid of imaginary black people.
Ladies and gentlemen, the GOP Base.


http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/05/03/look-whos-running-the-show/

THE SAME PEOPLE THAT BROUGHT US THIS:


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