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Police: Man beaten by woman with cane after racist rant

SEATTLE, Wash. -- A man learned the hard way that words have consequences when he was attacked by a woman with a cane after allegedly yelling racial slurs at her and a number of other people on a downtown sidewalk last Thursday.

According to the Seattle Police Department report for the incident, officers arrived in the 500 block of Third Avenue shortly after midnight to find the suspect screaming racial slurs at a number of mostly black patrons standing outside a nearby business.

Bystanders told officers the suspect started yelling racial slurs at the group before getting in a particular woman's face and pointing at her. The woman had since left the scene, but bystanders said the suspect told her he was going to cut off her head and stick it down her throat.

In response, the woman started beating the man in the face with her cane, cutting his lip bad enough to require stitches, according to the report.

More: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Police-Man-beaten-by-woman-with-cane-197470091.html
Posted by UnrepentantLiberal | Thu Mar 14, 2013, 12:01 PM (24 replies)

Cops kill suspect in deadly N.Y. shooting rampage

Source: USA Today

HERKIMER, N.Y.— Police stormed an abandoned building on Main Street Thursday morning, fatally shooting a 64-year-old "loner" suspected of killing four people and wounding two others the previous day at a barber shop and a car wash.

The suspect, Kurt Myers, was killed after he fired on a tactical team as officers swarmed the shuttered Glory Days bar around 8 a.m. EST, New York State police superintendent Joseph D'Amico said.

State trooper Jack Keller said the basement shootout occurred after Myers, who had holed up in the building Wednesday afternoon, shot an FBI police dog.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that no police were injured in the operation.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2013/03/14/upstate-new-york-herkimer-mohawk-suspect-surrounded/1986913/
Posted by UnrepentantLiberal | Thu Mar 14, 2013, 11:40 AM (2 replies)

Scott Prouty on the Ed Show (full interview)

Posted by UnrepentantLiberal | Thu Mar 14, 2013, 08:44 AM (5 replies)

For months, Scott Prouty and I shared a big secret and discussed whether he should go public

Meet Scott Prouty, the 47 Percent Video Source

By David Corn
Mother Jones
March 13, 2013

"Scott Prouty."

The fellow on the other end of the phone call pronounced his name with hesitation. For nearly a fortnight, he and I had been building a long-distance rapport via private tweets, emails, and phone conversations as we discussed how best to make public the secret video he had shot of Mitt Romney talking at a private, $50,000-per-plate fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida. Now I was almost ready to break the story at Mother Jones. I had verified the video, confirming when and where it had been shot, and my colleagues and I had selected eight clips—including Romney's now-infamous remarks about the 47 percent of Americans he characterized as "victims" unwilling to "take personal responsibility and care for their lives"—to embed in two articles. We had blurred these clips, at the source's request, to make it difficult to tell where Romney had uttered these revealing comments, while clearly showing that it was Romney speaking. The goal was to afford the source a modicum of protection.

The source was justifiably worried about repercussions. Once the video was posted, he might lose his job. He might face criminal prosecution or a civil lawsuit. Months earlier, he had anonymously posted a snippet from the video, in which Romney nonchalantly described the work-camp-like living conditions at a Chinese factory he had visited. The source, offended by these comments, had hoped that the short clip would catch fire in the political-media world. But it hadn't, partly because its context and origins were unknown. The source's desire to remain in the shadows had hindered his ability to bring the story to the public.

Then James Carter IV, a freelance researcher (and, though I didn't know it then, the grandson of Jimmy Carter) who had been sending me public documents regarding Romney's prior business investments, had, at my request, tracked the anonymous poster down. I subsequently persuaded him to send me the full video of the fundraiser and to allow me to release portions of it, under the strict condition that I'd do whatever was possible to keep his identity hidden. He did not want to become the story. He hoped the public would focus only on Romney's words. And through all this, he had not told me who he was, though he disclosed that he had worked at the fundraiser and insisted that he was no political partisan and had filmed Romney more out of curiosity than as part of a plan to trap the GOP candidate.

I respected his desire for privacy. He was about to commit a courageous and unprecedented act of whistle-blowing. But as we neared publication, I said I had to know his name. Do you really need it? he asked. Yes, I replied, explaining I could not publish the stories without knowing his identity. I vowed I would keep it a secret.

More: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/03/scott-prouty-47-percent-video
Posted by UnrepentantLiberal | Wed Mar 13, 2013, 11:34 PM (17 replies)

Syrian regime losing grip on border with Iraq as militants step up attacks

Bashar al-Assad's regime has lost control of much of Syria's long desert border with Iraq, as Sunni jihadist groups in both countries grow in strength, according to Western counter-terrorism officials and analysts.

The resurgence of al Qaeda in Iraq and the growing power of groups like the Nusra Front in Syria pose a broader threat: a cross-border alliance of militant Sunni groups capable of challenging governments in both Damascus and Baghdad and carving out a haven in a region where governments are struggling to exert control.

Last week, militants attacked a convoy of Syrian troops inside Iraq. According to some reports, the troops had entered Iraq for medical treatment. But the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State in Iraq, or ISI, claimed the Syrian soldiers had fled operations by "the brothers" in Syria. They were then ambushed near Akashat in Iraq's Anbar province as they were being escorted by Iraqi forces to the only border post the Syrian regime still controlled.

At least 40 Syrians and several Iraqis guarding them were killed in the ambush, which the ISI reported in distinctly sectarian terms, speaking of the "blood of the filthy ones from the Rafidah (Shiites)," in a statement issued to jihadist websites.

More: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/12/world/meast/syria-iraq-border/index.html
Posted by UnrepentantLiberal | Wed Mar 13, 2013, 07:50 PM (0 replies)


Just seeing if my avatar image uploaded.
Posted by UnrepentantLiberal | Tue Mar 12, 2013, 02:27 PM (7 replies)

Starbucks Refuses To Follow NYC Sugary Drink Ban - Bloomberg Dismisses This As 'Ridiculous'

Source: Business Insider

Michael Bloomberg's large, sugary drink ban will start in NYC tomorrow.

But Bloomberg is facing some intense opposition from corporate giant Starbucks. The coffee chain said it would make no immediate changes to its business based on the ban.

Bloomberg told television show Face The Nation that Starbucks not changing its offerings is "ridiculous."

When interviewer Bob Schieffer pointed out that Starbucks wasn't changing its offerings because it was confused about which of its products would fall under the ban, Bloomberg retorted that the corporation should know better.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/bloomberg-calls-starbucks-ridiculous-2013-3
Posted by UnrepentantLiberal | Mon Mar 11, 2013, 12:06 PM (82 replies)

I think this forum would work better if you had a co-host, a band, a drink and a cigarette.

What happens if the volume of complaints increases rather than subsides? DUers seem to have an endless capacity for finding new things to complain about. It had to have been easier having mods field some of the questions on DU2 ATA.
Posted by UnrepentantLiberal | Mon Mar 11, 2013, 11:24 AM (3 replies)

Fukushima plant decommissioning may last until 2051

The Asahi Shimbun
March 11, 2013

In a monumental undertaking the likes of which has never been attempted, it could take up to four decades to complete the decommissioning and dismantling of the four damaged reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The entire process will be composed of three phases, according to the road map toward the decommissioning of the No. 1 to No. 4 reactors at the plant announced in December 2011 by the government and TEPCO. Phase 1 will last until the end of 2013, followed by Phase 2, which is likely to continue until around 2021. The third and final phase should conclude sometime between 2041 and 2051.


In Phase 1, the cooling water circulation loops will be curtailed step by step while cooling of nuclear fuel is continued. A method of establishing a closed and independent cooling system for each reactor building will be devised. Research and development efforts will be started for removing fuel and disposing of radioactive waste.

In addition to the fuel assemblies inside the reactors, totals of 392-1,533 assembly units are left in the spent fuel storage pools of the four reactor buildings. Full-scale operations to remove spent fuel from the No. 4 reactor will start in November 2013, one month earlier than initially scheduled.

More: http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201303110084
Posted by UnrepentantLiberal | Mon Mar 11, 2013, 09:56 AM (1 replies)

Theatrical Slut Shaming: Daily Caller Attacks Ashley Judd For Nude Scenes

By Alyssa Rosenberg
Think Progress
Mar 4, 2013

It’s a sign of how anxious the right wing is about the possibility that Ashley Judd might run for Senate against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that the attacks on her have geared up before she’s even formally entered the race. There’s the American Crossroads ad trying to frame her as out of touch with a series of relatively anodyne and contextless quotations. And now, the Daily Caller, which has been trying to frame Judd’s feminist beliefs as fringe, has launched the stupidest salvo against her at all: arguing that Judd, because she has done nude scenes for her work as an actress, “has—literally—nothing left to show us.” In an exceptionally gross piece, Taylor Bigler, the Caller’s Entertainment Editor (Entertainment, in Caller parlance, apparently means surfing Mr. Skin and publishing clickbait trash gossip) writes:

We are used to knowing just about everything there is to know about serious political candidates. But will Judd be the first potential senator who has —literally —nothing left to show us? The actress has bared her breasts in several films and has had some raunchy sex scenes in others. According to MrSkin.com, which bills itself as “the largest free nude celebrity movie archive,” Judd has flashed just about everything on-screen. It seems like she was particularly liberal with nudity early on in her career…Judd did a lesbian sex scene in 2002′s Oscar-nominated “Frida” and has nine other films categorized as “sexy” by Mr. Skin, meaning that there is at least one racy scene in those films.

It may come as a surprise to the Daily Caller, but actresses don’t generally take their clothes off on-screen as an expression of some sort of groovy seventies lifestyle, or as a way to have sex with people who are not their spouses or partners. Rather, getting asked to take off some or all of your clothes is, for a lot of actors, a frequent requirement of the job, and something that until recently, tended to be asked of women more frequently than men. When men do get fully naked on-screen, they’re often protected to a certain extent by the comedic framing of the scene,whether it’s Jason Segel stripping down in Forgetting Sarah Marshall for a scene in which his character expects to surprise his girlfriend and ends up getting dumped by her after he refuses to get dressed, or Will Ferrell going streaking in Old School. There’s a separation between actors and their bodies—no one considers men who get naked the sum of junk, the kind of person who, in real life, would pound a lot of beers at a frat party and take off, flapping in the breeze, down a suburban street. Ferrell can get down to his BVDs and still be happily married, raise money for cancer charities, and play the straight man in movies like Stranger Than Fiction. We know that Michael Fassbender is not actually the sex addict he portrayed in Shame in the same way that we know that he doesn’t actually have the capability to manipulate metal with his mind possessed by another one of his characters, X-Men‘s Magneto.

But with actresses, that division appears to be less certain. If a woman takes off her top in a movie, much less baring it all, Mr. Skin and his ilk will be there to catalogue it to make sure people who only want to see her as, in the parlance of that site, “breasts, butt, bush, underwear, sexy,” can skip the parts of her performance that would give her character humanity and context, and would remind us that she’s a woman playing a part. The movies Ashley Judd’s taken her clothes off in tend to have that kind of context, whether she’s playing a woman in love with a mentally ill man who claims to be a veteran in Bug or in Norma Jean and Marilyn, a biopic of Marilyn Monroe, a woman who, in real life, was devoured by audiences’ inability to see both her body and her mind simultaneously. If an actress goes nude for roles frequently, as, say, Lena Dunham has, she’s likely to be the subject of speculation about whether she’s some sort of exhibitionist, rather than whether her nudity enhances her roles, as if there’s no possible creative reason she could have for taking off her clothes or doing sex scenes. It’s a bizarre suspension of logic that applies to all other on-screen actions: no one thinks that Judd’s been married to a southern lawyer pulled into a racially-tinged trial, as she was in Time To Kill,or that she’s killed the ex-husband who framed her for murder as she did in Double Jeopardy,or gives her credit for knowing how Washington and politics work because she’s playing the First Lady in the forthcoming Olympus Has Fallen.

More: http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2013/03/04/1665011/theatrical-slut-shaming-daily-caller-attacks-ashley-judd-for-movie-nude-scenes/

Who cares about seeing Ashley Judd naked?

March 5, 2013

You have probably seen Ashley Judd naked. The Daily Caller would like to remind you of this in the context of her probable plans to run for Senate in Kentucky. The question is, does anyone care anymore about whom they’ve seen naked? And if they do, will they care in a decade or two?

Yes, the Daily Caller piece, to which I refuse to link, was sexist and gross. It was, as ThinkProgress’s Alyssa Rosenberg put it,“part and parcel of the right’s current strategy to discredit promising female advocates,” and “an attempt to make her seem less serious by impugning her sexual chastity.” Was Scott Brown’s strategically placed arm over the flesh he bared in Cosmo the difference between his getting elected to the Senate and not, or was it the double standard?

In any case, the fact that the Daily Caller treated the Judd images as breaking news in the right’s overall attempt to discredit her is itself revealing, as Amanda Marcotte noted,and the same astonishment should be applied to Brown: “I mean, we can’t prove for certain from the photographic evidence that Brown has a penis, but the overall nakedness does suggest —and I know that the folks at Daily Caller are in utter shock over this —that he has a body under those clothes that looks like a naked one, and so we can probably assume the penis is there.”

Here’s what else we can assume: Naked images of people we are simultaneously asked to take seriously are not what they once were. Yes, everything that happened with Anthony Weiner happened (including an unverified nude photo courtesy of Andrew Breitbart). Yes, a shirtless shot sent to a Craigslist contact led another congressman to resign. But both were in the context of infidelity and/or dishonesty. Judd’s nudity and sex scenes were in the service of plot. And more to the point, those men arguably were subject to the standards of a shifting age, a generational lag time.

More: http://www.salon.com/2013/03/05/who_cares_about_seeing_ashley_judd_naked/
Posted by UnrepentantLiberal | Mon Mar 11, 2013, 09:11 AM (51 replies)
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