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RandySF's Journal
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November 27, 2013

Former Pennsylvania GOP official charged for drugging and raping woman multiple times

A former chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Committee in Pennsylvania who resigned last week after being accused of sexual assault was arrested on Tuesday on 19 counts, including rape and drug charges.

Sources told several news outlets last week that Robert Kerns had gotten drunk and assaulted a woman following a GOP dinner in October.

On Tuesday, Kerns was taken into police custody and charged with rape of an unconscious victim, rape of a substantially impaired person, sexual assault, aggravated assault without consent, aggravated assault of a person unaware penetration was occurring and 8 other forms of assault.

He also faces charges of possession of an instrument of crime with intent, possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.


November 27, 2013

Baptist leader: Single moms are denying their kids ‘the father that God wants’

A former top official in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) chided single mothers in a column for the Christian Post, saying that giving them up for adoption into nuclear families would be best for everyone involved.

“Keeping the baby is almost never preferable to allowing a baby to be adopted into a solid, faithful Christian home,” former SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission head Richard Land wrote in the column, which was published on Saturday. “A single mother who keeps her baby is quite often denying that baby the father that God wants for that baby, and every baby, to have.”

Land published the column in conjunction with National Adoption Day, saying Christian married couples could best demonstrate their faith by taking in a foster child. He also called it a better solution to “problem” pregnancies — saying the “problem” was often the result of the lack of a father — than abortion.

He also cited a study of 2009 data that said 53 percent of children born to women under 30 years of age were conceived outside of marriage, but seemingly did not account for non-married or same-sex couples as either biological or adoptive parents in his argument.


November 27, 2013

I think Ted Cruz is in the closet.

I'm going to get flames for this speculation, but every time I see him, I think of the way I felt about other politicians Ken Mehlmen before they came out or Larry Craig before they were exposed. I guess it would explain why his dad is so homophobic.

November 26, 2013

Limbaugh Promotes A New Myth: Greeks Gave Themselves HIV For Welfare Money

Rush Limbaugh is citing an erroneous report about HIV in Greece to falsely claim that half of all recent infections there were self-inflicted for the purpose of receiving government benefits. In fact, the original report on AIDS and HIV in Greece does not confirm a single instance of a person intentionally infecting himself with HIV.

Limbaugh is surely fascinated by this erroneous report because it fits into the false right-wing narrative that government programs that help the poor encourage laziness and dependency.

Limbaugh read from a post about Greece by the British magazine New Scientist during his November 25 radio show:

After reading from the post, Limbaugh attempted to link LGBT people to diseases by saying, "Is that true? Greece is like the gay capital of the world? You heard that? I just had a note flashed to me that says -- well, I don't know about that."


November 26, 2013

"Game of Thrones" star plans to quit acting, go into charity work.

Jack Gleeson, the 21-year-old star of "Game Of Thrones," is (pretty much) done acting. Gleeson, who plays King Joffrey on "Game Of Thrones," told The Independent he is likely leaving the glitz and glamor of being an actor behind to focus on charity work.

"It was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing 'Game of Thrones' perhaps the reality was made too real for me," Gleeson said in an interview with the Independent. "The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn't something I gravitate towards."

Gleeson recently returned from a trip to Haiti with aid agency GOAL. It was working with GOAL and attending Trinity that caused the actor to look at his life choices.

"Since going to Trinity and garnering an interest in philosophy and with GOAL and my theater company I've kind of just re-evaluated what I want to do," he said. "I'm 21, so it's hard to decide what kind of course life will take."


November 26, 2013

Krugman: I give you California.

What would happen if we unveiled a program that looked like Obamacare, in a place that looked like America, but with competent project management that produced a working website?

Well, your wish is granted. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you California.

Now, California isn’t the only place where Obamacare is looking pretty good. A number of states that are running their own online health exchanges instead of relying on HealthCare.gov are doing well. Kentucky’s Kynect is a huge success; so is Access Health CT in Connecticut. New York is doing O.K. And we shouldn’t forget that Massachusetts has had an Obamacare-like program since 2006, put into effect by a guy named Mitt Romney.

California is, however, an especially useful test case. First of all, it’s huge: if a system can work for 38 million people, it can work for America as a whole. Also, it’s hard to argue that California has had any special advantages other than that of having a government that actually wants to help the uninsured. When Massachusetts put Romneycare into effect, it already had a relatively low number of uninsured residents. California, however, came into health reform with 22 percent of its nonelderly population uninsured, compared with a national average of 18 percent.

Finally, the California authorities have been especially forthcoming with data tracking the progress of enrollment. And the numbers are increasingly encouraging.


November 25, 2013

Shoppers already lining up for Black Friday deals

Some shoppers refuse to lose out on a bargain — even if it means camping out 24/7 for more than a week.

Shoppers across the country are setting up camp in front of Best Buy electronics stores to snag the best deals on Black Friday.

Intrepid consumers started lining up Monday at a Best Buy in suburban Akron.

Jonas Allooh was first in line, putting up his 10-person tent to simulate the comforts of home: bed, generator, space heater, TV, game console and microwave oven. Allooh, who graduated in August from Kent State University with a doctorate in audiology, has some time on his hands as he looks for a job.


November 25, 2013

On Dkos:Obama just launched single-payer in America

"Did you notice? Did you see what happened when everyone was complaining about a website? Single-payer got started in America.

Vermont is using authority granted under the Affordable Care Act to start a single-payer system. Most Americans still don't know what the phrase "single-payer" even means. It had little support in Congress in 2009 and Senate "Democrats" like Nelson and Lieberman even killed the public option. But, ACA had this sweet little provision that allowed states to set up a single-payer system and now people will see it in action.

Oh I know this is hard to swallow. Obama is third-way! He's dismantling the safetynet! A corporatist! He killed the public option!

Whatever else he is, Obama is a President who acts in a thoughtful, deliberate way that the chicken little headlines of the day often miss. As many predicted, ACA is already leading to the kind of transformative progressive change Obama promised. The progressive movement will be responsible for showing the nation how well single-payer works after the Vermont system goes into effect. When public and non-profit insurance becomes the national norm, we'll know where it began."


November 25, 2013

Walmart deceiving public about "Black Friday" sale items.

Retailers used to brag about opening in the early hours of Black Friday, moving opening hours from 5am to midnight. Apparently that’s not good enough anymore and Walmart is opening its doors at 6am on Thanksgiving to shove customers in the door for the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season.

But are Walmart’s guaranteed in-stock deals actually worth skipping Thanksgiving dinner for? We took a look at each of the items Walmart is guaranteeing to be in stock for the first hour of its Black Friday sale and it’s a mixed bag to say the least. While Walmart is widely advertising that more than 20 items are guaranteed in stock, that number is a bit debatable. Walmart is guaranteeing five video game titles will be in stock at discounted prices, but double counting them by offering up Playstation 3 and XBox 360 versions. That means nearly half of the guaranteed in-stock deals are meaningless to those that don’t play games or that have moved on to the Playstation 4 and XBox One.

It’s also important to note that Walmart isn’t exactly guaranteeing shoppers will be able to walk away with the its guaranteed in-stock purchases on Thanksgiving. If a Walmart store sells out of any item, shoppers can purchase Guarantee Cards and Walmart will ship it to that retail location for customers to pick up before Christmas.

The biggest issue with the Guaranteed In Stock scheme is that Walmart is only allowing customers to purchase one Guarantee Card each. If more than one of the items a customer stands in line for is out of stock, he will have to choose which one he wants most.That’s a raw deal for those who wait out in the cold for several hours rather than spending time with loved ones on a holiday.


November 25, 2013

Cornyn Tweets Amid Iran News That Obama Trying To 'Distract' From Obamacare

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, posted a message to Twitter on Saturday that appeared to accuse the Obama administration of hatching a nuclear deal with Iran to distract from the problems of Obamacare.

Cornyn posted this tweet at about the same time Obama delivered a statement on the Iran deal:

Amazing what WH will do to distract attention from O-care


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