Saturday, 31 July 2010
Friday, 30 July 2010
in the pot, I can tell you that Squirrels taste like what they eat. I discovered this the first time I took some stew squirrels from a pine bush and the resultant fricassée tasted like biting into a car air freshener.
BP establishes $100M fund to help displaced oil workers.
The Rig Worker Assistance Fund will be administered through the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation, a supporting organization of The Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF).
This voluntary donation fulfills the commitment BP announced on June 16 to provide $100 million in assistance as a gesture of good will for the people of the Gulf Coast region.
Alright that's all for now.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Interestingly, Governor of Pennsylvania and fellow Democrat Ed Rendell told MSNBC that “The View” was more like “The Jerry Springer Show” than a real news outlet and suggested maybe the President of the United States should demonstrate a little more dignity than that.
As for me, I’m not surprised about either “The View” or the Jamboree. Whoopi and Friends will no doubt give Øbasm the ego stroking he feels he so richly deserves and, since I don’t watch the show anyway, I couldn’t care less.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
When the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington found out that the pro-Palestinian group Sabeel DC had organized a protest and boycott call at Ulta in Silver Spring last Saturday, the organization sent out an action alert urging supporters to visit the store and buy Ahava.
“They cleaned the shelves out. It was the best Ahava sales weekend the store has ever seen. They had to order an expedited shipment” afterward, said Arielle Farber, director of Israel and International Affairs for the Community Relations Council. “The greater Washington community is not going to stand for this campaign to delegitimize Israel.”
Rona Kramer, a Maryland state senator, was among those answering the Community Relations Council call. When she heard of the boycott, she though “it’s a good opportunity for the community to show its support for Israel.”
Though in the midst of a re-election campaign, Kramer pushed back her schedule to hit the store on Saturday morning. When she got there at 10:15 a.m. the store had already sold out of many Ahava lines, but she managed to tally up a $200 bill.
It was the first time she had ever bought Ahava products, a brand that uses Dead Seaminerals in hand creams, body lotions and other beauty products. “I’ve been using them since I bought them and they’re wonderful,” she said.
-- the taunting of a Jewish teacher at a Los Angeles middle school by students chanting "Hitler, Hitler'' during a class, and drawing swastikas on their folders and desks;
-- a man approaching a group of people outside a Los Angeles synagogue and saying, "(expletive) you Jews. I'm going to kill you. Just wait and see. I'll be back to kill you'';
Israeli author Esther Orner could not believe it when the organizers of an important literary conference in the south of France told her she could not participate in the event because she is Israeli.
Olympia’s Food Co-op has grandly announced its intention to boycott Israeli products unless that country disbands itself as a Jewish state.
To earn a place for its products on co-op shelves, Israel must forfeit its right to defend itself by tearing down its security fence and must bring back the Arab refugees who, in an entirely self-inflicted calamity, fled in 1947-48 rather than accept the U.N.’s two-state solution.
It has been 60 years since they imposed the Zionist regime [on the world], which has threatened us repeatedly over the past 30 years. They repeatedly make threats to assassinate Ahmadinejad. [The Zionist regime] is treated like an spoiled child who does everything he wants. I am surprised that the US nation with a population of 300 million people has been sold to a few Zionists. It is against the US interests. Some European governments have also sold themselves to the Zionists. Why should they have all the power, wealth and the media in their hands?*****
Standing alongside Cameron, Erdogan compared Israel to the "pirates of Somalia" and added that people in Gaza "are living under constant attacks and pressure in an open air prison." That was fairly mild stuff for the Turkish PM, who regularly accuses Israel of "state terrorism" and last month called it an "adolescent, rootless state."
Whereas during the Nazi era "the so-called 'Jewish question' was the non-partisan tape holding Germans together, today it's the 'Palestine-question' that gives them a feeling of national unity", he wrote.
Meanwhile, German national security police are investigating an attack on two Israeli tourists at a Berlin discotheque on the night of June 27. Police categorised the attack as antisemitic.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Turkey has begun the slow process of accession talks with the 27-member EU, but the bloc is deeply divided over whether it should be given full membership. France has taken the strongest stand against Turkish entry.
On his first visit to the country since becoming prime minister in May, Mr. Cameron will say Turkey would bring greater prosperity and political stability to the bloc thanks to its vast economic potential and growing influence in the volatile Middle East and central Asia.
“So I will remain your strongest possible advocate for EU membership and for greater influence at the top table of European diplomacy. This is something I feel very passionately about,” Mr. Cameron will say, according to excerpts from a speech provided in advance by British officials.
From now on, the PLO will be allowed to fly its flag like a regular embassy.
Its representatives will enjoy diplomatic immunity just like diplomats from states.
Indeed the PLO delegate in Washington Maen Areikat claimed that the administration’s move equates the PLO’s diplomatic status in the US to that of Canada and states in Western Europe.
Monday, 26 July 2010
Friday, 23 July 2010
The first survey of its kind found that 83 per cent of girls have lost their virginity by this age and 18 per cent of these youngsters have been pregnant at least once.
About half chose to keep their babies and more than a third had an abortion, according to the Government survey.
Worryingly, more than 1,300 18-year-old girls have been pregnant three times.
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Hours after police announced they were “aggressively looking” for a Guelph woman they say is the ringleader of vandalism and mischief at Toronto’s G20 summit last month, she turned herself in to Peterborough police.
Kelly Pflug-Back, 21, pictured, is alleged to have trashed such businesses as Urban Outfitters, American Apparel and McDonald’s and is facing six new charges.
Police said Ms. Pflug-Back, originally from Norwood, was known to them “with regards to her involvement as a demonstrator, as an activist.”
Ms. Pflug-Back was charged late last year for assault during Guelph’s Olympic Torch relay and is a self-described anti-poverty activist.
What police did not reveal is that Ms. Pflug-Back had already been arrested on June 27, during the G20, and was released on strict bail conditions. Since then, the young woman was to be in her parents’ care.
The fact that our rights were violated by the police and the prison system was not a crime against us as individuals...it was an assault on our ideas and our freedom of speech. This is how dissenters and activists are treated in any nation state, and KKKanada is no different. We need to speak up about how we were abused, but we also must be prepared to go through it again and again until we've won our freedom.
it's also an expression of how people who are non-status, homeless, racially profiled, or working in the sex trade are treated EVERY DAY by police. I am surprised that a lot of activists who talk about oppression were shocked by this treatment.
t's hard to enjoy the freedom when others are still locked up and isolated. My heart is still behind bars with all of you ♥
Generally, I think that homophobia and transphobia are a construct of the capitalist patriarchal society we live in, which is epitomized by the G20 summit :)
Kelly posted a link to the Pride Shame Awards, slamming them for banning Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (which as we all know was later reversed), and directly beneath this she linked to an article claiming the CIA was conducting medical experiments comparable to Dr. Mengele's.
No doubt you will be shocked to learn that she is also an anti-Semite. On May 25 she changed her status to "Genocide & juice." She also posted several anti-Israel items following the fauxtilla, and promoted the protest of Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Toronto.
She also posted tips for her "comrades" on dealing with law enforcement:
If CSIS comes to your house unnanounced, consider it harassment! Don't give them ANY info, just take their names so you can sue them if they continue to give you trouble. Then I recommend laughing at them and slamming the door.
Well we do agree on one thing, albeit for totally different reasons: PRIDE should ditch the corporate sponsors.
As far as I know, Xtra! is the only mainstream GLBTQ publication that talks about how things like the G8/G20 or the Vancouver Olympics try to push queer communities under the carpet and out of the public eye. Come on, Toronto Pride committee...ditch your corporate sponsors and remember your radical roots!!!
The cosmetics - which includes everything from lipstick to eyeliner and blusher - are made in strict accordance with Islamic law, using plant extracts and minerals instead of alcohol and animal products.
Samina Akhter says she set up Samina Pure Make-up because she felt uneasy praying while wearing non-halal make-up.
That's not what's important. The important thing is that this new recruit is brown and can't speak English and that his feelings are not hurt.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Samuel Laster, the editor-in- chief of the Vienna-based online Jewish news site Die Jüdische, first published Stern’s resignation letter on his Web site. Stern has been a leading member of the Social Democrats since the 1970s.
After the letter appeared on Die Jüdische, the daily Die Presse newspaper headlined a story, “SPÖ loses Jewish members.”
Stürzenbecher told the Post that Stern “overreacted” to the criticism of Israel, which is “balanced and in the mainstream of Europe’s reaction” to the raid on the Mavi Marmara.
“Our Jewish friends were not enthusiastic about the resolution,” Stürzenbecher added. He declined to comment on how many Austrian Jews have left the party.
“Each resignation is too much,” he said.
Stern wrote in his resignation letter: “We find it to be a scandal when ‘comrade” [Omar] al-Rawi and other Social Democratic [city] council members introduce such a resolution, which promotes solidarity with the sworn enemies of Israel – the FPÖ [Freedom Party of Austria] and neo-Nazis, and not one voice of reason is raised against the resolution, at least from our own ranks.”
Gotta protect The Cause.
The law's first major test came in February 2009, when four animal-rights activists — Adriana Stumpo, Nathan Pope, Joseph Buddenberg and Maryam Khajavi — were arrested and later indicted under the AETA, for incidents at the homes of several University of California system researchers in 2007 and 2008. The group, with other protesters, wore bandanas over their faces and wrote messages such as "Stop the Torture", "Bird Killer" and "Murder for Scientific Lies" on the pavement with blue and purple chalk, according to police reports. The protesters allegedly burst through a researcher's door and one of them hit her husband with an object.
But on 12 July, a federal judge dismissed the indictment for being too vague: prosecutors did not say which of the activists' alleged actions violated the law. However, prosecutors are free to re-indict if they can show how particular actions crossed the line.
Maybe I'm oversensitive but I think breaking into someone's house and assaulting their spouse is crossing a line. These people are out of the minds they don't have. Also not sure why the judge is saying that this covers a freedom of speech issue - yeah ok chanting and giving out pamphlets - but I think once you are on private property (and damaging it) it becomes a private property issue. Not that I'm a lawyer or anything.
Just wondering how long it will be before US judges follow the UK's example and say that the activists should be acquitted because they were preventing further crimes against animals.....?
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Monday, 19 July 2010
The 18-year-old Charice, whose singing career rocketed after appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' and Oprah Winfrey's talk shows, underwent a 30-minute Thermage skin-tightening procedure and Botox to make her "naturally round face" more narrow, celebrity cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo told ABS-CBN television.