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Danielle and I put this video together. It makes me smile.

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Glenn Beck is a Racist



Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Glenn Beck is a racist. He's also a communist and a fascist. And he hates America.

There. I said it. And I feel much better for it.

What's my proof? Well, I have tons of made up facts and paranoid delusions to support my assertions. Isn't that how Beck and his kind operate? No facts; only baseless assertions supported by "facts" that have been twisted and perverted to fit his narrow view of the world.

In the last few months, Beck has waged a jihad against a single individual: Van Jones. Now, why in the world would this little, paranoid, anglo be so interested in an environmentally conscious African American, working for an African American President? Hmmm...

Glen Beck is a racist.

Not really, but he is.

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The King of torture, the Sultan of Secrets, Dick Cheney, is suddenly silent. He's been as garrulous as a gaggle of geese since he left office, but he has yet to respond to a New York Times article that brings to light a secret counter-terrorism program-- so secret that he ordered the CIA to keep it secret from Congress. The program is still classified, which has also kept former-CIA Director George Tenet from commenting, but the program's existence came to light when Leon Panetta, the current Director, testified in late June before House intelligence committees. Leon Panetta stepped into the Pelosi-Waterboarding scandal when he denied that the CIA misleads members of Congress. He recently stood by that comment, saying that it was "not the policy of the CIA to mislead Congress." It may not be the policy, but his revelation proves that it does indeed occur. He also added: "It is vital to keep the Congress fully and currently informed." Panetta also testified that he ended the program when he first learned about it, which was on June 23.


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Jul. 2nd, 2009



It is too late tonight to finish the post on Iran as I had intended, but I do want to first share this video about a young woman named Neda, which means "voice" in Farsi. She and her professor were watching a protest on the streets of Tehran when she was shot in the chest by a sniper. The sniper was a member of the Basij militia, in an attempt to quell the protests. The protests were organized by supporters of reformist candidate Mir-Hussein Mousavi who alleged that the results of the recent Iranian elections were illegitimate, and that the election was rigged by President Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Neda's murder has become a martyr and her name has become a rallying cry for Iranians looking for freedom.

Below are the videos. The first is of Neda and her professor watching the protest, moments before she is shot. The second is of her being taken to the ground, where she dies of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Warning! This is seriously graphic:


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Health Care Crisis



I have no health insurance. None. My employer does not provide it, because they're cheap. I cannot afford to purchase it on my own because it is so expensive.

Several years ago, about 2003, I was involved in a semi-serious auto accident that landed me in the hospital. I was treated fairly well at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, California, but it was certainly not worth the twelve-thousand dollar bill I received. I could not afford to pay the bill up front, so I arranged to make monthly payments. Being fresh out of high school and working a crappy part-time minimum wage job, it became clear that I could not even afford to make those payments. After several months, after my credit was completely ruined, I was able to secure a grant from Borders (my employer), who paid for the entire bill. Due to some clerical error, my credit was further ruined and I had to spend months proving that I had paid my hospital bill. It was a fucking nightmare, to be totally honest.
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the Kingdom of Jackson

*Warning!*

Brutal Michael Jackson post!

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Michael Jackson, the self-proclaimed King of Pop, died suddenly on Thursday June 25, 2009, at his home in West LA. An autopsy report was inconclusive, so a second autopsy has been asked for by the Jackson family. A toxicology report will be released in the next few weeks, which will prove or disprove rumors surrounding his use of prescription medication. It certainly has been a bizarre end to a bizarre life. He was 50 years old.

According to Lisa Marie Presely, daughter of the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley, Jackson had once intimated to her that he thought he would meet his fate in a way that was similar to Elvis': "At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, 'I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did.'" Deepak Chopra also recalled a similar comment from Jackson, adding that Jackson didn't "want to go out like Marlon Brando. I want to go out like Elvis.” Chopra has also alleged that Jackson was fasting, and not ready for the strain of a world concert tour. He also believes prescription medications played a part in his death, which Jackson's doctor denies. In fact, the police have just discovered prescription pills in the performer's home.
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The Vatican Speaks



Since it was announced that President Barack Obama was going to be giving the commencement address for the 2009 graduating class of Notre Dame, the Vatican has been deafeningly silent. Close observers interpreted this silence as tacit approval of the Obama administration, and as a friendly opening for dialogue. This contrasted sharply with the outspokenness of a small group of Conservative Catholics (both among the laity and hierarchy) who have been against the President's visit and the honorary degree the school was going to give him. Again, this was a small group, only 28% of Catholics, while half of Catholics approved of the President's address and the remaining 22% not having an opinion either way. A recent poll also shows that 67% of Catholics approve of the way President Obama has run the country. Last November, 54% of Catholics voted for Barack Obama.

Ah, but the Vatican has ended its silence, which might prove problematic for Conservative Catholics.
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Catholics Divided



First of all, for those who are unaware, I am a practicing Catholic. Now...

Conservative Catholics have lost their minds. They have confused their faith with their extreme right-wing ideology. These wayward souls have even gone so far as to align themselves with right-wing Christian groups who hate the Catholic Church, have likened the Pope to the anti-christ, and regard the Church as inherently evil. Have these Catholic Conservatives no shame? Do they not realize that they have made a pact with people who hate them and are only using them for political gain?
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The Death Penalty...



For anyone that was curious, I am against the Death Penalty. It is not only an ineffective deterrent, it is not only an expensive process, it is also an immoral practice.

As a Catholic, I am always annoyed by non-Catholics trying to obfuscate the church's position, which is quite clear. There are even some Republican Catholics who try to ignore the church's clear position on the matter.

What I find funny, is that some Protestant Christians are totally gung-ho about war, the death penalty, and endorse many Conservative policies, which are clearly in opposition to a dignified life. They forget that they claim to be pro-life, yet they are more or less anti-abortion, not pro-life.
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