Archive for January 11, 2011

The HOH8 Campaign

Miss this?  The NOHh8 campaign?

On November 4, 2008 Proposition 8 passed in California, amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The defeat provoked a groundswell of initiative within the GLBT community at a grassroots level, with many new political and protest organizations being formed in response.

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8″ painted on one cheek in protest.

Two years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 8,000 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate. The campaign began with portraits of everyday Californians from all walks of life and soon rose to include politicians, military personnel, newlyweds, law enforcement, artists, celebrities, and many more.

What? The “liberal media” hasn’t covered this?

January 11, 2011 at 11:58 PM 2 comments

Where’s Sarah Palin’s Outrage Over Ann Coulter’s Use of the Word “Retarded?”

Remember this, from February 1, 2010?

Sarah Palin on Facebook:  Rahm Emanuel Should be Fired From Obama’s White House Staff for ‘Retarded’ Comment:

Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin posted a note on her Facebook page late Monday calling for President Obama to fire his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for comments he made that she said were offensive to children with developmental disabilities.

In the Factbook posting, entitled “Are You Capable of Decency, Rahm Emanuel?,” Palin called for his firing for comments attributed to him in a Jan. 26 Wall Street Journal article where he called plans by liberal groups to run ads against moderate Democrats “F—ing retarded.”

And this, from February 3, 2010?

Sarah Palin Rebukes Rush Limbaugh for “Retarded” Remark:

Palin believes Limbaugh’s repeated use of the word “retard” yesterday was “crude and demeaning,” her spokesperson emails.

In the wake of Palin’s demand that  Rahm Emanuel be fired for saying the liberal activist strategy on health care was “f–king retarded,” a bunch of people have been asking how she’d react to Limbaugh’s tirade on the air yesterday.

“Our political correct society is acting like some giant insult’s taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards,” Rush said, adding that Rahm’s meeting yesterday with advocates for the mentally handicapped was a “retard summit at the White House.”

I asked Palin spokesperson Meghan Stapleton for comment on Rush’s rant, and she emailed me this:

“Governor Palin believes crude and demeaning name calling at the expense of others is disrespectful.”

So, where’s Sarah’s outrage about this tweet from Ann Coulter?  We’re going on 12 days:

Has Palin quit this too?  Was her February, ’10 outrage about the use of the word retard/ed her faux anger du jour?  Did she go off on Emanuel and then — oops — play the “fair and balanced” card by blasting Limbaugh too?

I.e., is Sarah Palin offended when people degrade retarded people, or not?

Crickets.

January 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM Leave a comment

The Joe Wilson “You Lie” AR-15 Lower

Nah, there ain’t no hate or talk of killin’ going on on the right:

Limited production run!  Get yours now!  Only $99.95 each!

H/t “Boonedoggie,” via.)

January 11, 2011 at 6:52 PM Leave a comment

The Loughner Family Has Issued a Statement

[T]wo men came out of the family’s north Tucson home, handed out copies of the statement and then went back inside.

(Via.)

They probably don’t want to get into it now but I can’t imagine them not understanding “why this happened.”

January 11, 2011 at 6:35 PM Leave a comment

Catastrophic Flooding in Australia

My God, the flooding in Australia has already been devastating, but it looks like it’s going to get a whole lot worse:

Thousands of residents have begun evacuating the outskirts of Australia’s third-largest city as other people piled sandbags outside their homes and stockpiled food amid rising floodwaters and more heavy rain.

The streets of Brisbane in the state of Queensland were largely deserted, with 80 suburbs expected to be flooded if the Brisbane river bursts its banks as expected on Thursday.

About 20,000 homes were expected to be hit by the flooding in the coming days, Anna Bligh, the premier of Queensland state, said on Wednesday.

“I understand that we could see up to 20,000 properties in Brisbane affected by the water and people do need to take that very seriously,” she said.

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Thousands of residents have begun evacuating the outskirts of Australia’s third-largest city as other people piled sandbags outside their homes and stockpiled food amid rising floodwaters and more heavy rain.

The streets of Brisbane in the state of Queensland were largely deserted, with 80 suburbs expected to be flooded if the Brisbane river bursts its banks as expected on Thursday.

About 20,000 homes were expected to be hit by the flooding in the coming days, Anna Bligh, the premier of Queensland state, said on Wednesday.

“I understand that we could see up to 20,000 properties in Brisbane affected by the water and people do need to take that very seriously,” she said.

[...]

Workers deserted high-rise office towers in the centre of the city as constant rain pushed river levels higher, lapping boardwalks and riverbank buildings. Water edged its way up to the steps of the Queensland state library.

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The floods have at times covered an area bigger than France and Germany combined and caused an estimated $6bn in damage, inundating 70 towns, some twice in recent weeks.

I can’t imagine.

January 11, 2011 at 5:59 PM Leave a comment

Break Time

This is hilarious — Canadian children being presented with old technologies like CD’s and DVD players and a rotary phone and not quite knowing what they are.

(Via.)

January 11, 2011 at 5:04 PM Leave a comment

Guns Kill

Nicole Sandler’s “Guns Kill.”

Crack down on guns.

January 11, 2011 at 4:46 PM Leave a comment

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