Monthly Archives: January 2010


January 29, 2010

RIP Zelda Rubinstein

Several weeks ago we heard Zelda had fallen ill. She finally crossed over into the light. One-of-a-kind actress and one of the first celebrities to go into HIV/AIDS activism.

RIP Zelda Rubinstein

Actress Zelda Rubinstein- the ball of sass with the childlike voice who was best known as the psychic from Poltergeist- more


January 27, 2010

Andy Joins Jeffrey Gitomer's Team

Huge news:

Andy Joins Jeffrey Gitomer's Team

When Blogwild was hitting the bookshelves- I'd go to our local Borders bookstore every day after the gym to see if it was in stock yet. What was always in stock was The Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer. …

UN Concludes UK Complicit in Torture

Tighten that noose:

United Nations human rights investigators have concluded that the British government has been complicit in the mistreatment and possible torture of several of its own citizens during the “war on terror”. In a report published today that will make difficult reading for ministers who repeatedly denied the UK’s involvement in torture, UN officials have indicated that there is clear evidence of the UK’s role in the secret detention overseas of several British Muslims. The officials say that such secret imprisonment – or “proxy detentions” – not only facilitates torture, but may amount to torture in its own right. In one starkly worded passage, they warn that if a state’s use of proxy detention had been systematic or widespread it would amount to a “crime against humanity”.

via Britain ‘complicit in mistreatment and possible torture’ says UN

KY to Force Women to Watch Ultrasound Before Terminating a Pregnancy

Oh Kentucky, nobody does it like you:

The [state] Senate passed legislation Monday that would require doctors “to show a woman an ultrasound image of her fetus and explain how it is developing before performing an abortion.” By an overwhelming vote of 32-4, Senate Bill 38 encountered no difficulty passing in the Senate. However, the fight for the bill begins in earnest now that it moves to the Kentucky House, where similar bills have died in committee in the past. We can pray that this bill finds support among legislators in the Kentucky House, and passes into law. As the main sponsor of the bill, Sen. Elizabeth Tori, R-Elizabethtown said, “This bill rights a wrong. An ultrasound is nothing more than an X-ray in motion.”

More than 40% of all women in the US will terminate  pregnancy before the age of 45. That data point is from a pro-life site and I’m guessing is supposed to make you think ‘the horror, the horror!’ when I think: this is a common medical procedure that women have sought out since the beginning of time and the safer it is the better. Clinton still said it best with ‘safe, legal and rare.’

via Kentucky Senate passes ultrasound bill

CIA Man Retracts Claim on Waterboarding

Dear CIA, this is why we don’t believe anything you say:

John Kiriakou, the former CIA operative who affirmed claims that waterboarding quickly unloosed the tongues of hard-core terrorists, says he didn’t know what he was talking about. Kiriakou, a 15-year veteran of the agency’s intelligence analysis and operations directorates, electrified the hand-wringing national debate over torture in December 2007 when he told ABC’s Brian Ross and Richard Esposito  in a much ballyhooed, exclusive interview that senior al Qaeda commando Abu Zubaydah cracked after only one application of the face cloth and water.

via CIA Man Retracts Claim on Waterboarding


January 25, 2010

Jane Lynch is Getting Married!

Congrats to Jane Lynch (and the lucky girl) on her impending nuptials!

Jane Lynch is Getting Married!

Do I hear gay wedding bells? Glee's Jane Lynch will be marrying her girlfriend- Dr. Lara Embry- this May. It's been a very good year for Jane. She earned a

Dumbass California Mother Requests Ban on Dictionaries

And the dumbass school district complies:

A mother in Menifee, California, asked the Menifee Union School District to ban all copies of the 10th edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary after her child stumbled across the term “oral sex.” What is surprising, indeed horrifying, is that district officials immediately complied with her request, and pulled all dictionaries off classroom shelves throughout the Southern California school district, which serves 9,000 kids, kindergarten through eighth grade.

via No Sex Please! We’re Just Kids!.

Judge Dismisses NSA Wiretapping Case

Great news for those who love bad news:

A federal judge has dismissed Jewel v. NSA, a case from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on behalf of AT&T customers challenging the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans’ phone calls and emails. In the ruling, issued late Thursday, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker held that the privacy harm to millions of Americans from the illegal spying dragnet was not a “particularized injury” but instead a “generalized grievance” because almost everyone in the United States has a phone and Internet service. “The alarming upshot of the court’s decision is that so long as the government spies on all Americans, the courts have no power to review or halt such mass surveillance even when it is flatly illegal and unconstitutional,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston. “With new revelations of illegal spying being reported practically every other week — just this week, we learned that the FBI has been unlawfully obtaining Americans’ phone records using Post-It notes rather than proper legal process — the need for judicial oversight when it comes to government surveillance has never been clearer.”

via Electronic Frontier Foundation.

No One Knows How Goldman Sachs Makes Money

PBS economist Paul Solman answers viewer mail:

Fact is, no one knows for sure where Goldman’s profits come from. So here’s the request: If YOU know how Goldman has been making its money – taking advantage of credulous clients, say, or front-running the big ones (see below) – please write and let us know…. [H]ere’s the larger picture as we currently understand it, put piquantly by a Republican friend who used to work at the Treasury. “Goldman Sachs is a hedge fund,” he says, “masquerading as a bank.” It works like this. Because the Fed is holding the overnight funds rate so low, AND because Goldman is deemed TBTF (too big to fail), Goldman can borrow short-term at very low cost and very low risk. It can then take the borrowed money and invest it at much greater risk, for which it earns commensurately greater, hedge fund-like returns.

via The Business Desk with Paul Solman | Online NewsHour | PBS.