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10/01/2012

Nancy Pelosi Leads Zombie Army, Conducts Animal Sacrifice in New Attack Ad: VIDEO

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi's opponent John Dennis is out with a new ad created by Chris Burgard, the guy who made Herman Cain's bizarre "Smoking" ad, and it will be seen everywhere today.

In a reference to her well-known statement about the Affordable Care Act in 2010, in which she said “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it," Pelosi stands over her zombie army and says, “We must first gut the sacrifice so that you can find out what is in the sacrifice."

Dennis then steps in to stop the sacrifice.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Oct. 1,2012 at 12:03 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Nancy Pelosi, News | Permalink | Comments (22)


Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal by NOM Over its Campaign Disclosure Practices

Aswith a similar Maine case they denied earlier this year, the Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by the National Organization for Marriage to hear a case related to its attempt to keep donor names secret in its campaign against marriage equality.

Nom_maineThe AP:

The high court on Monday turned aside an appeal from the National Organization for Marriage, which donated $1.9 million to a political action committee that helped repeal Maine’s same-sex marriage law.

Maine’s campaign disclosure law requires groups that raise or spend more than $5,000 to influence elections to register and disclose their donors. The group says that it believes that releasing the donor list would stymie free speech, but the lower court refused to throw out the law.

Chris Geidner adds:

NOM has argued that the state's campaign finance laws are unconstitutional as applied to it. The first question it asked the Supreme Court to resolve in an appeal is "[w]hether the onerous burdens imposed on political committees advocating for or against candidates may be imposed on non-profit organizations speaking about ballot measures." The lower court had sided with the state in forcing NOM to follow the state's campaign finance laws. The Supreme Court, earlier this year, had denied a similar appeal from NOM in a related case out of Maine.

Posted Oct. 1,2012 at 11:43 AM EST by in News, NOM, Supreme Court | Permalink | Comments (7)


Adele Shows Off Nails, Sheet Music for James Bond Theme 'Skyfall': VIDEO

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As anticipation builds for the latest installation in the James Bond series, Skyfall, speculation has mounted that Adele would be the latest Bond theme singer. Now, Adele has pretty much confirmed that's the case, tweeting a photo of a well-manicured hand and the sheet music from the film.

It's unclear when the track, co-written and produced by her production partner Paul Epworth ("Rolling in the Deep") and arranged by Epworth and J.A.C. Redford, will officially drop, but the film opens on November 9.

A just-released behind the scenes clip looks at the film's extended underwater sequence.

Outfitting with floating chunks of ice for what is presumably a scene in the North Atlantic, the 1.2 million gallon pool is a watery reflection of the advanced sets above ground, with high-tech speakers, monitors, bubble jets and state-of-the-art trailers.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

And the latest shirtless Craig shot, released last week, below.

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Posted Oct. 1,2012 at 11:25 AM EST by in Adele, Daniel Craig, News | Permalink | Comments (4)


'Half the Sky' Highlights International Oppression of Women: VIDEO

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If you get a moment, set your DVRs tonight and tomorrow for "Half the Sky", a four-hour documentary series based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book of the same name. The film follows Kristof and America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde to various regions around the world where women are oppressed and fighting to change their circumstances.

Writes Ed Bark in the NYT: "It’s beautifully filmed, alternately heartbreaking and inspiring — and more than a little preachy at times with a recurring collection of talking heads bridging the film’s six actress-assisted journeys. At least two of these additional advocates — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gloria Steinem — also are more famous than Mr. Kristof. No harm in that."

My friend Jeff Dupre's company Show of Force produced the series. They were also behind the recent Marina Abramovic documentary The Artist is Present and the epic documentary Carrier on PBS, both of which I've highlighted here.

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Oct. 1,2012 at 11:11 AM EST by in Film, News | Permalink | Comments (15)


New Poll Shows Marriage Equality with 21-Point Lead in Maine

A new Maine poll shows that "the referendum proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine leads 57 percent to 36 percent in the poll, with 7 percent saying they are undecided."

METhe Critical Insights poll was conducted Sept. 12 through Sept. 16 with live telephone interviews of 618 randomly selected likely voters statewide. Results were statistically adjusted to reflect the Maine population regarding age, gender, region of residence and political affiliation. The poll has a 4 percent margin of error.

Think Progress adds: "Support is particularly high among Democrats (81 percent), supporters of President Obama (86 percent), college graduates (69 percent), and 18-to-34-year-olds (77 percent). While hopes are high that Maine could be the first state to legalize the freedom to marry through a voter referendum, the fight will likely be close, as the 7 percent of undecided voters could easily sway the result."

Posted Oct. 1,2012 at 10:52 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, Maine, News | Permalink | Comments (25)


How To Scare a Huge Black Bear Off Your Porch: VIDEO

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For future reference - call Nishanto!

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Posted Oct. 1,2012 at 10:23 AM EST by in Bears, Nature, News | Permalink | Comments (20)



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