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11/14/2012

Pat Robertson Excuses David Petraeus Affair Because 'He's a Man': VIDEO

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On yesterday's The 700 Club, Pat Robertson brought up the Petraeus scandal, appearing to excuse Petraeus' extramarital affair because, well, he's a man, Right Wing Watch reports:

He described Broadwell as an “extremely good-looking woman” who is a “marathon runner, she’d run Iron Man triathlons and so she’s out running with him, and she's writing a biography,” and Petraeus simply couldn’t help himself: “The man’s off in a foreign land and he’s lonely and here’s a good-looking lady throwing herself at him. He’s a man.”

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Posted Nov. 14,2012 at 2:39 PM EST by in David Petraeus, News, Pat Robertson | Permalink | Comments (52)


Madonna and Psy Perform a 'Gangnam Style' Mash-up at MSG: VIDEO

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Korean pop sensation Psy joined Madonna on stage at Madison Square Garden for a "Gangnam Style" mash-up of her dance classic "Give It To Me".

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Posted Nov. 14,2012 at 2:19 PM EST by in Madonna, New York, News, Psy | Permalink | Comments (16)


Nebraska Woman Accused of Faking Horrific Anti-Gay Hate Crime Still Claims It Happened: VIDEO

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Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary including the fact that she was identified buying the zip ties, gloves and box cutter used in the alleged attack by a clerk at Ace hardware, Nebraska lesbian Charlie Rogers continues to insist she was attacked, attacking Lincoln, Nebraska police for a botched investigation in a new video posted to YouTube this week.

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WefoundudykeRogers claimed in July that three men broke into her home, tied her up, carved 'dyke' into her stomach and then tried to set her home ablaze. They also allegedly painted slurs on her walls. Rogers reportedly crawled from her house, naked and bleeding and screaming for help before reaching the doorstep of a neighbor's home.

She was charged with faking a hate crime. There has been no plea agreement and the case is expected to go to trial.

The Journal Star reports:

Police Chief Jim Peschong challenged Rogers’ accusations. Investigators worked the case hard, he said Tuesday. Police brought in an FBI agent to put an outside set of eyes on the case. The chief said investigators interviewed all the key players at least once, and several of them multiple times.

“We took this particular case seriously from the get-go,” Peschong said. Investigators, he said, never found evidence to back up Rogers’ story.

He declined to say exactly when investigators started to suspect Rogers lied, but said it was “awhile after” the alleged attack. “It was quite a bit later on, and then all of a sudden, things that she was telling us were not adding up,” Peschong said. “We couldn’t get anything to support some of her claims she was making.”

Police said they found no sign of a struggle at Rogers’ house, no blood on the bedspread where she said the men cut her and a forensic pathologist from the FBI determined that Rogers made the cuts herself or they were done with her permission, according to her arrest warrant.

Says Rogers in the video: "The perpetrators of my crime are still out there. They are. It wasn’t me. I wouldn’t say I did it then, and I won’t say I did it now. I am innocent.”

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Posted Nov. 14,2012 at 1:49 PM EST by in Charlie Rogers, Lincoln, NE, Nebraska, News | Permalink | Comments (7)


Florida Parents Claim Straight Teacher Helped Turn Their Daughter into a Lesbian

A straight teacher at Florida's Deerfield Beach High School is  filing a case with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Broward school district after being accused by parents of facilitating the process of turning their daughter into a lesbian, the Sun-Sentinel reports:

HibbsAccording to the district's investigative report, the incident began last year while the student was in Hibbs' class. She was suddenly barraged with incendiary messages from her stepdad on her Twitter feed after he discovered the girl's orientation.

"As each message came, she got smaller … I watched her get destroyed," Hibbs said, who reported the incident as child abuse and cyberbullying. The girl, 18 at the time, never returned home.

The parents told investigators they were upset that Hibbs had not told them about their daughter's orientation. They accused her of possibly contributing to their daughter being gay and believed Hibbs had told the girl to not come home.

But in the district report, the daughter said an abuse counselor told her she didn't have to go home because she was of age. Of Hibbs, she said the allegations were far-fetched since a straight woman couldn't make someone become a lesbian. Hibbs said the complaint should have been handled by the school and she believes the district investigation was an attempt to bully her for being too outspoken on other school issues.

Hibbs says her career has been ruined.

Posted Nov. 14,2012 at 1:24 PM EST by in Education, Florida, News | Permalink | Comments (14)


Nancy Pelosi Blasts Luke Russert for 'Offensive' Question About Stepping Aside Because She's Old: VIDEO

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A question from NBC correspondent Luke Russert was met with boos and cries of  "age discrimination!" at Nancy Pelosi's press conference this morning announcing her decision to stay on as Minority Leader.

Asked Russert:

"Colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having a younger leadership and hurts the party in the long term. What's your response?"

Snapped Pelosi: "You've always asked that question, but not to Mitch McConnell."

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She added:

The fact is that everything that I have done in my almost decade now of leadership is to elect younger and newer people to the Congress. In my own personal experience it was very important for me to elect young women. I came to Congress when my youngest child Alexandra was a senior in high school and practically on her way to college. I knew that my male colleagues had come when they were 30. They had a jump on me because they didn't have to, children to stay home. Now, I did what I wanted to do, I was blessed to have that opportunity to sequentially raise my family and then come to Congress. But I wanted women to be here in greater numbers at an earlier age so that their seniority would start to account much sooner. And it wasn't confined to women, though. [...]

You've got to take off of that 14 years for me because I was home raising a family, getting the best experience of all in diplomacy, interpersonal skills. No, the answer is no.

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Russert defended himself on Twitter: "While Pelosi laughed off my Q as age-ist, many House Ds will privately gripe it hurts caucus that all 3 leaders are 70+....The longer the top 3 stay, the longer it takes to infuse the caucus with new blood like #GOP did w Cantor, Ryan, McCarthy etc."

Posted Nov. 14,2012 at 12:19 PM EST by in Democratic Party, Luke Russert, Nancy Pelosi, News | Permalink | Comments (48)


The Real Scandal Behind the Petraeus Story?

It's the abuse of the U.S. surveillance state, writes Glenn Greenwald in The Guardian:

PetraeusWhat is most striking is how sweeping, probing and invasive the FBI's investigation then became, all without any evidence of any actual crime - or the need for any search warrant...

And how it has now eaten itself, leading to the deposition of the top official trusted with its implementation:

As is now widely reported, the FBI investigation began when Jill Kelley - a Tampa socialite friendly with Petraeus (and apparently very friendly with Gen. John Allen, the four-star U.S. commander of the war in Afghanistan) - received a half-dozen or so anonymous emails that she found vaguely threatening. She then informed a friend of hers who was an FBI agent, and a major FBI investigation was then launched that set out to determine the identity of the anonymous emailer.

That is the first disturbing fact: it appears that the FBI not only devoted substantial resources, but also engaged in highly invasive surveillance, for no reason other than to do a personal favor for a friend of one of its agents, to find out who was very mildly harassing her by email. The emails Kelley received were, as the Daily Beast reports, quite banal and clearly not an event that warranted an FBI investigation...

Posted Nov. 14,2012 at 11:40 AM EST by in David Petraeus, News | Permalink | Comments (16)



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