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That pesky penguin!

Posted by Charles II on April 7, 2009

(From Salon)

At first I thought it was Norm Coleman. But nobody cries like Glenn.

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Fujimori Goes Down

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 7, 2009

See, it’s more than possible to prosecute one’s former leaders for war crimes and not have the country fall apart:

The former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori was today convicted of kidnapping and murder and sentenced to 25 years in what was described as a landmark ruling for human rights cases in Latin America.

A three-judge panel found the 70-year-old guilty of authorising a military death squad during the state’s “dirty war” against Maoist rebels in the 1990s.


The court convicted Fujimori of the deaths of 25 people in two massacres and the kidnapping of a businessman and a journalist.

The massacres were carried out by the Colina unit, consisting of specially trained military intelligence officers.

In the first, the unit used silencer-fitted guns to shoot 15 people at a chicken barbecue in Lima in 1991, mistaking them for guerrilla sympathisers.

The following year, it abducted and “disappeared” nine university students and a professor.

This trial and verdict is cleansing the wound. It’s needed before healing can truly begin.

Posted in fascism, judicial rulings, Latin America | 1 Comment »

Just Trying to Beat Phoenix Woman

Posted by MEC on April 7, 2009

I’m just trying to beat out Phoenix Woman by posting the news from her state before she does:

Al Franken wins by 312 votes.

Two questions remain:

How soon the Republicans will file an appeal with the Minnesota Supreme Court?

Will Governor Pawlenty sign the election certificate or will he bow to down to the Republican Party?

Posted in 2008, Al Franken | 2 Comments »

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 7, 2009


Well, well: “U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt and his wife are reviewing records to see if they mistakenly received tax breaks on a Washington, D.C., property. Records show the Republican from Springfield, who is running for U.S. Senate, may have erroneously received a homestead exemption for a $1.6 million residence in Georgetown.” Of course, this won’t get splashed all over the evening news the way Hilda Solis’ hubby’s tax woes were.

— Why did New York magazine’s oh-so-flattering puff piece on right-wing hatemonger Glenn Beck fail to quote his more famous comments? Because then it wouldn’t be a puff piece any more, silly.

— The final votes in the 2008 Senatorial election featuring Norm Coleman, Al Franken and Dean Barkley are going to be counted today. At the end of the count, Al Franken will still be ahead, and be declared the winner of the election, at which point Coleman will ready an appeal for the Minnesota Supreme Court. (Actually, Team Coleman readied their appeal months ago — but they’ll still take their sweet time before they officially file it; they’re allowed ten days to do so, and they will use most if not all of them in order to continue their portion of Operation Stonewall.)

Posted in 111th Congress, Al Franken, fascism, IOKIYAR, Minnesota, Norm Coleman, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, taxes | 2 Comments »

Focusing On The Family?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 7, 2009

Things that make you go “eeeewww!”:

Oooo dear. I guess being a fundamentalist Christian doesn’t make you a good person. Or even a law abiding one. Juan Alberto Ovalle, 42, who works for a Spanish-speaking arm of  Focus on the Family, narrates Biblical text for their Spanish language CDs and

founded Spanish Christian Audio in 2001 to help Christian organizations with their audio needs

was arrested on suspicion of using the Internet to arrange sex with a girl under 15. Jzs, ur dum.

I’d link to the audio, but FotF has apparently yanked it.

More on Ovalle here and here.

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