WASHINGTON — US Representative Michele Bachmann, fresh from a victory in a key Republican test vote, said Sunday she would reinstate a ban on gay troops serving openly in the military.
I want to die right now!
Michele Bachmann’s campaign slogan is officially “Bachmann: Backwards.”
Tomorrow’s cover today: women are rejecting marriage in Asia. The social implications are serious.
“Japanese women, who typically work 40 hours a week in the office, then do, on average, another 30 hours of housework. Their husbands, on average, do three hours.”
Yea, I can’t imagine why woman are less inclined to enter into this sort of partnership. Can’t imagine at all.
5.9 Earthquake hits DC and surrounding areas.
Felt it. Scared the hell out of me!
- Storm now measures 580 miles in diameter;
- At least eight dead;
- At least 900,000 customers have lost power;
- All 11 Atlantic City casinos closed — only the third time in history;
- The Schuylkill River is expected to crest at 15 feet on Sunday night — something that has not happened there since 1869;
- SEPTA is shut down;
- 375,000 residents ordered to evacuate from low-lying areas of New York City — only five previous hurricanes have ever tracked within 75 miles of the city since records have been kept;
- Five NYC area airports have been ordered closed: JFK, LaGuardia, Stewart, Newark Liberty, and Teterboro; Philadelphia’s too; 10,000 flights nationwide cancelled;
- Con Edison shut down 10 miles of steam pipes beneath New York City to prevent explosions should they come in contact with cold water;
- MTA shuts down all commuter, bus and subway lines in New York City (comprising more than 6,000 subway cars which normally carry 8.5 million passengers each weekday);
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will do same as of 8 A.M. Sunday morning.
I think anyone who still thinks Irene is overhyped can STFU now.
FEW YORK CITY A man crossed an empty Times Square late on Saturday. (Photo: Chelsea Matiash / AP via the New York Times)
President BARACK OBAMA, introducing his $4.5 trillion debt reduction plan — which will partly depend on eliminating Bush-era tax cuts.
Note to the wealthy: don’t worry. Even after you help save our country, you’ll still be filthy fucking rich.
SURROUND AND DROWN Members of the New York Police Department (left) prepare to arrest protestors massed on the Brooklyn-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge. Officials say “hundreds” were arrested. (Photo: Mario Tama / Getty Images via the New York Daily News)
During their first week, members of Occupy Wall Street, the ideologically vague and strategically baffling effort to redress social inequities, put together a library on the north end of Zuccotti Park whose disparate offerings included “Last Exit to Brooklyn”; Gay Talese’s article in The New Yorker on the collaboration of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; and Abbott’s Digest of New York Statutes and Reports, Volumes 4, 9, 33 and 34. By the middle of last week, as the numbers entrenched in the park grew, copies of “Animal Farm,” Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Nickel and Dimed” and “Meltdown,” a book outlining the 2008 financial crisis, were well placed. Specific ambitions still had not emerged, but a new intensity had begun to replace the limp theatrics.
The New York Police Department could not have intended to operate as a public relations arm for Occupy Wall Street, but its invidious treatment of the demonstrators last weekend went a tremendous way toward galvanizing sympathy for the group’s good but porous intentions. Video widely seen on the Internet of a high-ranking officer, later identified as Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, attacking what appeared to be docile protesters with pepper spray prompted public outrage and investigations by the Internal Affairs Bureau of the Police Department and Manhattan prosecutors.
Early Monday evening, helicopters flew over Wall Street, in anticipation of what — excessively boisterous readings of Orwell? — was hardly clear. The group’s march on the financial district’s Luxury Night Out was still a day away. The Broad Street outpost of Hermès was in no imminent jeopardy.
Like a toddler who throws his food on the floor, gets in trouble and then just does it again, the Police Department overreacts to peaceful protests, invites ire and then reprises its actions the next time it encounters agitation. Inspector Bologna is a defendant in lawsuits claiming wrongful arrests at protests during the Republican National Convention in 2004.
Among the more than 100 arrests made since the protest began, on Sept. 17, were three more on Wednesday for that decidedly questionable menace: loitering while wearing a mask. While the police would do well to avoid criminalizing costumes, the department would do even better to remember that when people are carted away by law enforcement merely for carrying cameras — as one seemed to be in another well-circulated image — more cameras are sure to come.
The New York Times, “Every Action Produces Overreaction.”
It’s hard to believe that NYPD brass — and Mayor Bloomberg — don’t see and acknowledge just how utterly piggish some of their officers and commanding officers are acting during these past two weeks.
If the Occupy Wall Street protests continue to escalate — and they will — it’s not just because the protestors, buoyed by support from unions, celebrities and the like, will have galvanized their movement. It’s because the NYPD is acting like a group of jackbooted thugs, penning in peaceful protestors, macing women and arresting journalists.
I spent a few hours down there tonight.
The crowd is diverse, not as predominately young as I perceived from afar. They’re well organized, they have places set up for medics, food, media, etc. The General Assembly hosts a wide variety of speakers, of all ages, gender, race and…
“Around 1 a.m., the first of the protesters held at the Midtown North Precinct on West 54th Street were released. They were met with cheers from about a half-dozen supporters who said they had been waiting as a show of solidarity since 6 p.m. for around 75 people they believed were held there. Every 10 to 15 minutes, they trickled out into a night far chillier than the afternoon on the bridge, each clutching several thin slips of paper — their summonses, for violations like disorderly conduct and blocking vehicular traffic. The first words many spoke made the group laugh: all variations on “I need a cigarette.” David Gutkin, 24, a Ph.D. student in musicology at Columbia University, was among the first released. He said that after being corralled and arrested on the bridge, he was put into plastic handcuffs and moved to what appeared to be a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus, along with dozens of other protesters, for over four hours. They headed first into Brooklyn and then to several locations in Manhattan before arriving at the 54th Street precinct. Men and women had been held separately, two or three to a cell. A few said they had been zip-tied the entire time. “We sang ‘This Little Light of Mine,’ ” said Annie Day, 34, who when asked her profession said, “I’m a revolutionary.” Ms. Day was wearing laceless Converse sneakers: police had required the removal of all laces as well as her belt. She rethreaded them on the pavement while a man who identified himself as a lawyer took each newly freed person’s name. None of the protesters interviewed knew if the bridge march was planned or a spontaneous decision by the crowd. But all insisted that the police had made no mention that the roadway was off limits. Ms. Day and several others said that police officers had walked beside the crowd until the group reached about midway, then without warning began to corral the protesters behind orange nets. The scene outside the Midtown South Precinct on West 35th Street around 2 a.m. was far more jovial. Only about 15 of the rumored 57 people had been released, but about a dozen waiting supporters danced jigs in the street to keep warm. They snacked on pizza. One even drank Coors Light beer, stashing the empty bottles under a parked police van. When a fresh protester was released, he or she ran through a gantlet formed by the waiting group, like a football player bursting onto the field during the Super Bowl. “This is so much better than prison!” one cheered.”
INHUMANITY Egyptian army soldiers assault and arrest a female protester during clashes in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Saturday. The country’s military rulers escalated a bloody crackdown on street protesters, beating them and setting their tents ablaze, even as the prime minister Kamel Ganzouri denied in a televised news conference that security forces were using violence. (Photo: Reuters via the New York Times)
These fucking pigs.
The whole world is watching.
Yaaaay for elevating discourse.
Ugh. Fucking asswipe. No words!
What happens when a presidential campaign neglects to snatch up the Web site in the candidate’s name?
This: A Democratic group on Wednesday posted a listing on Craigslist, offering to sell the “newtgingrich.com” domain for $1 million.
“We thought of giving it away, but we wouldn’t want to be accused of being socialists,” says the listing, by American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic opposition research group. “So, make your best offer. We’re asking for $1 million, but we’d be happy to accept $500,000 in bling. Heck in the spirit of Christmas we might even let it go for $10,000.”
A spokesman for the group confirmed that it does in fact own the domain. Visitors to newtgingrich.com are directed to one of several Web sites linked to Mr. Gingrich recently, including Tiffany’s, Freddie Mac, a travel guide to Greece, YouTube (for Mr. Gingrich’s commercial with Representative Nancy Pelosi) and journalism articles critical of Mr. Gingrich, including on ThinkProgress.org and The Washington Post.
While Mr. Gingrich has registered other Web domains using his name — newtgingrich.org, newtgingrich.biz and newtgingrich.info, for example — someone else has newtgingrich.net and newtgingrich.us. Newtgingrich.com was registered in 2003.
The failure to register domains using his name — while a small issue — may hint at the distance that Mr. Gingrich has to go in matching the organizational prowess of Mitt Romney and the other candidates in the Republican field.