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BEST. DAY. EVER.

Via: Huffington Post

President Barack Obama may have just had his favorite day as leader of the free world.

At a White House science fair on Tuesday, during which Obama announced a plan to request funding for a new Education Department competition to support math and science teacher preparation programs, Obama perused projects designed by more than 100 students from across the country.

With his science geek on full display, Obama also gleefully partook in a demonstration of the “Extreme Marshmallow Cannon,” blasting pillowy bits of sugar at the drapes of the State Dining Room. It’s safe to say the president was impressed by the contraption, built by 14-year-old Joey Hudy from Phoenix, Ariz.

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During his address, Obama also made “a special plea” to the media, encouraging them to dedicate coverage to the issues that were raised at the event.

“Pay attention to this. This is important,” Obama said during remarks in the East Room. “This doesn’t just belong on the back pages of a newspaper. We’ve got to lift this up and emphasize how important this is and recognize these incredible young people. This is what inspires me and gets me up every day.”

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You can read the rest of the story, and watch the video, HERE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/obama-marshmallow-cannon-joey-hudy_n_1260850.html

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’77 – Pride and Inspiration – ‘My Sons’

http://jonsfamily.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/77-%e2%80%93-pride-inspiration-my-sons/

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February 8, 2012 Posted by | 2012, President Obama | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Retired Cardinal Edward Egan Faces Criticism For Taking Back Abuse Apology

Via: Huffington Post

Retired New York Cardinal Edward Egan  (see above) is facing criticism from representatives of clergy sexual abuse victims for a recent interview in which he said he regretted apologizing for the priest abuse scandal in 2002 when he was bishop of Bridgeport.

In the interview with Connecticut Magazine, Egan said “I don’t think we did anything wrong” in handling abuse cases. He said he was not obligated to report abuse claims and maintained he inherited the cases from his predecessor and did not have any cases on his watch, according to the magazine.

Clergy in Connecticut have been REQUIRED to report abuse claims to authorities since the early 1970s, according to attorneys who represented numerous abuse victims.

“Egan never did so and his failure to do so constitutes a violation of the law,” said the attorneys, Jason Tremont, Cindy Robinson and Douglas Mahoney.

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The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests called Egan “obviously unrepentant, self-absorbed and painfully dismissive of the abject suffering of tens of thousands of deeply wounded men, women and children who have been sexually violated by priests, nuns, bishops, brothers, seminarians and other Catholic officials. We can’t help but believe that many other prelates feel exactly as he does but are shrewd enough to avoid saying so outside of clerical circles.”

SNAP urged other American Catholic officials, especially in New York and Connecticut, to publicly rebuke Egan.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/cardinal-egan-child-abuse_n_1260367.html

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February 8, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Jerry Schatzberg – Image Gallery

Via: First Time User

http://firsttimeuser.tumblr.com/tagged/Jerry-Schatzberg

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Jerry Schatzberg (born June 26, 1927 in Bronx, New York) is a photographer and film director.

Schatzberg was born to a Jewish family of furriers and grew up in the Bronx. He photographed for magazines such as Vogue, Esquire and McCalls.

He made his debut as a feature film director with 1970’s Puzzle of a Downfall Child starring Faye Dunaway.

He went on to direct films such as Scarecrow, which shared the grand prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, Honeysuckle Rose with Willie Nelson, Misunderstood (based on a novel by Florence Montgomery), Street Smart in 1987, and The Panic in Needle Park, which starred Al Pacino.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Schatzberg

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February 8, 2012 Posted by | American photoghaphers | , , , , | Leave a comment

One of these days . . .

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“One of these days…..one of these days Alice, POW right to the moon” – The Honeymooners

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February 8, 2012 Posted by | 2012, Gingrich, GOP morons | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(2 of 2) MANY Catholic Universities, Hospitals Already Cover Contraception In Their Health Insurance Plans

Via: Think Progress

Catholic leaders and the GOP presidential candidates have intentionally distorted the Obama administration’s new rule requiring employers and insurers to provide reproductive health benefits at no additional cost sharing.

Conservatives are seeking a way to politically unite Republican voters around a social issue and portray the regulation as a big government intrusion into religious liberties. In reality, the mandate is modeled on existing rules in six states, exempts houses of worship and other religious nonprofits that primarily employ and serve people of faith, and offers employers a transitional period of one year to determine how best to comply with the rule.

It’s also nothing new. Twenty-eight states already require organizations that offer prescription insurance to cover contraception and since 98 PERCENT of Catholic women use birth control, MANY Catholic institutions offer the benefit to their employees.

For instance, a Georgetown University spokesperson told ThinkProgress yesterday that employees “have access to health insurance plans offered and designed by national providers to a national pool. These plans include coverage for birth control.”

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/02/07/420114/many-catholic-universities-hospitals-already-offer-contraception-as-part-of-their-health-insurance-plans/

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February 8, 2012 Posted by | 2012, Gingrich, GOP morons, Romney, Santorum | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

(1 of 2) Conservative Pundit Compares Birth Control Mandate To Rise Of Nazi Germany

Via: Huffington Post

Conservative commentator Eric Metaxas (see photo) took the religious lobbyists’ argument against birth control coverage to a new extreme on MSNBC Tuesday morning, comparing the Obama administration’s new contraception mandate to the rise of Nazi Germany.

In [my] book, you read about what happened to an amazingly great country, called Germany,” he said in an on-air debate with NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Donna Crane. “I’m half German. Uh, in the early ’30s, little things were happening where the state was bullying the churches. No one spoke up. In the beginning, it always starts really, really small. We need to understand as America, as Americans, if we do not see this as a bright line in the sand, if you’re not a Catholic, if you use contraception, doesn’t matter. Because eventually, this kind of government overreach will affect you. If we don’t speak up, we’re gonna be in trouble.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/birth-control-mandate-nazi-germany_n_1260184.html

February 8, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Louie Gohmert (R-TX) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Wonkette

Have you ever wished that Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert would stop and take some time to explain what makes caribou want to hump?

Sure you have.

Here you go: “So when they want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the [oil] pipeline,” he says, and you can imagine the rest. HINT in case you can’t: it involves “warm oil” and “flowing.”

In conclusion, America needs to build thousands more oil pipelines in Alaska, to make caribou horny.

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From the WaPo, finding their true beat:

It seems that Gohmert is also something of an expert on animal husbandry. Here’s his theory: The caribou very much enjoy the warmth the pipeline radiates. “So when they want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline,” he informed his colleagues.

“So my real concern now …if oil stops running through the pipeline…do we need a study to see how adversely the caribou would be affected if that warm oil ever quit flowing?” he asked.

OH GOD SAVE THE REST FOR THE ROMANCE NOVEL, PLS.

http://wonkette.com/462743/rep-louie-gohmert-is-talking-about-caribou-sex-in-congress#more-462743

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Will there be a sex orgy?

 perhaps

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February 8, 2012 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Indoor Tanning Industry Backs Boehner (see photo)

Via: Thnk Progress

The Indoor Tanning Industry’s political action committee has contributed $5,000House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) campaign account and another $5,000 to the National Republican Congressional Campaign’s Boehner for Speaker Committee.

The trade association “actively lobbies against legislation that would place unfair restrictions on salon businesses.” Boehner no doubt earned the group’s gratitude with his staunch opposition to inclusion of tanning salon taxes in the Affordable Care Act.

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Ironically, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who famously tweeted to Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi that he would not tax her tanning bed received no contributions from the PAC this cycle or last. (HT: @lukerosiak)

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McCain? – ‘stick a fork in him, he’s done’

February 8, 2012 Posted by | 2012, Boehner, GOP morons | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment