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At least they're not banning Cyantitians...

According to The Register, Wikipedia has banned multiple IP addresses related to the Church of Scientology for extreme, one-sided editing in an attempt to remove Scientology criticism from the Web. The decision wasn't an easy one though: Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee took nearly half a year to resolve the matter.

The decision, made after users submitted statements, responses, and considerations in what is equivalent to a virtual courtroom, involved votes on 19 principles stating essentially that the Scientology-related accounts violated the core principles of Wikipedia on multiple occasions - even likely coordinating their efforts to erase any critical mentions of Scientology.

Wikipedia to Church of Scientology: You're Banned!

  Obama's PDA

President Barack Obama's got a new Blackberry smartphone.


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Way to go Al!

Franken to be declared Senate victor in Minnesota | Politics | Reuters

Democrat Al Franken will be declared the winner of the tight U.S. Senate contest in Minnesota, emerging from a ballot recount with a slim margin over Republican Norm Coleman, state officials said on Sunday.

But Coleman, the incumbent, has asked Minnesota's supreme court to require that a few hundred additional absentee ballots be included in the recount -- and he could then ask the court to investigate the contest all over again.

"At the moment, Franken has a 225-vote lead," after the weekend counting of what were deemed the last uncounted absentee ballots, said Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a Democrat who oversaw the process.

Huh, so they essentially play KOOL FM at them. It's like being at my gym. - Music Used During U.S. Military Interrogations - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

U.S. military interrogators have often blasted music at detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. According to the British law group Reprieve, these are among the songs they have used most frequently:

"Enter Sandman," Metallica.

"Bodies," Drowning Pool.

"Shoot to Thrill," AC/DC.

"Hell's Bells," AC/DC.

"I Love You," from the "Barney and Friends" children's TV show.

  Harper's Last Days

Another funny remix of "Downfall (Der Untergang)". This time, it's Stephen Harper.

YouTube - The Harper Dictatorship

Strong words from Diane Francis.

Canada's conservatives: study in stupid - Diane Francis

What is wrong with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his henchmen? I know Stephen and like him even though he has always been too doctrinaire and cold-blooded for politics. But now we know just how unsuitable he is. He has concocted a crisis that is taking away attention from dealing properly with the worldwide crisis that's about to hit Canada like a hurricane in the new year. He should leave office and the sooner the better. But he won't. Instead he will meet with the Governor-General to try and convince her to dissolve parliament until the New Year.

Hereâ..s my question:
All the blah-blah aside, the essence of this nonsense is why would Harper ever dream that the other three parties would vote in favor of his triple-suicide bill designed to kill off publicly-funded campaign allocations? Were the Tories inhaling in caucus? Or was Harper just in touch with his Grinch? Or is he an Anglo-Saxon Machiavelli?

Interesting set of options for Harper, with pros and cons. I give you #1 and #10. Andrew Steele - Harper's Options

1. Preemptively Remove Michaëlle Jean

This is the true nuclear option for Harper: a preemptive strike against Jean to remove her from office, and replace her with a governor-general sympathetic to the argument that the people should decide in an election.


So, the Governor-General has the authority to dismiss the Prime Minister BUT the Prime Minister may have the authority to dismiss the Governor-General first by requesting the Queen dismiss her.


To call this option risky is a grave understatement. Not only would it threaten the role of the monarchy in Canada, but parliamentary supremacy back to the Magna Carta would be called into question.

10. Step Down as Conservative Leader

Little binds the three opposition parties together.

There is a joint programme, but the real glue of this coalition is a unanimous belief on the opposition bench that Stephen Harper must go.

Were Harper to resign as Conservative Party Leader and an interim leader like Chuck Strahl, Jim Prentice or Tony Clement lead the Conservatives, it is entirely possible the coalition would fall apart and that person might be able to receive the confidence of the House.

It is clearly not in the political interest of the Liberals to form common cause with the Bloc or the NDP.

Their motivation is the belief that Stephen Harper must no longer be Prime Minister.

Such a move might avert political catastrophe for the Conservatives and for the Liberals.

An obviously right-wing troll who knows nothing about Canadian legislature gets their comeuppance when they posted the following editorialized entry on the current political situation.

Canada the victim of power-grabbing politicians. | MetaFilter

Canada the victim of power-grabbing politicians. December 2, 2008 12:31 PM

Canada is going through a bloodless coup less than two months after its last election. The world-wide financial crisis has proved too tempting a target for the three parties that didn't win the election and they have decided to overthrow the Conservative minority government based on the latest financial report. This hasn't been done in Canada since World War I.

Not only is it a perfectly legal procedure, a non-confidence vote has been done many times, and a coalition government was attempted in 1985 with Trudeau and Broadbent. It's also been done at the provincial level, and unofficial coalitions are practically commonplace in Canada. Sort of like when you're playing RISK.

What's probably not legal is trying to prorogue the legislature just because you're likely to lose a non-confidence vote. What makes you a douchebag is when you try to do this when you condemned it only 4 years earlier.

I scored a modest 81% on this quiz, and I'm not even American.

Take it here.

US officials flunk test of American history, economics, civics - Yahoo! News

US elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent, the group that organized the exam said Thursday.

Ordinary citizens did not fare much better, scoring just 49 percent correct on the 33 exam questions compiled by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

"It is disturbing enough that the general public failed ISI's civic literacy test, but when you consider the even more dismal scores of elected officials, you have to be concerned," said Josiah Bunting, chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at ISI.

  A chiropractor?

Good god, Harper's gone and appointed a chiropractor (Cambridge MP Gary Goodyear) as the new Minister of Science and Technology. Oh yeah, he's also an acupuncturist.

Luckily, the Liberals have appointed an astronaut as their Science and Technology critic. - Opinions - Harper's cabinet full of promise

Well, at least he finally accomplished something... go big or go home, eh G. W.?

Belief that country heading in right direction is at all-time low -

"No other president's disapproval rating has gone higher than 70 percent. Bush has managed to do that three times so far this year," Holland said. "That means that Bush is now more unpopular than Richard Nixon was when he resigned from office during Watergate with a 66 percent disapproval rating."

Before Bush, the record holder for presidential disapproval was Harry Truman, with a 67 percent disapproval rating in January of 1952, his last full year in office.

I've always figured Kobe Bryant was a great player holy shit!

Kobe Bryant Scores 25 In Holy Shit We Elected A Black President | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant had a typically solid performance from the field last night, scoring 25 points to propel his team to a holy shit, it's hard to believe these words are even gracing this page, but on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, the American people elected a black man to the office of the President of the United States.

Words really can't describe howâ.¦or what, orâ.¦. Wow.

Bryant, who got off to a slow start early, but managed to find his touch late in the third, incredible. A black president for a nation whose entire history has been haunted by the specter of slavery and plagued by racism since before its inception. That this happened in our lifetime is remarkable; that it happened within 50 years of a time when segregation was still considered an acceptable institution is astonishing. Absolutely astonishing. This is an achievement on par with the moon landing.

  Problems with Palin

In this ABC News story, there were many hidden problems with the McCain camp and their star VP candidate, not the least of which was her spending:

A Republican donor who agreed to foot a majority of the expenses was stunned when he received the bill, Newsweek reported. Both the Times and Newsweek report that the budget for the clothing was expected to be between $20,000 and $25,000. Instead, the amount reported by the Republican National Committee was $150,000.

There is one comment in particular from a McCain aide that guaranteed to heighten friction between the two camps. The angry aide described the Palin family shopping spree to Newsweek as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast."

And, while I'm not a religious person, Christ, was she ever stupid:

She didn't know Africa was a continent, according to Newsweek. Fox News revealed that during her cramming, she couldn't name the three countries that belong to the North American Free Trade Agreement: the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Well, not bawling ... but it's a very touching moment. Heck, I almost cried, and I'm not even an American.

Video - Colin Powell's Reaction from

  Rednecks 4 Obama

Awesome. Even they've had enough.


Rednecks for Obama Sign - Featured Picture on BuzzFeed

Barack Obama John McCain has been linked to Rashid Khalidi and subsequently Bill Ayers by his own campaign staff. Way to go, team!

Heh ... chowderheads.

It's uncanny. Though I'm not a big fan of BSG (the new one), I have to admit I'll never be able to look at Colonel Tigh the same way.


Unreality - Five Movies and TV Shows This Election Has Tainted Forever |

Look at that picture. Look at it! Granted Mrs. Tigh is dead, and the Apollo-McCain Jr. comparison is a bit forced, but now I will forever associate Saul Tigh and Laura Roslin with John McCain and Sarah Palin.

And the similarities arenâ..t just physical either. Tigh is a war vet who was tortured by the enemy, has a loopy wife and a bad temper. Roslin was a relatively unknown governmental figure when she was unexpectedly thrust into the national spotlight.

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