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Since LiveJournal is owned by a Russian company, I thought it would be appropriate to share this here.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kadymae at The first Vladimir Putin gay porn parody has arrived.
Via my buddy switchknitter --

Put it in Putin
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Hm, our new electoral map has the old Oilers colour scheme. I think this means there is a way to blame the election results on Peter Pocklington.


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RT @John_Miranda: Obama's address pre-empts CELEBRITY APPRENTICE. Sweet, sweet Justice. #OBL God Bless America

RT @NYC911: May 1, 1945: Hitler's Death Announced. May 1, 2011: Bin Laden's Death Announced

@EricStangel: During his re-election campaign, Obama should answer every single question with "Who gives a crap. I killed bin Laden"
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President Obama will make the official announcement soon.
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LOLing at this hard. How do people think they can get away with plagarism -- or pretending you were at meetings that you clearly were not at -- in the age of the Internet? If you can find it to cut-and-paste, anyone can find it to out you as a plagarist and liar.



Ryan Grim writes in The Huffington Post:

When Crown Publishing inked a deal with George W. Bush for his memoirs, the publisher knew it wasn't getting Faulkner. But the book, at least, promises "gripping, never-before-heard detail" about the former president's key decisions, offering to bring readers "aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq," and other undisclosed and weighty locations.

Crown also got a mash-up of worn-out anecdotes from previously published memoirs written by his subordinates, from which Bush lifts quotes word for word, passing them off as his own recollections. He took equal license in lifting from nonfiction books about his presidency or newspaper or magazine articles from the time. Far from shedding light on how the president approached the crucial "decision points" of his presidency, the clip jobs illuminate something shallower and less surprising about Bush's character: He's too lazy to write his own memoir [my emphasis].
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A few weeks ago, the Conservative government of Canada introduced a new foreign aid policy that excluded family planning (that's everything from advice on birth control to access to legal abortions) until people got wind of it and forced a bunch of political flip-flopping.

The Liberal opposition tried to score some quick political points by moving to explicitely include family planning, but messed up by not securing the anti-abortion MPs in their ranks. (Seriously, how can you call yourself a big- or small-l liberal if you're willing to let personal preference override public policy? They should note the example of former PM Paul Martin led the legalization of gay marriage despite personal reservations and a threat from his parish to excommunicate him if he voted for it.)

There was finally a clear and unequivical statement on the issue, but it wasn't made by the leaders of the Canadian parliament. It was from Hilary Clinton, who was in town for a G8 meeting. Here's what she said:

"You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health," Ms. Clinton said at a news conference after a meeting of G8 foreign ministers in Gatineau, Que. "And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion. [...] "I've also been very involved in promoting family planning and contraception as a way to prevent abortion. If you're concerned about abortion, then women should have access to family planning," Ms. Clinton said. "And finally, I do not think governments should be involved in making these decisions."

Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/clintons-tough-diplomacy-stings-ottawa/article1517805/

There was some partisan wank about this, but ultimately, she was just stating what Canadians believe, according to a new EKOS survey:

52 per cent of Canadians describe themselves as “pro-choice;” 27 per cent say they are “pro-life;” 10 per cent chose “neither” and 11 per cent opted for “do not know or no response.”
Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/majority-backs-abortion-rights/article1519823/

A statement like Clinton's, one of much welcome clarity, should form the basis of our policy on maternal health in foreign aid, not fundamentalist beliefs of a handful of cabinet ministers.

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