Day: June 29, 2011

Hackers Cripple al Qaeda Network

H/T: Don In Mass

The Daily Beast

A “sophisticated” cyber-hack has crippled al Qaeda’s online communication networks, a terrorism expert said on Wednesday.

The attack, which will cut the terror cell’s ability to communicate for at least a few days, was pulled off with “an unusual cocktail of relatively sophisticated techniques.”

The strike has the hallmarks of a government operation and it mirrors a recent hack by the British government that left cupcake recipes in the place of bomb-making instructions on the group’s English language magazine.

Read it at NBC News

 

Bachmann’s Husband Calls Homosexuals ‘Barbarians’ Who ‘Need To Be Educated’ And ‘Disciplined’

Shades of 1935 Germany!

Think Progress

When trying to figure out where presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) gets her stringent, anti-gay views, you only have to look as far as her husband. Dr. Marcus Bachmann, who has described himself as his wife’s “strategist,” runs a Christian-based counseling center in Minnesota that has been rumored to offer reparative treatment for those looking to “ungay” themselves.

Just last summer, Dr. Bachmann explained his position on homosexuality while offering theoretical advice to parents concerned that one of their children was gay.

BACHMANN: We have to understand: barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature. We have a responsibility as parents and as authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings from moving into the action steps…

And let’s face it: what is our culture, what is our public education system doing today? They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to encourage action steps. That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it is small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase.

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Right-Wing Nutjob Quotes

Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin are not the only “flakes” in the Republican party.  

Remember these Republican nut-job quotes? Courtesy of:

About.com

”Marriage is not a civil right. You’re not black.”

—Ann Coulter, arguing in front of a group of gay conservatives that the 14th Amendment only applies to African-Americans and that it does not, in fact, apply to women, LGBT people, or other minorities, Sept. 26, 2010

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”The LensCrafters of big abortion.”

—Rep. Michele Bachmann, describing Planned Parenthood, April 11, 2011 (Conan O’Brien later joked that Bachmann was the ”Costco of crazy”)

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”She’s a f**king raghead. We got a raghead in Washington; we don’t need one in South Carolina. She’s a raghead that’s ashamed of her religion trying to hide it behind being Methodist for political reasons.”

—South Carolina State Sen. Jake Knotts (R), claiming that his Republican rival in the South Carolina governor’s race, Nikki Haley, has been set up by a network of Sikhs and was programmed to run for governor by outside influences in foreign countries. (Haley is of Sikh descent, and is now a Christian.) Knotts later clarified his statement, saying he did not mean to use the F-word. (June 4, 2010))

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”When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, ‘Oh shut up’ I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.’

—Glenn Beck, Sept. 9, 2005  

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”My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.”
 

—South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, arguing that government food assistance to lower-income residents, including food stamps or free school lunches, encourages a culture of dependence, Jan 24. 2010

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”I even accept for the sake of argument that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged.” 

—Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

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 ”Death panels are the bureaucracies that President Obama is establishing where bureaucrats will make the decision on who gets health care and how much.”

—Michele Bachmann, Newsmax interview, Sept. 10, 2009

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”You know what, evolution is a myth. Why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?”

—Christine O’Donnell, during a 1998 appearance on Bill Maher’s ”Politically Incorrect”

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”As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where— where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border.”

—Sarah Palin, explaining why Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience, interview with CBS’s Katie Couric, Sept. 24, 2008

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”This was a war of Obama’s choosing. This is not something the United States has actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.”

—Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, rewriting history while speaking at a Connecticut fundraiser about the war in Afghanistan, which President Bush launched following the 9/11 terrorist attacks (July 2, 2010)

 
 
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John Quincy Adams Wikipedia Page Edited To Describe Him As A ‘Founding Father’

What can one say about desperate Bachmann and Palin fans adjusting Wikipedia entries to make their heroines look “smart”.  Yikes!  When is this idiocracy phase of our election process going to end? 

In the words of Forest Gump’s mom: Stupid as stupid does.

Think Progress

GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann is now getting the Sarah Palin treatment on Wikipedia. In light of Bachmann’s latest historical hiccup, people are trying to edit John Quincy Adam’s Wikipedia page to reflect her recent gaffe. One edit, for example, changes his description from “John Adams was the sixth President of the United States” to “John Adams, a founding father, was the sixth President of the United States.”

Another more satirical edit added, “But even as an embryo, John Quincy Adams could feel pain and was a Founding Father.” In striking the revisions, the page administrator included the statement, “Please don’t edit an historical article based on current events.” Incidentally, the Founding Fathers Wikipedia page still does not list John Quincy Adams as a member.