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KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, rallied Friday in a central square and demanded the execution of a British teacher convicted of insulting Islam for allowing her students to name a teddy bear "Muhammad."

The teacher in question, Gillian Gibbons has been sentenced to 15 days in prison instead.  But she brought this down upon herself for showing great insensitivity towards the religion of Islam, despite how we progressives feel about the reaction from over there.

Before we judge the Sudanese as barbaric, I call on all progressives to show patience and understanding towards their culture.

It's a small world, after all.

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With the recent controversies regarding the use of taser guns by security and law enforcement personnel, some have suggested that there be a moratorium on the use of these until there are strict guidelines put in place as to when they can be used.

This youtube video has been circulating on the internets which has been used by opponents of tasers to make their point that their use has been abused by the police:

While this video might appear to be damning, I will use this diary to provide a modest defense of the use of taser guns and why their use is completely justified by the police.

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Ron Paul is a racist, anti-semitic piece of shit.  I won't even bother providing links to his extreme anti-Israeli and racist points of view, they have been diaried en masse over here.

Ron Paul's supporters are mostly racist pieces of shit also.  Even those who have nice things to say on his supposed anti-war position are racist pieces of shit as well.  For example, many neo-nazis support RP and agree with his anti-Iraq position:

http://www.vnnforum.com/...

(WARNING: link is only provided for posterity--that is a vile white supremacist website)

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Hillary Clinton is the most likely Democratic nominee as she dwarfs her two hearest competitors, Barack Obama and John Edwards.

Perhaps it's a feeling of inadequacy, but these two feel like they must attack a woman in order to "look tough" and they have resorted to mudslinging and bully tactics to score points against her.

One is reminded of another male chauvinist politician, RICK LAZIO who had the gall to walk up to Hillary in a debate (for the 2000 Senate election) to make a sexist point by trying to bully her.

http://query.nytimes.com/...

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There is a lot of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) regarding ethanol.  Let me put these doubts to rest.  Ethanol is a PROGRESSIVE and environmentally-friendly way to secure America's energy independence on Middle Eastern oil.  It is also a sure path to win the War on Terror as well.

Al Gore (Nobel Prize winner for his work on climate change) supports Ethanol:

http://clinton3.nara.gov/...

"I was also proud to stand up for the ethanol tax exemption when it was under attack in the Congress -- at one point, supplying a tie-breaking vote in the Senate to save it. The more we can make this home-grown fuel a successful, widely-used product, the better-off our farmers and our environment will be."

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For too long, the Democratic party has taken the LGBT vote for granted.  Barack Obama thought that he could have his cake and eat it too by trying to appeal to Southern Reich-Wing Christians by having ex-gay extremist Donnie McClurkin headline his "Embrace the Change" concert.

I, as a progressive, have had enough with Democratic politicos throwing LGBT and progressive voters under the bus.  As the title of this diary implies, if Obama is our nominee, I will vote for the RethugliKKKlan candidate (whoever he may be) out of sheer contempt.  I've had enough with cynical democrats who think they can take entire blocks of voters as their own by simply throwing a few bread crumbs under the belief that "where else will they go" ?

Hillary Clinton on the other hand, is a GREAT candidate to advance LGBT causes.

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It appears that Barack Obama still continues to throw LGBT voters under the bus by his continued support of Donnie McClurkin, a rabidly "ex-gay" gospel singer at a South Carolina concert.

I was considering supporting Obama, but now he has lost my vote.  Any candidate who allows others with hateful Christian wingnut views to support them, makes them complicit in hate.

Because there have been many anti-McClurkin diaries posted here, I will not repeat any of the previous eloquent arguments as to why this controversy disqualifies Obama from getting the Democratic nomination.

That being said, the McClurkin controversy brings to light a fundamental problem with Barack Obama's political beliefs concerning the Iraq War and the War on Terror in general.  Please read on.

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Sat Oct 06, 2007 at 07:34 AM PDT

Yet ANOTHER Republican sex scandal

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Where is the mainstream media on this one?  How come they aren't pouncing on this guy?  Oh, that's right, he's a Rethug, so the GOPigs are protected yet again.  Or maybe it's just Rethug sex scandal fatigue?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/...

State representative Matthew Barrett was giving a computerised presentation at Norwalk High School when the images flashed up on the screen.

He said he had no idea where the images came from, adding that he took them down after a few seconds.

How long till Fox News puts "D-Ohio" next to his name on the TV?

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Leaving aside Ron Paul's racism and extreme right-wing positions aside, there's another reason why progressives should not be swayed by his so-called anti-war (more like isolationist) candidacy:

Do we really need this crazy nutjob anywhere NEAR the White House??

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Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 09:50 AM PDT

Ron Paul is anti-Israel

by lmale

If there are any liberal supporters of Ron Paul here after overwhelming evidence of his racism, sexism and homophobia, this diary should quell any liberal support for that peice of anti semitic trash.

From Ron Paul's newsletter:

"By far the most powerful lobby in Washington of the bad sort is the Israeli government and that the goal of the Zionist movement is to stifle criticism."

If there is one thing we learned from WW2 is "Never Again!".  It is no wonder that white supremacists and anti-semites are openly supporting his candidacy.

Thankfully, all of the leading Democratic candidates are strong supporters of our ally, Israel and are not anti-Israel like Ron Paul.

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I think that many progressives here are expecting too much when they demand complete withdrawal from Iraq as soon as a Democratic President takes office in 2009 (should he or she win the '08 election).

If we withdraw completely from Iraq, there will be chaos and disaster, even worse than the clusterfuck that we are experiencing right now thanks to Bushco.

There are alternatives to a complete cessation of US involvement in Iraq.  One sensible option would be the willingness of the more progressive European governments to provide peacekeeping and humanitarian aid once a less belligerent Democrat is the President.

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Mon Oct 01, 2007 at 08:45 AM PDT

In Defense of Rahm Emanuel

by lmale

In reference to the many threads here regarding Rahm Emanuel's position on funding the troops, in particular, his appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher:

http://www.billmaher.com/...

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Bring them home! [voices overlap]

MAHER: But—but—

EMANUEL: No, no, wait a second. I’m all for bringing them home. You want to know how you bring them home? We need a new president, because this president will not—[applause] [voices overlap]—that’s what we need to do.

Although I opppose the war, we have to exercise some political realism here.  As long as the President is a RethugliKKKlan, he can veto any bill that mandates troop withdrawal.

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