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This morning news broke that David Cameron had chosen to axe two members of his “vanity staff” after he reversed his decision to employ a personal photographer and camerawoman at the taxpayers' expense. In a difficult economic climate, it is perhaps heartening to hear that Cameron has found both members of staff alternative employment - at CCHQ. Both will now be employed (once again) by the Conservative Party. Whilst in ordinary circumstances this abrupt and swift u-turn from the Prime Minister might have been expected to make the front pages of tomorrow’s newspapers, the news that swiftly followed Cameron’s decision meant that tomorrow headlines (and indeed, all of today’s rolling news coverage) will be dominated by the upcoming royal wedding. Early reports suggested that the Prime Minister may have learned about the wedding announcement prior to the announcement about his sacked snapper, but No. 10 later denied that these reports were true. Nearly a decade ago, spin doctor Jo Moore resigned after an email was leaked that appeared to suggest releasing bad news on 9/11, so that it would be overlooked by the media. Since then it has always paid to keep an eye on government announcements on days when press coverage is dominated by a more newsworthy event - such as a royal engagement.
Jo Moore (born 1963) served as a British special adviser and press officer ('spin doctor'). She was embroiled in scandal while working as advisor to Stephen Byers, the Transport, Local Government and Regions Secretary. Moore began working as a press officer for local authorities in London but moved to work for the Labour Party in the early 1980s. She was also active in local politics in Haringey. By the early 1990s she was the Labour Party's chief press officer. She served as Chief Press and Broadcasting Officer during the Labour Party's 1997 general election campaign. In 1998 she left her job to work part-time as an Account Director at a leading lobbying company. However Stephen Byers appointed her (initially part-time) as his Special Adviser from 17 February 1999. At 2:55pm BST (9:55am EDT) on 11 September 2001, after both World Trade Center towers had been hit in the attacks, but before either tower had collapsed, Moore sent an email to the press office of her department which read: It's now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury. Councillors' expenses?
MOHAMED ELIBIARY, President & CEO, Freedom and Justice Foundation Reports now show that a dozen states are looking at similar legislation to Oklahoma’s Rep. Duncan. Some will view that as proof that the anti-Sharia movement is mainstream, or why would 70% of voters support it? I will concede that it is mainstream, especially in conservative states; but I would respectfully diagnose it as a crisis among Christian Americans and not a Muslim problem. The number of Muslims in Oklahoma or around the country is not driving this, because in the 230-year plus history of documented Muslim settlement in America not a single Muslim, much less a group, has ever advocated for changing the Constitution. Putting this development in historical context would show us that we had 11 states during the civil rights movement that passed legislation banning the NAACP as subversive. More than a century ago we had the zenith of an anti-Catholicism movement called the ‘know nothings” that similarly passed ordinances targeting non-Protestantism. These movements of the past were all rolled back with time and with the upholding of the 1st Amendment‘s establishment clause that there is no class-ism amongst religions in America. The federal judge was correct to pause this ballot measure, otherwise our system would suffer from the tyranny of the masses. I expect the federal court system to eventually rule it unconstitutional. Judging from the Anti-Defamation League’s recent press release here in Dallas, other religious minorities who’ve practiced their own religious laws under the supervision of our civil court system’s arbitration and mediation framework have rightly begun to speak out condemning the xenophobia behind this measure.
Originally posted by denaliland
My only thoughts are
a) price of silver is at an all time high - $29 and change (usd)
b) very strange weather in Europe - beginning of ice age?
c) gold looks like its going to break out...looks like a run on gold and silver in all currencies...so it's not a currency related move...more of a worldwide economic instability move?
d) war with N. Korea heating up?edit on 4-12-2010 by denaliland because: added a couple more thoughts
Comcast has suffered an outage, reports Chicago Breaking News, which extends to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota. The troubles started at about 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, and are related to the Comcast domain name system (DNS) servers.
This is not the first Comcast outage related to name server issues, reports Engadget, which points to an earlier set of name server outages on the East Coast that affected network users in late November. Similar issues occured in 2005, reported CNET at the time.
sb510 food safety bill.
and now liebermans new one.