Category Archives: Scandals
Last night, the Susan G. Komen Foundation website was hacked for a brief period of time. When entered into any search engine, viewers would be directed to the hackers’ website ww5.komen.org.
Hackers chose to focus the job on the Foundation’s advertisement for its annual marathon for breast cancer, and did a damn good job if you ask me (though the measures were a bit extreme).
Instead of the intended advertisement appearing on the website, which looks like this:
Hackers made a few “edits,” and left the website’s advertisement looking like this:
Wake up, Susan G. Your actions have clearly made a huge impact on a large number of women around the world, and not in a good way.
Background: The Department of Homeland Security recently released a report detailing the risk that right-wing extremist groups pose to national security. Such reports are common – this one was ordered by President Bush and one focusing on left-wing extremists was released in January – and are no way an indictment of most conservatives or the Republican party. The Republicans took it that way, however, assuming that the report was about them (Side note: if they think a report on right-wing extremists was about them, aren’t they, by default, calling themselves extremists? Just a thought).
Anyway, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) recently went on Morning Joe to talk about the report. But instead of talking about why it is important to look out for fringe groups, or even defend the Republican party against perceived attacks (a stupid position, but slightly respectable), he said this:
[Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano] has never put out a report talking about look out for mosques. Look out for Islamic terrorists in our country. Look out for the fact that very few Muslims come forward to cooperate with the police. If they sent out a report saying that, there would be hell to pay.
Republican Texas State Representative Betty Brown during a committee hearing on a voter-identification bill, a representative from the Organization of Chinese Americans:
Can’t you see that this [having an Americanized name] is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers. If you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?
The details are still sketchy, but it appears that a Syrian man was planning on assassinating the President while overseas, but was caught late last week. US officials are taking this threat “very seriously.” From CNN:
The Saudi paper [al-Watan] reported the suspect, who was carrying an Al-Jazeera TV press credential in the name of “M.G.,” confessed to authorities after his arrest that he and three alleged accomplices plotted to stab Obama with a knife during the Alliance of Civilizations Summit in Istanbul, which Obama attended on Monday evening. The U.S. officials confirmed those allegations, but stressed to CNN that the information provided by the man is still being verified.
Officials were quick to point out that assassination plots are common, especially when the President is overseas:
But the officials strongly cautioned that American presidents are frequent targets of threats that are all watched very carefully, and in this case the alleged plotter did not appear to get anywhere close to Obama during his European tour.
Here are some take-away points from this, however:
1) Mad props to the Secret Service and any other relevant agency.
2) Although we won’t know this for a while, it appears to me that this man confessed freely, and without the use of torture.
3) Terrorist attacks and assassination plots are real, but this president won’t make up fake terrorist plots at key times to aid him politically, unlike W.
If any more information comes out, please post it in the comments! The details are still fairly sketchy.
The health safety system in this country has officially died. After a year full of salmonella and carcinogens in baby shampoo, you wouldn’t think it could get much worse.Â
Until the CDC announced that they found the rocket fuel chemical perchlorate in baby formula.Â
And the amount that they found in the formula? It exceeded what the CDC has deemed as a “safe” limit for adults.Â
Perchlorate can affect the thyroid, which plays a large role in infant brain development. However, scientists are unsure how big the effect the chemical will have on infants. Apparently, the government requires iodine to be put in all baby formulas; iodine can negate the effects of the perchlorate.
Regardless of the iodine requirement, you would think a company would know to not put a rocket fuel chemical into baby formula. Additionally, parents cannot find out what formulas are safe to give to their children because the CDC did not release the names of the companies that used this chemical. The blatant denial of information is disgusting.
So, let’s hope the CDC actually does something. In the meantime, be enraged.
Sarah Palin “really set back the cause of hot governors”
The governor also poked fun at Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell who was embroiled in his own awkward-governor-joke scandal when he claimed unmarried Arizona governor had plenty of time to devote to her new job as Homeland Security Secretary because she has “no life.”
Governor Granholm was asked whether she would apologize by the Detroit News. That’s the important hard hitting questions that are the reason the News is so successful. Wait what did you say?
There has been long speculation that Sen Arlen Specter (R-PA) may leave the Republican party due to a likely primary challenge from the right from ultra-conservative Club for Growth President Pat Toomey (who would get destroyed in a general election). Mathmatically, it doesn’t make sense for Specter to continue as a Republican. With his vote for the stimulus package and likely vote for EFCA, the Democrats in Pennsylvania love him, but the Republicans will never give him the nomination again. And so it seemed that the only way for Specter to remain in the Senate is to leave the Republican party. (It’s important to note here that in Pennsylvania you cannot run for one party’s nomination and then, if you lose, run in the general election as an independent, a la Joe Lieberman).
This has all been speculation, until today. Earlier, Specter made some interesting comments about possibly running as an independent in 2010. The Hill reports:
He said in an interview with The Hill that the role of the Republican Party in Washington is too vital for him to switch to the Democratic side.
â€œIâ€™m staying a Republican because I think I have a more important role to play there,â€ he said. â€œI think the United States very desperately needs a two-party system. … And Iâ€™m afraid that weâ€™re becoming a one-party system, with Republicans becoming just a regional party.â€
At the same time, Specter said he is open to the possibility of running as an Independent with the understanding that he would caucus with Republicans, just as Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) did with Democrats in 2006.
Though he left that option on the table, he suggested it would be a last resort.
This position is noticeably different from before, when he wouldn’t even entertain the notion of not running as a Republican.
So, what do you all think? Should he run as a Republican, Independent, or a Democrat? Or maybe not run at all? And if he runs as an independent, with whom should he caucus?
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) made headlines in 2007 when he admitted to hiring prostitutes from the infamous “D.C. Madam.”Â Vitter is now back in the news–this time for a incident involving a missed flight at Washington’s Dulles International Airport.Â According to Roll Call newspaper, Vitter was running late to catch a United Airlines flight back to Louisiana.Â When he arrived at the gate, the agent had already finished boarding the flight and had closed the jetway door.Â Roll Call’s anonymous source tells the newspaper that Vitter attempted to board the flight anyway.Â He allegedly opened the jetway door (which set off an alarm) and yelled at the gate agent.Â When the agent left to call security, Vitter disappeared.Â The TSA is investigating the incident.
Well, you probably shouldn’t actually. Michelle wouldn’t be too happy about that, and then there’s that whole Secret Service shooting you thing…
Regardless, happy St. Patrick’s day everyone! In honor of today, Ancestry.com reports that Barack Obama is more like Barack O’Bama. That’s right, he’s officially Irish (well, only 3.1%, but whatever).
Here’s what the New York Daily News has to say about it:
His great-great-great-grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, sailed aboard the Marmion from Liverpool on March 20, 1850, with the intention of settling in Ohio (we canâ€™t figure out that part, either). Kearneyâ€™s roots can be traced back to the villages of Moneygall and Shinrone in County Offaly, Ireland.
Itâ€™s also the luck of the Irish that our Prez picked Joe Biden for VP. Bidenâ€™s ancestors arrived in the U.S. within six months of Obamaâ€™s Irish family; both were shoemakers by trade.