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Gamer Says Microsoft Banned Her for Being Openly Gay

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 26th, 2009 5:40 am by HL

Gamer Says Microsoft Banned Her for Being Openly Gay

Anyone who’s ever worn a headset while on Xbox Live, Microsoft’s multiplayer gaming-chatting-shopping nexus, knows that it’s dominated by adolescent bigots. It’s bad enough that Redmond hasn’t cleaned things up, but a gamer named Teresa says she was actually banned from the service for being openly gay and allegedly offending the bigots who were harassing her.

Apparently, this sort of thing has happened before. Kotaku reports that Microsoft defends its actions by saying it objects to all content of a sexual nature, but there’s a big difference between sex and sexual identity—isn’t that obvious?—especially on a service that encourages users to dish about themselves, be it through their profiles, status messages or avatars.

Kotaku:

(Former) Xbox Live gamer Teresa found herself on the receiving end of a ban from the service for a surprising reason. She identified herself as a lesbian in her Live profile.

That resulted in a ban from the service after her Xbox Live peers complained about her profile, according to a letter to the Consumerist.

It’s not like we haven’t heard this before. Microsoft has issued bans to players in the past for expressing their sexual preferences in Gamertags, but this is the first we’ve heard of profile info at the root cause of being kicked off Live.

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Industries Targeted In Speech Start To Lobby Quickly

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 26th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

Industries Targeted In Speech Start To Lobby Quickly
WASHINGTON — Industries from health care to agribusiness to mining that stand to lose under President Barack Obama’s policy agenda are ramping up lobbying campaigns…

Joseph A. Palermo: Race and Symbolism in the House Gallery
At the end of his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night President Barack Obama gave the nation yet another “teaching moment”…

Olbermann Names Michael Calderone One Of Worst Persons In The World (VIDEO)
Keith Olbermann named Politico reporter Michael Calderone one of his “Worst Persons In The World” for falsely reporting that it was Olbermann who audibly uttered…


Reinventing Health Care: The Role of the States

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 26th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

Reinventing Health Care: The Role of the States
When the nation’s governors gathered in Washington this weekend, many were preoccupied with the largest, fastest growing category of their budgets: health care. Unfortunately, none of the serious reform plans on the table in Washington attack the three core problems that drive health care inflation: a fee-for-service payment system that encourages waste; a medical system so fragmented that real management of costs is almost impossible and administrative overhead is 25-30 percent; and lifestyles that are creating an epidemic of chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease.


Thain Must Dish On Bonuses, Rules Court

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 26th, 2009 5:37 am by HL

Thain Must Dish On Bonuses, Rules Court
That was quick! John Thain has been ordered by a New York court to testify about those controversial Merrill Lynch bonuses, reports CNBC. Earlier today, it was reported that New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is investigating the bonuses,…

Baucus Committee: We Prefer Different Approach To Tax Haven Problem
Yesterday, we revealed how a bill that might have sought to close off-shore tax loopholes — and which might have helped catch Allen Stanford — died in Max Baucus’ Senate Finance committee in 2007. Now, a Finance committee aide has…

Report: Goss Knew Of Foggo’s Shady Past
A great nugget from Laura Rozen… Source said that Goss lied in his testimony, that he was not aware about the problems with Foggo when he hired him for executive director. He said that a major fight had broken out…






Will Obama Go After Social Security? My Editor and I Have a Bet

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 26th, 2009 5:34 am by HL

Will Obama Go After Social Security? My Editor and I Have a Bet
If it were looted, it might produce enough in fat management fees alone to resuscitate Wall Street’s ailing financial giants.

Jail Sentences for Cops Who Planted Pot on 92-Year Old They Killed in Botched Drug Raid
Three former Atlanta police officers were sentenced for shooting Kathryn Johnston and attempting to cover up their cruel acts.

We Need Obama to Help Heal the American Soul
The economy may revive in a few years, but our spirit will lay in the metaphorical dumpster without an articulate vision of a new America.

Why Healthcare Can’t Wait
There have been many issues where labor and business don’t see eye to eye. Here’s one where we firmly agree: the need to fix healthcare, now.


Obama Gets an “A” on Health Care; Needs Improvement on Banks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 26th, 2009 5:33 am by HL

Obama Gets an “A” on Health Care; Needs Improvement on Banks
President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to reform health care tonight. This will be a huge undertaking, which he clearly understands. But, he has repeatedly said that he would make this a top priority and he fully intends to move forward…

The Speech
Visuals- The Dems seem spread throughout the room, so the aisle-like split between who is standing up and clapping and who is sitting on their hands is not so clear in the long shots. Looks like everybody is standing up….





Quick Morning After Thoughts On Obama’s Speech
1 – These thing are always a Rorschach test, but in our household Obama was king of the world last night. In fact, my wife Jody (as usual) had the best quick take when he was done. “After he does…


Sanford: Rush Limbaugh is an ?idiot.?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 26th, 2009 5:32 am by HL

Sanford: Rush Limbaugh is an ?idiot.?
In an interview with the website Real Clear Politics, Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) was asked about the “view that perhaps Republicans are rooting for President Obama to fail.” This question was a clear reference to Rush Limbaugh, who infamously said, “I hope Obama fails.” Sanford responded in unequivocal terms: SANFORD: I don’t want him to fail. […]

In an interview with the website Real Clear Politics, Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) was asked about the “view that perhaps Republicans are rooting for President Obama to fail.” This question was a clear reference to Rush Limbaugh, who infamously said, “I hope Obama fails.” Sanford responded in unequivocal terms:

SANFORD: I don’t want him to fail. Anybody who wants him to fail is an idiot, because it means we’re all in trouble.

In the past, Limbaugh has attacked other Republicans who have expressed hope for President Obama to succeed, declaring that they are “drinking the Kool-Aid… they’re afraid of being called racists.”

Evolution Of A Headline: Drudge Blames Obama For Market Declines, Accidentally Gives Him Credit For Rally
The markets opened this morning with a sustained decline, which Reuters attributed to a new “report showing yet more deterioration in the housing market.” Matt Drudge, however, wanted to blame it on President Obama, so he posted an auto updating graph of the Dow Jones Industrial average. Under that, in large block letters, Drudge asked, […]

The markets opened this morning with a sustained decline, which Reuters attributed to a new “report showing yet more deterioration in the housing market.” Matt Drudge, however, wanted to blame it on President Obama, so he posted an auto updating graph of the Dow Jones Industrial average. Under that, in large block letters, Drudge asked, “WAS IT SOMETHING HE SAID?” But as the day passed, the market rebounded, and Drudge was left suggesting that Obama was responsible for the rally:

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Drudge couldn’t let that stand so, several minutes later, he changed the headline:

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But then, shortly before the closing at 4:00 PM, the market declined again. What did Drudge do? He hurriedly changed it back, typos and all:

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Matt Yglesias wrote recently, “Not only is it obviously stupid for political commentators to be assessing the quality of economic policy by tracking the ups-and-downs of the stock market but the fact that the commentators who want to do this keep wanting to specifically use the Dow Jones Industrial Average just highlights their ignorance. Not only is there no particular significance to the stock market as such, but there’s no particular significance to this index.”

Update Also noting that Drudge changed the headline back as the Dow declined late in the day, Media Matters asks, “Is he going to do this for four years?


GOP Resting Hopes on Normally Conservative Upstate N.Y. for House Election, but Area Has Been Defying Political Trends

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 26th, 2009 5:31 am by HL

GOP Resting Hopes on Normally Conservative Upstate N.Y. for House Election, but Area Has Been Defying Political Trends
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — For the Republican Party, the long road to a comeback winds through the hills, small towns and dairy farms of Upstate New York and runs smack through such places as the Halftime Sports Bar and Grill, where Mark Hansen was recently nursing an afternoon beer.

President Obama Picks former Gov. Gary Locke as Commerce Nominee
SPEAKERS: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR. FORMER GOV. GARY LOCKE, D-WASH. NOMINATED TO BE COMMERCE SECRETARY [*] OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. Last night, I outlined my vision for our common future, one in which we accept the responsibility to act boldly and wisel…

Obama’s Budget Expects Limits on Greenhouse Gases to Produce Revenue
A mandatory cap on the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, which President Obama embraced on Tuesday as central to his domestic agenda, would be designed to generate badly needed revenue for the government while addressing arguably the world’s most pressing environmental issue.


Reinventing Health Care: The Role of the States

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on February 26th, 2009 5:29 am by HL

Reinventing Health Care: The Role of the States
David Osbourne, RCP

A Bold Agenda, but Economic Crisis Has to Come First

An Enormous Bet on Big Government
Dick Morris, New York Post