mercredi 30 mai 2012

Porno au Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: détournement de fonds publics?

Il y a de ces nouvelles parfois...

 "The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum field is the place where the USC Trojans play football, two Summer Olympics were staged, John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass.

 It was also a location for "The Gangbang Girl #32," a hard-core pornographic movie that featured 40 minutes of group sex on the gridiron turf, The Times has learned.

The filming at the taxpayer-owned stadium was done at night, with the Coliseum's towering lights blazing and its rows of distinctive red and white seats framing many of the scenes. The video also shows the stadium's signature tunnel, which the Trojan team charges through at the start of games, as well as a sliver of the iconic peristyle, the arched entrance to the Coliseum.",0,297947,full.story

Facebook une menace? Zuck up the human race? (CNN)

Souffrez-vous de "narcissisme digital"?

The news last week was all about Facebook's dodgy IPO. Investors are filing suit against Facebook about withholding "negative" assessment on its business prospects. This IPO not only "Zucked up" Silicon Valley's supposed tech bubble, but it has created the suspicion that Facebook willfully exploited the innocence of the small investor. But something even dodgier than a potential stock market fraud is going on. The social network is taking something much more important than money from its nearly one billion members. By sabotaging what it really means to be human, Facebook is stealing the innocence of our inner lives.

 It may even be Zucking us up as a species.

Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tells us there's a "shift" from an analog world in which our identities are generated from within, to a digital world in which our sense of self is intimately tied to our social media presence.

But this shift to a Facebook world of incessant "friending," Professor Turkle correctly warns us, is a "seductive fantasy" which is weakening us both as individuals and as a society. The problem, she explains, is that a "capacity for solitude is what nurtures great relationships." But in today's always-on social media world, our solitude has been replaced by incessant online updates, which both weaken our sense of self and our ability to create genuine friendships.

 I call this shift from the private to the public self "digital narcissism." Behind the communitarian veil of social media, we have fallen in love with ourselves. But this is a super sad love story. Because the more we self-broadcast, the emptier we become; and the emptier we become, the more we need to self-broadcast.

Étudiants américains: plus de endettés et moins de diplômes...


 Une situation inquiétante...

 "A study published earlier this year by Education Sector, a research group based in Washington, shows that the borrowers who drop out are more than four times more likely than those who graduate to default on their college loans because they are more likely to be unemployed and earn less when they get a job. The study, based on Department of Education data, compares student borrowers who entered college in 1995 with those who entered in 2003 to see how each group fared six years later. Students who were not enrolled and did not earn degrees after six years were classified as dropouts.

The study found that the percentage of students who borrowed for college increased from 47 percent in the first group to 53 percent in second. At the same time, the proportion of borrowers who dropped out rose to nearly 30 percent for the 2003 enrollees, compared with 23 percent for the 1995 enrollees.

 The dropout rates rose across all kinds of colleges. But the most striking increases were found in for-profit four-year institutions, where a staggering 54 percent of those who had borrowed to pursue a bachelor’s degree had dropped out.

 The study showed that 16.8 percent of dropouts defaulted on their loans compared with 3.7 percent of those who graduated. Dropouts from for-profit colleges also had higher unemployment rates, which may be a result of for-profits recruiting low-income students who are often poorly qualified for college but eligible for federal financial aid.

Hillary Clinton: de Secrétaire d'État à "bonne voisine"?

Je n'imagine pas les deux Clintons "à la retraite". Pourtant il se comporte comme des retraités dans leur résidence de Chappaqua, New York.

 "Given Mrs. Clinton’s statements that she will step down next year whether or not President Obama is re-elected, there is inevitable speculation about where the Clintons will spend their time in their next phase. But despite grueling travel schedules and being around less often than in the past, they have become remarkably involved with Chappaqua and its residents in a way that almost no one could have anticipated.

For most of the past decade, since Mrs. Clinton has been working in Washington, where she and her husband have a house in the Embassy Row area, the former president has been the more conspicuous of the two here.

He orders a decaf venti at Starbucks (and always tips) and stops in at Lange’s Little Store and Delicatessen and chats with everyone there. When Mrs. Clinton is around, they go to movies at the Jacob Burns Film Center in neighboring Pleasantville and are reliable diners at local restaurants like Le Jardin du Roi, Crabtree’s Kittle House and the Chappaqua Restaurant and Cafe, where they were mortified a month ago when a customer picked up their check.

Their chocolate Labrador retriever, Seamus, and toy poodle, Tally, are both groomed at Wags and Whiskers. The Clintons are both groomed at Santa’s Salon and Spa.

Mr. Clinton, newly vegan after heart problems that included a quadruple bypass operation in 2004, is a regular walker around town and a fan of the vindaloo and aloo channa rolls (spiced potatoes and chick peas) at the Little Kabab Station in Mount Kisco.

Caricature Obamacare: l'attente...


Caricature bébés blancs moins nombreux: on veut la discrimination positive!


Caricature diplômés 2013: diplôme par la poste


Caricature Iran: "O" non...


Caricature soccer italien et scandale


mardi 29 mai 2012

Bill Maher - Stupidest State Showdown 2012 (California Vs. Oklahoma)

Bill Maher - Stupidest State Showdown 2012 (Arizona Vs. South Carolina)


Caricature Bashar Al-Assad et l'ONU: tape sur les doigts


Caricature Pakistan-États-Unis: une relation à définir!


Caricature vacances 2012


Médailles de la liberté: Obama honore treize récipiendaires

 La médaille la plus importante pour des civils. Obama la remet à des personnes d'univers très différents, de Madeleine Albright (première femme secrétaire d'état)à Bob Dylan.

 "The first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State and a Polish officer who provided some of the first accounts of the Holocaust are among 13 people who will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday.

 The medal is the nation's highest civilian honor, awarded to those who make extraordinary contributions to world peace, national interest and security, or other cultural endeavors.

 "I am so honored to have gotten the Medal of Freedom," former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told CNN's "Starting Point" last month. "It makes me feel very proud to be an American, and that's the story that goes together." Jan Karski, the former Polish officer who escaped Nazi imprisonment and provided first-hand accounts to the Western Allies of atrocities he witnessed in Warsaw, will receive the award posthumously, along with Gordon Hirabayashi, who defied the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and Juliette Gordon Lowe, the founder of the Girl Scouts.

 President Barrack Obama recognized Karski during remarks observing Holocaust Remembrance day in April.

"We must tell our children about how this evil was allowed to happen -- because so many people succumbed to their darkest instincts; because so many others stood silent," Obama said. "But let us also tell our children about the Righteous among the Nations. Among them was Jan Karski -- a young Polish Catholic -- who witnessed Jews being put on cattle cars, who saw the killings, and who told the truth, all the way to President Roosevelt himself.""

 La suite:

Caricature drapeau syrien


Sarah Palin est de retour!

Non, je ne suis pas objectif sur le sujet. Je peine à croire qu'elle soit de nouveau dans le décor. Elle plaît toujours à une bonne portion de la droite républicaine et on attend les résultats de ses nouvelles interventions auprès de quelques candidats. "Everyone has wondered who the Sarah Palin of 2012 would be. The answer is … Sarah Palin.

Palin’s star power faded along with that of the other conservative Mitt Romney alternatives and her media presence has dwindled. But the Republican presidential primaries have ended with an undeniable void on the right — one that the former Alaska governor and 2008 veep pick is trying to once again fill.

 Palin has made a string of successful recent endorsements, including an against-the-grain nod to Nebraska Republican Senate hopeful Deb Fischer in a three-way primary where most other conservatives, including tea party leader Sen. Jim DeMint, backed another candidate. Rick Santorum, the last conservative non-Romney standing at the end of the primaries, endorsed there and in today’s Texas primary to no great effect. She also backed Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who beat longtime Sen. Dick Lugar in the Hoosier State’s May primary.

Palin’s remaining potency will get tested tonight, as Texas voters go to the polls to choose a Senate candidate. Palin’s pick, former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz, is hoping to force a runoff with front-runner David Dewhurst. Cruz’s camp has said publicly that her endorsement is a huge boost.

La suite:

Cyberguerre contre l'Iran?

Israël derrière le code "Flame"?

 "Leading global cybersecurity firms on Monday announced the detection of a sophisticated new type of malicious code on hundreds of computers throughout the Middle East, with particular concentration in Iran, where the code, nicknamed “Flame,” has been capturing sensitive user information such as screenshots, emails, documents and audio files using a computer’s microphone.

 Iran’s own cyber security agency on Monday released a bulletin confirming that the trojan had been detected in the country, saying that the malware could be behind recent “incidents of mass data loss.” The agency said that it had created an antivirus removal tool, which it was ready to deliver to affected machines.

Although security researchers said that Flame’s authors could not be pinpointed with any certainty yet, Israel’s vice prime minister Moshe Ya’alon did not discourage speculation his country could have played a role.

“Whoever sees the Iranian threat as a serious threat would be likely to take different steps, including these, in order to hurt them,” Ya’alon was quoted referring to Flame, by Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post in an article published Tuesday.

Seizing on Ya’alon’s comments, Iranian news agency Fars on Tuesday accused Israel of being behind the worm."

Caricature Bashar Al Assad face à l'ONU


Caricature obésité aux États-Unis: statistiques...


Caricature la Syrie face à la menace


 On ne recule devant rien pour freiner le terrorisme...

Syrie: larguer des téléphones plutôt que des bombes?

Une idée originale...

 "That's basically the idea one CNN commenter put forward on Monday. Responding to a story about citizen journalists in Syria, who risk their lives to upload videos and photos of gruesome massacres by the government, a commenter called goingmeta had this to say: Rather than bombing by air or invading by land or even sending in international observers, we should airdrop about 20 million video cell phones. If there are excesses and abuses, nothing would turn the tide so quickly as giving each man, woman, and child in Syria the opportunity to record them and hold the authorities accountable for their actions.

 This kind of thing isn't completely without precedent. In Sudan's Nuba Mountains, as The New York Times reports, an American named Ryan Boyette has been working to arm locals not with weapons but with tools that will help them make digital recordings when bombs fall on the caves in their territory. The Times' Nicholas Kristof writes: Ryan organized a network of 15 people to gather information and take photos and videos, documenting atrocities. He used a solar-powered laptop and a satellite phone to transmit them to the West, typically to the Enough Project, a Washington-based anti-genocide organization. He also supplied eyewitness interviews that helped the Enough Project and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative find evidence of atrocities, including eight mass graves, on satellite images. And he helped journalists understand what was going on.

 The Enough Project's Satellite Sentinel Project, referenced above, also aims to monitor tank movements on the ground in Sudan, hopefully to give warning before an attack on a particular region.

La suite:

Caricature "La vie": une vision...

Caricature de Shannon Wheeler, the New Yorker

Caricature Bahsar Al Assad touche la cible...


 Les limites de la diplomatie?

Swing states et économie: de bonnes nouvelles pour Obama, mais...

De bons indicateurs pour le Président sortant dans les "swing states" de 2012. Ces états ont des économies qui se portent mieux que la moyenne du pays. ces chiffres ne disent pas tout cependant...

 "A number of key swing states are significantly outperforming the national economy, prompting a celebration from state leaders even as Mitt Romney tries to draw attention to their ongoing struggles. In Ohio, manufacturing is booming thanks in part to the auto rescue, and in Virginia, the unemployment rate stands at an impressive 5.6 percent. Obama happens to have modest leads in both states right now.

 So if the recovery is at its most potent in the election’s most critical contests, is Obama on the fast track to re-election? That’s the view of Moody’s Analytics at least, which recently named Obama the favorite based on its electoral model, which focuses on the economic well-being of individual states. After all, the argument goes, if Obama is heading toward wins in Ohio and Virginia, he can afford to lose virtually every other swing state and still prevail over Romney.

 There are still other factors in play, like partisanship, which helps explain why Obama is doing well in Nevada, where unemployment is at a worst-in-the-nation 11.7 percent, and doing terribly in North Dakota, which paces the other 49 states at 3 percent unemployment. But Obama seems to be outperforming his national numbers against Romney in at least a few key states where the economy is doing well and lagging behind in North Carolina, which holds a 9.7 percent unemployment rate, and Florida, with 9 percent unemployment.

Obama shouldn’t start re-measuring the drapes on the Oval Office just yet, though. While it makes intuitive sense that voters whose pocketbook hasn’t been hit as badly feel more warmly about Obama, Moody’s isn’t the only model out there. And a number of political scientists are skeptical of whether the economic health of an individual’s state, county or even their own bank statement, is a major factor in his or her vote.

Kill list: Oabama et ses principes

Le recours à la force pour protéger les États-Unis. Jusqu'où Obama est-il prêt à le faire? Il y a eu le candidat Obama, maintenant c'est le Président...

 "President Obama, overseeing the regular Tuesday counterterrorism meeting of two dozen security officials in the White House Situation Room, took a moment to study the faces. It was Jan. 19, 2010, the end of a first year in office punctuated by terrorist plots and culminating in a brush with catastrophe over Detroit on Christmas Day, a reminder that a successful attack could derail his presidency. Yet he faced adversaries without uniforms, often indistinguishable from the civilians around them.

 “How old are these people?” he asked, according to two officials present. “If they are starting to use children,” he said of Al Qaeda, “we are moving into a whole different phase.”

It was not a theoretical question: Mr. Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret “nominations” process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the capture part has become largely theoretical. He had vowed to align the fight against Al Qaeda with American values; the chart, introducing people whose deaths he might soon be asked to order, underscored just what a moral and legal conundrum this could be.

 Mr. Obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war and torture, and then insisted on approving every new name on an expanding “kill list,” poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre “baseball cards” of an unconventional war. When a rare opportunity for a drone strike at a top terrorist arises — but his family is with him — it is the president who has reserved to himself the final moral calculation.

 “He is determined that he will make these decisions about how far and wide these operations will go,” said Thomas E. Donilon, his national security adviser. “His view is that he’s responsible for the position of the United States in the world.” He added, “He’s determined to keep the tether pretty short.”

Le rôle de l'Oncle Sam: il faut moderniser les institutions gouvernementales (David Brooks, NY Times)

Bel article de Brooks ce matin, encore une fois l'histoire au service du présent.

 "I’ve taken this tour through history because we are having a big debate about what government’s role should be, so, of course, we are having a debate about what government’s role has been. Two of the country’s most provocative writers have taken stabs at describing that history — imperfectly in my view — in order to point a way forward.

 In his illuminating new book, “Land of Promise,” the political historian Michael Lind celebrates the Hamiltonian tradition, but, in his telling, Hamiltonianism segues into something that looks like modern liberalism. But the Hamiltonian tradition differs from liberalism in fundamental ways.

In his engrossing new book, “Our Divided Political Heart,” E.J. Dionne, my NPR pundit partner, argues that the Hamiltonian and Jacksonian traditions formed part of a balanced consensus, which has been destroyed by the radical individualists of today’s Republican Party. But that balanced governing philosophy was destroyed gradually over the 20th century, before the Tea Party was even in utero. As government excessively overreached, Republicans became excessively antigovernment.

 We’re not going back to the 19th-century governing philosophy of Hamilton, Clay and Lincoln. But that tradition offers guidance. The question is not whether government is inherently good or evil, but what government does.

Does government encourage long-term innovation or leave behind long-term debt for short-term expenditure? Does government nurture an enterprising citizenry, or a secure but less energetic one?

 If the U.S. doesn’t modernize its governing institutions, the nation will stagnate. The ghost of Hamilton will be displeased.

College for all? Pas une panacée... (Robert Samuelson)

Je ne partage pas l'opinion de Samuelson, mais plusieurs de ses réflexions sont très intéressantes. Surtout dans le contexte actuel de la lutte pour les frais de scolarité au Québec.

 "College became the ticket to the middle class, the be-all-and-end-all of K-12 education. If you didn't go to college, you'd failed. Improving "access" -- having more students go to college -- drove public policy.

We overdid it. The obsessive faith in college has backfired.

For starters, we've dumbed down college. The easiest way to enroll and retain more students is to lower requirements. Even so, dropout rates are high; at four-year schools, fewer than 60 percent of freshmen graduate within six years. Many others aren't learning much.

 In a recent book, "Academically Adrift," sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa report that 45 percent of college students hadn't significantly improved their critical thinking and writing skills after two years; after four years, the proportion was still 36 percent. Their study was based on a test taken by 2,400 students at 24 schools requiring them to synthesize and evaluate a block of facts. The authors blame the poor results on lax academic standards. Surveyed, one-third of the same students said that they studied alone five or fewer hours a week; half said they had no course the prior semester requiring 20 pages of writing.

Still, most of these students finished college, though many are debt-ridden. Persistence counts. The larger -- and overlooked -- consequence of the college obsession is to undermine high schools. The primacy of the college-prep track marginalizes millions of students for whom it's disconnected from "real life" and unrelated to their needs. School bores and bothers them. Teaching them is hard, because they're not motivated. But they also make teaching the rest harder. Their disaffection and periodic disruptions drain teachers' time and energy. The climate for learning is poisoned.

That's why college-for-all has been a major blunder. One size doesn't fit all, as sociologist James Rosenbaum of Northwestern University has argued. The need is to motivate the unmotivated. One way is to forge closer ties between high school and jobs. Yet, vocational education is de-emphasized and disparaged. Apprenticeship programs combining classroom and on-the-job training -- programs successful in Europe -- are sparse. In 2008, about 480,000 workers were apprentices, or 0.3 percent of the U.S. labor force, reports economist Robert Lerman of American University. Though not for everyone, more apprenticeships could help some students.

Caricature Union européenne et Grèce: le temps de rompre les liens?


Caricature Syrie: une autre "victoire"?


lundi 28 mai 2012

Bill Maher: Crazy Stupid Politics!

Oui, on sait toujours à quoi s'attendre avec le "style" Maher... Mais on s'amuse malgré tout!

Bill Maher à la défense de la France

Un vieux classique. Pour rigoler un peu!

Elvis Presley: crypte à l'encan...

Le corps du "King" n'a reposé au Forest Hill Cemetery que deux mois avant d'être déplacé à Graceland. Les enchères débutent à 100 000$.

 "The King is dead -- or so they say, even though his original crypt is empty. And one person could soon own the place that served as Elvis Presley's first, but not final, resting place, by being the highest bidder.

 Starting the middle of next month, Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills, California, will conduct the sale of the crypt, which is part of a large granite and marble mausoleum at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

 This is no fleeting prize: The winner or their loved one can be interred for all of eternity exactly where Presley and his mother were for about two months."

Unless conspiracy theorists are to be believed -- in which case a 77-year-old Presley may be still snacking on peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwiches on some secluded isle -- the late legendary singer is currently buried in the meditation garden at Graceland, his Memphis estate."

Je vous laisse Jailhouse Rock (1957) en prime:

Escalade en Syrie: options militaires à considérer?

Oui, mais...  Selon Martin Dempsey, le Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

 "“I think the military option should be considered and I think that, but my preference of course always as the senior military leader would be that the international community can find ways of increasing the pressure on Assad to do the right thing and step aside,” he said on CNN. “But of course, we always have to provide military options, and they should be considered.”

Dempsey, the president’s top military adviser, also told CBS’s “This Morning” on Monday that he found the events in Syria “just horrific. Atrocious, really. I expect that the international community, that pressure will mount.”

 “I think that diplomatic pressure should always precede any discussions about military options. And that is my job, by the way, is options, not policy. And so, we will be prepared to provide options if asked to do so,” Dempsey added. Dempsey said he hopes that a “combination of economic and diplomatic measures” will push “Assad to make the right decision.”

Obamacare: les républicains plieraient-ils?

Intéressant, le jeu politique, pas très noble, remonte à la surface...

 "As the landmark Supreme Court decision looms next month, Republicans have been privately considering a plan to reinstate some popular provisions of “Obamacare” if it’s struck down.

The revelation sent conservative advocates — who have demanded nothing less than total repeal — into a tizzy, which forced House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to reaffirm his commitment to “repealing Obamacare in its entirety,” declaring that “[a]nything short of that is unacceptable.”

 But more evidence is emerging that Republicans believe that’s not tenable.

Rep. Allen West (R-FL), a tea party darling, told ThinkProgress that he supports preserving three popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act — the same three that his party’s leaders are reportedly considering. “You’ve got to replace it with something,” West said. “If people want to keep their kid on insurance at 26, fine. We’ve got to make sure no American gets turned back for pre-existing conditions, that’s fine. Keep the doughnut hole closed, that’s fine. But what I just talked to you about — maybe 20, 25 pages of legislation.”

Vétérans du Vietnam: leur traitement est une honte nationale (Obama)

Toile de Lee Teter

Une guerre perdue, des dépenses militaires inimaginables, les mensonges des autorités, plus de 500 000 hommes et femmes sur le terrain, des manifestations mouvementées... Contrairement à leurs prédécesseurs, les vétérans du Vietnam ont rarement été reçus en héros.

 "“You were often blamed for a war you didn’t start when you should have been commended for serving your country with valor,” Obama said. “You were sometimes blamed for misdeeds of a few when the honorable service of the many should have been praised. You came home and sometimes were denigrated when you should have been celebrated. It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened. Thats why, here today, we resolve that it will not happen again.” "

Arlington: Obama souligne la fin de la guerre en Irak

"“For the first time in nine years, Americans are not fighting and dying in Iraq,” Obama said. “We are winding down the war in Afghanistan and our troops will cotniue to come home. After a decade under the dark cloud of war, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon. Especially for those who’ve lost a loved one, this chapter will remain open long after the guns have fallen silent.”"

Les vétérans appuient Romney plutôt qu'Obama

Selon Gallup: Tendance lourde: préférence des vétérans pour les républicains.

 "A new Gallup poll analysis released on Memorial Day shows that among veterans with a very clear preference in the presidential race, a majority supports Mitt Romney, corresponding with veterans’ Republican leanings.

 Romney has 58 percent support among veterans, to Obama’s 34 percent. The data was collected from daily tracking polls between April 11 and May 24. During that same time frame, the two were tied overall at 46 percent among all registered voters; among non-veterans, Obama led with 48 percent to Romney’s 44 percent.

The Obama administration has has aggressively reached out to active and former military personnel. But the new numbers suggest winning over what has traditionally been a solidly Republican bloc might be a bridge too far.

The numbers are consistent with recent past performance. In the 2004 exit poll, George W. Bush carried voters who had served in the military, with 57 percent to John Kerry’s 41 percent, while Bush narrowly won the national election. In the 2008 exit poll, John McCain carried voters who had served in the military 54 percent to Barack Obama’s 44 percent, while Obama won the election by a wider margin than Bush had four years earlier."

Caricature Kofi Annan ange de la paix?


Caricature Memorial Day: priorités



US Navy Presidential Ceremonial Honor

Puisque c'était le Memorial Day, pouruqoi pas un peu de "drill" militaire!

Obama viole la liberté de culte

Toile de Norman Rockwell,  Freedom of worship

Séparation de l'Église et de l'État? L'opinion de quelques groupes catholiques qui ont décidé de poursuivre en justice l'administration OBama. Au passage une réflexion sur le premier amendement.

 "Thirteen Roman Catholic dioceses and some Catholic-related groups scattered lawsuits across a dozen federal courts last week claiming that President Obama was violating their religious freedom by including contraceptives in basic health care coverage for female employees. It was a dramatic stunt, full of indignation but built on air.

 Mr. Obama’s contraception-coverage mandate specifically exempts houses of worship. If he had ordered all other organizations affiliated with a religion to pay for their employees’ contraception coverage, that policy could probably be justified under Supreme Court precedent, including a 1990 opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia.

But that argument does not have to be made in court, because Mr. Obama very publicly backed down from his original position and gave those groups a way around the contraception-coverage requirement.

Under the Constitution, churches and other religious organizations have total freedom to preach that contraception is sinful and rail against Mr. Obama for making it more readily available. But the First Amendment is not a license for religious entities to impose their dogma on society through the law. The vast majority of Americans do not agree with the Roman Catholic Church’s anti-contraception stance, including most American Catholic women.

 The First Amendment also does not exempt religious entities or individuals claiming a sincere religious objection from neutral laws of general applicability, a category the new contraception rule plainly fits. In 1990, Justice Scalia reminded us that making “the professed doctrines of religious belief superior to the law of the land” would mean allowing “every citizen to become a law unto himself.”

dimanche 27 mai 2012

Memorial day: hommage d'Obama

"“It’s another chance to honor those we lost at places like Hue, Khe Sanh, Danang and Hamburger Hill. And we’ll be calling on you — the American people — to join us in thanking our Vietnam veterans in your communities,” Obama said, previewing the remarks he’ll deliver at the Vietnam memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of that war.

Obama also turned his attention to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We have to serve them and their families as well as they have served us: By making sure that they get the healthcare and benefits they need; by caring for our wounded warriors and supporting our military families; and by giving veterans the chance to go to college, find a good job, and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect,”

Obama le socialiste raté! (Bill Maher)

Hesjedal, un nouveau Monde (L'Équipe)

Je m'éloigne un peu du thème principal de ce carnet web pour souligner la première victoire d'un cycliste canadien dans un des grands tours européens. Ryder Hesjedal vient de remporter le Giro. "Un ancien vététiste anglo-saxon qui résiste aux purs grimpeurs dans la haute montagne avant de s'offrir son premier Grand Tour dans le dernier contre-la-montre : l'histoire vous dit quelque chose ? Dix mois après le triomphe de Cadel Evans sur la Grande Boucle, le Canadien Ryder Hesjedal a réalisé un exploit comparable dimanche en s'offrant le Giro. Le coureur de Garmin, s'est offert la plus belle victoire de sa carrière au nez et à la barbe de Joaquim Rodriguez, en Rose depuis dix jours et encore leader pour 31 secondes au départ de la dernière étape. Il fait émerger sur la scène internationale le Canada, un pays qui n'avait vécu jusque là que par Steve Bauer, Maillot Jaune et quatrième du Tour en 1988. «C'est vraiment surréaliste», a commenté le taiseux vainqueur à l'arrivée avant de lâcher les larmes sur le podium."

Memorial Day 2012: l'inconvénient de se souvenir...

... Est parfois de ne plus être mesure d'oublier.

 "She with thin form presently drest in black, By day her meals untouch'd, then at night / fitfully sleeping, often waking, In the midnight waking, weeping, longing with / one deep longing, O that she might withdraw unnoticed, silent / from life escape and withdraw, To follow, to seek, to be with her dear dead / son."

Walt Whitman, "Come Up From the Fields, Father"

"Since Memorial Day was first observed in 1868 as Decoration Day, initially a way to honor Civil War dead, more than 600,000 U.S. servicemen and women have died in war. Millions more have served. They all went marching into the unknown, and not all of them came back.

 When they're gone, their loved ones must carry on. Taryn Davis' husband, Army Cpl. Michael Davis, was 22 when he died in Iraq five years ago. She was 21. She was young, she was told; she'll meet someone else, marry someone else. She was given the names of support groups, but they were filled with people much older. She felt adrift. It wasn't until she met the widow of one of her husband's comrades that she found her way forward.

 "For me, it was inspiring," Davis, a 2011 Top 10 CNN Hero, said. "Like, 'Man, if she can get up every day and do this with a child, I can do this. ... I can't let her down.' "

Davis founded the American Widow Project, "dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow," according to its website. Through it, Davis has helped people like her connect. And through it, she has found new meaning.

 "They've given me the gift of life again," she said.

La suite:

Caricature Facebook et le Titanic: la différence?


Caricature Facebook et photos embarrassantes...

Caricature de Steve Sack, Minneapolis Star Tribune since 1981

Caricature Facebook: une part de risque!

Caricature de Steve Kelley, The Times-Picayune

L'illusion Facebook: l'économie internet est-elle si différente? (NY Times)

Réflexion intéressante...

 "THERE were two grand illusions about the American economy in the first decade of the 21st century. One was the idea that housing prices were no longer tethered to normal economic trends, and instead would just keep going up and up. The second was the idea that in the age of Web 2.0, we were well on our way to figuring out how to make lots and lots of money on the Internet.

 The first idea collapsed along with housing prices and the stock market in 2007 and 2008. But the Web 2.0 illusion survived long enough to cost credulous investors a small fortune last week, in Facebook’s disaster of an initial public offering.

I will confess to taking a certain amount of dyspeptic pleasure from Facebook’s hard landing, which had Bloomberg Businessweek declaring the I.P.O. “the biggest flop of the decade” after five days of trading. Of all the major hubs of Internet-era excitement, Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking site has always struck me as one of the most noxious, dependent for its success on the darker aspects of online life: the zeal for constant self-fashioning and self-promotion, the pursuit of virtual forms of “community” and “friendship” that bear only a passing resemblance to the genuine article, and the relentless diminution of the private sphere in the quest for advertising dollars.

But even readers who love Facebook, or at least cannot imagine life without it, should see its stock market failure as a sign of the commercial limits of the Internet. As The New Yorker’s John Cassidy pointed out in one of the more perceptive prelaunch pieces, the problem is not that Facebook doesn’t make money. It’s that it doesn’t make that much money, and doesn’t have an obvious way to make that much more of it, because (like so many online concerns) it hasn’t figured out how to effectively monetize its million upon millions of users. The result is a company that’s successful, certainly, but whose balance sheet is much less impressive than its ubiquitous online presence would suggest.

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samedi 26 mai 2012

Caricature Memorial Day pos-it

Caricature de Mark Streeter, Savannah Morning News

Hitler: des références abusives? Oui!

Lien volé sur le blogue de Patrick Lagacé sur Cyberpresse. J'aime beaucoup!

L'homme qui vivait sur son vélo

J'ai toujours apprécié le vélo, mais ce que fait Guillaume Blanchet, un Français qui vit à Montréal dans le Plateau-Mont-Royal, dépasse mon penchant pour le cyclisme!

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Caricature présidentielle en Égypte


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vendredi 25 mai 2012

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Obama trébucherait-il?

Un peu tôt pour s'inquiéter, ce n'est pas comme si Mitt Romney profitait de la situation pour créer un vague...

 "That’s the unmistakable reality for Democrats since Obama officially launched his reelection campaign three weeks ago. Obama, not Mitt Romney, is the one with the muddled message — and the one who often comes across as baldly political. Obama, not Romney, is the one facing blowback from his own party on the central issue of the campaign so far — Romney’s history with Bain Capital. And most remarkably, Obama, not Romney, is the one falling behind in fundraising.

To top it off, Vice President Joe Biden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon Obama needs him to be. National polls, which had shown Obama with a slight but steady lead over Romney through April, moved into a virtual tie this month — despite Romney’s clumsy conclusion to the GOP race.

Surely, all of this could prove to be ephemeral and meaningless in the arc of a long presidential contest. One Democratic consultant who often advises the campaign said that although Obama has spent a few weeks on the defensive, top Obama aides are unfazed.