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Get a taste of Nabisco’s Gay Pride Oreo.

Rainbow Oreo a symbol of corporations’ embrace of gay-rights issues The rainbow-colored Oreo graphic unveiled for LGBT Pride Month proves at least one thing: Gays are just as susceptible to clever marketing as straights. At long last! Equality under commercialization. The graphic was posted Monday evening on Oreo’s Facebook page and drew more than 52,000 shares and 177,000 likes in 24 hours — a robust social-media response that amounts to free advertising for Oreo, which is made by Nabisco, which is a subsidiary of Kraft Foods, which, with annual revenue of $54.4 billion, is the planet’s second-largest food company and doesn’t really need your pro-bono assistance with brand expansion.
“We are excited to illustrate what is making history today in a fun and playful way,” says Basil T. Maglaris, associate director of corporate affairs for Kraft, in an e-mail that toes the company’s sunny line. “Kraft Foods has a proud history of celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. We feel the OREO a…

Moroccan Government Demands Arabic Become Standard Part of European School Curriculum

The Moroccan minister for Moroccans Living Abroad, Abdellatif Mâazouz, is pressing governments in Europe to make the teaching of Arabic a standard part of the European school curriculum. For several months he and his governement have been undertaking a veritable cultural offensive to impose the Arabic language in the educational curricula of European countries, alongside English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and/or Mandarin.  “A special effort is made on the cultural level and on the level of language teaching…” explains the minister. His activism is starting to bear fruit, as he insists the “voice [of the Moroccan government] is starting to be heard, especially in France, which will soon announce something in this vein,” even going on to enlarge his listening audience to “the EU too”. …The objective is that young people of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations remain attached to Morocco not only in their thoughts and hearts, but through culture,” explains the minister. …For the idea of tea…

Holder Found in Contempt Yet The DOJ Won't Prosecute

Holder Found in ContemptWASHINGTON — The Republican-led House of Representatives on Thursday voted to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt for failing to disclose internal Justice Department documents in response to a subpoena. It was the first time in American history that Congress has imposed the sanction on a sitting member of a president’s cabinet. The politically and constitutionally charged dispute centered on whether the Justice Department must turn over e-mails and memorandums showing its internal deliberations last year about the botched Arizona-based gunrunning investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious. President Obama has invoked executive privilege to block the subpoena. The vote — 255 to 67, with one Democrat voting present— followed an acrimonious debate that played out hours after the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Mr. Obama’s health care law, dashing the hopes of conservatives. Scores of Democrats, accusing Republicans of abusing…

Maps: Coverage Gains and Budget Challenges and Where Obamacare would expand Medicaid most.

While the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the core of President Obama’s health care law Thursday, the justices came down hard against a provision that would have expanded Medicaid to millions more low-income Americans. As passed by Congress, the legislation expanded Medicaid to nearly everyone making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line, which would have added an estimated 16 million people to state Medicaid rolls over the next seven years. States that refused to comply would run the risk of losing all Medicaid funding. Seven justices ruled that the move went too far, and that the government can only withhold the funds to expand Medicaid, not existing money that helps states run their pre-expansion programs. So will more conservative states take advantage of this new leeway and reject the expansion? That’s what Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, suggested Thursday, when he said that he opposed expanding Medicaid in his state. A spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who h…

L.A. City Council approves construction of Sherman Oaks synagogue despite years of neighbors protest.

A day after the L.A. City Council approved a synagogue expansion for the second time, neighbors critical of the Sherman Oaks facility said they will closely monitor its operations. Neighbors warring over Chabadof North Hollywood expansionproject“Why are you doing this?” Abend demanded, turning to confront his neighbor. “You’re either doing this out of love or hate,” he added, his eyes bright with anger. “And I don’t think it’s love.” The cause of the dispute loomed directly behind the men: Steel beams, concrete walls, and a faded drawing of what Chabad of North Hollywood’s new compound will look like – if it’s completed as planned. In August, a judge sided with Chabad opponents who argue the city broke its own planning rules in approving the 12,000-square- foot building in a residential neighborhood. Now, the City Council will have to reconsider the project it approved in 2009. It could sign off on it again – allowing the growing congregation to complete construction – or bow to the chor…

WHY IS SEC. CLINTON GIVING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD?

Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, just won a presidential election in Egypt described by the White House as a “milestone in Egypt’s transition to democracy.” And while no one has brought forth direct ties between Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood, Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack have pointed to tangible, familial ties between the Islamist organization and the office of Obama’s Secretary of State that cannot be ignored. In particular, they’ve shown that the mother of Huma Abedin, “Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff and closest advisor,” is not only a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, but also a member of its “Guidance Bureau.” The Muslim Sisterhood is, as its name suggests, a sister organization to the Muslim Brotherhood. Service on the Guidance Bureau of that organization is quite a prestigious position. It is so prestigious that one of the women Abedin’s mother serves with is Najla Ali Mahmoud, the wife of Mohammed Morsi. The plot only thickens when we consider th…

Houston Strip Clubs Hit By New ‘Pole Tax’

The city of Houston is turning to an unusual source to help fund rape investigations: strip clubs. >>>>>VIDEO<<<<< The City Council of the nation’s fourth-largest city passed an ordinance Wednesday that requires strip clubs to pay a $5-per-visitor fee to help pay for the analysis of biological evidence collected from rape victims in hopes of identifying their attackers. Police in Houston, and in many other parts of the U.S., lack the money to promptly analyze evidence such as hair particles and blood specimens, gathered by investigators in packets known as rape kits. Houston estimates it has 6,000 rape kits that have yet to be scrutinized by crime laboratories. Supporters of the ordinance, which was supported by Mayor Annise Parker and approved on a 14-1 vote, contend that strip clubs should shoulder some of the costs of rape investigations because the establishments can cultivate unhealthy attitudes toward women that can lead to sexual assaults. “There are ne…

Supreme Court upholds Obama’s healthcare law, what they aren’t telling you is you’ll be chipped too? Since 2004

WASHINGTON — Led by a chief justice who some conservatives immediately branded a turncoat, the Supreme Court upheld most of President Obama‘s healthcare law Thursday, resolving a high-stakes constitutional clash not seen in decades and handing Obama a victory that surprised many in Washington. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the four liberal justices joined to uphold the Democrats‘ most ambitious social legislation in a generation. The unpopular requirement that everyone buy health insurance or pay a penalty — likened by detractors to a rule that everyone purchase broccoli — was unconstitutional as a mandate, Roberts said, but valid as long as it was simply considered a tax. Obama, who had staked the success of his presidency on passage of the law, initially thought he had lost when Fox News and CNN incorrectly reported the mandate had been struck down. But after he retreated to his offices to ponder his defeat, White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler walked in to give him the thumbs-…