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PhotOH! L.A. Times runs half-page Donald T Sterling ad

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UPDATE: The L.A. Times just sent this email alert:

Breaking news: Racist remarks were made by Sterling, girlfriend's lawyer says

Here is Steve Kornacki with the latest on the Donald T Sterling mess:

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

but wait there's more smaller

The Los Angeles Times just sent out an email alert:

The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People announced Sunday that Donald Sterling will not receive an honor amid controversy over a recording said to be of the Clippers team owner making racist remarks.

The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP had been scheduled to give Sterling the group's lifetime achievement award at its May 15 banquet.

"He is not receiving a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP," Lorraine Miller, NAACP interim vice president, told NBC’s "Meet the Press."

My previous post, NBA owner Donald T Sterling: “You can sleep with [black people]" but don't "bring them to my games," reported on Sterling's history, the original story, and what is likely be be only the beginning of his troubles. I wrote this:

I see his oozy, slimeball grin over and over and over again splashed on page after page of my morning Los Angeles Times. He places more ads than the Kochs during election season. And they're expensive ads.

BIG ads.

Full page ads.

And they all feature his big ol' ego smiling mug.

Yet as all the controversy over Donald T Sterling's (alleged) disgustingly, offensive and racist remarks continues, the Los Angeles Times posted this half-page ad Sunday on Page Two of its Business section (forgive the poor quality of the scanning, I did my best):

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Of course, it was probably too late to pull the ad, BUT... nowhere in today's front page article on Sterling, nor in the Business section, was there an update, disclaimer, or any other reference to the ad and its timing.

And for that, they should issue an explanation. They should also refrain from printing any further self-serving ads that feature Racist McSmugSmile (allegedly).

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Outbreak of Virgin Births -- God Loves North Carolina

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Christmas time is a peaceful time, when we're not fighting the war on Christmas. It's a time to reflect back on the true meaning of the holiday. We talk of the miracle of Christmas. "Wake up Jesus. It's your birthday. Come and celebrate. It's your birthday."

Yes, it's the miracle of the Lord's entry into our world in that small manger in Bethlehem. December 25, not sure of the biblical year because in school we had B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini which is Medieval Latin, translated as In the year of the Lord). Truthfully, I thought AD stood for After Death, so we'll leave the definition to the Latins linguists, the calendar to the Romans, and Christ to the rest of us.

What is really important is the meaning of the holiday, celebrating the Jesus birth as a miracle. Yet perhaps a bit more attention should be placed on another date: The Annunciation of the Lord, which celebrates Jesus’s entry into Mary’s womb. The celebration of that consummation is on March 25—nine months before Xmas. That, my friends is the beginning of the true miracle -- especially if we're going to buy into the immaculate conception theory.

C'mon, you don't think that's the miracle here? Most women are capable of having a child. Not all can do it the Holy Ghost way.

There may be more than one, though. In actuality, there's a few more virgin births than you might think.

DAILY BEAST reports:

The first woman who immaculately conceived in biblical times was not Mary, the mother of Jesus; rather it was her mother, Anne, wife of Joachim, who produced Mary immaculately so that Mary would in turn herself be a sin-free mother when the time came for her virgin pregnancy and the subsequent delivery of Jesus.

Pope Pius IX, in 1854, had declared that the Immaculate Conception of Mary within Anne’s womb was dogma—i.e., a non-negotiable price of admission to the Roman Catholic faith. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which occurs in early December, celebrates this miraculous non-coital event.

So, if Pope Pius IX is to be believed (and I don't want to go on record as rebuking the word of a pope), Mary's mother Anne gave birth to the first immaculate child. Oh, and in the interest of fair and balanced reporting, this was after Anne had one child the old fashioned way. So not being a virgin, Anne would certainly know if she had been "shtupped" or not for Mother Mary's conception. She says she wasn't and if Joachim believed her, why shouldn't I?

Putting aside Anne's celibacy practices, and the same with her daughter Mary's, it's interesting that in contemporary times, just like with Jesus himself, there's been a resurrection. Lately there's been a rash of virgin births. Oh, you hadn't heard?

Yes, there has been an outbreak of these miraculous events. Does that make all of these children, sons and daughters of God? Boy, that Lord, he sure does get around lately. Ladies, you better sleep with your legs crossed, according to Todd Akin.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina have found that immaculate conceptions, of a type, appear to be much more commonplace than biology would have predicted. Using a very large data set of 7,870 once-teenage young women who were followed prospectively for 14 years, they found that 45 women, or .5 percent of the 5,340 women who became pregnant during the study period, reported that they were still virgins at the time of their pregnancy. Call it the Mary Syndrome.

Whoa-sy doasy. That sure takes the miracle out of Christmas, don't you think? And it also calls into question how many more of these virgin births have been going unreported over the past 2000+ years.

I don't want to throw cold water on a wonderful holiday, but maybe this is something Fox News can wrap itself around after the holiday, when the Phil Roberston, Duck Dynasty brouhaha dies down. I'd sure love to hear their take on the red state of North Carolina's research on virgin births. I wonder how the Tar Heel Tea Party will spin this one? Will their new state slogan be "Visit North Carolina a virgin, go home a mother."

In the meantime, don't give up on enjoying Christmas. It is a special holiday -- just maybe not a special as you might have been led to believe. Okay, yes it is. A birthday's always special. Stay safe and be healthy.

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Bonus Cartoon of the Day- Middle Of The Week

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Randy Bish

Snicker.

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Video- Rudy Giuilani Now Shilling For "LifeLock"

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Heh. As Mediaite puts it, "Move over Wilford Brimley!" Did anyone really take him seriously as a Presidential candidate?

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Video- Interesting Commercial for Tonight's State of the Union 2013

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Straight from the White House. Definitely not your grandfathers' SOTU. h/t Gawker.

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Video- Fox's Wallace Thumps LaPierre Over NRA Ad Targeting Obama Girls

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Via.

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Video Overnight Thread- They Love Their Beer!

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Love it. Via.

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